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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
« on: March 27, 2013, 01:43:15 PM »
Back "in the day" I used to pick up used corny's for $11 a pop. You can imagine I have quite a few. But that one is certainly very shiny.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Help in identifying off flavor
« on: March 27, 2013, 12:19:27 PM »
If the Johnon controller was set to 68 and you pitched at, say, 75, you fermented way too warm. Cool the wort down below 70, and preferably in the low to mid 60s before pitching for most ale yeasts, and set the controller at 64. You need to count for the exothermic activity of the yeast, which can be 4-6+ degrees over fermentation temp.

And I personally don't care for Nottingham. Try a  nuetral dry yeast like US-05 and see what you get.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Help in identifying off flavor
« on: March 27, 2013, 09:59:48 AM »
Before we jump on sanitation band wagon: What temp are you pitching the yeast? What temp are you fermenting at? It could be an infection but high fermentation temps can also render many off flavors. Also, what yeast are you using? Some yeasts are sulphur producers, especially when not handled right, and that can smell like sewage.

I don't usually trust new brewer's when it comes to properly identifying off aromas, but woman usually have a better sense of smell than men. Sewage sounds like sulfur to me.

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Beer Recipes / Drunkey Monkey
« on: March 27, 2013, 05:57:06 AM »
You don't need the carpils. Carpils is for adding dextrines and body and extract beers usually suffer from an over abundance of dextrines and body. Other than that you malt profile looks fine.

The other additions: Personally, I prefer beer flavored beer and you have a little too much going on there for my tastes but then again I remember when I first got into home brewing and all the crazy ideas I had so I can't fault you too much. ;) brew this one and then try your hand mastering a simple pale ale.

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Beer Recipes / Check my recipe?
« on: March 26, 2013, 06:47:19 PM »
I'd get rid of the 120l crystal and the honey malt. Let the pale chocolate and the special roast shine through. Otherwise they will get lost.

The 120 is going to give you dark raisin like sweetness and 8 Ozzie of honey malt is going to give you a "honey like" sweetness that may be cloying. Simplicity!

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All Grain Brewing / rookie who needs help with floaters!
« on: March 26, 2013, 05:34:29 PM »
Like I said, it's completely normal to have some colonies of yeast floating. RDWHAHB.

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All Grain Brewing / rookie who needs help with floaters!
« on: March 26, 2013, 07:07:58 AM »
Kolsch is an ale yeast but I wouldn't pitch it at 72. The fermentation temp is alright though, as long as he didn't start fermentation out that warm it probably isn't much of an issue. That said, I start that strain out around 58 and make a 2 liter stirred starter.

As far as "floaters" go. Agree we need more info. Is this in the finished beer? you may sometimes get little colonies of yeast in the fermentor floating on surface of beer. If this is what you are concerned with set your worries aside. It's perfectly natural and won't carry over into glass.

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All Grain Brewing / Oops...Session IPA
« on: March 26, 2013, 05:28:27 AM »
Along the same lines as Major, here's the hopping schedule for my last 10 gallon batch of IPA.  Not IIPA, just a 1.060 IPA.

28g Cascade (5.2%) FWH
50g Amarillo (6.2%) 30 min
85g Cascade (5.2%) 30 min
62g Amarillo (6.2%) 10 min
70g Cascade (5.2%) 10 min
60g Amarillo (6.2%) 0 min
62g Cascade (5.2%) 0 min
30g Simcoe (13.0%) 0 min
30g Amarillo (6.2%) Dry Hop (each carboy)
30g Simcoe (13.0%) Dry Hop (each carboy)
30g Simcoe (13.0%) Dry Hop (each keg)

I don't think this is hoppy enough either.

Grams???? I have no idea how much hops that really is. :P

The tru genius of the recipe is the "85 grams" of cascade back at 30 minutes. A lone odd number in a forest of evens.

Or maybe it should have been 86?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Oops...Session IPA
« on: March 25, 2013, 01:38:07 PM »
Along the same lines as Major, here's the hopping schedule for my last 10 gallon batch of IPA.  Not IIPA, just a 1.060 IPA.

