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Equipment and Software / Re: 15 gal Kettle for 5-6 gallon batches
« on: October 26, 2010, 06:24:56 PM »
It looks like I can get a 15 gal megapot for a little under $230 (including shipping), and that's the best deal I could find. Any reason why I shouldn't get it?

Equipment and Software / Re: Giant Tea Ball for hops?
« on: October 26, 2010, 08:03:14 AM »
I use that exact giant tea ball when I want to use large amounts of pellet hops. The hops will expand and soak up wort enough to fill the whole thing, but I don't think that has any ill effect - it works great, IMO. But don't try to se it for dry hopping because there is no way it will fit in a corny keg.

Equipment and Software / 15 gal Kettle for 5-6 gallon batches
« on: October 26, 2010, 08:00:38 AM »
I'm looking to bump up to 10 gallon batches, at least some of the time. I currently use am 8 gallon megapot, and it's only barely acceptable for 5-6 gallon batches, to begin with. I am wondering if I should get a 15 gallon kettle (that would allow me to bump up to 10 gallon batches), but I don't want to spend the cash if I will only be able to use it for 8-12 gallon batches and not 5-6 gallon batches. Is it a PITA to brew 5-6 gallon batches with a 15 gallon kettle?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Black Ale recipe
« on: October 21, 2010, 07:52:50 AM »
Also, you could brew any schwarzbier recipe with US-05 and get a black ale out of it.

If it's a Black IPA you're looking for, I would recommend this general grain bill:

6 gal recipe (bc the hops will absorb a half gallon or so of the wort)

10-12 lbs US 2-row
1-2 lbs Munich 10L
1 lb Crystal 40-60L
1.5 lb Carafa Special II (added at sparge)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who messed with the grain mill?!?
« on: October 06, 2010, 07:26:52 AM »
I just bought a crankandstein 2D, and I like it so far.

All Grain Brewing / Excessive Burton Salts
« on: October 03, 2010, 09:50:50 PM »
I recently moved to a place with awful tap water, so I use RO water when I brew (only $3 for 10 gal). Since I was brewing a bitter, I figured just using plain "Burton Salts" would be an appropriate way to mineralize my water. I ended up accidentally putting a tablespoon in the mash (5 gal batch), instead of a teaspoon. What should I expect? I also used 5.2 mash buffer.


Recipe: October Bitter
Style: 8B-English Pale Ale-Special/Best/Premium Bitter

Recipe Overview
Wort Volume Before Boil: 7.75 US gals
Wort Volume After Boil: 5.50 US gals
Volume Transferred: 5.28 US gals
Water Added: 0.00 US gals
Volume At Pitching: 5.28 US gals
Final Batch Volume: 5.02 US gals
Expected Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.033 SG
Expected OG: 1.046 SG
Expected FG: 1.011 SG
Expected ABV: 4.7 %
Expected ABW: 3.7 %
Expected IBU (using Tinseth): 37.7
Expected Color: 13.1 SRM
Apparent Attenuation: 76.2 %
Mash Efficiency: 80.0 %
Boil Duration: 90.0 mins
Fermentation Temperature: 65 degF

UK Pale Ale Malt (Maris Otter) 7lb 12oz (89.5 %) In Mash/Steeped
UK Medium Crystal (120EBC) 12.00 oz (8.7 %) In Mash/Steeped
German Carafa Special II 2.60 oz (1.9 %) In Mash/Steeped

US Nugget (9.8 % alpha) 20 g Loose Whole Hops used 60 Min From End
US Citra  (9.0 % alpha) 14 g Loose Whole Hops used 20 Min From End
US Crystal (3.0 % alpha) 32 g Loose Whole Hops used 5 Min From End
US Nugget (9.8 % alpha) 8 g Loose Whole Hops used At turn off
US Cascade (5.7 % alpha) 20 g Loose Whole Hops used Dry-Hopped

Other Ingredients

Yeast: White Labs WLP006-Bedford British Ale

Mash Schedule
Mash Type: Full Mash
Schedule Name:Single Step Infusion (66C/151F) w/Mash Out
Step: Rest at 151 degF for 60 mins
Step: Raise to and Mash out at 168 degF for 10 mins

4 words: hops in garbage disposal.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: filtering beer
« on: September 30, 2010, 03:05:56 PM »
I hate using it, because my girlfriend is a vegetarian and won't consume it, but gelatin works GREAT if you keg. That and a week at 32F before kegging and your beer will be clearer than 90% of commercial craft beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dear yeast...
« on: September 29, 2010, 04:23:06 PM »
I had big, messy blow-outs 1/4 batches until I got that anti-foam stuff. It works great.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Where to Buy Summit in Bulk?
« on: September 28, 2010, 10:30:08 PM »
Here they have them for a dollar.

Chico is only 2 hours away from here, so I can't imagine shipping would be too harmful. Thanks, Maltlicious.

General Homebrew Discussion / Where to Buy Summit in Bulk?
« on: September 28, 2010, 03:20:20 PM »
Does anyone know a good place to get summit hops in bulk? I prefer whole leaf, fwiw.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Okinawa Bound
« on: September 28, 2010, 03:16:08 PM »
I think some Aussie and New Zealand homebrew supply shops ship to Asia.

Ingredients / Re: Hops for Deschutes
« on: September 28, 2010, 06:28:28 AM »
Red Chair NWPA blew my mind when they offered it as a standard seasonal last year. Their Portland pub was a major destination for me while I lived in Portland - outstanding one-off/experimental beers on a regular basis.

Ingredients / Re: Crushing and Gelatinizing Raw Wheat Berries
« on: September 25, 2010, 04:54:33 AM »
Well, I successfully used raw berries in a wit before - I just didn't pre-gelatinize them. I also used a baller giant professional mill, and not my brand new crankandstein. I suppose I will food-process them, boil them, then food-process them some more before putting it into the mash. I can go for a 20 min 124F rest, followed by a 60 min 149F rest.

All Grain Brewing / Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« on: September 24, 2010, 06:54:36 PM »
I put an ad on Craigslist for the local chicken farmers.  Now, I get a dozen eggs as a barter every other brew........ (10 gallons each)

I'm stealing that idea. Thanks.

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