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Ingredients / Addtives, need some thoughts.
« on: April 11, 2012, 10:06:03 PM »
So, I just brewed 15 gallons last weekend and realize I'm getting down to the end of a few things.  Sanitizer, whirlfloc, fermcap, and yeast nutrient.

Sanitizer is a no brainer, you gotta have that.  The ferm cap I'm losing, I only bought it a couple years ago, with a small pot it really does help with boil overs.  Now I only boil in my keggle, even 5 gallon batches, so usually no worries with boil overs.

I'm debating on not continuing the whirlfloc and the yeast nutrient.  I've forgotten to add either of them to a few batches and they turned out fine.  I'm not trying to skimp at all, I really care about my beer, I don't mind paying for it, if I get results.  I just don't want to be paying for and adding things that are really unnecessary.  What do you guys think?

Beer Recipes / Liquid Flight IIPA
« on: April 07, 2012, 07:39:23 PM »
So, after having good success with an all Falconer's Flight IPA, I decided to try my hand at making a flight of hops.  Here's what I came up with, and I'm brewing it tomorrow, already ground the grain and weighed all the hops, so I'm all in!

Liquid Flight Hops
Alpha: 10.00 %
 Type: Both
Beta: ????
 Form: Pellet   
Notes: Equal parts blend of the following hops - Amarillo, Cascade, Calypso, Centennial, Columbus, Galena, Palisade, Simcoe, Styrian Golding and Warrior.

LBC Liquid Flight IIPA
Imperial IPA

Batch Size: 5.75 gal
Amount Item Type % or IBU
13.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 84.14 %
0.95 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 6.15 %
0.50 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 3.24 %
1.00 oz Liquid Flight [10.58 %] (90 min) Hops 40.5 IBU
0.50 oz Liquid Flight [10.58 %] (60 min) Hops 18.9 IBU
0.50 oz Liquid Flight [10.58 %] (55 min) Hops 18.5 IBU
0.50 oz Liquid Flight [10.58 %] (50 min) Hops 18.0 IBU
0.50 oz Liquid Flight [10.58 %] (45 min) Hops 17.4 IBU
0.50 oz Liquid Flight [10.58 %] (40 min) Hops 16.6 IBU
0.50 oz Liquid Flight [10.58 %] (35 min) Hops 15.7 IBU
0.50 oz Liquid Flight [10.58 %] (30 min) Hops 14.5 IBU
0.50 oz Liquid Flight [10.58 %] (25 min) Hops 13.2 IBU
0.50 oz Liquid Flight [10.58 %] (20 min) Hops 11.5 IBU
0.50 oz Liquid Flight [10.58 %] (15 min) Hops 9.4 IBU
0.50 oz Liquid Flight [10.58 %] (10 min) Hops 6.9 IBU
0.50 oz Liquid Flight [10.58 %] (5 min) Hops 3.8 IBU
1.00 oz Liquid Flight [10.58 %] (0 min) Hops - 
1.00 lb Sugar, Table (Sucrose) (1.0 SRM) Sugar 6.47 %
2 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-) Yeast-Ale 

 Est OG - 1.079
 Est FG -  1.012
Est ABV -  8.7 %

  I've got two ounces of the flight left, I plan to dry hop with one ounce for a week, then add the other ounce for another week.  Two weeks total.



Ingredients / White Table Sugar
« on: March 25, 2012, 11:01:30 PM »
So, I searched the forum a little and couldn't come up with much.  Honestly, I have a hard time searching what I want on this forum.  I can never find posts with what I am exactly searching, so sorry if I'm repeating something I missed.

I read recently that using white sugar is absolutely fine and will not produce any off (cidery, etc.) flavors in beer.  I only want to use about a pound in a new IIPA, to lighten the body and help dry it out.  Is this acceptable?  Estimated OG is going to be around 1.083 and 1# of sugar will be 6% of the "grist" for this beer.

Ingredients / Barleywine question.
« on: March 25, 2012, 08:42:21 PM »
So, every year for the last two years, I've brewed a big barleywine, and bottled conditioned them.  I plan on different recipes every year and have since refined my bottle conditioning procedure.  This last one, I cold crashed the primary, kegged it, then added half a pack of redydrated yeast to the keg.  Hooked up the beer gun and bottled it.  Worked great!  I nice compact layer of yeast in every bottle, with no need to refrain from pouring the entire bottle into a glass.  The previous year had a nice 1/2" of sediment.  Too much yeast I presume.

Sorry for ranting...  Both years turned out great.  I was really happy with both batches.  However, I appreciated the taste of the beers when they were relatively new in the bottle.  After having sufficient carbonation from bottle conditioning.  They got intensely sweet as they sat in the fridge.  This years has only been in the bottle for two and a half months, and is very sweet and malty to me.  When it was first carbed up, it was really good, resembling a nice IIPA.  They were both hopped quite significantly, so my question is, are there any malts that will contribute pronounced bitterness, so as the hops drop out, the resulting beer doesn't get cloyingly sweet??

I'm thinking about doing a huge RIS this year.  Will I have to worry about the same issue?

Ingredients / Whether or not to dry hop
« on: March 19, 2012, 10:01:27 PM »
So, I normally always dry hop my ipa's.  Even some apa's too.  However, typically beers will hit their stride two to three weeks after I start drinking it.  I've got my new black ipa, which I'm not going to dry hop.  It had several hefty late minute additions.

I know each technique will impart different aspects of the hop. 

So basically I'm considering on my next few ipas, just bumping up the late minute additions and skipping the dry hop step altogether.  Anyone else do this? 