28g Cascade (5.2%) FWH
50g Amarillo (6.2%) 30 min
85g Cascade (5.2%) 30 min
62g Amarillo (6.2%) 10 min
70g Cascade (5.2%) 10 min
60g Amarillo (6.2%) 0 min
62g Cascade (5.2%) 0 min
30g Simcoe (13.0%) 0 min
30g Amarillo (6.2%) Dry Hop (each carboy)
30g Simcoe (13.0%) Dry Hop (each carboy)
30g Simcoe (13.0%) Dry Hop (each keg)

I don't think this is hoppy enough either.

Grams???? I have no idea how much hops that really is. :P

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Had to Dump Beer
« on: March 25, 2013, 01:37:13 PM »
Did you purge the kegs of O2 w/Co2? Did you primary ferment in a bucket?

Keith, forgot to answer this.  One was bucket the other BB.

The only reason I sked is because I have lost a few batches that I left too long in a bucket. Acetobacter love o2 and can not reproduce without it. If you didn't purge the kegs with co2 and didn't purge headspace either this could be the problem. But if it stalled on you you may have other problems.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Had to Dump Beer
« on: March 25, 2013, 10:58:18 AM »
Hey, I like Monk's Table. Might steal that!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Had to Dump Beer
« on: March 25, 2013, 10:29:20 AM »
Did you purge the kegs of O2 w/Co2? Did you primary ferment in a bucket?

If it makes you feel any better I have 15 bbls of Dubbel that I missed my OG with and can't figure out what to do with. It was my dumb fault for targeting 13 bbls on recipe and brewing it to 15. Tastes fine but boring and not to style and I don't have anything to call it so it's probably going to be dumped. Stuff happens.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Oops...Session IPA
« on: March 25, 2013, 10:24:41 AM »
Here's the hopping schedule on one of my 10 gallon batches of IIPA

2oz Centennial FWH
2oz Amarillo (7aa) 60 min
2oz Centennial (8aa) 30 min
2oz Amarillo (7aa) 20 min
2oz Centennial (8aa) 15 min
2oz Centennial (8aa) 5 min
4oz Amarillo (7aa) 0 min
4oz Centennial 8aa) 0 min

Dry Hops (hop pellets) 4 oz Centennial in primary after fermentation slows for 7-10 days
Dry Hop 2oz Amarillo and 2 oz Centennial in keg per 5 gallons

That's just one I pulled up and looking at it I think it needs more hops. :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite beer you've ever brewed?
« on: March 25, 2013, 10:19:30 AM »
I'm still waiting.....
I don't believe that for a second!
The one in your hand?

I don't have one in my hand...that's why I'm waiting!  ;)

A wise man once told me that the beat beer in the world was the one in front of him. Perfect. But surely you have a favorite? Or are there just too many to count?

It's boring and obvious, but it would have to be my Rye IPA.

Sometimes the boring and obvious are the best, boring being subjective. Like I said, there was a kolsch I was brewing for a while that I was just amazed by. I really nailed it. It's not something I would want to sit down and drink everyday but I was highly impressed by it and managed to nail the simplicity of the beer.

Need to brew that one again. Wife's b'day is coming up.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Oops...Session IPA
« on: March 25, 2013, 10:12:33 AM »
"6 ounces includes the dry hops?  That better be for a session IPA, cause it's not going to cut it for a double!"   


Beersmith had the IBU at 75. Definitely enough for a double.

Thanks for all the feedback peeps! I've read some REALLY negative reviews regarding session IPA's and how they shouldn't exist - not enough alcohol - too much hops - stuff like that. I was just really happy at how well it turned out. Would definitely consider brewing it again.

IBUs don't really matter since the majority of hops should go at flameout. You could have used 4-6 oz of hops at flame out and again at dry hop. A double IPA is about showcasing hop flavor and aroma not bitterness.

Edit: Blatz is quick on the draw! ;)

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