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I was thinking to myself today "cant you sneak in a brew day during the week?  I mean the pipeline is awfully low".  So I said, Self, that's a damn good idea.  Went home, drew up a recipe fpr a simple 5 gallon BIAB.  Prepare tomorrow, Brew on Wednesday.  Well, then my phone buzzed and an event was added to the family calendar.  Apparently my wife will be with my sister tomorrow night, kids will be at my parents so of course Ill be brewing tomorrow.  

 

Salts are measured, kettle is clean, grains are milled, should be set.  Oh hell yeah!!!

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just crushed 11 lbs of grain for my "Texas Sunset Pale Ale". brewing in the morning. Using Centennial for bittering.  Eukanot, simcoe and loral Cryo hops for low temp whirlpooling and dry hopping. US-05. should be good.

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9 hours ago, Jdub said:

just crushed 11 lbs of grain for my "Texas Sunset Pale Ale". brewing in the morning. Using Centennial for bittering.  Eukanot, simcoe and loral Cryo hops for low temp whirlpooling and dry hopping. US-05. should be good.

You brewing that today?

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24 minutes ago, Creeps McLane said:

You brewing that today?

yes, am going to get started after i have a little coffee!

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Ordered all the ingredients for this. Itll be the first wort my counterflow chiller sees. As soon as the conical opens up, this is going in. Its a Schells firebrick clone. I previously told @Bonsai & Brew i wasnt the biggest fan of that beer, but a guy should get through at least half of his sixer before he opens his big mouth. Im really liking the firebrick / nordeast combo. Start with a nordeast or two and then finish with a full flavored similar beer. One two punch 

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5 minutes ago, Creeps McLane said:

Ordered all the ingredients for this. Itll be the first wort my counterflow chiller sees. As soon as the conical opens up, this is going in. Its a Schells firebrick clone. I previously told @Bonsai & Brew i wasnt the biggest fan of that beer, but a guy should get through at least half of his sixer before he opens his big mouth. Im really liking the firebrick / nordeast combo. Start with a nordeast or two and then finish with a full flavored similar beer. One two punch 

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Gotta love Schell's!

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36 minutes ago, Creeps McLane said:

Ordered all the ingredients for this. Itll be the first wort my counterflow chiller sees. As soon as the conical opens up, this is going in. Its a Schells firebrick clone. I previously told @Bonsai & Brew i wasnt the biggest fan of that beer, but a guy should get through at least half of his sixer before he opens his big mouth. Im really liking the firebrick / nordeast combo. Start with a nordeast or two and then finish with a full flavored similar beer. One two punch 

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Where do you get your Munich 20L?

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7 hours ago, Bonsai & Brew said:

 

Where do you get your Munich 20L?

Ritebrew has it. They dont have everything, but they had that. I had to sub liberty for mt hood for example. 

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21 hours ago, Bonsai & Brew said:

 

Where do you get your Munich 20L?

 I think Briess aromatic malt is 20L Munich

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Saw on High Gravity's site that my new equipment was in shipping, so I figured I'd better come up with a recipe for its first run.

 

Should work out okay in my schedule as my Galaxy APA should bottle in the next 10 days.

 

I don't normally brew the same style back to back, but as much as I like APA's they are also my weakest style and just haven't felt like I really nailed one yet.

 

So I decided to copy a contest winners recipe off of the AHA site, and chose Big Boi's Booty Sweat. Lol, the name could have more appeal but the recipe looks to be really nice, but has a more involved hop schedule than I usually follow. Heck, that could be a big part of my problem IDK.

 

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On 10/25/2019 at 9:05 AM, Cato said:

Saw on High Gravity's site that my new equipment was in shipping, so I figured I'd better come up with a recipe for its first run.

 

Should work out okay in my schedule as my Galaxy APA should bottle in the next 10 days.

 

I don't normally brew the same style back to back, but as much as I like APA's they are also my weakest style and just haven't felt like I really nailed one yet.

 

So I decided to copy a contest winners recipe off of the AHA site, and chose Big Boi's Booty Sweat. Lol, the name could have more appeal but the recipe looks to be really nice, but has a more involved hop schedule than I usually follow. Heck, that could be a big part of my problem IDK.

 

Where are you getting those exotic ingredients like idaho 7 and vics secret? 

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1 hour ago, Creeps McLane said:

Where are you getting those exotic ingredients like idaho 7 and vics secret? 

Northern Brewer. It's been bought back from AB.

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1 hour ago, Creeps McLane said:

Where are you getting those exotic ingredients like idaho 7 and vics secret? 

saw both of those hops at my LHBS today

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3 hours ago, Cato said:

Northern Brewer. It's been bought back from AB.

