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I "milled" some grains once by putting them in a plastic bag and then beat them with a small sledge hammer.
kind of, sort of worked.   :o

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Beer Recipes / Re: Genesee Cream Ale Clone
« on: December 21, 2011, 02:56:30 PM »
I brewed it using WLP080 Cream Ale Yeast Blend. Turned out great,


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Zymurgy / Re: Fast turnaround.
« on: December 09, 2011, 03:45:04 PM »
I am drinking a Brown Ale.
It went from 1.052 to 1.012 in 4 days. Safale SO4
Kegged it after 9 days
did the quick carb thing, and was drinking it that evening. ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: Brew day timer
« on: December 04, 2011, 05:04:03 AM »


I'm pragmatic too...  ;)

That's my method too, I also employ the use of pencil and paper to record said times.

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The Pub / Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« on: December 04, 2011, 04:31:40 AM »
Probably Pete's Wicked Ale, it's the first craft beer I remember drinking.

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Equipment and Software / Re: oxygenation
« on: December 02, 2011, 04:47:17 PM »
I pour wort through funnel into Better Bottle, put a tennis ball under the center indent in the BB and swirl it.
like this http://www.better-bottle.com/products_master.html

I have been pondering this for a while the Mix-Stir, are sold as wine "de-gassers" so if it it's degassing wine how is getting oxygen (which is a gas) into the wort?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewer's Tithe
« on: November 25, 2011, 05:54:56 AM »
I like the idea.
The home brew club I belong to collected food donations for a local food bank for Thanksgiving.


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I was going to say I canceled shopping to brew.  ;D
Going to a Brown ale on Friday.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What makes a beer "Imperial"
« on: November 16, 2011, 03:52:35 PM »
It's fit for a king.  ;D

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Beer Recipes / Re: Amarillo Pale Ale (Late hopped)
« on: November 13, 2011, 06:57:31 AM »
As I posted earlier I made a batch of this and I'm really liking it. It got lots of good feedback at the brew club meeting too.
I have been trying to brew an English bitter/pale ale for a while and have not been thrilled with my results.
I got to thinking what if I used this grain bill but used EKG or another English hop, and WLP 007 Dry English Ale Yeast ?
Think it would be good? Would it make sense to do the late hop additions or move them to a more traditional 60, 30 min schedule?

Depends on what you are trying to change.  Late hops are about increasing the hop flavor and aroma.  Moving them to earlier lessens this impact,  not a bad thing, just different results.  Late hopping a bitter will shift the flavor profile away from the traditional, not a bad thing unless you are trying to brew to style for awards.

Why aren't you thrilled with your results?  That will help us understand what you are trying to accomplish. 

I was thinking about this last night. I think my recipes are generally sound, so I was trying to come up with what the problem might be.
I had cask ale bitter at the local brewpub, that I really liked , and I am also a fan of Tetlys,and Boddingtons in the widget cans.
I decided to do the old syringe trick on a pint of my latest batch of bitter, and it made a big difference.
Still not perfect but a definite improvement. I never realized how much a difference carb levels could have on actual taste of a beer.
I really liked the maltiness of Fred's recipe. Also many of my beers seem kind of watery but this one was kind of thick.
I read (I think in Designing Great Beers) that for English Bitters one wants to keep the hop additions towards the beginning of the boil and to avoid large late hop additions. That was my thought on moving them earlier in the boil.
Another thing in DGB it says to mash thick on these styles 1qrt per lb. I usually batch sparge and just split my volume in two equal additions, mash and sparge. Would a thicker mash add anything?






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Beer Recipes / Re: Amarillo Pale Ale (Late hopped)
« on: November 11, 2011, 05:07:41 PM »
As I posted earlier I made a batch of this and I'm really liking it. It got lots of good feedback at the brew club meeting too.
I have been trying to brew an English bitter/pale ale for a while and have not been thrilled with my results.
I got to thinking what if I used this grain bill but used EKG or another English hop, and WLP 007 Dry English Ale Yeast ?
Think it would be good? Would it make sense to do the late hop additions or move them to a more traditional 60, 30 min schedule?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Rush carbing
« on: November 08, 2011, 05:07:56 PM »
I prefer the shake at serving pressure method. It's much more fool-proof.  Drew Beechum has a nice article on turning beers around quickly  (including carbing) in the latest issue of Zymurgy, or eZymurgy for those electronically-inclined folks.

I used DB's method on my last 2 kegs and it works great.

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Zymurgy / Re: Fast turnaround.
« on: November 08, 2011, 05:05:05 PM »
I think people would by kits that said "bottle after x days", folks would do this and make crappy beer.
So then all the advice was to let it sit for longer time frames. Which resulted in the "I let all my beers sit in primary for at least a month and they are sooooo much better". So now people think it's impossible to have quick turn over.
Somehow the "don't transfer to secondary" advice morphed into leave it in the primary for what I would consider much longer then necessary.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Quick, quick carbing question?
« on: November 06, 2011, 04:40:41 AM »
I found this info here http://www.beersmith.com/blog/2011/07/14/keg-line-length-balancing-the-science-of-draft-beer/
   * 3/16″ ID  vinyl tubing = 3 psi/ft
    * 1/4″ ID vinyl tubing = 0.85 psi/ft
    * 3/16″ ID Polyethylene tubing = 2.2 psi/ft
    * 1/4″ ID Polyethylene tubing = 0.5 psi/ft
    * 3/8″ OD Stainless tubing = 0.2 psi/ft
    * 5/16″ OD Stainless tubing = 0.5 psi/ft
    * 1/4″ OD Stainless tubing = 2 psi/ft

The tubing I have is Bevlex which is PVC , I assumed it was vinyl.
OK so let's say it's 2.2.
That would mean serve at 11psi. Which would give a good pour and keep the beer carbed at around 2 volumes.
I do understand to get it really dialed in I  would need to play around with the line lengths. I am just trying to get it working a bit better with what I have.



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