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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for Ask the Experts suggestions
« on: January 03, 2012, 03:39:55 PM »
I'd like to hear from someone about Cask Conditioning and Real Ale Techniques.  Alex Hall in NY is a local expert from here but I am sure there are others in the US and especially the UK.

Equipment and Software / Re: Rebel Brewer:Cheap Flasks
« on: January 03, 2012, 03:33:40 PM »
Emailed with Tom...  Rebel Brewer gets the thumbs up from me. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Rebel Brewer:Cheap Flasks
« on: January 03, 2012, 12:31:49 PM »
Thanks Tom.  And in the interest of accuracy, you're right, the words "out of luck" were mine not anyone from Rebel Brewer.  But, I was most definitely not offered a replacement at that time.  Thanks for the followup.

The beer came out really good, I am pretty happy with it. I have 2 more bottles, I'll definitely use them in future batches.

All Grain Brewing / Re: poor all grain efficiency, don't know why
« on: December 30, 2011, 07:52:32 AM »
One thing I'll add is that you don't really know what effeciency you're getting, since your final volumes are not accurately measured. 

Equipment and Software / Rebel Brewer:Cheap Flasks
« on: December 29, 2011, 02:07:04 PM »
Bought a 3L erlenmeyer flask from Rebel Brewer, and the glass is super thin.  The first time I used it, the bottom cracked incredibly easily on the bottom of a fermenting bucket I had filled with sanitizer.  I've used these types of flasks for many years, and have broken my share of them, but never with as little force as this one cracked with. 

I called rebel brewer and asked if others have complained about this, and they told me no, and that I was out of luck.  Fair enough.  I could have made a stink and said it may have been damaged in shipment, but that's not how I do business.
Fortunately their website has a rating system with the ability to submit feedback for the products they sell.  I submitted a product review with a fair assessment of what I feel to be an inferior product.  I believe it was well-written and informative, and IMO not reactive to the service I recieved.

This was over a month ago.  At this point, the review has not shown up on their site.  Poking around their site, the only reviews that get approved are ones with 4 or 5 starts.  WTF is the point of product feedback if you only show the positive reviews?   ::)

I'm done with these guys.   :-*

Beer Recipes / Re: Amarillo & Citra IPA
« on: December 29, 2011, 12:50:44 PM »
I think you need more bittering hops.  What does 10AA Warrior get you in terms of IBUs?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Biscuit Flavor/Aroma Like Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
« on: December 29, 2011, 11:48:43 AM »
I'm stumpted!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Biscuit Flavor/Aroma Like Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
« on: December 27, 2011, 02:15:27 PM »
Hmm, I never really got a biscuit taste from Sculpin.  I had one last night and just tasted straight up HOPS.

Allegedly, Sculpin is based on the following homebrew recipe:

% Amount Name Origin Potential SRM
80.0 11.00 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row) 1.8L America 1.036 2
7.3 1.00 lbs. Cara-Pils Dextrine Malt USA 1.033 2
3.6 0.50 lbs. CaraVienne Malt Belgium 1.034 24
9.1 1.25 lbs. Crystal 10L America 1.035 10
Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.

Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
1.00 oz. Amarillo Gold Pellet 9.40 45.6 Mash H
0.50 oz. Warrior Pellet 16.30 35.9 60 min.
0.25 oz. Magnum Pellet 14.40 15.9 60 min.
0.25 oz. Hallertau Northern Brewer Pellet 7.10 7.8 60 min.
0.25 oz. Tomahawk, F-10 Variety Pellet 16.40 18.1 60 min.
0.25 oz. Crystal Pellet 3.60 2.0 30 min.
0.25 oz. Centennial Pellet 9.90 5.6 30 min.
0.25 oz. Simcoe Pellet 13.60 7.6 30 min.
1.00 oz. Amarillo Gold Pellet 9.40 0.0 0 min.
1.00 oz. Simcoe Pellet 13.60 0.0 Dry Hop
2.00 oz. Amarillo Gold Pellet 9.40 0.0 Dry Hop

Amount Name Type Time
1.00 Unit(s) Whirlfloc Tablets Fining 15 Min.(boil)

White Labs WLP001 California Ale

Beer Recipes / Re: Sweetwater420 clone
« on: December 12, 2011, 09:57:15 AM »
right, I'd definitely use a recipe calculator (or do the math yourself) to bitter the beer to no more than 30 IBUs.

Beer Recipes / Re: Sweetwater420 clone
« on: December 08, 2011, 04:57:07 PM »
I don't really taste the munich in 420 but other than that it looks pretty good.  That beer's been around for a while so I would not be suprised at all if it was all Cascade.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Begian Dark vs Quad
« on: December 08, 2011, 04:51:59 PM »
I think they are one and the same.

Those that don't usually indicate that a Quad is sweeter and not as attenuated, I think.  And BJCP experts want to chime in?

Beer Recipes / Re: FG For Quadrupel/BDSA
« on: November 29, 2011, 01:11:37 PM »
I did see something last night after i posted this that indicated that Rochefort-type yeast might need some help.  Well, too late now!

The beer tastes good but is a little on the hot side; then again, it's only a month since I brewed it.  I am going to take it off tap and let it age at cellar temps for a month or so.

Beer Recipes / FG For Quadrupel/BDSA
« on: November 28, 2011, 07:03:39 PM »
Recently brewed a Belgian Dark Strong ale, and besides not being dark enough, I have concerns that my FG is too high.  It's coming in around 1.020-1.022.   :-\

The malt bill was
57% Belgian Pils
17.5% Munich I
5.5% Caramunich
3.3% Aromatic Malt
3.3% Special B
0.2% Carafa II Special

In the boil I added
8.8% Schenk Stroop (Dutch Sugar Syrup)
4.4% Table Sugar

I mashed at 145 for 40 minutes and 156 for 45 minutes.

OG was 1.092, I used pure O2 injection, and fermented with Wyeast 1762 (Rochefort Strain) around 64 degrees for a month.   This only got me 77% attenuation.  I did a fermentation test with the Shenk Stroop alone and it is highly fermentable, so I don't think that was the problem. 

Should I be aiming for a drier beer next time?  I suppose the step mash did not do me any favors here.  Thoughts? 


Beer Recipes / Re: Caramel Machiato
« on: November 28, 2011, 06:56:24 PM »
I'd just try to clone So Tier Creme Brulee.  Not something I particularly like but I dont think you'll get much closer than that on a WAG.  There was a recipe recently in either zymurgy or BYO.

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