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Jdub

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    Jdub got a reaction from Shrike in Dry Recipes?   
    i would vote for the horse's ass ale recipe. it's got honey plus the base is the Classic American Light HME. Pretty light, clean and dry recipe. I added some corn sugar the 1st time I brewed it and it was quite dry. American Ale HME is a bit on the heavy side for me, but I have used it several times.
     
    JDub
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    Jdub reacted to zorak1066 in Starting to think about HME and LME   
    as for the unwritten law Bdawg i think it is written somewhere but it's in sumerian text and i dont read cuneiform. one of the lines in the Song of Ninkasi surely goes:
     
    Ninkasi, blessed are we for we have  beer
    and blessed be those to it we treat
    but cursed be the fool who on receiving it
    uses your beer to soak his meat!
     
     
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    Jdub reacted to BDawg62 in Starting to think about HME and LME   
    If he is choosing to drink MichUltra over your homebrew it is time to cut him off.
     
    I have cut off two of my nephews after they brought a 12 of MichUltra to my Thanksgiving dinner knowing that I have all of the homebrew they could want.  They don't even get it offered to them yet I offer to others who are there.  My wife says that is mean spirited but I say there are unwritten laws that have been broken and they should be punished.
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    Jdub reacted to D Kristof in Starting to think about HME and LME   
    For the last couple of years, my wife's nephew has been providing me with venison jerky. Because it tasted so good and different than in the past, I asked him what the secret was for making jerky. He told me, he marinates the venison in milk...and some of my homebrew. Got a kick out of that until I discovered that's all he was using the beer for. He has his fridge stocked with MichUltra. I'm torn between providing more jerky ingredients to him or sharing it with my side of the family. 
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    Jdub got a reaction from Shrike in Starting to think about HME and LME   
    asking the group....am I a bad person because I don't want to share with my neighbors b/c I know they won't give me my bottles back?😂
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    Jdub got a reaction from efdbrian in lagering is soooooo long   
    ive brewed 3 lagers and started drinking all of them after 9 weeks total and they were really good.
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    Jdub reacted to zorak1066 in Starting to think about HME and LME   
    there is nothing wrong with doing things just for you.. or friends who respect your bottle return policy. now if the neighbor were trading you something like vegs from the garden or some meat from a hunt i wouldnt have a problem.  i'd trade some homebrew they liked for some boar or deer  meat easy.
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    Jdub got a reaction from Shrike in Starting to think about HME and LME   
    asking the group....am I a bad person because I don't want to share with my neighbors b/c I know they won't give me my bottles back?😂
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    Jdub reacted to Shrike in Starting to think about HME and LME   
    I love having #homebrewproblems.  😃
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    Jdub got a reaction from kedogn in Starting to think about HME and LME   
    i will get it for sure. Thanks to this forum, my eyes are opening more and more all the time as to what is out there. Only problem is.....I have so much beer at the house now that I can't keep up with it after roughly 15 batches this year.
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    Jdub got a reaction from Cato in Starting to think about HME and LME   
    thanks for the tips....I am checking out that Beersmith website too. looks like a good program. They have a bunch of all grain recipes out there that you can scale easily with the software.
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    Jdub got a reaction from D Kristof in Starting to think about HME and LME   
    true...who says i have to use exactly 2.5 gallons. good point. thanks!
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    Jdub reacted to Cato in Starting to think about HME and LME   
    LOL, you are right BDawg. When I went on vacation to a family gathering in OBX, I took a six pack from each of my pipeline brews and hosted a flight night one evening. I came back with a lot of empty bottles!
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    Jdub reacted to BDawg62 in Starting to think about HME and LME   
    Invite a few friends over and your problem will be solved.
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    Jdub got a reaction from Cato in Starting to think about HME and LME   
    thanks for the tips....I am checking out that Beersmith website too. looks like a good program. They have a bunch of all grain recipes out there that you can scale easily with the software.
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    Jdub reacted to RickBeer in Starting to think about HME and LME   
    Many of us always put 2.5 gallons in.
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    Jdub reacted to Cato in Starting to think about HME and LME   
    It seems like my higher gravity brews need more room for krausen, so 6.5 or higher I just go to the 2 gal mark or maybe a little over. Otherwise I'll go to 2.25 or 2.5 depending on my OG and how many hop sacks I'm going to end up with. Those pellets can really soak up some wort!
     
    Overflows are a pain to clean up in my mini fridge so watching my estimated OG in Qbrew, actual OG, and yeast selection help me in determining what volume I'll shoot for. Others more experienced than me may have a better method, but so far that has worked for me with the LBK fermenters.
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    Jdub reacted to Cato in Starting to think about HME and LME   
    I halve those 5 gal. recipes, or if I need to be more precise I'll scale it to 43% for a 2.13 gal batch and run it through Qbrew to make sure my numbers line up.
     
