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  1. After two weeks in the primary and then ten days in the secondary, today i have primed my White House Honey Ale and am bottling it in about an hour!
  2. So my blueberry Ale tasted super green after two weeks, bottled my copper honey ale about 9 days ago and tried an early bottle...wow! it tastes great, not even green after that short time, nice and creamy with a slight bitterness....after a couple more weeks it should be primo! Outside in the sunlight! inside the house first pour! Bottling my White House Honey ale today after two weeks int he primary and 10 days in the secondary!
  3. "Jim Johnson" post=351994 said:nice set up! :cheers: Added another fermenting bucket to the mix, picked it up on Saturday. Also added a nice siphon for moving from the primary fermenter to the secondary.
  4. Decided to build a wort chiller for 1/2 the cost of buying one...still working out the coils so that they are much rounder than when i started but so far so good!
  5. Based on the White House Honey Ale but a touch less honey... started at around 1.050 for an SG...should be a good one! has the following ingredients: Steeped these for about 25 minutes: 75 lbs English Medium Crystal Malt 50 lbs Belgian Biscuit Malt Then these items: 6.3 lbs Gold malt syrup 1 lb Gold dry malt extract .75 lb Honey And then some nice hops! 1.5 oz East Kent Goldings 1.5 oz UK Fuggles My yeast was: Wyeast #1332 Northwest Ale Looks nice after sitting and letting the hops drop down a bit, should be a nice golden color, by the time i cold crash it ! Drinking a honey ale I made from the Jamaican Mon while making another beer...awesome night!
  6. "Photon Brewing" post=351957 said:Looks like your set. Way to go. If its not to forward, how much that kettle set you back? no problem at all, paid $150 for everything.
  7. So after making 6 or so batches with the brown kegs, i figured it was time to upgrade and get up to 5 Gallons a batch, making more specific beer versus all over the place. i have made the pale Ale, German Hefe, my own pumpkin ale, Blueberry ale and a Honey Ale. I really like the wheat beer, and the Honey all already tastes awesome, so i might do a small batch here and there of "specialty" beer and then use the 5 gallons for the ones I like to drink year round... no matter what i decide, i am pretty excited to have new gear!
  8. Different school...Not Michigan...it's from Maine "RickBeer" post=351816 said:Even if the beer doesn't turn out great, I'm sure it will taste fabulous in that great glass! GO BLUE!
  9. So a local guy has 1 Gallon bags of hops that are a cross breed of Nugget & Cascade. Anyone used these individual hops before, or perhaps a hybrid like this? Just curious on the taste, and also what beer they would go good with. A whole 1 gallon bag is going to be $20, not sure if that is a good price or sky high!
  10. Here she is out of the bottle! Still needs some more time, but tastes good so far! This was my first batch prime, and it came out great, perfect carbonation, thanks to everyone who gave me tips on doing that process. I went with Coppers drops in my last batch of blueberry ale, but form here on out it is batch priming with sugar, no more drops, it was simple and effective! I am heading to buy a Norther Brewers 8 Gallon pot today, guy one town over has one and he no longer uses it since he has gone to a large 15 gallon one apparently! I like the 2.5 gallon kegs since they are good for me to experiment in, but i would prefer to do less different beers now and concentrate on mastering a few of them that i like the most...
  11. here is what it looks like now...it does have a honey taste to it since i added it to the batch...very subtle...
  12. I have done a set of brews, and I am looking more for taste than ABV. I am not too concerned about ABV...if I need that much alcohol i will switch up to my mixed drink favortie vodka.
  13. So I have a batch of the Jamaica Mon that I bought and I did a honey version of it, which came out very nice at the first taste...still conditioning it long term.. I like the taste of it, and am thinking about what i could do to combine it with another refill...any thoughts?
  14. Got the Bohmenian Bronze Ale and decided to come up with a new twist on it, not sure how it will turn out but we shall see! Added 1/4 cup of honey to the mix and one muslin sack of strawberries as well. Will throw in another bag of strawberries after a couple of weeks to help add to the taste, then maybe a touch more honey.... We shall see how it goes...OG was 1.052 so not too shabby...expecting somewhere around 1.010 or with any luck 1.006! I like the color on this one...
