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Beer Travel / RV Trip 2015
« on: June 12, 2015, 12:09:29 PM »
So here's a rough outline of our agenda. I am looking for any suggestions at our stopping points or places that we need to make stops for.
     Depart                           Arrive
Lawrenceburg,IN             Peoria, IL
Peoria                           Forest City,IA
Forest City                    Badlands, Black Hills, Mt Rushmore, Deadwood South Dakota
Badlands, etc                 Buffalo Bill State park, Cody Wyoming
Cody, Wyoming              Yellowstone Natl Park, WY
Yellowstone                   Grand Teton Natl Park, WY
Grand Teton                  Nephi, Utah
Kaibab CampRVillage on the North Rim Grand Canyon, AZ
Grand Canyon                Boulder City for Hoover Dam
Boulder city                   Las Vegas for RV drop off then about 24 hours in Vegas

Not sure of exact routes, but likely the most direct routes between destinations. I know we are trying to stop at Monks House of Ale Repute in Sioux Falls, SD. Really just looking for anything else I should schedule on our route. We have several nights in Yellowstone and Grand Canyon, most others are simply over night stays. Any family friendly hangout suggestions are appreciated. 43 hours in an RV over 2200 miles (just between destinations, not counting sight seeing,) 3 fighting kids, I will NEED/WANT some good beer every night and cant bring enough homebrew due pre and post RV constraints: 5 in a minivan to IA, then Flying home from Vegas. Whatever you think will be important to see, maybe not as important as Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon,Hoover Dam, etc; all of which I have never seen.

Equipment and Software / Volume in my Kettle
« on: May 14, 2015, 01:52:24 PM »
So some googling tells me the volume surrounded by a cylinder = pi*r2*H. When I plug manufacturer's specs for my kettle into this equation, I get roughly 3.14*64*19.2 from the formula here:
and this says it equals 16.7gallons in my kettle. My main issue is that when I measure the interior dimensions of the kettle, I get a radius of 7.25" and total height of let's call it 18 7/8". Plugging these measurements into the formula yields a volume of just under 13.5 gallons. This kettle was marketed through kickstarter as a 15 gallon kettle, so I am wondering if my math is off somewhere. I have weighed water by the gallon (8.35#/gallon) as I have filled the kettle with strike water and the volume never matches the manufacturer's etchings on the inside. My measurements were made with what I take to be an accurate tape measure. the reason this all matters is that this weekend, I have my first 10 gallon batch planned that will require 12.5 boil volume or adjust with top off water. If I actually have the 16.7 gallons, I am not concerned, but if I only have roughly 13.5-14 gallons inside, I am very concerned. can anyone help me trouble shoot the math to ease my mind? I know Mark had a formula posted in a thread somewhere that would help me here, but it was not specifically a kettle volume thread, so I'm having trouble narrowing down search results. Very long winded I know, but can anyone help me?

Beer Recipes / German themed IPA
« on: May 01, 2015, 05:15:02 AM »
My next brew day will be a German themed IPA, tell me your thoughts:

55% Avangard Pils
35% Weyerman Munich I
10% Vienna

Bittered with German Herkules (15.7% AA) pellets
I then have 5 oz each of Mandarina Bavaria and Hull Melon whole leaf hops for whirlpool, and dry hop

Wyeast 1007

OG 1.06
IBU: 77ish
SRM: 6.1
Estimated ABV: 6.5%

So what do you think overall? Also, hop schedule for the whole leaf: 5 oz whirlpool, 5 oz dry?

Yeast and Fermentation / IPA pitch
« on: April 24, 2015, 08:42:07 PM »
I'm brewing my house IPA, but going with us 05 dry vs the 001 I usually make a starter with. It should be 5.5gallons at 1.068ish. One pack or 1+, I do plan on re-hydrating. What say you?

General Homebrew Discussion / Just for fun
« on: April 22, 2015, 07:39:34 PM »

Commercial Beer Reviews / Another eventful shopping spree
« on: March 26, 2015, 06:20:28 PM »
Here in Chicago's south loop for the week. Stopped in at a Binny's Beverage shop. Found some treats I can't get at home! Party on! At least tomorrow after everything cools down tonight

Beer Travel / Cincinnati Bockfest!
« on: March 08, 2015, 11:24:43 AM »
Just got to Bockfest,  sipping on a Hudepohl Bock, SWMBO is drinking a Schoenling Bock, next up will be Emancipator doppelbock from Christian Moerlein

Beer Recipes / Today's Shopping LIst
« on: March 06, 2015, 12:17:31 PM »
Out in the field for work today, I stopped at my favorite grocery store for beer. Jungle Jim's International Market has an awesome selection of beer from around the world and across the country, all organized by place of origin.
While there, I picked up the following:
Six pack of Troegg's Perpetual IPA
Six pack of Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter
Four pack of Great Lakes ChillWave DIPA
Six pack of Ballast Point Sculpin
2 bombers of Rogue Sriracha Stout (mainly for SWMBO)
Cant wait to try them all out, I will post back the thoughts of my fairly untrained palate.
Have a great weekend everyone


Um, is this for real! "Give me the cheapest, crappiest beer." Are there actually people out there saying this?

