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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vienna Lager
« on: March 20, 2015, 07:13:08 AM »
What yeast are you using?  2206 is my fave.

I was just planning on 34/70 which is the same as 2124 right? Would this be a decent choice? Seems like it would do the trick.

people say 34/70 is 2124 is wlp830 and very similar. wlp830 which is one of my favorites-good choice IMO.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vienna Lager
« on: March 20, 2015, 07:06:49 AM »
I am not very familiar with this style. How does the grain bill below look?

94.4% Vienna
4.5% caramunich I
1.1% carafa

~10 SRM

Yum.  I would drink a lot of it.

Thanks! I may go with something similar and just kick up the caramunich a tad? Right now I am torn between trying this or a Helles. I am on a German beer kick lately and really enjoying it. Right now I have a Schwarz, kolsch, and alt on which all turned out great. The Schwarz was my first lager and I am really pleased with the results.

looks good and i think either way is fine with caramunich. try one way and see what you think. there's always time to brew again! 

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General Homebrew Discussion / What's Brewing This Weekend? -3/20/15
« on: March 20, 2015, 06:00:50 AM »
Mashing another round of IPA as i write with 92% vienna and 8% carared and with .5oz magnum at 45min and 2oz mandarina at 15, 10, 5, and flameout. dry hopped with 3oz in keg.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second opinion on hydrometer reading
« on: March 20, 2015, 03:11:31 AM »

What am I missing? Is the FG vs OG not an exact measurement of ABV?

Not even close. It's an accurate measurement of how much dissolved extract changed during fermentation. Anything beyond that requires making assumptions about the composition of those sugars, and how much ethanol was produced as opposed to CO2, yeast biomass, etc.

All things considered, the abv calcs are estimates. What's your experience with the etimatates vs. actual Sean?


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second opinion on hydrometer reading
« on: March 19, 2015, 01:38:31 PM »
i vote 1.073 adjusted to 1.074 (68F corrected for 60F). but honestly, no big deal either way you call  t.

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Beer Recipes / Wheat beer Ideas
« on: March 19, 2015, 07:25:26 AM »
380 American, 300 german.
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white labs yeast. They're both German yeast; fingers and brain not working together this early. 320 is the American version. I prefer 300 just because I can balance out the clove and banana as I like. 380 is really all clove dominant.


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Beer Recipes / Re: Wheat beer Ideas
« on: March 19, 2015, 05:53:24 AM »
60-65% wheat and or dark wheat, Munich , melanoidin make up rest. I prefer the malty Dunkelweizen over hefeweizen. 380 American, 300 german.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Magnum hop sale
« on: March 18, 2015, 10:29:47 AM »
I get my red x malt from them

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Equipment and Software / Re: sourcing for refridge tap
« on: March 17, 2015, 04:47:18 PM »

Double perlick installed!

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Ingredients / Re: Water Water everywhere
« on: March 17, 2015, 12:44:51 PM »
+1 on bru'nwater-awesome software.

even if 5.2 worked (and it doesn't)...you wouldnt want many beers mashed at 5.2...especially your stouts.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: OG Question
« on: March 17, 2015, 09:19:24 AM »
im a refractometer guy.for me,  i can say having taking multiple reading at different points in the process, that accuracy and consistency of the gravity readings were when post boil was cooled, trub settled, transferred and then take my final reading (refractometer compared to hydrometer).

My experience with a hydrometer is that I get the same reading in each of those situations.  I take a reading during the last minute or so if the boil to be sure I'm on target.  I always get the same reading after the wort is chilled.

makes sense-im working with a samller sample size.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: OG Question
« on: March 17, 2015, 08:45:25 AM »

So a quick update, I believe fermentation is pretty much done (confirming in a couple of days) and I'm at 1.004! What a low FG considering I started with 1.056, which Beersmith tells me is about 76% efficiency.

It sure doesn't taste like 6.83%, so I'm thinking my FG reading was off somehow. Any thoughts?

Trust your hydrometer.  It's more accurate than your taste.  A 1.056 beer could easily go to 1.004 with the mash schedule you used.  I don't recall the yeast, but something like US05 would certainly make it possible.

used California ale

OK, then given the mash temp his numbers are totally believable.
I should mention that I mashed for 75 minutes if that matters.

only that the extended time at lower mash temp helped ensure your maximum potential for conversion given your grist and crush. the estimates in software for OG and other are just that..estimates. your practices and variables will determine reality that is repeatable.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: OG Question
« on: March 17, 2015, 08:41:37 AM »
Ok good info. I will ensure I really mix up the pre boil wort before taking a reading. I'll also wait until the wort is really mixed up in the carboy to draw a post boil reading.

Unless you do a small boil and top up, there's no reason to worry about mixing post boil.  For the preboil reading, just wait until it boils for a minute or so then take a reading.  The boil will mix it thoroughly.

im a refractometer guy.for me,  i can say having taking multiple reading at different points in the process, that accuracy and consistency of the gravity readings were when post boil was cooled, trub settled, transferred and then take my final reading (refractometer compared to hydrometer).

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All Grain Brewing / Re: OG Question
« on: March 17, 2015, 08:23:15 AM »
So a quick update, I believe fermentation is pretty much done (confirming in a couple of days) and I'm at 1.004! What a low FG considering I started with 1.056, which Beersmith tells me is about 76% efficiency.

It sure doesn't taste like 6.83%, so I'm thinking my FG reading was off somehow. Any thoughts?

Trust your hydrometer.  It's more accurate than your taste.  A 1.056 beer could easily go to 1.004 with the mash schedule you used.  I don't recall the yeast, but something like US05 would certainly make it possible.

used California ale

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