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Beer Recipes / Blood orange IPA
« on: May 02, 2017, 11:26:20 PM »
I am wanting to make an IPA and add blood oranges or some kind of fruit.

My IPA recipe is 12 lbs 2 row 1 lb cara pills 1 lb crystal 20 1 lb munich
1 oz Chinook at 90 mins 1 oz citra at 20 mins 1 oz cascade at 15 mins 1 oz citra 0 mins 1 oz citra dry hop.
and california ale yeast.

This is a 5 gal batch that will be kegged.

what do you guys think of peeling blood oranges freezing them and adding them to the secondary or maybe juicing them? I dont know how much to add, if its a good idea to freeze or juice them, or when to add them. Whats your guys opinion?


Beer Recipes / Re: beer tastes and kinds
« on: February 22, 2017, 02:29:23 AM »
I do have a fridge i can control but maybe its not as accrete as i need. Would a Dunkelweizen be what you have in mind? normally for a yeast starter I do 2 cups of water half cup DME bring water to 170 add DME then boil for 10 mins. How does a Dunkelweizen and a munich dunkel differ and what kind of yeast wold your recommend and how much munich if i decide to try a Munich Dunkel?

Beer Recipes / Re: beer tastes and kinds
« on: February 21, 2017, 07:18:27 PM »
I really like scotch ales! one of my favorites is cold smoke from kettle house. I have never had a dopplebock or a weizenbock but i need to try one. Also the Munich dunkel really struck my interest! I am thinking about maybe brewing a munich dunkel and see how that is! Is there an way to get a yeasty flavor in that though? What I have in mind is like when you pitch the yeast and you can smell yeast... thats kinda what I have in my mind.

What do you guys think of the recipe?

9 Lb munich
5 lb biscuit malt
2 oz chocolate malt or carafa III? would the chocolate malt give more astringency?
8 oz of brow sugar (or maple syrup)? at 15 mins left of boil
1 oz of hallertau at 60 mins
Omega Yeast German Lager I

mash for 60 min or until i hit the OG around 1.067
boil for 90 mins
FG 1.016
IBU 14.7
ABV 7%
and suggestion if there is any way possible to get the the taste of way yeast smells. Maybe thats not possible

Beer Recipes / beer tastes and kinds
« on: February 21, 2017, 12:54:44 AM »
I am wondering if there is a beer that is really malty and bready tasting and yeasty kinda sweet? This probably doesn't make any sense haha.  Almost like when you walk into a brewry and the smell you smell thats the taste I am wanting. If there is what kind would this be and how would you make it? I dont care of the color just the taste. Hopefully you guys kinda understand my description haha.

Beer Recipes / Re: wheat beer
« on: January 06, 2017, 01:37:05 AM »
Oh wakatu hops sounds interesting! I will try them! Coconut sounds good! Do you add that to the secondary? how much do you use? How much lime extract would you guys guess I'd have to use to 5 gals. Is it ok just using 7 lbs of white wheat and 4 lbs 2 row or would you recommend adding something else? What's your guys opinion on mashing and boiling for 90 mins. Does it make a difference or pros and cons or is it just a waste of time like dmtaylot mentioned.

Beer Recipes / Re: wheat beer
« on: January 04, 2017, 07:43:04 PM »

how much 2 row and wheat would you use if i brew a weaken? what temp would you ferment at to get the banana tones? Would you still use the same amount of hops? what about adding lime or anything to the secondary?

Beer Recipes / wheat beer
« on: January 04, 2017, 07:10:54 PM »
I am wanting to make a wheat beer and want your help and opinions on the recipe I came up with. This will be my first wheat beer iv made. I dont want a really strong bread taste just a hint.
7 lbs 2 row
4 lbs white wheat
4 oz biscuit
Mash at 152 for 90 mins
and boil for 90 mins

1 oz Willamette at 60
.5 oz cascade at 15

Wyeast American wheat 1010

I am thinking about adding 1 oz of lime zest in the secondary is this a good idea or not? Can you order dried lime zest or would it be better to use fresh or dried it myself? How would you make sure that it doesn't infect the beer? I also dont want this to be over powering just a slight hint of it. Or is there different fruit you would recommend. However I dont want to use orange but I am willing to use anything and everything else. Or any spices to make this a unique brew.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: plastic/mold taste
« on: December 20, 2016, 03:16:34 AM »
thank you for the suggestions. Ill mess around with a few things and see if anything helps. If i find a solution and if anyone is interested i can share!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: plastic/mold taste
« on: December 16, 2016, 03:55:53 PM »
yes i do boiling up some DME/LME and put it in the clean/sanitized glass jug with a funnel. I use 2 cups water 1/2 cut DME and boil for 10 mins a cool. I have never tasted the starter before i add the yeas. a stir plate is on the list to buy someday.

The buckets i have are getting older and I have used them for lots of batches. I would like to get some glass some someday too. This last batch I brewed I soaked the bucket for about 5 HRs in CMC and washed really good and than star saned. Hopefully that helps with the taste.

As far as the garden hose I just rinsed the mash tun out with the hose and then cleaned it with the tap water.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: plastic/mold taste
« on: December 16, 2016, 08:52:29 AM »
I am not using city water and dont fill my pots up with a garden hose. I have rinsed them out with one before. I think I am pretty careful about sanitizing. I use CMC to clean everything and then star san to sanitize. Its been about the last 5 batches iv made that has this flavor. I keg and bottle both. I have probably used the siphon 15 times. I am very thrall about cleaning and sanitizing i believe I do both before and after. I was wondering if I cold ever come from the hoses or the fermenting buckets? Also when making a yeast starter I always have just used a glass jug and tinfoil but again with that i always spray the tinfoil and clean everything really well that always worked for me in the past. But maybe its the yeast starter. I keep a spray bottle of star san mixed up maybe its not good anymore?

Yeast and Fermentation / plastic/mold taste
« on: December 15, 2016, 05:54:17 AM »
I have never got a plastic or mold taste in a beer until recently. I always make a yeast starter with light DME i just put it in a bottle and shake it once in a while. I mash and 152 for 90 mins usually and sparge with 170 degrees water for about an hr. then i boil for 90. cool to around 50 pitch the yeast and let ferment for a week and transfer to a second fermenter. for 2 weeks. I am wondering if its something I'm doing wrong or what are some things to try? I never had this problem until just the last few batches. It is really discouraging and makes you not want to brew again. I mostly keg beer and I sanitize like crazy. I am stumped on whats going on and need some help!!

Ingredients / Re: help brewing a shandy
« on: November 02, 2016, 12:40:35 AM »
ok so if i wanted to brew some kind of huckleberry beer what would you guys recommend doing and when would you add the berries. They are kinda like blueberries in a way Denny.

Ingredients / help brewing a shandy
« on: November 01, 2016, 04:05:27 AM »
I am wanting to do an All Grain huckelbeary shandy but i have never brewed something like this before. I dont even know what kind of grains to use or the amounts or how much huckleberries to add and when to add them. This will be a 5 gallon batch. Thanks for you help I look forward to brewing something different!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Nut Brow Ale
« on: September 19, 2016, 10:18:32 PM »
Steve and Denny, when using this oil would you add this to the secondary before bottling it or if i was going to keg it would i add it to the keg?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Nut Brow Ale
« on: September 19, 2016, 06:32:10 PM »
No i did not realize nut means the color. I was just trying to maybe get a little bit of the pistachio flavor into the beer and didn't know how to go about this. I have heard of people using different kinds of nuts in beer and though it would be fun to try pistachios. I am up of any suggestions and help.

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