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  1. Has anyone used the newer or older refills to make 1 gallon batches. I was thinking of taking my one can of Pilothouse Pilsner and do a 1 gallon batch with Strawberries.
  2. Take the 5 gallon recipe quantities and then multiply them by .425 and it scales down to the 2.125 gallon range If its 6 gallon recipe then multiply by .354
  3. Get StarSan. That No-Rinse stuff just was not cutting it.
  4. Qbrew clocked that recipe at 82IBU's so I was thinking I was too high.
  5. "jivex5k" post=335663 said: "kmccarthy27" post=335661 said: "jivex5k" post=335626 said:Hop tea will work well, you wont have to wait to dry hop it. But I noticed you said it's been fermenting for 18 day, you could thow in a half oz of hops and leave them in for a week and then bottle. I fear dry hopping, the two times I did it I got infections (and all I did was toss in the hops?) That's weird. It can't be the hops themselves, they are anti bacterial by nature, unless you have them just lying around or something. My only thought would be something either infected it before you dry hopped, or got into it when you opened the container to dry hop. When I throw hops in for a dry hop I make sure to sanitize the lid itself before taking it off, and all around the lid area as well. And my hands, and the knife that cuts open the hop package, and the hop package itself before I open it. I think its more the taking the lid off, I have a very old house, and there is no telling if my basement is that safe to be able to do that. My plan is to do a test batch where I bring the LBK upstairs in my dining room to dry hop and see what happens.
  6. "jivex5k" post=335626 said:Hop tea will work well, you wont have to wait to dry hop it. But I noticed you said it's been fermenting for 18 day, you could thow in a half oz of hops and leave them in for a week and then bottle. I fear dry hopping, the two times I did it I got infections (and all I did was toss in the hops?)
  7. "haerbob3" post=335607 said:you can do a hop tea if you batch prime that will add a lot of hop flavor and aroma Do you have directions on that?
  8. "Joechianti" post=335605 said:I'm no big IPA person, but it does seem to me like one ounce total for 3 plus lbs of malt would make for a fairly mild hops experience. That's about what I would put for a balanced brew. I'm not saying it won't be a delicious beer at all. I'm sure it will. I'm just not sure it will be a hop forward beer. You could plug the malt and hops into a software program to get an idea of what kind of IBU you might be looking at. It was actually 1.75oz .5oz @ 60 .25oz @ 20 .25oz @ 10 .25oz @ 5 .5oz @ Flameout Nugget has a AA of around 13 which is why I thought it would be more hoppy
  9. So I made the following recipe: Pilsen Light DME - 3lbs Crystal 60L - .31lbs US05 Yeast Nugget Hops: .5oz @ 60 .25oz @ 20, 10, 5 .5oz @ Flameout No dry hop SG: 1.061 Its been fermenting for 18 days now and I took a hydrometer measurement and its clocking in at 1.012. I am thinking the fermentation is done. In tasting the hydrometer sample, I am not getting any hoppy-ness taste I was expecting for an IPA. The only hoppy-ness I get was almost in the after taste. Is that taste going to develop more when I bottle it? Should I bottle it? Could the Crystal 60 flavors overtake the hops.
  10. I use one for 16oz grolsch bottles so I would think 2 should be fine for 1L
  11. I made the Powerful Patriot Ale 2 weeks ago and I used both packets. I have always used WLP stuff before and used the whole vial and those are like 2 packets, so it should be fine.
  12. Its what I used yesterday for mine. Its Krausening
  13. I am starting in a new position at work that is essentially something on call but otherwise I would be good with Feb 23. SWMBO is going away that other weekend so can't do that because I will have the little SWMBO.
