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Beer Recipes / Re: Rye Pale Ale
« on: December 09, 2010, 11:02:18 AM »
From everything i've read I think I will try steeping it.  Maybe i'll throw some flaked rye in at the end of the boil as well give it a little more punch.  I think for the recipe, I am still looking around, and I downloaded a beer recipe formulator so I will fool around with that.  Should a half hour steep/mash time do it for the rye?

If you "steep" for an hour at 155, you'll be fine.  If you're not prepared to do that, than don't use rye.  And I hope you don't really mean you're going to put flaked rye in the boil!  It needs to be mashed also, but it doesn't contain the enzymes to convert itself.  You'll need to mash it with a malt that has diastatic power.  And FWIW, flaked rye won't give you much "punch".  It's much more subtle than malted rye.

Oh ok..... For some reason I thought flaked rye was added at the end.  Probably from a "misrepresented" recipe I found somewhere on google.  I can "steep" for an hour no problem.  Thanks!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Sanitizing bottles in the dishwasher
« on: December 09, 2010, 10:47:32 AM »
Can you?  Should you?  How do you? 

Reason is i have a TON of bottles that need to be sanitized, and I really don't feel like doing it one by one... by one... by... well you get the idea.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Rye Pale Ale
« on: December 09, 2010, 10:38:33 AM »
I want to do this as an extract/grain beer where I do some steeping at the start then adding my extracts.  Where can I use extract and what can I steep at the beginning? 

Gonna be tough to do with Extract/Steeping since the Rye Malt needs to be mashed.
There's very little difference between mashing and steeping though, and rye malt has enough DP to self-convert, so it should be fine.

From everything i've read I think I will try steeping it.  Maybe i'll throw some flaked rye in at the end of the boil as well give it a little more punch.  I think for the recipe, I am still looking around, and I downloaded a beer recipe formulator so I will fool around with that.  Should a half hour steep/mash time do it for the rye?

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Beer Recipes / Rye Pale Ale
« on: November 21, 2010, 10:08:55 PM »
So it's been a while since I've brewed anything.  I have a case of pumpkin ale that I've been trying to get rid of, and while it was OK, it wasn't spectacular in my book.  So I need to brew something new.  I have an amber ale kit that's been in my freezer/fridge for a while, but I'd really like to formulate my own.  Recently I was in Indiana and went to the Ram brewpub in Fishers.  I absolutely loved their rye pale ale.  I also recently bought a 6 pack of Terrapin Rye Pale Ale and loved it.  So i need some help formulating my recipe. The malts I want to use: Victory, Crystal, Wheat, Pale and Nugget, ahtanum, and cascade hops.  I want to do this as an extract/grain beer where I do some steeping at the start then adding my extracts.  Where can I use extract and what can I steep at the beginning?  I'm shooting for an IBU of 37 to 41, and by my calcs, with Nugget at 60, ahtanum at 15, and cascade at 5min, I can get right in that range.  Also, how much rye does one typically use? 


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
« on: September 16, 2010, 11:40:12 AM »
Pumpkin ale which I never got around to last weekend.  *cowers* don't hurt me!  Need to have it ready by Halloween for a party.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/10 Edition
« on: September 09, 2010, 09:57:49 AM »
Pumpkin Ale if I get it by saturday... Sunday will be football.  Maybe football and brewing.  Haven't decided yet!  Of course it all depends on when they shipped my stuff.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My Witbier was a hit!
« on: September 09, 2010, 09:54:15 AM »
Pumpkin ale?? You need new friends.  :P ;)

I'm just happy they requested something other than "like miller, bud, coors." 

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General Homebrew Discussion / My Witbier was a hit!
« on: September 07, 2010, 07:33:29 PM »
So I brewed a witbier at the request of my fiance, who loves Blue Moon.  I used the kit from norther brewer.  It turned out darker than I expected, but the flavor was perfect.  I ended up bringing it to my friend's party saturday night and it was a hit!  We killed an entire case of it, and learned just how alcoholic it was.  I calculated it around 3.8%, which to me seemed on the low side, but it was still enough to get you drunk.  Now I just have to peel and scrape off 24 labels...  My friends have already requested a pumpkin ale for halloween.  Time to get brewing again.

