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Yeast and Fermentation / Monitoring temperature
« on: November 03, 2011, 07:39:10 AM »
Would you put a thermometer in the wort as it ferments or let it hang above the wort as it ferments?  Is this the best way to get an accurate idea of fermentation temperature? 

General Homebrew Discussion / Burning Hops?
« on: September 12, 2011, 08:12:47 AM »
So I recently had a thought.  I brew on an electric stove in my apartment, so usually when I add extract, I completely remove the kettle from the burner so as not to burn the extract.  I have never used a hop bag and usually just dump the hops in at the specified time.  In a recent batch I used hop bags for the first time (and some leaf hops), and I noticed the beer tasted much cleaner than it has.  So I was wondering if it's possible to burn the hop residue that falls to the bottom of the kettle? 


Beer Recipes / Tweaking a witbier recipe.
« on: August 31, 2011, 10:14:27 AM »
So recently I brewed a partial mash witbier with some fresh citrus zest and I'm going to actually brew another batch for an event I am attending in October.  Everyone who had this batch said it was really good, but I think I can tweak it and make it that much better.

Here is the recipe:

1 lb flaked oats
1.13 lb. pilsner malt

Mash at 155 for 60min

3.3 lb Wheat LME
3.3 lb Wheat LME (30 min addition).

I was doing roughly a 3 gallon boil (+/- 0.2 gallons i would guess). 

Hallertauer Hersbucker (2.3% AA, 2 oz @ 60 min)
Liberty (4.3% AA, 0.5 oz @ 30 min).... This hop addition was in there to use up what I had leftover.

Normally when I do my batches, I take my pot off the burner (electric stove) and add the first addition of LME, get it to boiling, start timer and add hops.  At 30 min, I'll remove the boil kettle from the heat, pause the timer and add the remaining LME.  I'll put it back on the heat and get it back to a boil and begin timing again. 

With the above recipe, it comes out darker than a typical witbier.  If I go to Wheat DME will that lighten up the color?  Also what about adding some extra pale DME or extra pale LME into the recipe.

I added about 1 oz corriander and 1.5 oz fresh citrus zest (orange and lemon), with about 5 min left in th eboil.  These were on the subtle side.  I want a little more punch from the flavors.  Should I consider adding some bitter or sweet orange peel as well? 


Equipment and Software / Stainless steel braid for Mash tun
« on: August 19, 2011, 10:15:19 AM »
Hey all,

I was wondering what is the standard braid to get for a mash tun.  The article I read reccomended a brand which I saw at lowes, but it was a huge coil and cost $20.  Where should I be looking for this braid?


Beer Recipes / IPA recipe
« on: August 10, 2011, 01:38:37 PM »
Was looking for some feedback on this partial mash IPA recipe.

Batch size: 5 gal
Partial Boil (3 gal)
IBU: 74

1.0 lb American 2-row
1.0 lb Honey Malt

3.3 lb Liquid Malt extract
3.3 lb Pilsner malt extract

Columbus (0.5 oz, 60 min)
Cascade (0.75 oz, 30 min)
Columbus (1 oz, 15 min)
Athanum (1 oz, 10 min)
Cascade (1 oz, flame out)

Dry hop with a combination of Centennial and Amarillo or Athanum. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Witbier fermentation
« on: July 29, 2011, 09:02:23 AM »
I am supposed to brew a witbier for a party I'm having on the 21st.  If I brew tonight (7/29), and leave it in the primary for one week will it be ok?  I assume that my FG will be where it should be in 7 days. Do i gain any benefit from having it in the primary for more than one week?  I typically like to do 2 weeks in the primary, but I would like to have this ready if possible.  Am I cutting it too close or should I be ok if I go one week and bottle condition for two?


Commercial Beer Reviews / Southern Tier
« on: April 18, 2011, 05:41:06 AM »
I have had two beers from this brewery from Lakewood, NY, and I must say, both are great.  I had their Amber Ale a while back and it is killer.  I picked up their IPA this weekend.  Very balanced malt/hoppiness.  Definately worth checking out. 

All Things Food / Hot Wing Sauce
« on: March 23, 2011, 09:34:11 AM »
I made a killer wing sauce last night and actually had it with some blackened chicken I made.  What does everyone else do?