  14. Just do what I do. Study up for your next beer.
  15. "Gizmo" post=313969 said:Welcome Darrylovia! I'm not too far from you (would be closer if it weren't for the damn bridge!). I'm in Fort Meade and occassionally use Annapolis Homebrew for my LHBS needs, though find Maryland Homebrew to be a little more sociable and it's prices are usually cheaper. I live near Baltimore, and you are so correct about Maryland Homebrew, they are great guys always willing to help. I went to Annapolis Homebrew and I felt if I went to Maryland Homebrew I would have been out the door in less than 10 minutes. BTW Maryland Homebrew is more hands on too, as you are allowed to select and mill your own grain. At Annapolis Homebrew I waited in line 40 mins for 1/2lb of Crystal 40.
  16. I wonder if this works: http://www.nectresse.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Branded&utm_term=nectresse&utm_content=sXnB8B6aI|pcrid|16318710633|pkw|nectresse|pmt|e Its essentially Splenda Branded Sweenter (Orange Packet) which is made from Monk Fruit. You would think if it came from a fruit it should.
  17. I am not sure if they have a Mr Beer recipe for it but an Shandy maybe the way to go.
  18. "asnider" post=309335 said: "kmccarthy27" post=309222 said:I have used the 2.5 gallon version of these these: http://www.containerstore.com/shop/kitchen/refrigeratorFreezer?productId=10006448 All I did when I got it was drill a hole in the top to put an Air Lock in. And they only cost $7 at Walmart :-) I used to have one of those, actually. Got rid of it for unimportant reasons, but I might go and pick up another. "Connie" post=309243 said:You can get more LBKs here online for 10.00 each Unfortunately, the shipping prices to Canada mean that it would actually be cheaper for me to buy the overpriced LBK from BB&B. My own advice with this is when you do it to make sure you measure everything you put in because the jug is not as rigid as the LBK and the side will bulge slightly. So where I measured 2.13gal when I pressed the sites straight I had close to 2.5gal. It still does the job, and the stout was good :-)
  19. I have used the 2.5 gallon version of these these: http://www.containerstore.com/shop/kitchen/refrigeratorFreezer?productId=10006448 All I did when I got it was drill a hole in the top to put an Air Lock in. And they only cost $7 at Walmart :-)
  20. So I decided to lower that down the Crystal 40 to 0.25lbs and then when I get to changing the steeping amounts in future batches increase that.
  21. "Joechianti" post=308341 said:Thanks, Jim. That's the impression I got. I'm headed to LHBS today for a few items and saw that sale. Think I'll do the same as you said, get some uncracked and have it at the house when needed. I'm the same way, like to have choices available and don't like to make a whole trip just for one little item, so Itry to keep stocked up. Of course, watching expiration dates and such is the trick. My big project right now is to create a very basic 'test' recipe that I can change up only the hops in each time so I can isolate the hops enough to familiarize myself with their different qualities. I'm thinking one base grain and one crystal grain should make a pleasant enough base brew to try out all the hops on. BTW, I have also found, like everyone here has said, that a little crystal goes a long way, so 8 ounces for an LBK is plenty, for sure. Depending on the beer, it could even be too much, especially the higher numbered ones. This is exactly what I am trying to do, but I am limiting myself to one steeping grain so after I do this with a few hops I can keep the hop the same and change/add steeping grains.
  22. I got a good deal on Nugget Hops and decided to try and make a IPA recipe with them. I have seen others like it online but here is what I came up with: 3 lbs Pilsen Light DME 1 lb Crystal 40L Hop Schedule..all with Nugget: .4 oz @ 60min .2 oz @ 20min .2 oz @ 15min .2 oz @ 10min .2 oz @ 5 min .4 oz @ 0 My question is, Is that too much Crystal 40 to use as specialty grains?
  23. Thanks, it amazing when you sit and have time to think about your own processes you start nit picking yourself
  24. I am working on planning my 9th batch and had a weird thing come to mind process-wise for me. When you Sanitize the bottles with the No Rinse Sanitizer and dump it out, should I let the bottles dry before bottling? Or should I fine dumping whatever liquid out that I can bottle from there? I have been doing the later of the two and the beer has come out fine, and thought maybe it will make some difference.
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