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Everything posted by Jdub

  1. i was in my LHBS yesterday, and it was hopping. had to wait a bit to get my grainbill put together. i guess it depends on the area of the country you live in or something.
  2. i don't brew MRB brews much anymore, as I have moved on to all grain, but the recommendations haven't changed. 21 days fermentation is pretty fool proof and 4 weeks in bottles ~ 70 deg will carb your brew.
  3. i know....every time i go to a restaurant/bar and order a beer, they always ask me, chilled or room temp? LOL
  4. only octoberfest i have done, was a true lager. used white labs german lager yeast and did the lagering steps fermenting low and raising to diacetyl rest....etc. you could easily use the ale yeasts you have on hand and it would taste just fine.
  5. i would actually agree with @RickBeer on this one. brews where i have experienced extract twang (most HME's), i have tasted it at bottling, before any priming has occurred. table sugar is the way to go.
  6. @StretchNM Stretch, i've brewed quite a few recipes that called for X amount of table or corn sugar. just adds ABV (which i like).
  7. @Fire Roosterdry hopped my 4 gallon smash today. only used 1/2 oz of the mosaic cryo pellets. recipe called for 1 oz. will keg in a week.
  8. experimenting is what it's all about! will dry hop 1/2 oz in a week or 2. next batch, may try whirlpool at 120. will see if big difference.
  9. @Fire Rooster hey just an fyi, went to my LHBS to get my smash ingredients yesterday. talked with them about cryo hops. described that i want to whirlpool mosaic cryo hops. they said it will be hoppy if i don't 1/2 what the recipe calls for. told them i'm not scared, and they said throw the whole oz in at 175 deg for my 4 gal batch. did just that. we'll see how it turns out. i know it will be cold beer.
  10. that is awesome. congrats to you! keep up the good work and try a bunch of craft refill recipes.
  11. i would roll with it and see what you got. worst case scenario, you made beer! i don't have any experience with the fast ferment 3 gal, but I brew all grain 3 gallon batches regularly with a different fermenter. edit: now that i look at the fast fermenter, it says it's a 3 gal fermenter made for 2 gallon batches, so you should be fine. just see how it turns out.
  12. @greyhound yes, i think you should have used a 2 gallon LB"K" for this recipe. i looked at the instructions and that is definitely what this recipe is for. what to do now? not sure. you've already brewed it. I would just assume that it's a watered down version of the original recipe. like someone said in a previous post, at least you can drink your mistakes. LOL
  13. welcome to the forum. if you are following the instructions, you should be bottling at 21 days and tasting a sample while you are doing that. i learned the hard way about temp control. use a camping cooler and put a few frozen water bottles in there. i found a cheap aquarium thermometer on amazon for like $10 and taped the probe on the side of the lbk. that will get you started. your next batch will be much better.
  14. that is great to hear. i like supporting local small businesses. not always possible, but do it when i can.
  15. @Cato @Fire Rooster this is the best recipe i have brewed yet. also the 1st one i kegged. I will brew it again soon. if you like hazy or NE IPA's, you will love it. https://beernbbqbylarry.com/2018/03/13/zombie-juice-1-ne-ipa-recipe-and-tasting/
  16. i actually agree with @RickBeer on this one regarding FB vs. this forum. except, my LHBS just expanded, and "appears" to be thriving. they are excellent and work with a lot of pro-brewers as well.
  17. i don't even take off the blowoff tube.....just open the latches, lift it up a little and pour in the hop pellets. i don't use hop sacks anymore b/c the brew bucket compacts the gunk so well below the racking arm, and my beer has very little sediment. been doing different types of ipa's so much lately and they all call for dry hopping. just the style i like. will try some variety when i get through my queue.
  18. i think dry hopping is pretty important to get that hop flavor, don't know how to avoid it. maybe add hop tea at bottling? i haven't had any issues with it thus far.
  19. @Fire Rooster i'm gonna do a cascade smash next i think. been thinking about it since you posted that smash article. however, gonna do hops schedule like this: FW hops, whirlpool hops and 7 day dry hop. goal is to get more hop flavor, not the bitterness. thinking about cascade cryo hops too.
  20. i would siphon into a LBK and then bottle from there, being careful not to create too much splashing to limit the oxygen exposure, like was mentioned above.
  21. BS3 is amazing. i use it all of the time and getting much better at it. haven't run a MRB recipe through it yet, although i'm sure someone on this forum knows. BS forum is also very good. there are some guys on it that know it inside and out.
  22. that's actually pretty interesting. i'm gonna try that soon (low temp whirlpool with cryo hops) and do some experimenting.
  23. yeah from what i read whirlpooling gives you the flavor/aroma without the bitterness. although there are some taste tests out there you can read about where no one can tell the difference. gonna whirlpool my next batch.
  24. thanks creeps. yes, i guess i could have googled it before asking on the forum. i found some good info on it too. i know what i'm going to do now.
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