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About Jdub

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  1. Jdub

    Starting to think about HME and LME

    Dawg...I picked up a 5 gal recipe over the weekend. I measured out 2.5 gallons in my LBK and damn near goes to the top. Is there enough overhead with 2.5 gal in there to allow krausen without a keg explosion? Or can I probably expect an overflow? I will just have to find out I guess. Or.....use 40% of everything for the recipe, but I don't want leftover stuff I have to store. I just want to make it and if I like it, make it again, or mod it.
  2. i just bought a 5 gallon dme kit at my LHBS today. i am just going to cut everything in 1/2 and do a 2.5 gal batch in my LBK. i will save other 1/2 for later after seeing how the 1st 1/2 goes.
  3. Jdub

    Helles Bock

    Did you carb for three weeks and then put in the fridge to lager? That’s what I’m gonna do. I have another lager (negra modelo clone) in the fridge now.
  4. Jdub

    Helles Bock

    That’s good enough for me. I will wait 3 weeks. Thanks
  5. Jdub

    Helles Bock

    I just brewed this Helles bock today. Added 1/2 cup honey. Have it in the cooler and shooting for 55 deg. Question: how long did you ferment? Instructions say 2 weeks. I am used to going 3.
  6. Jdub

    Starting to think about HME and LME

    Right...can’t see going over 1 cup for a lbk recipe. If dry means less sweet like I think it does, I’m down with that. Don’t care much for sweet beer.
  7. Jdub

    Starting to think about HME and LME

    @BDawg62 @Cato thanks to both of you. I don’t know what it is......I’m starting to think about what @Creeps McLane and some others have said about adding honey. I just tasted my 2nd round of horse’s ass ale last night. Has 1 cup honey and I steeped honey malt and added lme this time. Was drier (which I like) and less apple taste. I’m going to start doing more honey. I have a few hme cans that I need to brew bc of expiration dates of the yeast....etc. then I will go get a dme recipe. My local HBS sells dme kits already pre-packed like mr beer kits. I can just 1/2 it. Yes it it is hotter than $&#@ here this time of year, but it’s amazing the temp I can get in my coolers. Works good. Have a good weekend all.
  8. Jdub

    Starting to think about HME and LME

    Dawg....the problem is all of the recipes out there are for 5 gallons. Is there a good dme recipe for 2 gal batches? Or should I just half them? I have had way too much apple cider tasting beer and I’m getting a little disheartened as well. I use gallon spring water from Kroger and follow the PM recipes to a T. Maybe the solution is letting them condition for several months?
  9. Jdub

    Black Beer'd porter

    BBP is the best beer I’ve made out of 14 batches. Love it. Needs to age quite a while though. Worth it.
  10. Jdub

    I cannot lager

    Ok thanks Josh. I will do just that. It’s a negra modelo clone recipe and I can’t wait to try it.
  11. Jdub

    I cannot lager

    So I just bottled a lager last week. 3 weeks in lbk at ~55 deg, last 3 days diacetyl rest at ~65 then bottled. Will carb for 3 weeks and then what? Put it all in the fridge for a few weeks? Not sure what to do.
  12. Jdub

    First partial mash attempt & newbie mistakes

    I made BBP earlier this year. I was adding heat to my pot during the steeping process and got distracted. Next thing I know the temp is 180-ish for a short while. I was really concerned. Beer turned out great. Better now that it’s several months conditioned. By the way I don’t cool the wort down ( ice bath ). The cold water in the lbk is sufficient for that unless you use excessive water for steeping. Good luck!
  13. I live in a very warm climate and I’m able to maintain mid 60’s with one normal size frozen water bottle every 24 hrs in a Coleman cooler.
  14. Jdub

    Conditioning/Cider flavor

    I’m starting to wonder about conditioning temps. I store all mine upstairs where the temp is 68-78. I always figured it’s supposed to be warmer for conditioning. Don’t have a constantly cool place like a basement to store in.
  15. Jdub

    Conditioning/Cider flavor

    The only thing that I can think of is the water. That is the one constant for me. I use Walmart or Kroger gallon jugs of spring water. My temps for fermenting are in the low to mid 60’s. I still get that apple cider taste. Will let some of these condition longer and see what happens.