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Ingredients / Re: Storing ingredients
« on: August 30, 2010, 05:27:07 PM »
The grains are milled, sealed in the bag they came in and also in an air tight (mostly) rubbermaid continer.  Hops are in the freezer, yeast and malt extract are in the fridge.  I will hopefully brew it come mid to late October.  I was planning on doing it sooner, but my friend really wants me to bring a pumpkin beer to his halloween party.  I unfortunately don't have enough bottles or space to brew so quickly after finishing one. 

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Ingredients / Storing ingredients
« on: August 30, 2010, 10:08:10 AM »
I purchased some ingredients a few weeks ago for another brew I was planning, however I might put it on hold if my friend is having a halloween party and brew a specialty beer just for the party.  How long can I keep the ingredients stored.  It's 6.6lbs liquid malt extract, and some specialty grains and hops that are sealed in bags. 

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Saranac Pale Ale
« on: August 23, 2010, 09:19:53 AM »
So my fiancee's brother was visiting from north carolina this weekend, and I decided to pick up Beer for the family party we were having yesterday.  I decided to pick up the beer, and he suggested either SA oktoberfest or Saranac Pale Ale.  The liquor stor didn't have SA Oktoberfest, so I went with the Saranac and some Bud for everyone else.  I should've went with my gut and just picked up some Sierra Nevada Pale Ale because this Saranac was... bleh.  Just seemed too fruity/flowery.  Didn't really have a clean finish at all and left a bad after taste in my mouth.  Thankfully I brought some homebrew to her parents house a few weeks ago and it was still in the refridgerator. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Time to bottle?
« on: August 16, 2010, 06:18:32 PM »
I followed the kit instructions and added the orange and coriander in the last minute of the boil, so there was no flavoring in the secondary.  I am happy with the flavor, when i tasted the wort it tasted like a witbier should.  My gut tells me I should go ahead and bottle. It was in the primary for a week.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Time to bottle?
« on: August 16, 2010, 06:00:25 PM »
I brewed up a witbier.  With an overflow still had a gravity of about 1.042.  After primary fermentation I got about 1.013.  Transferred to a secondary a week ago and my gravity is 1.012.  I tasted some of the wort, and i could definitely taste the orange and the coriander.  Should I just go ahead and bottle or let the flavor develop some more in the secondary?  Kit instructions recommend two weeks, but if my gravity is constant, is 2 weeks going to really do much?  I know there's been some debates as to whether secondary is worth it or not, but I figured i'd give it a go.

Thanks.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Your Homebrew Name
« on: August 16, 2010, 09:17:40 AM »
Mad Scientist Brewing Co.  (So I'm not really a company just makes it sound better IMO).

Why?
I'm a research chemist and a huge dork (according to my fiancee... and she is right).  I am fascinated by the chemistry behind brewing.

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The Pub / Re: What is the worst beer you have ever tasted?
« on: August 13, 2010, 06:02:47 AM »
This topic dredges up memories of college parties, kegs, and getting the most beer for our meager bucks.  And I only graduated 4 years ago.

Natural "Natty" Ice and Natty Light top the list.  I think a case ran us about $9.  When we wanted a "better" beer, we would get.... Keystone Light or Keystone Ice.  $11/case.  There was one day one of my roommates bought a case of Schlitz... $6/case.  The list goes on and includes names such as Milwakee's Best, and Lionshead.  With the exception of Keystone, I got sick from everyone of those beers, and it wasn't just the low tolerance.  I won't even go into the 40s we would on occasion.

Thank god I discovered better beers and someone bought Yuengling one night.    I still don't mind the occasional bud or miller, though, but mention Natty and I cringe. 

Oh and I forgot one!  MGD 64.  Tastes like piss water. 

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