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  1. pearlmikejam

    Sanitizing and Dry Hopping

    Good idea with the wort hops. That has always been a little tricky.
  2. pearlmikejam

    Sanitizing and Dry Hopping

    Thanks for the responses guys. Just to clarify, I am creating my own recipe. I am going to boil some hops for flavor and aroma from 5 to 20 minutes. Since Mr Beer recipes leave the hop sack in the wort, I was not sure if this was necessary after boiling the hops and/or if dry hopping. To some extent, it seems unnecessary and serving no purpose.
  3. I have two questions about dry hopping. First, can I sanitize the hop sack when I sanitize the others items while I am brewing and then place the sanitized sack in a ziplock with the remaining hops I am going to use to dry hop? I have always sanitized when I am ready to dry hop, but that seems inefficient given the two primary times to sanitize are when brewing and when bottling. Second, if I am dry hopping after two weeks fermentation, how delicate do I need to be when placing the hop sack in the wort? Will the beer be disturbed if I just drop it in? On a related note, what is the consensus regarding leaving the brewing hop sacks in the wort for fermentation if one is going to dry hop? The Mr. Beer recipes say to leave it in, but I have not brewed a recipe that called for dry hopping.
  4. pearlmikejam

    Help Creating a Pale Ale Recipe

    @sabres032 you are absolutely right. I did the same thing with my first batch of Mr Beer. You would think I would learn by now.
  5. pearlmikejam

    Help Creating a Pale Ale Recipe

    If the American Ale HME is 3.5% ABV for a 2 gallon batch, is it safe to say it is ~2.8% for a 2.5 gallon batch? I want to make sure I do not overdo it with LME to boost the ABV.
  6. pearlmikejam

    Help Creating a Pale Ale Recipe

    I like the idea of just Citra with Simcoe. I think I will go that route. I may do the Citra for 15 and the Simcoe at flameout.
  7. pearlmikejam

    Help Creating a Pale Ale Recipe

    I am not usually either, but this is my first experience with grain and I could not find any information on the American Ale HME. All recipes use that HME with either a booster or LME, so I am not sure what sort of base I am starting with.
  8. pearlmikejam

    Help Creating a Pale Ale Recipe

    Thanks for the top on the app. Entering the ingredients in there yields a 5.9% brew. I think the Mr beer hme is the wild card. I agree. I need to order a hydrometer, so this will be a great excuse to get one and see how everything turns out.
  9. pearlmikejam

    Help Creating a Pale Ale Recipe

    I lose almost a full point. It goes from 5.7% down to 4.8% just by changing the batch size from 2.1 to 2.5. I'd like to be around 5.5%.
  10. pearlmikejam

    Help Creating a Pale Ale Recipe

    Thanks for everything folks! I like the yeast suggestion. I wanted to try something different, but did not realize how different liquid yeast was. I will add more to the batch. I would like to get at least a case of beer out of this, which I have not gotten yet. I lost some ABV. What is the best way to bring that up? More LME?
  11. pearlmikejam

    Help Creating a Pale Ale Recipe

    Thanks again for all of the advice and help. Does this look more accurate? Brew Method: Extract Style Name: American Pale Ale Boil Time: 30 min Batch Size: 2.1 gallons (fermentor volume) Boil Size: 1 gallons Boil Gravity: 1.092 Efficiency: 35% (steeping grains only) STATS: Original Gravity: 1.056 Final Gravity: 1.015 ABV (standard): 5.33% IBU (tinseth): 18.79 SRM (morey): 9.92 FERMENTABLES: 2 lb - Liquid Malt Extract - Amber (34.8%) 2 lb - American Ale HME - (late addition) (34.8%) STEEPING GRAINS: 1 lb - American - Pale 2-Row (17.4%) 0.5 lb - American - Caramel / Crystal 10L (8.7%) 4 oz - American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt) (4.3%) HOPS: 0.5 oz - Falconers Flight 7C, Type: Pellet, AA: 10, Use: Boil for 20 min, IBU: 18.79 0.5 oz - Simcoe, Type: Pellet, AA: 12.7, Use: Boil for 0 min 0.5 oz - Falconers Flight 7C, Type: Pellet, AA: 10, Use: Dry Hop for 7 days 0.5 oz - Simcoe, Type: Pellet, AA: 12.7, Use: Dry Hop for 7 days YEAST: Wyeast - American Ale II 1272 Starter: No Form: Liquid Attenuation (avg): 74% Flocculation: High Optimum Temp: 60 - 72 F Pitch Rate: 0.35 (M cells / ml / deg P) TARGET WATER PROFILE: Profile Name: Balanced Profile Ca2: 80 Mg2: 5 Na: 25 Cl: 75 SO4: 80 HCO3: 100 Water Notes: Generated by Brewer's Friend - http://www.brewersfriend.com/
  12. pearlmikejam

