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  1. The notion of mad scientist brewing is often mentioned as to be avoided for new brewers. SInce I am an old brewer (haha) I think we need a special thread for experiments. Having successfully made the "Golden One" as "Belgian Blonde", I figured I would try an "American Blonde" instead. (None of that sniggering there). So I started one today but deviated a bit in using a hop from "down under". "American Blonde visits Down Under"? Anyway this is the variant. 1 can CAL 1 can American Lager (actually Patriot - I had to use it up) 1/2 lb Wheat DME 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp coriander seed - crushed ( I may have overdone this) 1/2 oz Galaxy hop pellets T-58 yeast I started it around 2 pm and in 8 hours there is a nice foam on it and it has a really strong aroma coming out from the Galaxy. That is powerful. Currently wort temp is mid to low 70s in 65 deg environ. Any other experiments out there?
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    Something other than booster

    True, saucers of beer are lethal for slugs
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    Something other than booster

    You will get some idea when you taste at bottling.
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    Guiness Irish Wheat Clone

    Since I liked this so much I am trying to make something like it. They use the Guinness Stout yeast, The wheat beer is sweetish consistent with low attenuation Ale yeast. I am saving yeast from a 6 pack - 2 more bottles to go, plan to brew tomorrow or Wednesday. From Guinness website they use Mt. Hood and Amarillo hops, have 21 IBUs and 5.3 ABV. So not much IBUs to add and some citrous flavouring adds. I also found this page . https://edelstoffquest.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/brewing-better-wheat-beers-with-herrmann/ Their most interesting comment since there is no way I can get their mash temp profile EVEN if I was using AG was In his paper, Markus Herrmann (TU-Munich, Weihenstephan) describes a mash schedule better suited for wheat beers to enhance the formation of Ethyl Acetate and Isoamyl Acetate. These esters are mainly responsible for what is known as the “banana aroma” in Wheat Beers. Formation of these esters requires Glucose. During a regular mash only 10% of Glucose and 90% Maltose are formed. The “Herrmann Verfahren” enhances the production of Glucose via Maltase, which is most active at 38C and denatures above 62C. So adding more glucose will hjelp ester formation. I do not know how much glucose is in the BW extract but I would think not as mush as they make. Plan is to use Bavarian Wheat HME 4oz Wheat DME 4 oz glucose PM of Maris Otter, Flakes wheat, Wheat malt (figuring which kind) 4 oz each Mt Hood hop boil in grain water for 3-5 min to add 2-4 IBUs Amarillo hop add 0.5 oz at flameout and leave in. Try to under pitch with saved yeast to encourage esters (probably yeast from bottles will not be overpitching I expect it will be under.) ferment at ~ close to 70 deg. Any suggestions welcome.
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    Guiness Irish Wheat Clone

    OK, I washed the dregs, and reapplied some cold boiled water and DME. We will see what happens. AND I shook it well, 😄
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    Bottle conditioning techiques

    Don't worry, I always sneak early samples. Usually from the last part filled bottle or trub bottle, and then maybe a bit later. Using 12 oz bottle is better for tis as you waste less if it is not ready. I mostly use 750ml's so have to be a bit more cautious about using something that might not be good yet, but I still do sneak a bottle ahead of time. I figure as they change over time one has to try to know what is best for one's taste. Trying them over time will let you know that they actually DO get better 😄 (As Rick B says - lol.) Anyway it is your hobby, but we want you to enjoy it too and give us the feedback from your experiences too.
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    Capping/bottling mishap

    Not to jinx you but I have broken a bottle with my hand lever operated capper before now (just one though) That was because I had the cap on crooked.
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    Guiness Irish Wheat Clone

    Hmm, mine stopped activity so I measured the BRIX. 6.1 == 1.023 still. So if it was fermenting it did not use much. I am going to wash it and give it more malt and see if it does anything else. Thanks for the shaking hint. I did shake a little but not much. I will shake a lot next round.
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    Guiness Irish Wheat Clone

    Well, maybe if it turns out to be a wild yeast it will be a good one lol.
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    Guiness Irish Wheat Clone

    So your earlier pic was after about a week? Does mine look active enough for 3 days? I only made the malt 1.020 with wheat malt too, and the first couple of days were below 70. Also bear in mind this is not super mass production it is from their pilotbrewery. Wait? You have TWO jars of it?
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    Guiness Irish Wheat Clone

    Something is a happenin' after 3 days - I am not sure this was well pasteurized...…………………..
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    Guiness Irish Wheat Clone

    So do they pasteurize and then just add "stuff" into the bottle for wheat beer effect - to make it look real? The marvels of modern brewing...………. I will say though D Kristof has a pretty good starter going for just a wild yeast float in. Seems hard to think that none of this came from the beer dregs. Mine though is not doing anything like that yet. I put 1.020 fermentables on it and it is maybe a bit cool - below 70. I will leave it for a bit more before I give up though.
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    Is this an infection?

