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Other Fermentables / Re: Dry mead with SG 1.050???
« on: March 30, 2015, 11:49:11 AM »
10# honey/3.5 gal of water should yield a sg of around 1.092-1.100 off the top of my head.  I don't trust the refractometer calcs on FG, so take a hydrometer reading.  Your high finishing gravity could be from low pitch rate, fermenting too low for yeast strain, lack of nutrients.  Champagne yeast is noted for stripping out the must.  Start with the hydrometer, then report back.

Beer Recipes / Re: SN Pale Ale Clone
« on: February 19, 2015, 09:41:25 AM »
Here's what I use from one of the brewers that used to work there.  This is what the master brewer allowed him to release.  Also gave the stats on Celebration.

Pale 2-row: 92%
Caramel (60L): 8%
Mash at 155 F
Original Gravity: 13.0 Plato
Ending Gravity: 2.8 Plato
ABV: 5.4% (bottle conditioning will get you to 5.6%)
0 min: Perle
45 min: Cascade
90 min: Cascade

90 min: Whirlpool
IBU: 38

Yeast: SNBCo Ale (California Ale Yeast)

Gave ratios since everyone has varying efficiency.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 11, 2015, 08:20:54 AM »
4 going to Philly

All Grain Brewing / Re: The End of the 60 minute mash???
« on: February 02, 2015, 11:10:13 AM »
Yes, have heard this in commercial brewing, but the time vorlaufing did not come into play.  Put the total time more like 35-45 min.

The Pub / Re: Super Bowl
« on: February 02, 2015, 11:04:26 AM »
I didn't pay attention to the Bud commercial since I was brewing a crisp, clean Kolsch during the game so I can party with my friends.

I agree, death knell for "Bud" .

But did you brew it "The Hard Way"...?  (from a control room?)   ;D

No, but am working on an electric system so Bud can make an offer to buy me out. 8)

The Pub / Re: Super Bowl
« on: February 02, 2015, 07:23:59 AM »
I didn't pay attention to the Bud commercial since I was brewing a crisp, clean Kolsch during the game so I can party with my friends.

I agree, death knell for "Bud" . 

Beer Recipes / Re: help with recipe
« on: January 30, 2015, 11:28:48 AM »
Take a look at Black Prinz next time in place of the carafa

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash pH
« on: January 29, 2015, 07:52:29 AM »
Wouldn't some phosphoric acid added to the water help?

BTW, campden tabs good for chloraimine too.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Expense calculator
« on: January 21, 2015, 04:51:59 AM »
The more I think about this the deeper the rabbit hole gets...
Things I would like to add to the cost of a pint:

Man hours
Brewing equipment, a % of the total cost until the equipment has paid for itself
fermentation equipment, ferm chamber, carboys, and such
Yeast management and propagation equipment
DIY projects for the brewery

see i keep getting deeper and


You forgot time spent on internet beer forums :)

Beer Travel / Re: ROAD TRIP!!!!!
« on: January 09, 2015, 06:37:08 PM »
Devil's Backbone has the brewery, but stop at the Brewpub.  Great food & has a larger beer selection.

Get a copy of the recent BREW Your Own magazine.  Look at the flow schematics.  You can get an idea where to put the 3-way valves. and to set up the single runs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy New Beer!
« on: January 01, 2015, 04:07:45 PM »
Brought a keg to an open house today.  Was told that I should do this for a living.

Equipment and Software / Re: Small Refrigerator
« on: December 21, 2014, 07:58:06 AM »
I have 6 cu ft for fermenting.  Home Depot has Igloo kegerators that can be used for refrigerator for $298 on sale now thru 12/24

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How Long do You Dry Hop in a Keg?
« on: December 19, 2014, 06:50:12 AM »
I use a mesh bag and tie it off to the keg lid.
The string is short so the bag is in the beer for the first half of the keg.
That might be a week or two.
I've not tasted any off flavors as a result.
My method as well.

Want to look into the Biodiesel canister

The Pub / Re: Top places to retire
« on: December 12, 2014, 06:30:40 PM »
Hey! Bluffton made the list!

(they forgot to mention the famous garage brewery located there)

Should have had a picture of the Hayward house rather than the Garvey cottage (Freed slave shack house)

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