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I feel it is a matter of personal preference.  When I drink a hefe sometimes I get a lemon wedge and other times I do not.  Unfortunately, I do not have any professional opinion about it.  sorry...Good luck with your quest.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much beer is too much?
« on: August 02, 2011, 03:26:46 AM »
My wife & I have brewed approximately 110 gallons so far this year.  We always keep it within the 200 gal. mark but we have been close.

One thing you could do is to make a hop tea from some store bought hops of the same variety.  Try them side by side to compare the bitterness.  What I have done is look at the %AA for the store bought variety then lower it by a percent, or so.  I then use that number to plug into my brewing software so it will figure an approximate IBU value for the beer.  So far I have had pretty good luck with this method.  I think a pale ale would be a good place to start.

Happy Brewing,

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Old Ale Q's
« on: July 26, 2011, 11:27:13 PM »
I made an old ale using the old ale blend.  After transferring to secondary I left it for 3 months which seems to be ok.  Considering how long your beer has been in the secondary you will probably be ok.  However, it's not a bad idea to take morticaixavier's advise and check the gravity in another week or so before bottling.

Actually taking a weekend away from brewing/bottling.  After preparing 8 beers for our party plus any other beers we have brewed along the way it is time to take a short break.  The next beers to be made are an Octoberfest and an IPA.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: honey in a porter
« on: July 19, 2011, 02:02:29 PM »
You actually want to as the honey as close to the end of the boil a possible.  I would suggest 5 minutes left on the boil, or less.  The longer the honey is in the boil the more aromatics are boiled off.

Happy brewing,

Homebrewer Bios / Re: StarRaptor aka Scott Bennett
« on: July 16, 2011, 05:21:55 PM »
Nice work on the keezer and the labels.  Welcome to the forum!

Happy Brewing,

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bottle conditioned ales
« on: July 16, 2011, 03:06:01 AM »
I definitely prefer to keg my beers.  However, this year I have been making a lot of belgian styles. I love the finished look of a beer in a belgian bottle with a cork and wire and labeled!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OK, so when I croak.........
« on: July 04, 2011, 12:26:56 PM »
That's awesome!  Where did you find that?

All Grain Brewing / Re: First All Grain Batch
« on: July 02, 2011, 12:44:49 PM »
If you want to use an even 4 gal. of strike water you can change the amount in the mash profile in your recipe. You will have to change from qts/lb to the amount you want to use.  Beersmith will then adjust the temp you need to use.

I will be brewing up a batch of popcorn ale.  My wife & I make it every year for a party we have at our place.  It will be one of 8 different homebrews we will be serving!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hello all!
« on: July 01, 2011, 11:19:22 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Jeff.  There is so much to learn from the wealth of knowledge on this forum.

Happy Brewing,

Congratulations on your score!  Something, definitely, to be proud of.  Welcome to the world of judging.   :)

All Grain Brewing / Re: First All Grain Batch
« on: July 01, 2011, 11:11:13 PM »
It looks like your water to grain ratio is set incorrectly.  4.16 qts of strike water is way too low.  I usually set my water to grain ratio to 1.3 qts/lb.  You should check the mash profile for the water to grain ratio and correct it if necessary.  Hope this helps.

Happy Brewing,

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stiring the wort while it chills???
« on: July 01, 2011, 10:36:04 PM »
I use an immersion chiller for chilling.  I gently stir the wort to speed the chilling process.  By gently stirring I am trying to minimize the effects of oxidation to the wort, especially at hot temps.  Thus, I think you will be fine.

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