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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First brew, need advice.
« on: June 13, 2015, 04:10:06 AM »
You can use your tukey baster to get the siphon started instead of sucking on it.

Beer Recipes / Re: Which Finishing Hops ?
« on: June 07, 2015, 03:11:02 PM »
Thanks for all the input.
I vote Mt. hood, Glacier, or Goldings.  Out of those three, I would probably use Mt. Hood as it has a nice floral slightly spicy aroma/flavor.  Sounds like you are looking for a clean ale and this would give you what you want.

That's my thought exactly.
Looking through my brew log I found a recipe for a Jeffery Hudson Bitter clone that I brewed a few times that uses Mt. Hood as aroma and dry hop.
I cut back the Golden Naked oats to half a pound , and I stopped by the store and picked up packets of Windsor and Nottingham. Read somewhere on here that pitching these together works well so I'm going to give it a try.

I'd pair the pilgrims with goldings.
The last beer I did was an IPA using cascade and amarillo so I need something different.
Got the boil going now.

Beer Recipes / Which Finishing Hops ?
« on: June 06, 2015, 08:41:51 AM »
I'm going to brew tomorrow.
It's a fairly simple recipe.

92% pale ale malt
8% Golden Naked Oats
og 1.040
BRY-97 yeast
30 ibus +/-

    I'm planning on bittering with Pilgrim hops because I have a couple ounces and never used them before.
   As far the late additions I was thinking of Mt.Hood and/or Northern Brewer.
I'm thinking these hops aren't as aggressive as some of the others and would result in a nice summer beer. I'm not really looking for a lot of fruity or piney
   I don't really have a style in mind maybe something like  a cream ale? I know it has a lot to do with personal preferences, but as I pretty much suck at making my own recipes I thought I'd ask for some opinions.
The other hops I have are:

Bramling Cross
Mt. Hood
Northern Brewer

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cold Crashing (keg vs fermenter)
« on: May 19, 2015, 03:10:11 AM »
I crash in the keg.  Cold crashing in a better bottle with an airlock is not a good idea.

May I ask why? As I have done this before

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rubbing Alcohol
« on: May 17, 2015, 02:55:28 AM »

Ingredients / Re: Great Base malt debate?
« on: May 07, 2015, 03:32:20 PM »
They had Avengard Premium Pale 2 Row for $39 for a 55 lb sack in the local group buy.
So that's what I'll be using for a while.

Equipment and Software / Re: Ball Valve Cleaning
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:26:55 AM »
What about ball valves on boil kettles?
I recently installed a weldless valve, and it's given me a bit of sanitation anxiety.
After brewing I run hot water through it and hit it with a brush as best I can.
When I get close to the and of the boil I run a few cups of wort through it figuring it will help sanitize it. I put a piece of foil over it until after I chill, then spray some starsan in there, and start draining.

The Pub / Re: Modern work ethic
« on: April 09, 2015, 02:37:15 PM »
I have worked with some winners over the years. One guy in particular he had lost his drivers liscence and so I would pick him up on he way to the job site. One morning he is standing on the corner in his socks.
"yo man where's your boots"
"I uh left'um atta party last night we have to drive over there so I can geet'um"
   On another job I sent him back to the truck to get something while I worked on something else. After I while he didn't come back so I went to see what he was doing. He was sleeping in the in the front of the truck laying across the front seat. After that I told the boss it was me or him.
   And I have been know to take a nap on the job but I get my work done first, and don't do it where the client can see you.   ;)
   That's just one of the winners I've had to work with over the years.

Ingredients / Re: Longer boil, darker color?
« on: March 25, 2015, 03:46:37 PM »
I've heard a longer boil will darken the wort.
I think next time I do a 90 minute boil I'm going to take a sample after an hour and compare it to the wort after 90 min.
You can always throw in an ounce or two of chocolate malt to darken it up.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second opinion on hydrometer reading
« on: March 17, 2015, 04:04:04 PM »
Split the difference 1.073
That's what it looks like to me.

Beer Recipes / Is the FG wrong in this recipe?
« on: March 05, 2015, 06:36:28 AM »
I know FG's in recipes are not to be relied on, but this has an OG of 1.052 and an FG 1.022? I'm thinking this should be 1.012?

Brewmasters Warehouse sort of let's you do that. Although the person who posts the recipe doesn't get a cut of the sales.
I bought a couple things from them years ago. I am in no way recommending them and have no affiliation, or interest in the company.

Beer Recipes / Re: first helles help
« on: February 28, 2015, 05:42:20 AM »
I brewed this and it came out well.

10 lbs                Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM)   89.9 %       
1 lbs                 Munich Malt (9.0 SRM)                 9.0 %         
2.0 oz                Melanoiden Malt (20.0 SRM)        1.1 %         
2.0 oz                Hallertauer Mittelfrueh [2.70 %] - First Hop   24.4 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               Bohemian Lager (Wyeast Labs #2124)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Extreme Weather Brewing
« on: February 21, 2015, 05:52:39 AM »
  I've brewed in the cold before but it has been way colder then the usual winter weather.
  Last week end I did an all grain, partial boil, 3 gallon batch in the kitchen.
It actually worked pretty well and was easier then 5 gallons on the burner outside.
   Since I have a few 3 gallon kegs I can see myself doing this more often regardless of the weather.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Should I refrigerate dry yeast
« on: February 15, 2015, 05:26:49 AM »
From the fermentis website:
During transport : The product can be transported and stored at room
temperature for periods of time not exceeding 3 months without affecting
its performance.
At final destination: Store in cool (< 10°C/50°F), dry conditions."

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