Dayum! Just ordered the exotic hops, the cryo hops, and warrior. Good thing I already had plenty of Mosaic and Citra, as the 5 hops probably cost me as much or more than what I would spend total for a batch.

 

However, if I do my part it could be a great PA, and I might learn how to better produce one, so I'm all in.

 

I'm just shooting to net 4 gal to bottle because I wouldn't be able to drink more than that before serious hop fade occured.

 

I'm becoming more used to adding acidulated malt in place of my phosphoric acid, to achieve my target ph.

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Ive brewed quite a bit lately. 25 gallons in two weeks. But ones a lager and itll take awhile. Perhaps Ill do my old trick of a two day sour brew. I did pick up some gooseberries today for such an occasion. 
 

day 1- mash, bring up to 180, cool to 100, pitch lacto

day 2 or 3- boil, cool, pitch yeast. 

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I revised mine due to new recipes:

-  Cinnamon Dulce Stout
-  Pecan Porter
-  Thunder Bay IPA
-  Hidden Lake Amber Ale
-  Solstice Sipper
----Transition to lagers depending on house temps---
-  Armstrong Dortmunder Export
-  Helles Bock

-  ChromosBeer
-  El Gordito enhanced
----Transition back to ales?---
-  A Galaxy Far IPA
-  Black Beer'd Porter
-  Crafty Bitch TBD

-  WDA TBD
 

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2 hours ago, Shrike said:

I revised mine due to new recipes:

-  Cinnamon Dulce Stout
-  Pecan Porter
-  Thunder Bay IPA
-  Hidden Lake Amber Ale
-  Solstice Sipper
----Transition to lagers depending on house temps---
-  Armstrong Dortmunder Export
-  Helles Bock

-  ChromosBeer
-  El Gordito enhanced
----Transition back to ales?---
-  A Galaxy Far IPA
-  Black Beer'd Porter
-  Crafty Bitch TBD

-  WDA TBD
 

Impressive!

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On 10/31/2019 at 4:46 PM, Shrike said:

I revised mine due to new recipes:

-  Cinnamon Dulce Stout
-  Pecan Porter
-  Thunder Bay IPA
-  Hidden Lake Amber Ale
-  Solstice Sipper
----Transition to lagers depending on house temps---
-  Armstrong Dortmunder Export
-  Helles Bock

-  ChromosBeer
-  El Gordito enhanced
----Transition back to ales?---
-  A Galaxy Far IPA
-  Black Beer'd Porter
-  Crafty Bitch TBD

-  WDA TBD
 

Well my queue consists of my next PA. However, I have fleshed out the recipe and have a name for it. BOOTY CALL. Heck I even have some label art to go with it. After that well I did buy some NZ hops called Rakau, so another PA at some point will feature those, and a name too. Rakau Rumble.

My queue for the moment.

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Changed the name of my brew tomorrow from Booty Call to "Night Moves", after listening to Bob Seger's tune.

 

I'm pretty much going to brew on the new rig the way I have been, just to check out the whole system.

 

However, I think that to best take advantage of the features offered by the controller, I'm going to need to drill out the kettle lid and install a spray return, RIMS, so that I'll have a more consistent temp gradient throughout. What think you @Creeps McLane?

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9 minutes ago, Cato said:

Changed the name of my brew tomorrow from Booty Call to "Night Moves", after listening to Bob Seger's tune.

 

I'm pretty much going to brew on the new rig the way I have been, just to check out the whole system.

 

However, I think that to best take advantage of the features offered by the controller, I'm going to need to drill out the kettle lid and install a spray return, RIMS, so that I'll have a more consistent temp gradient throughout. What think you @Creeps McLane?

Well, with a rims, youll need another element. Keep in mind one heat source is for the mash and then youll need one for the boil. So if you just have one induction burner, youll need another element of some kind. I think im up to date on your set up, i dont recall another heat source. If you have the whirlpool port set up then you should be good with that as your return. If youre thinking about my problems with such a temp difference in the mash and wort around my basket, my problem is that my basket has a very find mesh. Its almost like a wall in there. But stirring frequently helps
 

youll be fine with just a biab set up and one burner. Youll just have to stir more often at worst. If youre using a brew bag then you should be covered. You dont have an element inside the kettle so you wont get scorching. 
 

id just give the new set up a few test runs and then youll know what it can and cant do. 