    Help Creating a Pale Ale Recipe

    Thanks! I need to go back to the drawing board. The numbers change every time I look at the site without me changing anything. I need to learn how the calculator works. I was expecting to be in the 4 to 5% ABV range and I am getting 2% now. It seems like the HME should be at least 3%. That was a mistake. I chose the wrong item from the drop down. I am getting to that point. I just do not want it to be all a waste. I am fine with it not having the best flavor, but I do not want to waste all this time to brew something that has no ABV. Brewers Friend calculated everything. I am still trying to figure out the calculator.
  13. pearlmikejam

    Help Creating a Pale Ale Recipe

    Does this look right? I am still deciding on the hops, but put this in as a placeholder. Brew Method: Partial Mash Style Name: American Pale Ale Boil Time: 20 min Batch Size: 2.1 gallons (fermentor volume) Boil Size: 3 gallons Boil Gravity: 1.011 Efficiency: 55% (brew house) STATS: Original Gravity: 1.049 Final Gravity: 1.013 ABV (standard): 4.72% IBU (tinseth): 39.05 SRM (morey): 5.28 FERMENTABLES: 1 lb - American - Pale 2-Row (26.7%) 0.5 lb - American - Crystal 10L Millet Malt - Gluten Free (13.3%) 4 oz - American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt) (6.7%) 2 lb - American Ale HME - (late addition) (53.3%) HOPS: 0.5 oz - Falconers Flight 7C, Type: Pellet, AA: 10, Use: Boil for 20 min, IBU: 39.05 0.5 oz - Simcoe, Type: Pellet, AA: 12.7, Use: Boil for 0 min 0.5 oz - Falconers Flight 7C, Type: Pellet, AA: 10, Use: Dry Hop for 7 days 0.5 oz - Simcoe, Type: Pellet, AA: 12.7, Use: Dry Hop for 7 days MASH GUIDELINES: 1) Temperature, Temp: 155 F, Time: 20 min, Amount: 1.5 qt YEAST: Wyeast - American Ale II 1272 Starter: No Form: Liquid Attenuation (avg): 74% Flocculation: High Optimum Temp: 60 - 72 F Pitch Rate: 0.35 (M cells / ml / deg P)
  14. pearlmikejam

    Help Creating a Pale Ale Recipe

    I was thinking the exact same thing with the grains after doing a little research! I am torn on the hops because I do like Simcoe for flavoring, but wanted to brew a basic Pale Ale to see what I can get out of Falconers. I saw that and am basically trying to do that, but with grains instead of the Pale LME. I am struggling to plug the recipe into brewersfriend.com because I am not sure what the LOVI is for the HME.
  15. pearlmikejam

    Help Creating a Pale Ale Recipe

    Thanks for all the feedback. Let me add another wrinkle... I have a Diablo hme. I was going to save that for another batch. Would it be better to add that to the original recipe instead of playing with grain combinations and lme? Unfortunately, my computer is down, so I cannot download qbrew. Is there something comparable for Android or online? That said, if I use the Diablo, should I still reduce the hop boil? My thought is that a longer flavor boil may be needed to overpower the hop combination in the two HMEs. Probably flawed thinking, but I thought I'd ask.
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