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  2. i may go with that. i intended to brew it today, but work stuff was way too busy. this weekend?
  3. Pretty much fleshed out in BS, a Dusseldorf Alt which tends to be a bit more bitter than its Northern Grm cousin. I've done both styles and like them. Judges may or may not like me merging a bit of both styles in this recipe, but I don't care, this is for me, but I'll send it to my next comp and see how it fares. After that I'm going back to my mini brewbucket and an LBK and brew my Witbier in the mini brew bucket and a Red Ale in the LBK. I've got pretty solid recipes for both in BS and will keep the tweaks to a minimum. Those three brews should carry me until after the first of the year and then thinking of trying a Maibock.
  4. Hidden Lake is a tasty brew.
  5. my wda is a success. i bottled on tuesday 11/12 after cold crashing for 3 days. filled 10 750ml bottles and i had about 8 oz left over. it had a great taste. i'll try the trub bottle after 4 weeks. thanks for all the help folks, i was close to tossing this batch.
  6. When crafting a recipe, I usually look at my inventory of yeast and work back from there. Figure out the style and brew something you enjoy drinking.🍻 You've got a nice supply of fermentables there but I would save the robust LMEs for another brew. Bewitched plays nicely into malty styles so you could definitely use up some of your light/pale extracts though. It might be a good time to ask the Forum for everyone's favorite Bewitched Amber Ale recipe... When in doubt, always partial-mash. Here are some other ideas: https://community.mrbeer.com/topic/36584-warlock-doppelbock/?tab=comments#comment-463879 http://support.mrbeer.com/support/solutions/articles/13000042781-heathers-scotch-ale-recipe-instructions
  7. ok, so i have a Mr. Beer question for the group. I have a can of Bewitched Amber Ale that I would like to brew. I also have 1 lb of briess pilsen light dme, and 1 lb of dark dme. i have 2 mrb robust lme's and 1 pale lme. endless leftover hops in the freezer too. i could also go to the LHBS and get some grains if necessary. How should I brew this? Edit: looking through the recipes, i'm thinking Hidden Lake Amber Ale? what else?
  8. Boy i tell you, this week... unexpected $800 car bill, my toilet is clogged, we got put on mandatory overtime, ITS WINTER ALL OF A SUDDEN. All these things dragging me down. But then the ups man shows up with an early xmas present from a friend and theres two beer kits in the box. Things are looking up
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  10. brewing on friday. got a recipe for a clone of lawson's ipa "sip of sunshine". anyone had it? I can't get it here in Tx. I believe that they are out of CT. Heard it is awesome, so of course I have to try it. have all the ingredients, which is a ton of hops. excited to brew again. brewing a 5.5 gallon batch.
  11. Final brew day notes: I added a little more than half a tsp lactic acid near the end of the boil to target a pH of 4.5. OG was 1.053. K-97 fermentation wasted no time taking off and it looks like I have made beer.
  12. As I'm brewing this in real time, I will spare everyone pictures of boiling wort. Hop additions are as crafted with commando Magnum but hop-sacked Hallertau flavor/aroma additions.
  13. Surprisingly, once the cereal mash dilutes into the full mash, you will hardly notice any difference at all from using malted wheat. I was able to lauter (per usual) using the sink rinse attachment and recovered my pre-boil volume with no trouble. Of course with BIAB you can squeeze, strike, or otherwise manipulate your grain bag to get all those sugars, so a "stuck sparge" really doesn't come into play.
  14. I bet you got some sticky dough balls with that! Did you use any rice hulls? That looks like a lot of work.
  15. Just a couple more rests before mash-out: about 20 min. @ 146 beta rest, then 20 min. @ 158 F for the alpha sacchs.
  16. Well done! That was a very easy-drinking and flavorful wit and thanks for sharing.
  17. Haha, I recognize that Wit! Hope it met with your approval. I'm not a big wheat fan but I can drink Erdlinger Wit, and modeled this brew as close as I could get to theirs.
  18. While waiting for the protein rest, this is the perfect time to enjoy a beer. Who needs Hoegaarden when you can be enjoying a wonderful wit from Twocan Brewery?🍻
  19. What a sticky, gooey mess! This is exactly what you want to add to the main mash to hit the first step, 134 F.
  20. Let's brew the raw wheat version including both cereal- and step-mashes. Cereal mash 1.5 lbs of double-milled raw wheat. Steep in 1 gallon of well water for 20 min. then bring to rolling boil to gelatinize the starches. Boil 25-30 min.
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  22. Tomorrow I'll be brewing BIAB with an element inside the kettle, not using the induction burner. Once I hit mash temp I'll turn off the element add the bag, then the grains and dough in. I'll manually stir and add heat as needed, though now that I think about it I could clamp the whirlpool hose to the top of the kettle and create a recirculation. Then I could just set the controller at 25-30% power and should get a decent heat distribution throughout the mash.
  23. Well, with a rims, youll need another element. Keep in mind one heat source is for the mash and then youll need one for the boil. So if you just have one induction burner, youll need another element of some kind. I think im up to date on your set up, i dont recall another heat source. If you have the whirlpool port set up then you should be good with that as your return. If youre thinking about my problems with such a temp difference in the mash and wort around my basket, my problem is that my basket has a very find mesh. Its almost like a wall in there. But stirring frequently helps youll be fine with just a biab set up and one burner. Youll just have to stir more often at worst. If youre using a brew bag then you should be covered. You dont have an element inside the kettle so you wont get scorching. id just give the new set up a few test runs and then youll know what it can and cant do.
  24. Changed the name of my brew tomorrow from Booty Call to "Night Moves", after listening to Bob Seger's tune. I'm pretty much going to brew on the new rig the way I have been, just to check out the whole system. However, I think that to best take advantage of the features offered by the controller, I'm going to need to drill out the kettle lid and install a spray return, RIMS, so that I'll have a more consistent temp gradient throughout. What think you @Creeps McLane?
  25. BTW just to add to my previous post - NEVER use a sponge! Paper towel for all cleaning and dispose of before moving onto a new surface.
  26. Me: look it wife, I ordered everything on this app for groceries this week. 
     

    Wife: thats cool, where at? 
     

    me: woodmans (the furthest store away with the most gigantic beer selection)

     

    wife: oh I see whats happening here

     

    me: (Smiling) what do you mean???

  27. After a while sanitizing becomes part of the routine. I go so far as to sanitize the stove top, back splash and range hood. I also completely do the sink, faucet and handles, and of course all the counter tops and cabinet pulls. Sounds excessive, but I also bake bread occasionally and I don't want those other yeast around. All equipment gets a good dunk, and like a surgeon, I set up a sterile field. Don't forget your hands! Downstairs where I store my keg and bottles, the plastic table-top gets a good wipe down too. BTW - your spouse will love you for the extra clean kitchen!
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