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53 minutes ago, Creeps McLane said:

Well, with a rims, youll need another element. Keep in mind one heat source is for the mash and then youll need one for the boil. So if you just have one induction burner, youll need another element of some kind. I think im up to date on your set up, i dont recall another heat source. If you have the whirlpool port set up then you should be good with that as your return. If youre thinking about my problems with such a temp difference in the mash and wort around my basket, my problem is that my basket has a very find mesh. Its almost like a wall in there. But stirring frequently helps
 

youll be fine with just a biab set up and one burner. Youll just have to stir more often at worst. If youre using a brew bag then you should be covered. You dont have an element inside the kettle so you wont get scorching. 
 

id just give the new set up a few test runs and then youll know what it can and cant do. 

Tomorrow I'll be brewing BIAB with an element inside the kettle, not using the induction burner. Once I hit mash temp I'll turn off the element add the bag, then the grains and dough in. I'll manually stir and add heat as needed, though now that I think about it I could clamp the whirlpool hose to the top of the kettle and create a recirculation. Then I could just set the controller at 25-30% power and should get a decent heat distribution throughout the mash.

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brewing on friday. got a recipe for a clone of lawson's ipa "sip of sunshine". anyone had it? I can't get it here in Tx. I believe that they are out of CT. Heard it is awesome, so of course I have to try it. have all the ingredients, which is a ton of hops. excited to brew again. brewing a 5.5 gallon batch.

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Boy i tell you, this week... unexpected $800 car bill, my toilet is clogged, we got put on mandatory overtime, ITS WINTER ALL OF A SUDDEN. All these things dragging me down. But then the ups man shows up with an early xmas present from a friend and theres two beer kits in the box. Things are looking up

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ok, so i have a Mr. Beer question for the group. I have a can of Bewitched Amber Ale that I would like to brew. I also have 1 lb of briess pilsen light dme, and 1 lb of dark dme. i have 2 mrb robust lme's and 1 pale lme. endless leftover hops in the freezer too. i could also go to the LHBS and get some grains if necessary. 

 

How should I brew this?

 

Edit: looking through the recipes, i'm thinking Hidden Lake Amber Ale? what else?

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6 hours ago, Jdub said:

ok, so i have a Mr. Beer question for the group. I have a can of Bewitched Amber Ale that I would like to brew. I also have 1 lb of briess pilsen light dme, and 1 lb of dark dme. i have 2 mrb robust lme's and 1 pale lme. endless leftover hops in the freezer too. i could also go to the LHBS and get some grains if necessary. 

 

How should I brew this?

 

Edit: looking through the recipes, i'm thinking Hidden Lake Amber Ale? what else?

 

When crafting a recipe, I usually look at my inventory of yeast and work back from there.  Figure out the style and brew something you enjoy drinking.🍻

 

You've got a nice supply of fermentables there but I would save the robust LMEs for another brew.  Bewitched plays nicely into malty styles so you could definitely use up some of your light/pale extracts though.

 

It might be a good time to ask the Forum for everyone's favorite Bewitched Amber Ale recipe...

 

When in doubt, always partial-mash.

 

Here are some other ideas:

https://community.mrbeer.com/topic/36584-warlock-doppelbock/?tab=comments#comment-463879

http://support.mrbeer.com/support/solutions/articles/13000042781-heathers-scotch-ale-recipe-instructions

 

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9 hours ago, Jdub said:

ok, so i have a Mr. Beer question for the group. I have a can of Bewitched Amber Ale that I would like to brew. I also have 1 lb of briess pilsen light dme, and 1 lb of dark dme. i have 2 mrb robust lme's and 1 pale lme. endless leftover hops in the freezer too. i could also go to the LHBS and get some grains if necessary. 

 

How should I brew this?

 

Edit: looking through the recipes, i'm thinking Hidden Lake Amber Ale? what else?

Hidden Lake is a tasty brew.

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Pretty much fleshed out in BS, a Dusseldorf Alt which tends to be a bit more bitter than its Northern Grm cousin. I've done both styles and like them. Judges may or may not like me merging a bit of both styles in this recipe, but I don't care, this is for me, but I'll send it to my next comp and see how it fares.

 

After that I'm going back to my mini brewbucket and an LBK and brew my Witbier in the mini brew bucket and a Red Ale in the LBK. I've got pretty solid recipes for both in BS and will keep the tweaks to a minimum.

 

Those three brews should carry me until after the first of the year and then thinking of trying a Maibock.

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9 hours ago, Shrike said:

Hidden Lake is a tasty brew.

i may go with that. i intended to brew it today, but work stuff was way too busy. this weekend?

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ordered ingredients for a belgian chocolate stout. Briess recipe. i figure if it turns out great, i will give some to co-workers for New Years. If it's not worth a damn, i'll just drink it!

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I was all packed up to brew at my niece's home this morning (that blueberry maple...I'll stop there with my description). Got a text, they've got the flu. Rescheduled. Maybe next weekend. 

