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  1. 4 points
    I have a slightly taller dorm fridge for cold crashing, I control it with an Inkbird controller. I can do two LBKs in it but when I remove the shelves the brewmax fermenter just fits. During the initial week of fermentation I tape the probe of the Inkbird to the fermenter below the fluid line and set it at the desired fermentation temp . My basement is 65-68 so after high Krausen I put the fermenter on a shelf (unless it's a lager I need to keep colder).
  2. 3 points
    Drinking 2 bottles after only 1 week? Can tell the difference between sugars? Now, I know you're having fun poking the bear, but none of us want to see @RickBeer get all riled up again. LOL.
  3. 3 points
    This is the one week in the bottle tasting and this is what I have. The smell is clean with hop and citrus, zero off smells. The appearance is a little darker than I expected and it may have just a touch of chill haze, but overall I am not complaining. I have been reading about late extract additions, which should lighten the color and a cold crash may help with the chill haze. Carbonation is, to me, perfect and nothing to change here. Taste, first I would not call this an IPA, but a pale ale and do not get me wrong this is not a bad thing. It has a very nice mid-range bitterness, it is light but with a pop of citrus......more specific grapefruit....there is a pop of grapefruit. There are zero off flavors, sorry getting excited here, but this has to be the most perfect summer time, hot weather beer I have ever had. This is the beer I want when I am at the ballpark watching nine innings in the dog days of August. I know there is the chance they may get better with a little age, but there is a chance that awful off favor takes over and I loose the whole batch. Yes better put a few more in the refrigerator.
  4. 2 points
    Thanks for advice. As Pappazian says, you have to work really hard to screw up making homebrew! Best advice, just RDWHAHB! Which I am able to do now that I have my pipeline going, some ready, some waiting to condition longer like the Kolsch & 1776 Ale. Kolsch after 3 wks conditioning is not bad but is young & needs to carbonate more. I ran out of fiz drops & used boiled DME. that was new! Which I heard can take a bit longer to carbonate. Live & learn:) Will consider not doing ice bath next time. But it's a good way to get temps down fast if using slightly more water with the partial mashes. I started with about 2 quarts of water to steep but most boiled off after DME/hop boil. So I took Scouterbill's advice & had a Voodoo. Yum!
  5. 1 point
    Tasted a sample of first experiment and bottled. Has promise, not bad will sample full bottle after 2 weeks conditioning @ 70. Second experiment. Added 2 packs booster to 4 cups cold water whisked until dissolved. Brought to boil added 1/2 cup honey, boiled 2 minutes. Whisked in 1/2 cup coco powder, removed from heat, covered and let sit 5 minutes. Whisked in American Ale, and continued with water-LBK routine. Added Belle Saison yeast. Found spot in basement that stays 63-66 degrees 24/7 When ready to bottle, using 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar & one drop pure cherry extract. https://www.olivenation.com/cherry-extract.html?&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_sKE1L_M2wIVSwOGCh0kmAanEAAYASAAEgIJHvD_BwE
  6. 1 point
    Yup. https://web.archive.org/web/20160409204917/http://www.mrbeer.com:80/refills/seasonal-refills/australian-sparkling-ale
  7. 1 point
    Well my Nottingham yeast has kicked into high Krausen on my Wee Heavy Winston, and always glad to see that. Who knows maybe it will get great attenuation and be a Wee Heavy instead of a Wee! However it was really bugging me that I had to deviate from my recipe so I exercised my right as a consumer and ordered more grains including Victory, another Churchill, more Crystal 60, and while I was at it another CAL and American Ale for my Pale Ale with Mosaic that turned out so great for a easy drinking summer brew with a bit of ABV kick to it. Lol, also added a can of those Raspberries thinking that a raspberry stout may be in the works. I'm for sure going to have a second entry into the Churchill's challenge, @Bonsai & Brew . I got a few pounds of Golden Promise 2-row and will use part of it for an Irish red ale, but thinking i will use some for a Churchill recipe.
  8. 1 point
    You can find it here: https://us.diybeer.com/thomas-coopers-innkeepers-daughter-sparkling-ale-brew-can While this is for 6-gallon batches when using the Enhancer, without the Enhancer, it is the same extract as the seasonal one we had and will work in 2 gallons.
  9. 1 point
    Passed it a couple of weeks ago. Judging this weekend at the Ohio State Fair.
  10. 1 point
    One week later and I would probably be there. Hoping to make the list for the BJCP exam on the 23rd.
  11. 1 point
    You can also buy a soft cooler bag/larger back pack cooler or a back pack cooler. put the brew max in and stand the bag up. Some are expensive, others are cheap. Thinking something like this - http://www.amazon.com/Freddie-Sebbie-Collapsible-Insulated-Perfect/dp/B01CNWOI4G/ref=sr_1_12?s=outdoor-recreation&ie=UTF8&qid=1463847103&sr=1-12&keywords=soft+cooler Another option is the Cool Brewing bag. It is bigger than what you need, but then if you ever move to a bigger bucket you'll be ready. http://www.amazon.com/Cool-Brewing-LLC-5B-YTCW-X9LG-Fermentation/dp/B008EKD7CQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1463846980&sr=8-1&keywords=cool+brewing+fermentation+cooler If I ever get a 6 gallon fermenter, I am probably using this. (since I don't think the six gallon would fit in my fridge.)
  12. 1 point
    Before I built my fermentation chamber, I would use 2 storage totes that you can buy at any big box store for 5 bucks. I would put the fermenter in one of them and then invert the other on top of it and use 1/2 gallon frozen milk bottles to keep the temperature where I needed it to be. Not as insulated as a cooler but it works. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-18-Gallon-Tote-Box-Multiple-Colors-Available-in-Case-of-8-or-Single-Unit/36128070
  13. 1 point
    Are you referring to my avatar? That's "Mangix the Brewmaster" from the video game, "DOTA" (Defense of the Ancients). While I consider myself a gamer, I'm not really into MOBA (multi-player online battle arena) style games like DOTA or League of Legends (I'm a FPS guy), but I really like the lore behind this character. "Deep in the Wailing Mountains, in a valley beneath the Ruined City, the ancient Order of the Oyo has for centuries practiced its rites of holy reverie, communing with the spirit realm in grand festivals of drink. Born to a mother’s flesh by a Celestial father, the youth known as Mangix was the first to grow up with the talents of both lineages. He trained with the greatest aesthetes of the Order, eventually earning, through diligent drunkenness, the right to challenge for the title of Brewmaster—that appellation most honored among the contemplative malt-brewing sect. As much drinking competition as mortal combat, Mangix for nine days drank and fought the elder master. For nine nights they stumbled and whirled, chugged and struck, until at last the elder warrior collapsed into a drunken stupor, and a new Brewmaster was named. Now the new, young Brewmaster calls upon the strength of his Oyo forebears to speed his staff. When using magic, it is to his spirit ancestors that he turns. Like all Brewmasters before him, he was sent out from his people with a single mission. He wanders the land, striving toward enlightenment through drink, searching for the answer to the ancient spiritual schism—hoping to think the single thought that will unite the spirit and physical planes again." Yes, I am a nerd.
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