    I know you're using temp control, so it's weird that you are still getting off flavors.
     
    Must be that hot Texas weather causing some yeast stress!
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    Jdub got a reaction from TonyKZ1 in splitting a 5 gallon all grain recipe?   
    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.
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    Jdub reacted to Gutterbunnie in SMASH & BIAB   
    Today I brewed my 2nd AG attempt, a Voodoo Ranger IPA clone, BIAB. All in all it went pretty well. Took me  5 hours  (including clean-up) compared to a Mr Beer partial mash which takes on average, 1.5 hours. And that's usually because I'm not in a hurry. I've definitely noticed that not being able to sparge efficiently using the bag is seriously affecting my overall efficiency. But, I listened, and I stuck to recipe & paid attention to process.  I didn't try to hit a specific OG. No late DME additions. As I've read time & time again, better to chase flavor than alcohol. I think the hops will shine through in this one - the hydrometer sample had great hop aromas (didn't notice any overpowering malt like last MOFF SMASH). My LHBS gave me some pointers & suggested I use  IBU calculations - so I used this: https://www.brewersfriend.com/ibu-calculator/.  Used a few specialty grains in addition to the 2Row base grain, & used 4 hops: Chinook, Simcoe, Mosaic & Cascade. I'm going to dry hop @ 7 days. I look forward to trying this one!
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    Jdub reacted to Palmetto Brew in American Lager   
    OK this is my 4th batch of brew and I think I'm getting pretty good at this.  This is a standard American Lager and it turned out great!  My neighbor who always taste my latest brew with me said I haven't made one yet he didn't like. 

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    Jdub reacted to Creeps McLane in Rhizomes   
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    Jdub reacted to Bonsai & Brew in Calidelic Mandarin IPA ?   
    The solar eclipse provided an excellent opportunity to enjoy a Calidelic Mandarin IPA at 9822 ft. elevation near the continental divide in Wyoming!
     

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    Jdub reacted to Cato in 2018 Churchills Challenge   
    Bottled Wee Heavy Winston- So named  early on by  @Bonsai & Brew , and my entry into his Churchill's Challenge.
     
    Hydrometer sample was tasty, always a good sign.
     
    My cobbled together recipe from checking out Northern English style ales, and Scotch Ales and marrying some bits of each.
     
    1 can Churchill's HME
    1 MB Robust LME
    4 oz two-row Malt
    4 oz. Vienna Malt
    4 oz Crystal 60 Malt
    .5 oz Roasted Barley
    1/2 cup honey
    1 oz Heather Tips
    1 oz Willamete hops
    1 packet of Danstar Nottingham Dry Ale yeast
    OG-1.067
    FG- 1.014
    ABV- 6.9%
     
    Mashed grains for 30 minutes at 160 F and sparged with 1 cup hot water.
    Added LME and brought to boil and added .5 oz of Willamete for 15 min. and 1/2 cup of honey with 5 min. left in boil and then flameout.
    Added Churchills HME and hopsack with .5 oz of Willamete and 1 oz of heather tips, then mixed with chilled spring water in LBK and pitched yeast at 74F.
    Fermented for 18 days at 64F and cold crashed for 3 days.
     
    Yield was 18 12 oz glass bottles and one 740ml PET.
     
    Oh yeah, Got to try out my new bench capper. I like it. Easy to adjust and spring loaded with a positive stop when the cap is completely crimped.

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    Jdub reacted to Cato in 2018 Churchills Challenge   
    My first attempt at the Churchill's challenge did not go without some stress, but in the end I made beer.
     
    1 can Hme- Churchills
    1 brewmax LME-robust
    4oz. 2 row
    4 oz. Crystal 60
     4oz. Vienna
    .5oz. Roasted Barley
    1/2 cup honey last 5 min. of boil
    .5 oz. Willamette boiled 15 min.
    .5oz. Willamette last 5 min. of boil
    1.oz. Heather tips last 5 min of boil
    Danstar Nottingham yeast
    All grains mashed for 30 min at 160F
     
    Overcooked my first mash because my temp probe wasn't deep enough in the mash water and was reading far less than actual. If it hadn't been for the roasted barley, I might have considered going with it, but there went my only Victory grains. Crap, my bad, but time to shift gears. So I had back up grains for all but the Victory, so subbed Vienna, changed to my digital probe and back to the races.
     
    I've got a new kettle and it did it's part just fine. I really like having a larger size, as hot break is no biggie compared to worrying about boil over. Also, draining the wort  through a hose is super convenient.
     
    So, with this now hybrid batch I was shooting for OG of 1.074, what I got was 1.067. Lol, might not be a Wee Heavy Winston, and not a Northern style English ale, but I'm holding out that it'll be tasty nonetheless.
     




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