    Here is an example of a pellicule. I get these every so often, I must have the bugs in my basement. This will change the taste but not undrinkable. But no audible crunch - lol.
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    Is this an infection?

    Not much you can do except let it do its thing and taste it when time comes to bottle. If it tastes bad chuck it, if drinkable bottle it. You could taste it now with a sterile spoon I guess but I would let if go - you are only 3 days away.
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    First Batch - Open Bottles Go Flat?

    It has seemed to me that it is not that the beer really goes flat, it is just that there is very little head retention so that even though you get some bubbles, you cannot see the result. This can be the result of soap or cleaning residues, so if you use any soap make sure LBK or bottles are well rinsed. Otherwise it maybe just not enough hops or dextrines in the wort. Also you can increase the head retention by adding maltodextrin powder or using a partial mash of dextrin malt or Carapil, also flaked grains - barley or wheat or oats. And even more hopping. You can even add the powder (it is sterile) into the LBK after the wort. This may help: http://beersmith.com/blog/2008/06/25/enhancing-beer-head-retention-for-home-brewers/ The 3 days in the fridge also helps. If CO2 is not absorbed, you cannot get bubbles. There are also other opinions on that too - in that a couple of days does make some improvement but it is limited, but you need to try it and see what works best for you. https://homebrew.stackexchange.com/questions/15058/how-long-should-a-carbonated-bottle-be-refrigerated-prior-to-drinking I am one of those that only brews Mr Beer (or similar HME based) kits.
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    Guiness Irish Wheat Clone

    I found some - 30 min drive away. Tastes good and I saved the yeast in the fridge. Should I wait to get all 6 bottles emptied before I try it with malt? or make the malt up and keep adding the yeast as I drink them?
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    Guiness Irish Wheat Clone

    Thanks. I will keep looking for more locally too. There clams to be some within 10 miles. 2 oz DME in 1/2 pint looks about right. 1.021 OG.
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    Guiness Irish Wheat Clone

    Yes. I rather like that beer. TW is where I got mine but last time I looked in the local TW they had none.
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    Guiness Irish Wheat Clone

    I want some of that!!!! When you have enough. I can't find the beer in the store anymore.
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    New 3G Conical Fermenter

    Try the Winter Dark Ale Plus that I make - you might both like that. Winter Dark Ale HME +8oz Sparkling Amber DME, + 6-7 oz Trad Dark DME - or for Mr Beer ingredients add 1 pack smooth and 1 pack robust. It will be between 7-8%. +1.5 -2 oz Lactose if you want it sweeter. I prefer it that way. It is not Imperially bitter though (fortunately) although that can be fixed with more hops, although the Winter Dark claims 60 IBUs and you will taste it more without the lactose. To taste more bitter also use the US-05 yeast, sweeter- use the Mr Beer yeast or US-04. I do the same thing with the Porter HME - it is just less strong and less bitter.
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    New 3G Conical Fermenter

    Click for drop down menu on your icon name top right, then select Settings/Signature. You can add text or files. Reminds me I have to change that. 😁
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    New 3G Conical Fermenter

    About 8% ABV is the highest I did Mostly I do 4.5 - 6.5 % i.e. Mr Beer HME + ~ up to 1.5 lb extract equivalent using approx. guide of 0.5 lb per 1% (DME/LME and Booster packs all give slightly different ABV gains.)
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    New 3G Conical Fermenter

    Also check the reviews
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    New 3G Conical Fermenter

    Look at the web page https://www.mrbeer.com/equipment There is a 2G and a 3G conical.
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    New 3G Conical Fermenter

    I very rarely had overflow with LBK, but I do not go crazy with high ABV brews. And I keep to the fill line.
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