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  1. I knew you could boil LME, but wasn't exactly sure what would happen when HME gets boiled?
  2. Google it last night and also found some links to various recipes for Horchata beer.
  3. Cool, I'll try and tune in to see that! Looks to be an interesting recipe! Lol, I'm totally ignorant of what Horchata means, so Google here I come.
  4. That's a ton of recipes!
  5. Hops are going on the power grid!
  6. Bottled Wee Heavy Winston- So named early on by @Bonsai & Brew , and my entry into his Churchill's Challenge. Hydrometer sample was tasty, always a good sign. My cobbled together recipe from checking out Northern English style ales, and Scotch Ales and marrying some bits of each. 1 can Churchill's HME 1 MB Robust LME 4 oz two-row Malt 4 oz. Vienna Malt 4 oz Crystal 60 Malt .5 oz Roasted Barley 1/2 cup honey 1 oz Heather Tips 1 oz Willamete hops 1 packet of Danstar Nottingham Dry Ale yeast OG-1.067 FG- 1.014 ABV- 6.9% Mashed grains for 30 minutes at 160 F and sparged with 1 cup hot water. Added LME and brought to boil and added .5 oz of Willamete for 15 min. and 1/2 cup of honey with 5 min. left in boil and then flameout. Added Churchills HME and hopsack with .5 oz of Willamete and 1 oz of heather tips, then mixed with chilled spring water in LBK and pitched yeast at 74F. Fermented for 18 days at 64F and cold crashed for 3 days. Yield was 18 12 oz glass bottles and one 740ml PET. Oh yeah, Got to try out my new bench capper. I like it. Easy to adjust and spring loaded with a positive stop when the cap is completely crimped.
  7. Cold crashing Wee Heavy Winston. Bottle it on Thursday.
  8. Thanks, @RickBeer, I appreciate the reply and advice. I'll leave it on until I'm bottled. I always thought that a higher gravity beer or one with fruit, or sugar might overflow, but this is a 1.055 OG batch that should end up in 5.2% range.
  9. So my first LBK overflow from krausen. Must have happened yesterday sometime as I had looked in on the kegs the day before. I pulled the keg out of the mini fridge and cleaned up with paper towels and Star San and sprayed the LBK and wiped it down. I checked the top on the LBK and I loosened it slightly in case their was still some pressure or in case the release slots were clogged. I'm inclined to leave the lid on rather than trying to take the top off and clean the threads on the LBK and risk some dried krausen falling back into the wort. What do you think? This was weird in that I brewed this batch a week ago and was thinking of dry hopping tomorrow since krausen should be finished but not going to do that now. What a malty mess that overflow makes!
  10. I've never batch primed either, but had pretty good luck with those sugar dots, equal to 1/2 tsp, in 12 oz bottles. I like that Nottingham and US-05, as they are described as neutral yeasts with low esters. Glad your beer turned out well!
  11. I halve those 5 gal. recipes, or if I need to be more precise I'll scale it to 43% for a 2.13 gal batch and run it through Qbrew to make sure my numbers line up. I know you're using temp control, so it's weird that you are still getting off flavors. Must be that hot Texas weather causing some yeast stress!
  12. That's awful. Sorry to hear about that loss. I try to be real careful in making sure the spigot handle won't contact anything that could cause it to leak when closing the fridge door during fermentation or cold crashing.
  13. At the mention of burnt rubber and rotten eggs, I'd be hitting the add to cart button on another couple LBK's, and saying sayonnara to that batch! Lol, I can still hear my mother saying when in doubt throw it out. @rowe0123, however you proceed, in the future you might want to put your batch action schedule in your smartphone, tablet, or computer. It helps me anyway to see what's coming up so i can make sure my inventory is good to go for my next brew day.
  14. Nice! That'll be a good beer.
  15. Do you have a hydrometer to check the gravity?
  16. Nice!! You are a way more patient man than I! I should be bottling Wee Heavy Winston on the 28th. Lol, depending on gravity it will likely be shortened to Wee Winston.
  17. How much sugar are you adding? What size bottle?
  18. Well my Nottingham yeast has kicked into high Krausen on my Wee Heavy Winston, and always glad to see that. Who knows maybe it will get great attenuation and be a Wee Heavy instead of a Wee! However it was really bugging me that I had to deviate from my recipe so I exercised my right as a consumer and ordered more grains including Victory, another Churchill, more Crystal 60, and while I was at it another CAL and American Ale for my Pale Ale with Mosaic that turned out so great for a easy drinking summer brew with a bit of ABV kick to it. Lol, also added a can of those Raspberries thinking that a raspberry stout may be in the works. I'm for sure going to have a second entry into the Churchill's challenge, @Bonsai & Brew . I got a few pounds of Golden Promise 2-row and will use part of it for an Irish red ale, but thinking i will use some for a Churchill recipe.
