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  1. Nickfixit

    Shiner Farmhouse Rye Clone

    Even though I was not initially going to go our and buy more of this beer, I did go looking as I was not sure I remembered it well. So since I could not find more to try it again, I figured I would make one. This is what I will do. looking at target of 16 IBUs, 4.3 ABV non hoppy saison with a little rye spice. MR B Wheat HME has 19 IBUs. This may end up at 4.5 or so ABV. So it is a little more. But close. The yeast is a gamble. I wanted it dry so Belle Saison is good, I wanted a bit of spice so T-58 is good - so I compromised and will mix them. The remaining 1/2 packs are still enough for a 2 gal batch. PM with 2oz Golden Promise, 2 oz Flaked Rye, 2 oz Pils Malt 30 min steep @ 165 deg 4 oz Wheat DME Bav Weissbier HME. Ferment with Belle Saison/T-58 mix for dryness and a bit of spice. (1/2 pack each) Start cool and then warm it up. The beer calculator makes a big difference in using these yeasts in the ABV, 4.5% for Belle Saison and 3.9% for the T-58. (Attenuation 80% and 70% respectively) so I can get some of the t-58 flavor but the Belle Saison dryness I am hoping. Mad scientist strikes again lol Oops I should have put this in the mad scientist thread.
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    Dry Recipes?

    The Lemon Drop Hop Saison I made a couple months ago was dry and lemony, I posted the recipe back then.
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    Dry Recipes?

    You could use a saison yeast, the Belle Saison ferments it really dry. and it likes heat so no worries about cooling it down. To keep it dry and limit maltiness, use booster instead of added malt. That will also dry it and give it some body and head retention without flavor. Also no off flavors you might get with sugar. You could try the Pilsner or wheat HMEs fermented with the Belle Saison too.
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    How much hops?? The latest 3 Zombies IPA Mr Beer is advertising, using NW Pale as base, uses 3!! oz of Citra hops. Can that really be enough? How does this sound? 1/2 oz -> boil 5 min, add 1/2 oz -> boil 5 min, flameout add 1.0 oz -> ferment 16 days, add 1.0 oz -> ferment 5 days..
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    A lesson in patience...

    It is worth it, I drank a lager today that was 11 months old - lovely.
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    Yeast addition

    Some may chuck it but I do not like to waste wort. I would add more yeast and see after fermentation if it tastes OK. If so I would bottle it.
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    Apricot Amber Ale

    Oooh - I forgot about that. I suppose you have to filter it inline so no oxygen gets in. Industrial process only - not for amateurs = lol.
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    Apricot Amber Ale

    The bottles with bits made them taste even more apricotty. So it looked a bit strange to have fruit floating the beer, (beer cocktail?) but it tasted good. I got no off flavors. I got no infection ( dried apricots are usually sterilized anyway using some chemical or other.) Or you could boil the whizzed slurry if worried. And after fermentation before bottling, if you were concerned, you could probably filter it using a sterilized strainer and additional container. But I figure the less vessels/tubes etc. the beer contacts the safer it is.
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    New guy

    I notice now the Cooper's DIY beer do not state fermentation time in their recipes now or sometimes FG. They do indicate you need SG stability (using hydrometer) over 24 hours before bottling. You might likely get there before 3 weeks, but 3 weeks is fairly safe and I find it easy to schedule and plan the brewing process that way.
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    Yeast Wars ?

    From the link above a very interesting Fermentis doc on yeast selection and their properties - fermentation times etc. http://www.seabrewasia.com/uploads/1/3/0/3/13033977/1._fermentis_yeast_selection.pdf Interesting that they suggest WB-06 for a Saison - I have to try that.
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    Yeast Wars ?

    If you are a brewer that likes experimenting with yeasts, this forum thread is a long saga but I found it fascinating. In the search to find the yeasts in a beloved beer, the thread goes through microbiological analysis and brew testing, and exploration of how yeast is used in industry. Grab yourself a pint. It is a long read. This thread question on mixing yeasts is discussed also in this thread and surfaces in their analysis. https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/threads/isolated-yeast-tree-house-how-to-identify-and-characterize.623221/
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    First partial mash attempt & newbie mistakes

    Me too with the Dots. For some beers seasonals usually that overcarb for me - not that there are many of those left) I will even do 1/2 dot per 12 oz 1 dot per 500/750 and 2 for 1L., Seems like you are on a good track. I use the warmer area on the stove to do the PM. I use a kettle to get 175 deg water and after I pour it on the malt bag it ends up at 150-160. deg. Occasionally it needs a boost from a regular burner to come up to temp but usually OK.
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    Bulging Can

    I has asked a while ago about escaping gas noise when opening cans. They told me they canned under nitrogen pressure to keep it sterile. So a "pffft" is not a problem generally.
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    First Experiment

    Entertaining but best not to open in case of infection getting in. I use flashlight from outside.
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    Bottles Overflowing

