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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Figured out my problem.
« on: May 09, 2017, 06:02:42 AM »
Good on ya!  But you also illustrate why I've used the same equipment for almost 20 years!

You should know me by now. I can't leave well enough alone. And, I figured since I was starting over anyways, why not.

Beer Recipes / Re: Critique citra recipe
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:53:39 AM »
Hadn't considered it being to sweet. I'll back off on that, then. What would be a decent bittering hop to go with Citra?

Beer Recipes / Critique citra recipe
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:33:34 AM »
 I'm using Citra for the first time tomorrow night. Please feel look over my recipe and give feedback. Thanks. (I'm not looking to stick to any particular style guidelines, so no needed there.)

12# 2row
4# 40L
1oz citra @60
.25oz citra @45
.25oz citra @30
.25oz citra @15
.25oz citra @5

Mash temp 152*
70% effcy
OG 1.057
56.3 IBU

The Pub / Re: Lagunitas to be wholly owned by Heineken
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:10:37 AM »
   just hope it doesn't effect their IPA. Quite possibly my favorite.

General Homebrew Discussion / Figured out my problem.
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:08:17 AM »
  My two brews on my new electric system gave me a pretty big issue with hitting my strike temperature. I've been missing my mash temp by a good 10*. But, being the pantless brewer that I am, I just went with it. Used to be when I brewed with propane I would heat my strike water 6* over my target temp, take a gallon container and dip it in my kettle and pour it into my mash tun. The way my electric system is set up I cannot get a pitcher in it so I have to open the valve and run water into the pitcher. Typically, I strike around 3.5 to 4 gallons. When I get down to 3 gallons the element shuts of, and a 2 gallons I have to tip the kettle to get the rest of thew water out. Between all that mess it turns out I am about 12* lower than my strike temp. So, say my strike temp is 162*, I would add 6* for thermal mass and strike 168*. Worked like a dream on propane every time. So, I transfer that over to my electric system. I hit 168* and by the time it all makes its way to the mash tun, I'm actually at 154*, then add the grain and I'm way down there.
    So, the lesson I learned is that is I need 3.5 gallon of 168* I need to heat 7 gallons to 172*. This will give me my temp, and the element will stay on. Also, then I replace the volume I used to strike, and by the time the sach rest is done, my 7 gallons is up to 180* to sparge.
   Needless to say, I just ordered a pump.  ::)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boil Problem
« on: May 08, 2017, 08:53:34 AM »
You say you checked all settings, does that include the propane regulator?  I can make the wort almost jump out of the kettle on my TopTier burner if I turn the regulator up.

Close your tank completely. Then, make sure the regulator is closed all thge way and unscrew it from the tank. Let it sit for about five minutes. Connect it back to the tank, open the tank all the way and SLOWLY open the regulator.
 There is in internal safety in the regulator that trips if it's opened to fast. The above process is how it's reset. Do that and you should be good to go.

Kegging and Bottling / Score at LHBS!
« on: April 28, 2017, 12:55:10 PM »
Two cases of bottles with the plastic crates for $6.00!!

Beer Recipes / Re: Grapefruit ale
« on: April 28, 2017, 11:23:18 AM »
Potassium sorbate won't do it?

Beer Recipes / Re: Grapefruit ale
« on: April 28, 2017, 10:33:44 AM »
If I use peel, how do I use it? I mean, just big chunks of peel, or strips, zest it or how? And how much is a "large portion?  Also, when I add the juice do I need to kill the yeast off first so that the sweetness from the grapefruit remains?

Beer Recipes / Grapefruit ale
« on: April 27, 2017, 08:12:01 PM »
I got my flame suit on and fire extinguisher at hand. I'm only doing this because I love my wife. She loves Schaufenbrau (sp?) grapefruit ale and asked me to do one similar. I'm thinking I will do a basic wheat beer and add the grapefruit in for flavoring. Ideas how best to do this, besides not doing it? Thanks!

Where you from?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Worst. Brew session. Ever.
« on: April 07, 2017, 07:23:58 AM »
That's great! LOL

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite Brew Music
« on: April 03, 2017, 12:45:07 PM »
Gotta have Celtic punk on. Dropkick Murphy, Flogging Molly, The Real McKenzies, The Tossers, etc...

How do you leave the Pogues off that list?  That's where it started.

They're on it for sure. I just wasn't going to sit here and list all my favs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Worst. Brew session. Ever.
« on: April 03, 2017, 06:51:08 AM »
Maybe you should consider it a test-run, working-out-the-kinks day rather than a brew day.   :)

It took me several batches to get comfortable when I got a new system 12 years ago.   And now I'm doing it all again having recently switched to LoDo.   Don't be afraid to dump something if it doesn't meet expectations.  I'd also stick to simple (less expensive) beers until you get dialed in.     Dumping a big IPA with 10 bucks worth of hops would be a bummer...

Chin up and keep learning!

For sure. I have no plans of stopping. I did a wheat beer, so not a lot of $ invested in it. and like I said, "I made beer today. What did you do?" I've only ever dumped two batches. One a lager that got infected. The other, Santa's Help. Because it sucked. (Sorry Denny) With the low gravity, I'll just chalk this one up a a session beer.
  I told my wife the same thing last night about a test run, instead of a brew day. I thought I had it all dialed in, but clearly not. I'm hoping to get a dry run in this week some evening. My big concern, though, is why my RTD's are showing such a huge swing and inconsistency.

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