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Ga Ced

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  1. [attachment=12920]image_2013-04-21.jpg[/attachment] Wow! Listen to the Borg! My Octoberfest has improved greatly since my first pour over a month ago and I attribute that to patience. Now I'm enjoying good beer while watching the NBA playoffs.
  2. If you only want the flavor from the hops, consider doing a hop tea boil.
  3. "DadsBrew" post=363686 said:I don't think I like Ginger in my Beer! Not sure about this one, this is the first one I'm not to crazy about. I have tasted this for the third time tonight, it's on 5 weeks conditioning. Sampled at 3, 4 and now 5 weeks. I can drink it but, not sure if would do this one again. Any one else have a opinion on the Cowgirl Honey Light? How much ginger did you add to the recipe? I sampled before bottling and I could only taste a hint of ginger. From the sample I thought the CHL was very good and can't wait for the finished product.
  4. The coopers wheat kit recipe say to add 2 kg of sugar( the coopers brew enhancer)to boost alcohol content and body. Just make sure you don't use regular table sugar. I'm assuming the the LHBS didn't have any fermentables such as dextrose etc..
  5. If the final result is drinkable, I would consider it a success. Even if you make a few mistakes during the brewing process, wait until the final product before judging.
  6. I got 1.046 as well using both pounds on dme. Did you add both as well?
  7. "dbrowning" post=363154 said: "Ga Ced" post=362983 said:Can someone please plug this in to Q brew for me Coopers draught HME 3.75 pounds 1/2 pound caramalt 1/2 pound carafoam 2 pounds breis golden light 1/2oz citra 15 minutes 1/2 oz citra 5 minutes Also provide any thoughts or advice for the above recipe. Thanks in advance Try this EASIER than Qbrew This site is great! I have 1 question. Where/how do I add the HME? http://www.brewersfriend.com/homebrew/recipe/calculator/
  8. "Christ872" post=363100 said:So...if I'm looking at it right...you OG is upwards of 1.095 (or thereabouts). Your IBU is going to end at roughly 43-45. 23 from the citra and about 20 from the IBUs on the HME. So...if I'm looking at it right, this is VERY!!! malt heavy. And with such a low IBU it might be too sweet to even get close to. And with an OG that high, you might not be able to get next to it for 6 months or so anyway. Mind you, I calculated this for a 2.3 gallon Mr. Beer LBK. If you brew it as a 5-gallong batch, it's a more manageable 1.044OG...but even then your IBUs are way too low for a normal pale ale. I will be doing a 5 gal batch with this one, but may leave out 1 pound of the light dme to even it out a bit. I'm not a fan of very bitter beers. With that said I don't want anything cidery that want settle out for months.
  9. "Christ872" post=363043 said:how many IBUs in that Cooper's Draught HME? I'm not familiar with that product. What are the IBU, SRM, etc for that. Hard to give you correct information without all the info. Srm 4.5 IBU 20 Ph 4.1
  10. Can someone please plug this in to Q brew for me Coopers draught HME 3.75 pounds 1/2 pound caramalt 1/2 pound carafoam 2 pounds breis golden light 1/2oz citra 15 minutes 1/2 oz citra 5 minutes Also provide any thoughts or advice for the above recipe. Thanks in advance
  11. "JohnDubya" post=361684 said: "Ga Ced" post=361584 said: "JohnDubya" post=361562 said:I mix cup of water with the sugar, heat in microwave for 45 seconds, mix well to disolve, cover, put in freezer for 5 minutes to chill it. Then I dump it in the container and move the beer ontop of it. It works well for me this way, done it probably 100 times this way. Like he said, don't dump it in and stir, introducing air at this point is not desirable. John how much sugar do you add to the cup of water? And are you referring to a 2 gallon batch?I use this one. Easy and free to use. Perfect thanks
  12. "JohnDubya" post=361562 said:I mix cup of water with the sugar, heat in microwave for 45 seconds, mix well to disolve, cover, put in freezer for 5 minutes to chill it. Then I dump it in the container and move the beer ontop of it. It works well for me this way, done it probably 100 times this way. Like he said, don't dump it in and stir, introducing air at this point is not desirable. John how much sugar do you add to the cup of water? And are you referring to a 2 gallon batch?
  13. Most sites including Mr beer list the hop profiles and gives a recommendation on what style of beer compliments them best.
  14. "Kealia" post=359996 said:With nobody having tasted this yet it's impossible to say. Keep in mind that IBUs are relational to your gravity, though. 60 IBUs in 1.060 beer is going to be a lot less bitter that 60 IBUs in 1.040 beer. But, it is an IPA.... Thank you, I just didn't want to end up with an overly bitter brew.
  15. I'm hesitant to order this seasonal because of the amount of bitterness advertised(60 IBU). What commercial beer does this compare to in terms of bitterness so I can an idea of the taste?
  16. Wow! Just sampled a shot of my CHL at week 1 of fermentation. Very pleased the initial sweetness has mellowed, the hops gave it a little bite of spiceness and it has a slight ginger after taste. I can wait to bottle this in 2 more weeks.
  17. Finally received my bottling wand from Mr Beer. It came with a 2 inch plastic piece that I assume is an adapter. Is that piece required to fit the want to the spigot?
  18. "yankeedag" post=354455 said:are you sure you topped it off with enough water? Yes, I'm at the 8.5 mark. I tasted my sample and it is really sweet
  19. I just finished brewing my cowgirl honey light exactly by the instructions. According to mr beer the og should be 1.045, but mine is 1.059. Not sure why my number is different being that I brewed with no deviations from the instructions. I'm using the plastic hydrometer that comes with the cooper kit. Why?
  20. I upload from my cell phone, but all the pictures post at an angle or upside down. Any ideas to fix this.
  21. The closest LHBS is over an hour away from me, I plan to make a visit as soon as I get a chance. I really want to step it up a little
  22. "khawk95" post=353339 said: "Ga Ced" post=353335 said:I wish you would have posted this info a few days ago lol. I bought the fresh ginger, but I don't own a grater. You don't have to grate it. Peel the ginger and chop it until it turns into paste. Rub the side of your knife over it to crush it more if you want. I was thinking of using my food processor to get it real fine
  23. "pspearing" post=353332 said:Yesterday I had my first glass of Oktoberfest, and my results were as you describe. I'm pretty happy with it. A little better head and a little more body would be nice, but I've had worse beer lots of times. Tomorrow I bottle Winter Dark Ale. Good stuff, I have the high country Canadian draft conditioning, my coopers lager, conditioning and will brew my Cowgirl honey light this weekend. I'm excited about the cowgirl because it will be my first time using hops.
  24. "Brian N." post=353330 said:I just posted about yeast for Oktoberfest, but quickly, it came out very good. Glad you are enjoying it. Did you brew it with any additions? Perhaps a few details could help others recommend improvements. I didn't add any additions to the brew, I brewed as is. I had the ingredients for over a year since I had moved from one state to another. I fermented for 18 days, carb/condt for 3, and cracked the first bottle open in a week. It's a drinkable beer but not amazing
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