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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st ESB From A Scratch Recipe
« on: November 02, 2017, 08:44:42 PM »
Not quite ESB grade, here's my recipe for an Ordinary Bitter. It recently scored a 37.3 (first in its flight) in a comp in Philly. I suppose you could scale it up to make it an ESB.

OG: 1.037
FG: 1.009
SRM: 10
ABV: 3.7%
IBU: 33

92.3% Maris Otter
7.7% Crystal 120

15.1 IBU East Kent Goldings 60 min
11.5 IBU East Kent Goldings 30 min
6.0 IBU East Kent Goldings 15 min

1 pkg Safale S-04 (rehydrated and oxygenated, of course)

Water Profile:
Ca: 55
Mg: 14
Sodium: 3
SO4: 111
Cl: 51
Mash pH: 5.26

Using gelatin to clarify, this beer went grain to glass in less than two weeks and it was crystal clear.

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Ber Gun v2 Question
« on: October 16, 2017, 10:13:29 PM »
My process is almost exactly like mainebrewer's. If you have the beer properly carbonated, going into the bottle, I would have a look at your caps or possibly your capper....maybe even your bottles. It sounds to me you're not getting a good seal.

Equipment and Software / Re: Suck back solutions
« on: October 02, 2017, 07:30:38 PM »
I've never been able to successfully (cleanly) drill a hole in a Mason jar lid. What kind of drill bit did you use?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Conditioning/storage question
« on: September 12, 2017, 12:30:20 PM »
According to Dr. Charlie Bamforth (, beer will be stale after 3 months at 20C (68F).

Equipment and Software / Re: Cold crashing with Ss Brew Bucket?
« on: October 19, 2016, 11:52:32 AM »
I, too, have stopped cold crashing for fear of introducing oxygen. I just rack to a keg that's been flushed with CO2, hook up the gas, and "cold crash" in the kegerator. Wait a week or two, then discard the first 8 oz.

Hop Growing / Re: Harvest in MI
« on: August 10, 2016, 03:45:49 PM »
I started harvesting my Centennial last night. There were some cones that were completely dried, but most of them look pretty good.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: No bitter addition?
« on: August 02, 2016, 12:19:34 PM »
Once upon a time (in 2014), I brewed an all hop stand IPA. 4oz Cascade, 1oz Columbus, and 1oz Simcoe in a 30 minute hop stand, stirring every 5 minutes. Then, I dry hopped with an ounce each of Columbus and Cascade. According to Beersmith, the calculated IBUs were 71 (Tinseth). In actuality, the IBUs were no where near 71, but it was still a very tasty beer. It even scored a 36 at the NHC, that year. It may have scored a bit higher if it was entered as a Pale Ale instead of an IPA.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 21, 2015, 02:03:19 AM »
My Steam Beer got through in Philly but my Nut Brown Ale did not.  Want to see that sheet to see if it was because I took it off the tap again and it got infected or if it was a judging preference. 

Very happy to have a dog in the hunt again though!!!!   ;D


Congrats Dave!  Sorry, my post got lost in the whiner shuffle so I figured I'd congratulate  myself..... ::)

To the whiners and complainers, if you don't like the format, don't enter.  But stop whining and complaining.  This is supposed to be fun.  Stop taking yourself so %$@#! seriously. 

Done now.

Baseball is supposed to fun, too. You know what else it's supposed to be? Fair. That's why they have umpires.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 21, 2015, 12:04:06 AM »
Best of luck to all entrants.   Have a great time at the conference.   All is well.  Obviously, I'm the only one who sees a problem.
I also see a problem, but it's not worth my time to argue about it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 20, 2015, 05:23:27 PM »
Shut out again..oh well.  I'll be curious to see the score sheets.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 20, 2015, 04:04:21 PM »
Yeah, I'm in the Philly judging center and I'm starting to get pissed. Good thing I shouldn't have to rebrew anything.

All Grain Brewing / Re: lactic acid to acidify sparge water
« on: March 13, 2014, 02:11:24 PM »
Here's another question for the water guru's:  If I'm brewing a 'double strength' batch (5 gal), then topping it off with water to dilute and make 10 gal of beer, should I be treating my top off water?  If so, how would I calculate the final profile?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC shipping issues
« on: March 09, 2014, 02:12:51 PM »
I'm lucky that my drop off point is only about an hour drive from me, so for round one, I'm making the road trip.  It will probably cost me more in gas, but at least I know they'll get there safely.  Plus, it gives my beer a few more days in optimal conditions at my house instead of laying in a warehouse.  I'll figure out round 2, if I get through round 1.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Competition
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:08:29 AM »
I've entered 5 competitions: two firsts and two my flight, that is.  I've never gotten close to BOS.  The one comp in which I didn't place, I had a stout score a highest score to date.  I'm working on three entries for this year's NHC.....fingers crossed.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg volume indicator
« on: January 07, 2014, 07:21:28 PM »
I use a white board and tally each pint.  For me, an empty keg weighs about 8 pounds.  I weigh each one after I fill it and subtract 8...the number I'm left with roughly equals the number of pints in the keg.  It's not exact, but it's better than flying totally blind.
That's not a bad idea at all.. Weigh the keg empty (note down weight) and weigh it full (note down weight).  Then you can always compare and see how much is left... Though it would require pulling the keg out of the kegerator to do so.

For people with keezers you could gently pick up the keg with one of these

American Weigh Scale American Weigh H-110 Digital Hanging Scale, 110 X 0.05-Pounds

If you know the tare weight if your keg you can use Beersmith Mobile's weight to volume calculator to derive the remaining beer volume.
I don't even think you would need a calculator.  A gallon of water weighs 8 pounds and there are 8 pints in a gallon, therefore, a pint weighs a pound.  I doubt there's any weight difference between beer and water.  Subtracting the tare weight of your keg should give you the number of pints that are in the keg.  If you want the total oz. just multiply by 16.  I just use the pint as a unit of measurement because all the numbers fit perfectly and most beer glasses are pint glasses.  Usually I get 1-3 pints more than my measurements would indicate, but I've always attributed that to pouring 13 oz of actual beer and the rest is head.

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