Beer Travel / Newport Hofbrauhaus
« on: February 28, 2015, 04:18:04 PM »
So I'm here. I missed the Braun beer as they tapped the doppelbock on Wednesday,  but I am stuck with tiny little half liter glasses as they won't serve the 8% doppelbock in full liters! I know I read in here somewhere that in Munich, the half litres are only for women and children. I guess they did not hear that here

General Homebrew Discussion / Great Weekend
« on: February 01, 2015, 09:35:13 PM »
Hope everyone had a great weekend. I know I did. Friday night movie night in front of the fireplace with my wife and the kids sipping some homebrew. Saturday we celebrated the middle son's 14th birthday with all 5 of us(very rare). We had lunch at Skyline (his favorite) then we went to the range, I had forgotten how much is involved with teaching newbies firearms safety (and having 3 to teach meant not a lot of shooting but everyone had a blast. After the range we checked out some sights in Cincinnati while waiting to go see "Interstellar" at the cheap theater. Everyone came home and crashed after the 2 hours 40+ minute adventure. Sunday was beer day. I brewed 5.5G of English Style Barleywine, missing my OG of 1.103 by 3 points, I'll take that anyday. After the boil, I boiled up some priming sugar for the Special Bitter I needed to harvest yeast from for the Barleywine. Bottled that up during the game, along with a few brews to unwind: brewing and brewing chores from 10am till after 7, with several small breaks in there. Still need to clean up after the range yesterday, guess that will have to wait til tomorrow. :o

All Grain Brewing / Unexpected efficiency
« on: January 18, 2015, 01:19:22 PM »
So today I made an attempt at a standard bitter, essentially as a large, drinkable starter to grow up enough yeast for an attempt at "The Queen's Diamonds" English Barleywine from Denny and Drew's "Experimental Home Brewing." Most of the batches I have been making are in the 1.065 and up range and I have been getting efficiencies in the high 60s-low 70s. I am still trying to dial in a system upgrade with a new larger brew kettle. I knew I would have better efficiency on a 6G batch of 1.038 OG Bitter, so I adjusted my efficiency number in Beersmith up to 74%. This was obviously not high enough. I did boil off an extra quart, but finished with 5.75G at 1.046, calculated at almost 86% efficiency. Needless to say, I am pleased with the efficiency on such a low OG brew, just wish I had planned on it being that high. My "Nothing Special About It" ordinary bitter is now actually in the "Special" range (and I am going to have to change the name,  ;D)   Grist was 7#13oz Crisp MO(first experience with this malt, it is the Glen Eagles Malting I had asked about previously in another post) and 6.7oz of C120. Mashed with 5g of treated RO(targeting 5.4 pH), and sparged with 3.75G treated RO. This was easily my thinnest mash to date, at 2.43qt/# to get in the ball park of equal runnings. With the notes from anther thread about sparge options I believe, maybe this should have been a no sparge batch. Either way, I will update after fermentation about the progress of this batch.The color and clarity in my hydrometer sample are wonderful, will post a pic soon. Really no questions here, just sharing my experience, if you see something that seems out of place though, please let me know.

Ingredients / Water profile for ordinary bitter
« on: January 12, 2015, 09:20:38 PM »
Name kind of says it all. I am planning on an ordinary bitter this weekend essentially as a starter for an English Barleywine. OG 1.034, IBUs between 20-25. I love my AIPA at Pale Ale Profile on Bru'NWater with pH of 5.4, but that cant be what I should looking for for an English ordinary bitter. The profile for Yellow Bitter seems like a better starting place. I have no experience with making British style ales and almost no experience with drinking them. I just thought this might be a good "starter" for the Barleywine from Experimental HomeBrewing. Any thoughts on the water profile or the idea of making an ordinary bitter as a starter for the English Barleywine. I will of course want to drink the bitter once finished so just looking for experienced opinions

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