  19. My first attempt at the Churchill's challenge did not go without some stress, but in the end I made beer. 1 can Hme- Churchills 1 brewmax LME-robust 4oz. 2 row 4 oz. Crystal 60 4oz. Vienna .5oz. Roasted Barley 1/2 cup honey last 5 min. of boil .5 oz. Willamette boiled 15 min. .5oz. Willamette last 5 min. of boil 1.oz. Heather tips last 5 min of boil Danstar Nottingham yeast All grains mashed for 30 min at 160F Overcooked my first mash because my temp probe wasn't deep enough in the mash water and was reading far less than actual. If it hadn't been for the roasted barley, I might have considered going with it, but there went my only Victory grains. Crap, my bad, but time to shift gears. So I had back up grains for all but the Victory, so subbed Vienna, changed to my digital probe and back to the races. I've got a new kettle and it did it's part just fine. I really like having a larger size, as hot break is no biggie compared to worrying about boil over. Also, draining the wort through a hose is super convenient. So, with this now hybrid batch I was shooting for OG of 1.074, what I got was 1.067. Lol, might not be a Wee Heavy Winston, and not a Northern style English ale, but I'm holding out that it'll be tasty nonetheless.
  20. @Bonsai & BrewLol, I'm running behind on the Churchill's Challenge. Should get to brew maybe Wednesday or Friday. Bottling an IPA tomorrow. However, looking forward to the Churchill's. Might be the trial run for the new kettle. Assembly was easy and no leaks. My temp probe will reach down to 1.5 gal. mark, and just under 3 gal. mark covers the bulkhead where a Thermometer can be mounted. I think it should work pretty well for my size batches.
  21. A good camping cooler with a frozen water bottle would hold my temps between 63-64F for 12-15 hrs during high krausen and after that I could hold 64F with half a frozen bottle.
  22. Man, that sure sounds like too much trub or something in the bottling end. Do you batch prime or bottle prime? I've not done batch priming, but use 1 domino sugar dot per bottle. Yeah, I know I'm likely stretching looking for the problem and I'm at a loss as to how part of a batch could be different from the rest. Somebody more qualified may have some ideas. Your procedures have all sounded solid to me.
  23. Ruh Roh, if you start thinking like that it becomes sooo easy to pull the trigger "Add to cart". I don't want to change my avatar to Eddie Haskell. But, you're right that's what got me started, thinking that I needed some more viable options to try different things but stay within my fermenters as I don't have space for much more than two LBK's in the mini fridge. LOL, on Homebrew web site I think it was or one of the BIAB sites I found tables this morning for preboil volumes, calculations for evap during boil, etc. Gonna have to go back and print those out.
  24. It's nearly a toss up as they are both the same capacity. However, some of the factors that influenced me are; 3 piece valve on the SS vs 2 piece on the Anvil. ( I watched a vid on taking apart a 3 piece and they break down easily for cleaning) The Anvil is shorter and squattier at 12" dia and 11 5/8 high, vs the SS 11" dia and 13.4 high. I figured that may work better for me in covering grains on small batch's as well as maybe better flame coverage on my gas stove. Not worried about the stability as I have those heavy duty cast iron continuous grates. Finally my gut feeling that I'm buying from a firm that makes homebrew equipment, Nano brew equipment, and Professional Systems up to 20bbl. The principals started a brewery that's still in operation before embarking on the equipment side. Check out their web site, I guess that kind of sold me on them too. https://www.ssbrewtech.com/collections/ss-brew-kettles I can add a thermometer later on the SS if I need too, but since I'm going to be doing some BIAB, I didn't want one poking holes in my bag since the kettle will be doing mash tun duty. Not a biggie though since you can put a bulkhead plug. Either one should work fine though, I've just learned to go with my gut on what feels right for me. Ah, got notice a few minutes ago they created my shipping label and it should take about 5 days to get here from Calif. I'm excited to have it! LOL, whats happened to me with this brewing thing that I'm getting giddy over a new kettle. Boys and their toys I guess.
  25. I guess everybody's pallete reacts differently when it comes to homebrewing with HME and perhaps what they call twang. My old taste buds identify it as that lingering sweetness on the tongue. @Creeps McLane described that well recently in a similar post. I don't mind it really, it's just not as crisp a finish as a commercial brew. I haven't gotten any off flavor esters, pear, apple, cider, since I went to fermenting 63-64F in a cooler and now the mini fridge with inkbird. Hops will totally mask it for me until they start to fade. Drying it out with a half cup of honey like in that saison recipe he gave us gave as close to a crisp finish as I've been able to manage thus far. I'll be curious to see how a couple brews in my queue do that are coming up in the next week or so as those are PM's with LME, grains, and hops.
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