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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash time variance?
« on: August 29, 2011, 03:56:59 PM »
As great a program as Bersmith is, DON'T let IT tell YOU what to do.  Its purpose is to help you do what you want to do.  Don't blindly follow the recommendations that Beersmith (or ANY brewing software) makes.

I view the numbers BeerSmith recommends as just the default placeholder, not the recommended time. Just a number stuck in there until you tell it what you want it to do.

All Grain Brewing / Missing Mash Temps
« on: August 29, 2011, 03:42:03 PM »
Not saying I did this...  :-X but, say you had a mash schedule of 122F for 30 min, 145F for 15 min, and 154F for 45 min have?

The 122F is the protein rest (unnecessary, but sometimes just fun to do)
The 154F is scarification rest, hopefully for a medium body.
What effect would the 145F rest have? Just a beta-amalayse rest so maybe more fermentable wort?


Equipment and Software / Re: Refill Oxygen tank.
« on: August 26, 2011, 11:51:29 PM »
Looks like a medical O2 tank. Have you tried exchanging it at a medical supply shop?

Edit: Doh!  Nevermind.

I think I'll try this out soon.  How would it attach to the fermenter? Tape wouldn't hold...

I attach mine by using enough rubber bands to stretch all the way around the fermenter.

I use blue painters tape to attach mine. Once the temp is stable (wort temp has come up to fermentation temp) and there isn't any condensate on the carboy it works fine; before then, not so much.

I am going to try to brew a red rye that I have been trying to develop a recipe for.
A lot of trying in there, but I have to brew it this weekend or next so that it will be ready for an event on Sept 24th.

Beer Recipes / Re: Red Rye recipe help please!
« on: August 24, 2011, 02:05:09 PM »
When I got home, I finish developing the recipe.
Here is what I came up with.

Suggestions are welcome!

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Red Red Rye
Brewer: Dano
Asst Brewer:
Style: American Pale Ale
TYPE: All Grain

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 8.36 gal
Post Boil Volume: 6.03 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal   
Bottling Volume: 5.50 gal
Estimated OG: 1.059 SG
Estimated Color: 12.8 SRM
Estimated IBU: 41.1 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 78.4 %
Boil Time: 75 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                                   Type          #        %/IBU         
1 lbs                 Carared (20.0 SRM)                                    Grain         5          7.8 %         
7 lbs 4.0 oz       Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)                  Grain         2         56.9 %       
3 lbs                 Rye Malt (4.7 SRM)                                    Grain         3         23.5 %       
1 lbs                 Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM)         Grain         4          7.8 %         
8.0 oz               Caramel Wheat Malt (46.0 SRM)                  Grain         6          3.9 %         
0.50 oz             Magnum [14.00 %] - First Wort 60.0 min       Hop           7         27.5 IBUs     
0.50 oz             Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 30.0 min                  Hop           8          7.6 IBUs     
1.00 oz             Amarillo [8.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min                    Hop           9           6.1 IBUs     
1.0 pkg             American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) [124.21  Yeast         10           -             
2.00 oz             Amarillo [8.50 %] - Dry Hop 14.0 Days          Hop           11         0.0 IBUs     
11.00 gal           Distilled Water                                            Water         1           -             

Mash Schedule: Double Infusion, Medium Body
Total Grain Weight: 12 lbs 12.0 oz
Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Protein Rest      Add 14.00 qt of water at 130.3 F        122.0 F       30 min       
Saccharification  Add 10.00 qt of water at 206.2 F        154.0 F       45 min       

Sparge: Batch sparge with 4.14 gal water at 168.0 F

Created with BeerSmith 2 -

Beer Recipes / Re: Red Rye recipe help please!
« on: August 23, 2011, 05:05:50 PM »
Thanks Denny!

Beer Recipes / Re: Red Rye recipe help please!
« on: August 23, 2011, 03:21:15 PM »
Denny, would swapping the amounts be good? 1.5 lbs carared and 0.5 lbs caramel wheat?

Beer Recipes / Red Rye recipe help please!
« on: August 23, 2011, 02:51:59 PM »
I am brewing some beer for an event in late Sept. The temperature range for that time of year is anywhere from 60 - 100F, so I have made a blonde ale in case it is hot, and I am thinking of making a rye ale for something more fall like.

The recipe I have so far is:

10 lbs Pale Malt
4 lbs Rye Malt
0.5 lbs Carared
1.5 lbs Caramel wheat

Magnum for bittering
Pearle for flavor
Cascade, Citra, or Amarillo for aroma and dry hop. (undecided really)

Edited to add: For yeast I was thinking either WY1450 or WY1056.

I haven't figured out the amount of hops yet.

I have never used the caramel wheat, but I wanted to add some wheat for better head retention and something to help with the red color. I saw the caramel wheat and thought it might fit the bill.

Thank you in advance for all suggestion and critiques!

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless steel braid for Mash tun
« on: August 21, 2011, 06:09:33 PM »
Make sure you get real stainless steel braid not plastic that looks like metal. You only need a length that is 10-12" long. Should be less than $10.,


The fist braid I purchased, from Home Depot, was the plastic that looks like metal. It worked, but very, very slow; around 45 mins to drain the mash tun for one step. I went to Lowe's and found an actual stainless steel braid and things flow much faster now! It cut at least an hour off my brew day.

The Pub / Re: Which sport do you enjoy drinking beer to the most?(Poll)
« on: August 18, 2011, 02:14:37 PM »
I have to vote for Baseball. Mainly because it is the only sport I watch.  ;D

All Grain Brewing / Desiccants and grain storage
« on: August 17, 2011, 01:42:20 PM »
Has anyone tried using desiccants for moisture control when storing grain in plastic/rubber containers in humid environments? Were the results great/good/alright/bad?


It finally dropped below 100  last week, so I was able to brew yesterday. I have a blonde ale fermenting away now.  :)

Beer Recipes / Raspberry Chipotle Ale
« on: August 15, 2011, 06:47:17 PM »
I am trying to come up with a recipe for a Raspberry Chipotle beer. Unfortunately, I haven't had much time to research, so I am turning to the wisdom of the forum.

What beer/style would be a good backbone?

Thanks for you advice!

I am going to bottle a Gruit tonight and brew an Honey Brown Ale this weekend. I might even clean a keg or two. But mostly I am going to sample the Single Infusion/Batch Sparged Kolsch and compare it to the Step Mashed Kolsch.  :D

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