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Beer Recipes / Re: Possbile IPA recipe
« on: May 23, 2012, 05:31:26 AM »
Victory might be my new favorite grain.  Absolutely love the color and flavor it has. 

Beer Recipes / Re: Blonde ale
« on: May 22, 2012, 05:36:30 PM »
Here's the recipe I worked out for a 5gal batch
3.5 gallon boil
90 minute boil
IBU: 27
SRM: 3.5
OG: 1.051

3.5 lb Pilsner malt
Mash at 152 for 60 min.  Batch sparge.

3.3 lb Pilsner LME
1 lb Extra light DME (30 min addition)

0.5 oz Magnum @ 60 min
0.5 oz Czech Saaz @ 20 min
0.5 oz Czech Saaz @ 5 min
0.5 oz Czech Saaz @ 2 min

Ferment in low 60's with WLP007.

Beer Recipes / Re: Blonde ale
« on: May 22, 2012, 08:56:12 AM »
2124 works well at that temp. I've used it to make California Commons. You'll definitely get some fruity esters from it. Aerate and pitch a quantity close to what you would use for a lager, otherwise you get some sulfur.

If you choose to go with US05 or WLP007, I personally prefer 007. If you ferment in the low 60s, it will be pretty clean, balanced more towards malty. If you want more yeast character, push it into the upper 60s. It also flocculates nicely.

Thanks, this is a great starting point.  I am leaning towards using 007 at this point. 

Beer Recipes / Re: Blonde ale
« on: May 22, 2012, 05:40:00 AM »
Thanks!  I will let you know how this turns out.  I won't be able to brew it until sometime in June, unfortunately. 

Currently, I'm deciding on which yeast I want to use.  I may consider using 2124 the Bohemeian Lager in the low 60's.  (Idea from BrewingTV).  I am also considering US-05 or WL 007 for something completely different.  Anyone have an experience with the 2124 at these temps or can give me some direction between US-05 and WL 007 (Dry English Ale i believe it is).


Beer Recipes / Blonde ale
« on: May 21, 2012, 02:22:17 PM »
So i've decided I want to do another blonde ale.  Something easy drinking, but a little bit on the hoppier side. 

Was thinking of doing a partial mash with pilsner and 2-Row, and then adding some Pilsner LME to finish it off.  I think I want to use Mt. Hood and Saaz or maybe perle.  I am thinking of bittering with Mt. Hood and finishing with some Saaz.  I'm also considering using something like Magnum as a clean bittering hop and then finishing with Mt. Hood and Saaz.  Thoughts? 

Also if i do a mash with mostly pilsner (let's say 3lb roughly), should I do a 90min boil?

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: May 18, 2012, 12:18:27 PM »
There's a tear in my beer - Hank Williams (Take your pick - Sadly III hasn't recorded a version I don't think)



Rock of Ages - Def Leppard

Detroit Rock City - Kiss

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: May 18, 2012, 11:06:42 AM »
We Built This City - REO Speedwagon

Atlantic City - Bruce Springsteen

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: May 18, 2012, 10:09:56 AM »
Brown Eyed Girl - Jimmy Buffet

American Girl - Tom Petty

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: May 18, 2012, 10:06:19 AM »
Girl - The Beatles

(I love that uke)

Uptown Girl - Billy Joel

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: May 18, 2012, 05:31:27 AM »
For You - Bruce Springsteen

The Pub / Re: Diablo 3
« on: May 17, 2012, 01:08:49 PM »
Any players out there? Not much of a gamer these days but loved D2 so Im back for abother round at hacking up demons.  Been lots of trouble with servers and such and the few minutes I had to play were unbearably laggy. When they get this s*** right I cant wait to play this thing, anybody else out there play?

my tag is

I will be getting it in a few weeks when all the server issues calm down (And i have some spare cash I'm not spending on beer stuff lol).  Blizzard makes some great games, and Diablo is no exception.  Definately looking forward to this. 

So i'm sitting here drinking one of my latest brews (Hefeweizen), and I can definitely see and taste an increase in quality since I started brewing.  My last three brews have all exceeded my expectations, and it couldn't make me happier.  I feel I am getting to the point where I am being smart about recipe formulation and understanding what goes well with what.  I also think I'm really starting to dial in on my whole grain to glass process.  With these latest three brews (Irish Red, Pale Ale, Hefe) I sometimes forget I am drinking homebrew.  Maybe I'm tooting my own horn, but I am just trying to describe the improvement I've noticed in my beers.  Tooting aside, I owe a good chunk of that improvement to this forum and the people who have taken the time to answer my sometimes probably dumb questions.  So thank you AHA forum.  Cheers.   

Ingredients / Re: Hop combination question
« on: May 10, 2012, 02:27:07 PM »
Just did a pale ale with Columbus and Mt. Hood and dry hopped with Citra and Columbus. Smells and tastes fantastic.  Really, really liking the flavor/bittering I get from Columbus.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: DME vs. LME
« on: May 09, 2012, 05:58:51 AM »
I'm a fan of DME, but i've used both with no bad effects.  DME allows me to have a little bit more control over the color of my beer than LME, especially since I have an electric stove.  And DME seems a bit easier to deal with.  Just my opinion though.  Regarding the freshness of LME though, if I have 3.15lb of Munich LME in my fridge, and it's been there since February, is it still OK to brew with or should I just eat the cost.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Summertime Wheat IPA Brew Day!!
« on: May 07, 2012, 05:39:31 PM »
Looks like a nice recipe.  I am thinking of doing an American Wheat next maybe with Apricots, maybe as an IPA, I am not sure yet.  I used US-05 in my last pale ale and it came out fantastic.  I usually use 1056 but didn't have the time to do a starter.

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