  15. I am very interested in this recipe, could you send me a list of ingredients and amounts so that I might try this one....it looks awesome! "Creativewoody" post=325024 said:This recipe is an upgrade to one I did last april when I wanted to challenge myself early. It was a good brew, but I didn't put enough honey. Looking back, I don't feel my adjunct ratio was quite right either. [attachment=10592]honeybadger1.jpg[/attachment] Here's my ingredients. about 400 g of elias honey. the lager and american ale kits 2 packs of the dry yeast. my good ole eden barley LME. [attachment=10593]honeybadger2.jpg[/attachment] once it was at full boil, i pulled off heat and added honey first. [attachment=10594]honeybadger4.jpg[/attachment] once the honey was fully dissolved I added all my extracts. [attachment=10595]honeybadger5.jpg[/attachment] a VERY respectable hydrometer reading. I put BOTH yeast packets in the keg. This puppy will need the extra little guys to help break this down. obviously, with a reading like this, I will be fermenting 3 weeks, and condition for two whole months. Will keep you posted as always on the progress! Happy brewing all!
  16. Made some other ones for my other beers...comical is all i can say!
  17. "Jim Johnson" post=348813 said: "rdrivas" post=348808 said: "thebiz3434" post=348802 said:I dont have any extra yeast... you think 1 package will be ok. I would back off how much brown sugar you use if you intend to use on packet of yeast... why not prime with the brown sugar? You can use the brown sugar, but you would measure it like regular sugar and not corn sugar, as brown sugar and white sugar are essentially the same except for molasses. i think if you made a lighter beer the brown sugar taste would come through and affect the way the beer tasted, in a darker beer it may not matter...
  18. That would make it like Shipyard Pumpkin, which I am not a fan of. Also, i would imagine that you should adjust your priming sugar amount if you are adding any brown sugar... "Jim Johnson" post=348782 said: "rdrivas" post=348778 said: "thebiz3434" post=348762 said:So you mixed a whole can of pumpkin in it and boiled the pumpkin with the HME. Is that too much pumpkin. Also the spices did you use the ground spices or whole... I used a whole can, 7oz boiled and poured in the keg direct, 7oz in a muslin sack, which meant not as much got in the batch. I used ground spices, which is why i boiled them all just in case. Not too much pumpkin at all honestly, its very mild. I also pitched in an extra package of yeast...this was an accident, but i think with all the brown sugar and pumpkin it helped to keep things on track.. another guy told me to add 1/4 tsp of pumpkin spice per bottle when priming. haven't tried it yet but i intend to brew a batch for turkey day, just fyi.
  19. "thebiz3434" post=348802 said:I dont have any extra yeast... you think 1 package will be ok. I would back off how much brown sugar you use if you intend to use on packet of yeast...
  20. "thebiz3434" post=348762 said:So you mixed a whole can of pumpkin in it and boiled the pumpkin with the HME. Is that too much pumpkin. Also the spices did you use the ground spices or whole... I used a whole can, 7oz boiled and poured in the keg direct, 7oz in a muslin sack, which meant not as much got in the batch. I used ground spices, which is why i boiled them all just in case. Not too much pumpkin at all honestly, its very mild. I also pitched in an extra package of yeast...this was an accident, but i think with all the brown sugar and pumpkin it helped to keep things on track..
  21. Almost forgot, i took a tip from someone else's post/photo on how to label the beers without buying expensive stickers..(Incognitum).the wife wanted the Pumpkin ale so she got to make the tags...came out awesome..
  22. All done on this one, bottled, conditioned (leaving some for longer time on the shelf) and a couple in the fridge. Had one already with a touch of cinnamon on the top of the head...very nice beer. I had only ever tried Shipyard Pumpkin and only once...and i didnt like it at all...especially since I believe it has no pumpkin in it at all just spices... This beer has swayed me to make more pumpkin ales! ABV is 4.3%, nice head and taste!
  23. "thebiz3434" post=348714 said:So I want to make a pumpkin spice beer. I have all the ingredients from the MRB site. The only thing i have no idea about is mulling spices. What is to be used for that. Thanks I just made a Pumpkin Ale, came out, here is what i added to my recipe: Nutmeg ½ tsp Cinnamon 1 tsp Brown Sugar ½ cupl Organic Pumpkin 7 oz All this was mixed and boiled in water to kill any nasty stuff, then it was added right to the fermentation keg. I then created an additional spice and pumpkin muslin bag combining: 1/8 tsp nutmeg ¼ tsp cinnamon 7 oz of organic pumpkin Which i added to the keg so it would seep out as well, i didn't want a hugely strong pumpkin taste and this came out just right, it also helped to keep a ton of particles of pumpkin being in the beer. This recipe came out awesome...4.2% ABV was right where i expected it to be...
  24. Based on the Jamaica Mon refill i did a honey ale, it is all done...ABV says 5.5%! Looks good and tastes great even flat! I did this batch as my first batch prime, so hopefully i got it all right, as good as this one tastes, i would hate to have it under carbed.
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