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  1. Everything looks good, but like John pointed out, the honey probably won't give you what you were looking for. I haven't used it, but for honey flavor you should use honey malt. The honey flavor is fermentable so it won't be in the final product. Your beer will just be drier and more ABV. I don't think there are any issues with the vanilla bean. The addition of the honey will probably push your conditioning time a couple of weeks as well. Either way, it sounds like a tasty beer!
  2. Thanks, Phil. Definitely a work in progress. I learned from my mistakes and I think I still made an awesome beer! Since I know wheat beers are one of my favorites I know I have the basics and a platform for what I want. The lessons learned will translate to all my other brews as well. And as far as the PP, if anyone really wants to see it I will try to post it. I am not at home for the next couple days, but I can. There isn't much to it. I spent most of the time talking, with just a few pictures and main ideas on some slides.
  3. Just a question about this, my email addresses are the same for both sites, so I think I might be good. The problem is on the MB order site I ended up using a credit card with my wife's name on it, so the emails I get at my email address have her name on them. Hopefully this does not affect my profile during the update.
  4. An update for anyone who is interested in the progress of my brew, I tried a small sample the other day. It was pretty good! If you are not familiar with Falconer's Flight hops, the grapefruit aroma is awesome. Really pleased with the results of the aroma add. Now for the downside. Yankeedag imparted some wisdom on me, telling me you learn a lot from your first original recipe, and I did. It didn't turn out exactly how I wanted. I was looking for a slightly more bitter wheat beer with some awesome citrus notes, and the grapefruit. In my search for slightly more bitterness I added the Mt. Hood to the recipe. Playing in qBrew I got the IBU target I wanted. What I did not pay attention to was placing my Mt. Hood and FF additions too close, and perhaps not enough time for full flavor from the FF. The result was still good, and I am still happy with the beer so far, but I think I left room for the Mt. Hood to mask the grapefruit flavor profile I wanted. Next time I will pay closer attention, either leaving out Mt. Hood entirely, or cutting the amount down a few grams and pushing it out further away from a flavor boil. I still look forward to bottling and drinking a delicious beer, but the learning experience was invaluable.
  5. I kind of like the idea of doing this. You never know what you will get. Maybe it will keep you from over thinking a beer. Not sure what your pipeline situation is, but if you get down to an ounce or so of hops and throw them in with mystery grain to "clean out" the closet you might get some good beers for a really cheap cost.
  6. I have been using 4 frozen 20 oz Gatorade bottles, rotating out one to two bottles every 6-12 hours. You might be surprised how long the ice will actually last. We had a few warmer days last week and with two bottles my temps never got above 70.
  7. Dave, I am a little late to this thread, but it looks like an awesome IPA. I, like you, don't like the super in your face bitterness of IPA's, but I am learning to like the flavor and complexity of them. Your recipe seems to bring the best of both worlds together. Definitely a recipe worth looking at. Also, to add a pointer, you said the hop addition schedule threw you off because you needed to keep resetting the timer. If I may suggest that if you have a smart phone or an iPad or similar device the Brew Timer app. It allows you to set your schedule in advance for all sorts of events and then the timer goes off and tells you to make your hop addition. I have used it twice and found it to be great. I set my hops in dishes in order from first to last, and just grab it when the timer goes off and throw it in. Just a helpful tip from a newb, FWIW.
  8. Never tried making soda. The first thing that comes to mind is the champagne yeast. I don't know why, but with my hard cider I didn't get any carbonation out of it, and that was echoed by others that had tried to make cider. Like I said, I am no expert, but it seems to me like the champagne yeast just doesn't carb that well. Perhaps others will correct my mistakes, but that is my gut feeling.
  9. Tough to say, some beers can overflow at the 2.13 gallon mark, some won't at the top of the "Q", which is about 2.5 gallons. Safely I would say somewhere in that range.
  10. How to Brew by Palmer. I have it, read it several times and feel like I learn more every time I read it. Also, I hear there is an Idiots Guide to Homebrewing which may also be helpful.
  11. It is unfortunate you must go on hiatus, but a home reno seems like it might be a worthy venture. Good luck and happy brewing, whenever you get back to it!
  12. The amount you use will be dependent on your recipe. What are you making, and what do you want out of your steeping grains? For my two recipes I used 1/4 lb. (4 ounces) in one, and my other will be 1/2 lb. I would say 20oz would be overwhelming in a LBK sized batch. The general rule for steeping is 1 gallon per pound, or 1 quart for 1/4 lb.
  13. No cinnamon, just sugar.
  14. "Pengins27" post=367520 said:I also am very curious as to the amount of priming sugars in a 12oz bottle. Any help? I went with 1/4 teaspoon on this one. I based that on Phil's Bubba's Hard citrus punch, which he said carbed up well with 1/4 teaspoon. There is one in the fridge now, when SWMBO opens it up I will update the progress.
  15. Maintaining that excitement might be hard at first. The hardest part of this hobby is the patience. The Aztec was my first brew as well. It definitely benefited from more time in the bottle. The last one I had was probably closer to 8 weeks and it tasted better than the ones at 4.
  16. What size bottle are you using finsfan? If you are using the 1L bottles, I say go with 1.5 teaspoons. For 12 oz. I do .5 teaspoon. The ScrewyBrewer calculator will tell you what you need for everything in between. Also, Welcome to the forum!
  17. I started with 1lb in the pot. It was dark even then. Did the 30min boil, added 1.5 lbs.
  18. I'm hoping it turns out the way I want it to. It seems a little dark, though. The wheat DME seemed to be really dark, even pre-boil.
  19. Welcome to the forum jammerb! I am actually surprised you had that good of carbonation at 7 days! I think you are on track about taking them out of the fridge and allowing the conditioning to happen. About 4 weeks in bottle is where I started drinking my Aztec. It got better the longer it sat. Have a little patience, but Congrats!!! YOU MADE BEER!!
  20. Well, after being super busy the last couple weeks and not being on the Borg a whole lot, I finally have some time to brew up my 'Murican Wheat Ale! 'Murican Wheat Ale Recipe: 'Murican Wheat Ale Style: American Wheat Beer Brewer: JimH Batch 2.5 gal Extract Recipe Characteristics: Recipe Gravity 1.039 OG Estimated FG 1.010 FG Recipe Bitterness: 23 IBU Alcohol by Volume: 3.7% Recipe Color 7° SRM Ingredients Quantity Grain Type Use 0.25 lb Crystal 40 [steeped] 2.50 lb Munton's Wheat DME Extract Quantity Hop Type Time 0.50 oz Mt. Hood Pellet 30 minutes 0.25 oz Falconers Flight Pellet 15 minutes 0.25 oz Falconers Flight Pellet 5 minutes 1.00 unit Fermentis US-05 Dry Ale Yeast
  21. MB's no rinse sanitizer is just that, a sanitizer. Oxiclean is not a sanitizer, it is a cleaner, more like dish soap. You could rinse it out, and then you still need to use a sanitizer, whether it's MB or StarSan.
  22. Cold will stop the carbonation and conditioning process. Yeast will go to sleep in the refrigerator. If you are using PET bottles then think about the hardness of a brand new soda bottle. That is the hardness you are looking for.
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