Texas pete hot sauce (1/2 cup to 1 cup)
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Black Pepper
- Cyenne Pepper
- Dash of salt

Mix ingredients in a sauce pan and add some butter to thicken it. 

In about a cup I use a tbsp of each.  I didn't put specific measurements because you can season to taste.   I added a lot more black and cyenne pepper last night and it was pretty spicy.

I would like to add some beer as well, but i'm not sure what would go with it.

General Homebrew Discussion / I broke my hydrometer...
« on: March 17, 2011, 05:42:21 AM »
I left it in my drying rack by the sink and i went to put it away and it fell right out of my hand onto the floor.  I was pissed.  The new one's already been ordered, but i have a batch fermenting that should be done by sunday, so now I guess I have to rely on taste to determine if it's ready?

Kegging and Bottling / slow conditioning?
« on: February 09, 2011, 10:13:22 AM »
So i've been bottle conditioning a 2.5 gallon batch for 2 weeks now.  I cracked one open and it was carbonated, but not much.  Based on my internet searches I used about 2.1-2.5 oz of priming sugar (not table sugar).  I didn't really measure the amount of water to make the priming solution, as I read that it's the amount of sugar that's critical.  It's been pretty cold in the closet where I keep all my beer supplies, probably in the mid 50s.  So i'm wondering if that would cause it to carbonate slower, or I didn't use enough sugar.  OG was 1.048 and FG was around 1.013ish. 

Commercial Beer Reviews / Random six pack
« on: February 07, 2011, 10:44:20 AM »
How awesome is this.  I was sick all weekend, and sunday while my fiance was out shopping, she calls and said she's bringing me something that will make me feel better.  Later on, she walks in with a six pack of random microbrews.  Can I just say that she rules for that?

There's a chocolate stout, a witbier, two IPAs, I think an oktoberfest... and maybe a pale ale? 

Now... I just can't wait to drink them all.  Plus the new batch of beer I was supposed to "debut" at my cancelled super bowl party. 

Beer Recipes / IPA recipe help
« on: February 02, 2011, 10:03:17 PM »
Just wondered what people thought of this recipe.  The Hop schedule gets the IBUs right where I want them, I just want some feedback on the grain bill I took the grain ideas from another recipe.  I would do this as a partial mash, and I would like a nice balance of malt and hoppiness.  I am brewing a beer for my groomsmen, and am exploring some different possibilities now.  I'd love to give them something like an IPA that's hoppy, but smooth.  I also don't know if I would do this with Rye, so I'm open to suggestions.  

(For 2.5 gallons)
3 lbs LME
1 lb Flaked Rye
0.5lb Crystal 40L
4 oz Victory
2 oz Wheat

Anticipated OG: 1.063
Anticipated FG: 1.016
Color: 11 SRM

0.5 oz Centennial (60min)
0.5 oz Cascade (30min)
0.5 oz Amarillo (10 min)
Dry Hop with 0.5 oz Amarillo (7 days)

Anticipated IBU: 62.4

I'm not sure as to what yeast I would use yet.  Any good suggestions for an IPA?  I've been using White Labs American Ale Blend for some other beers.

Yeast and Fermentation / To rack to secondary or leave it alone
« on: January 21, 2011, 09:41:05 AM »
So I have a 2.5 gallon batch of a "light" ale going.  OG was 1.048.  Assuming the fermentation is complete, should I rack to a secondary?  The reason I ask is because I pitched a whole vial of White Labs American Ale blend, so there's a lot of krausen and a nice yeast cake.  I usually just go right to bottle, but would the secondary be beneficial in this case? 

Ingredients / Hop recommendations for a light ale
« on: January 06, 2011, 09:29:50 PM »
I need some Hop recommendations for a light ale/lawnmower beer that the fiance will love.  Needs to be low on the IBU scale and right now I'm thinking Ahtanum and Hallertauer.  Thoughts?  Suggestions?  It's going to be a pretty simple recipe with some Pale LME and Carapilis. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Gotta love free stuff
« on: January 04, 2011, 09:09:14 PM »
So I was visiting my parents today and they asked me how the beer brewing was going.  I gave them the rundown, and said how I need to invest in a small food scale.  Well as luck would have it, my mom pipes up and says "Oh, I have one I never used and probably never will.  Want it?"  Thank you mom for the free scale.  Every now and then I guess luck ends up in my favors.  Just thought I'd share.

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