Equipment and Software / Need new propane burner
« on: March 01, 2012, 12:17:16 AM »
I'm in the market for a new burner.  Just wanted to get some suggestions from you guys.  This is the burner I currently have:

I'm thinking about getting this one:

Any suggestions?  I routinely brew 10 gallon batches, so I'd like something more powerful and efficient, than the burner I have now.

Equipment and Software / Perlick faucet problems
« on: February 17, 2012, 12:20:36 AM »
I own three Perlick faucets.  I love Perls, they are great!  However I've developed a problem with one.  A few weeks ago it began leaking from item number 7 in this diagram. 

So, I took it apart and traced it to a cut gasket -number 2.  Last week, I got my new gasket in, tightened it back down, attached it to the shank, and it still leaks from the same spot!  I tried tightening down on it more, it's really tight.  Then I check my other two faucets, all the fittings are just hand tightened and they haven't leaked for 2 years.  I'm kinda dumbfounded by this one.  Perhaps number 6a in the diagram has gone bad?  It doesn't look damaged... ???

All Grain Brewing / Can sunlight affect wort?
« on: January 29, 2012, 09:14:20 PM »
So I had my latest batch of IPA  (all Falconer's Flight...looking forward to this one)  cooling in an ice bath, from this afternoon's brew day.  I had to leave for a couple hours and when I came home noticed the sun was ever so slightly peeking in on some of my wort.  Just a little sliver through a window.  Will this affect my wort??  Or is direct sunlight only bad for fermented beer?

Beer Recipes / IIPA recipe / how's it look?
« on: January 20, 2012, 12:56:23 AM »
So, I'm thinking about brewing a  IIPA soon, wanted to see what everyone thought of this recipe.  It's been a while since I brewed a double IPA.

11 gallon batch
90 minute boil time
OG 1.089 / FG Estimate 1.015

30.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 87.59 %

2.00 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 5.84 %

1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 2.92 %

0.25 lb Pale Chocolate Malt (215.0 SRM) Grain 0.73 %

2.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (90 min) Hops 37.9 IBU

1.50 oz Warrior [15.00 %] (60 min) Hops 30.7 IBU

1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (20 min) Hops 7.0 IBU

2.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (5 min) Hops 7.1 IBU

2.00 oz Warrior [15.00 %] (0 min) Hops -  

1.00 lb Corn Sugar (Dextrose) (0.0 SRM)

  Probably dry hop with an ounce each of Warrior and Simcoe for a week.


Beer Recipes / Hercules IIPA
« on: January 20, 2012, 12:21:46 AM »
I'm looking to clone Great Divide's Hercules IIPA, for a friend.  Anyone got any resources?  I've scoured the net, but to no avail, no firm recipes with notes. 

Yeast and Fermentation / SafBrew S-33 1/2 packet
« on: January 07, 2012, 11:40:18 PM »
So I just pitched a Honey Brown ale with 1 and a 1/2 packs of S-33.  I'm wanting to use the other half packet to pitch to my Barley wine when I bottle it, to bottle condition.  I wrapped it up tight and put it in a ziplock bag.  How long should it last?  I may not be able to bottle my Barley wine for a few days, will it still be good? 

Ingredients / Flaked Barley
« on: January 06, 2012, 04:00:28 PM »
So, I've used flaked barley several times.  I never mill it.  I received my latest supply order and the consistency of the flaked barley looks different than previously.  Previously all of the flaked barely I have received looks just about like oatmeal.  This time it is a lot thicker and coarser, so I was wondering if I should mill it, or just throw it in the mash like I normally do?

General Homebrew Discussion / Looking for Pliny in/near Butte County, CA
« on: December 22, 2011, 07:10:41 PM »
I have a friend who is leaving Magalia, CA in Butte County and she is wanting to bring some Pliny back to Florida with her today. Anyone know of a store close-by her or on her way where she can purchase it?

All Grain Brewing / How to obtain a water report
« on: November 29, 2011, 07:20:17 PM »
I was wondering how I would go about obtaining my local water report?  I'm in Panama City Beach, FL.

Beer Recipes / Vanilla Rum Raisin Stout - Amounts?
« on: November 20, 2011, 10:03:34 PM »
So, I had a really great Vanilla Rum Raisin Stout a couple months ago at the Emerald Coast Beerfeest.  A homebrew at that.  I didn't get to talk to the brewer much about the recipe but I was wondering if anyone had ever added this to a stout.  I have ten gallons of a new stout, the hydro sample I tasted yesterday was really good, one lb of cherry wood smoked malt made it really complex, anyways, I want to try and add these flavors to 5 gallons of it.

I was thinking about soaking x amount of rum (what type?)  in x amount of raisins, adding that mixture, and then adding x amount of vanilla extract to the keg.  Anyone ever played around with these ingredients?  How much is not enough, too much...etc...

This is a ten gallon batch.

Amount Item Type % or IBU
15.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 61.22 %
3.00 lb Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 12.24 %
1.00 lb Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM) Grain 4.08 %
1.00 lb Caramunich Malt (56.0 SRM) Grain 4.08 %
1.00 lb Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 4.08 %
1.00 lb Smoked Malt (Cherry Wood) (3.0 SRM) Grain 4.08 %
1.00 lb Special Roast (50.0 SRM) Grain 4.08 %
0.50 lb Aromatic Malt (26.0 SRM) Grain 2.04 %
0.50 lb Biscuit Malt (23.0 SRM) Grain 2.04 %
0.50 lb Special B Malt (180.0 SRM) Grain 2.04 %
4.00 oz Styrian Goldings [5.40 %] (60 min) Hops 37.2 IBU
0.21 tsp Fermcap -use 2-3 drops (Boil 60.0 min) Misc 
2.10 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min) Misc 
2.10 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Primary 3.0 days) Misc 
3 Pkgs SafBrew - US 05 (Fermentis) Yeast-Ale


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