    I use sugar dots/Mr B carb pills. These are premeasured. I still get gusher sometimes with dark beers especially even after 3 weeks in LBK, even using dots. So I have had to add less. If I see bubbles in the bottle while carbing agree - there is a leak, so I change the cap to a new one and add another sugar dot.
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    ATTN. MR BEER STAFF Australian Sparkling Ale

    I brewed the Cooper's as 6 gal, split into 3 LBKS. using booster instead of dextrose, and adding different Pride of Ringwood Hop treatments after looking at the Coopers AU recipes. It is a very fruity drink. The 2 different hop treatments were not much different in outcome. Original recipe called for HME + 1.5kg LME + 500g DME + 300g Dextrose in 22.5L. Coopers adapts their volumes also in the recipes for different outcomes. In 6 gal is it different from the Seasonal though. So I translated to using DME only and Booster. Cooper's Sparkling Ale #1 Cooper original recipe - 1/3 can HME + add 566g (20oz) light malt and 100g (4 oz) dextrose ( or 150g (5.3 oz) booster) Cooper's Sparkling Ale #2 - original + 0.5 oz hop aroma 5 min boil Pride of Ringwood leave hops in. Cooper's Sparkling Ale #3 -original + 0.5 oz hop 30 min steep tea Pride of Ringwood https://www.aussiebrewmakers.com.au/libraries/resources/Pale Ale Recipes/Coopers Sparkling Ale.pdf find these handy also, when looking at Cooper's brews: https://us.diybeer.com/brewing-info/recipes https://community.diybeer.com/ With 3 LBKs, it works out reasonably, although I try to get the Cooper's HMEs on sale making it quite cheap. However the recipe (23L) online is different from the refill kit that only contains 1.5kG of DME as additional fermentable. So you can use what you want I guess. It still works out to < $50 for 3 LBKs if you only buy the Brew can from Coopers.
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    Apricot Amber Ale

    I used dried apricots, scaled in boiling water and whizzed in a blender to puree.. 1/2 lb got a good flavor in an LBK. I added after 1 week of fermentation. You can figure the equivalent sugar by the sugar content in label so you can adjust other fermentables to suit. I did get lots of bits in the beer though despite bagging it. But they tasted good.
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    Metallic Grass like taste, need help

    All true. Great advice, but letting folks experiment to learn is good. Maybe they will discover something new, or if it turns out bad, reinforce their confidence in the advice - but some people like to make their own mistakes.
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    Yeast in bottles

    Unless you are making the wheat beer which traditionally gets the yeast dregs swirled and poured into the glass.
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    bread yeast experiment?

    For burning money - I can help, Just send it to me and trust that I burn it - Still we have several opinions. 1 - you can't get a traditional beer taste with bread yeast so it is a waste of time and money to try. 2. - if you do try don't use Fleischman's 3. - Some other brand yeast *Mills(maybe HodgsonsMill) gave an acceptable (to 1 person anyway) result 4. - Can try it and save $ using a simple extract brew. 5. - Some brewers are always curious to try new things. My conclusion - Most beer drinkers will not like beer brewed with Fleischman's yeast We do not know what beer brewed with HidgsoneMilltaste like We do not know that whatever the outcome TimelordJason may find this is his most favorite beer in the whole world. So I would say give it a try with HodgsonsMill and see. I doubt it will be undrinkable it just may taste strange. So probably does Kombucha. But then.....you can always pretend it is a new kind of beverage. Or like this http://brewingtv.com/episodes/2010/11/17/brewing-tv-episode-24-sahti-throwdown.html
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    bread yeast experiment?

    Why not? ...... it is you that has to drink it........ It will definitely be beer but google to see best temperature for it. I looked and found this comment: Warning: Do Not use Fleishmanns or any other major brand of bread yeast. Ive conducted many experiments in years past when brewing supply runs were day trips across los angeles. Even "organic yeast" grown in mollasses. I may have gotten perfect fermentation profiles out of ' em, but they would always leave an annoying (usually annoyin) taste means a single chemical. I actally found a brand at Albertsons for "whole grain bread" from something -Mills . Really english ale character. Floctuated really strong .sticky yeast. Maybe this one - you can buy it online. https://www.hodgsonmill.com/products/active-dry-yeast
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    Lower than expected Final Gravity twice now

    Um - am I confused? The hydrometer reading with distilled water should be 1.000 but instead reads 1.005. The error is +.005 so you would need to subtract 0.005 to get correct reading - no? So the when FG reads 1.015 on your hydrometer it is really 1.010?
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    Kolsch recipe using Czech Pilsner?

    Um.... is the trub green because it has hops in it? Pellets are really finely ground up. If the beer turns out green you have to find some Irish friends. Yeah , I would not worry. I expect it is just the hop bits. I usually bag my hops so do not have green trub.
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    Really odd question

    LOL, I was taken seriously here, I figured you all would catch on to the idea of "just drinking another until they taste good" lol. Maybe I could have said it better......
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    Really odd question

    The answer is you just use them all, if when you open one, the beer tastes off, chug it quickly and try another. Eventually you will find one you consider good enough - then mark the bottle with a marker. Silver sharpie is good.