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Next up yet another Pale Ale. "WiscoHop", which will be my winged version of Titletown Hopulation. My only clue is the hops they use. El Dorado, Mosaic, and Strata.

 

2 row, Munich, C40, and wheat. IBU shooting for 40 and ABV 5.7%. Might include a little bit of Briess aromatic malt, but still kicking that around.

I haven't been dry hopping that much and whirlpooling my aroma additions, and that's likely the way I'll go with this one.

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6 hours ago, Cato said:

Next up yet another Pale Ale. "WiscoHop", which will be my winged version of Titletown Hopulation. My only clue is the hops they use. El Dorado, Mosaic, and Strata.

 

2 row, Munich, C40, and wheat. IBU shooting for 40 and ABV 5.7%. Might include a little bit of Briess aromatic malt, but still kicking that around.

I haven't been dry hopping that much and whirlpooling my aroma additions, and that's likely the way I'll go with this one.

Oh man. First of all, hells yeah. But before you brew it, let me tell you a little about this beer. 
 

no wheat

no crystal

 

its clear as clear could be and also pretty pale. Maybe a slight crystal. Man I dont know. Man oh man. I could literally hop in my car and ask mr oldenburg for the recipe. I went to school with his brother mike who i could also shoot a message to... 

 

you ever had this beer before @Cato?

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2 hours ago, Creeps McLane said:

Oh man. First of all, hells yeah. But before you brew it, let me tell you a little about this beer. 
 

no wheat

no crystal

 

its clear as clear could be and also pretty pale. Maybe a slight crystal. Man I dont know. Man oh man. I could literally hop in my car and ask mr oldenburg for the recipe. I went to school with his brother mike who i could also shoot a message to... 

 

you ever had this beer before @Cato?

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Lol, no. In fact I mostly brew what I can't buy. If I could buy it I'd probably lose my motivation to brew it.

 

 

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I just ordered all the grains for the second vienna lager fire brick clone. Last batch was may sweeter. I am using different yeast but i know its because of my mashing technique. I got er under control now, hopefully. Well see when i can sneak this beer in

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have a Community Yessir Pale Ale clone ready to brew. all the grains, hops...etc. I love the beer, and it's seasonal, so I can't get it right now, so I e-mailed the brewmaster and he e-mailed me right back! gave me everything except for the most important part, the hop schedule. having to guess on that. oh well, i will make beer! wish i had time to brew right now. damn work!

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I have the grains for a chocolate ale waiting, perhaps trying to squeeze in a brew day on Sunday. It's going to be a busy weekend, though. I first have to find time to transfer the oatmeal stout to the secondary because I want to dry bean some coffee. And I need the fermenter. 

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Ordered some grains and yeast today after finalizing my recipe for "Wiscohops."

I ordered from MHBS this morning and they shipped this afternoon and will be delivered tomorrow afternoon!

@Creeps McLane I did drop the wheat from my recipe and tweaked the hops and SRM in BS a tad.

I know it's likely to be a bit or a lot different from "Hopulation", but that's okay. It'll still be a Pale Ale and a fun recipe.

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@Creeps McLane, if "your location" is your home, several times I might have been only a couple blocks from you. Been 18 months since my last delivery to Appleton or picked up a load in Ashwaubenon or DePere, but damn.

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4 minutes ago, D Kristof said:

@Creeps McLane, if "your location" is your home, several times I might have been only a couple blocks from you. Been 18 months since my last delivery to Appleton or picked up a load in Ashwaubenon or DePere, but damn.

De Pere (east)- where i live

Ashwaubenon- where the packers play

Appleton- where i get @Jdubs alpha king

 

thats my area! Dont go many other places. Good old Wisconsin 

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Transferred the stout to the secondary and cleaned everything up. Built a compressor shelf for the kegerator, optimizing space for multiple kegs. Now I just need a manifold and another shank to add a tap. I don't know that I'll get to brewing the next batch this weekend. The equipment is available but time is at a premium. Too many damn social obligations. 

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planning on brewing an APA in the morning. should be good weather. the only obstacle will be the wife and potential honey do's since i'm off tomorrow. #homebrewproblems

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Ordered my grains and adjuncts for another batch of my Witbier.

 

I'm going to change this one up and use a different yeast, Wyeast 1007, that I use for my Altbier.

 

This will be a nice change up in styles after 3 pale ales and an altbier.

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going to the brew shop today. going after CO2 fillup and grain bill for an APA that I put together using my Veteran's Blend Hops that i bought from YCH.

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50 minutes ago, Jdub said:

going to the brew shop today. going after CO2 fillup and grain bill for an APA that I put together using my Veteran's Blend Hops that i bought from YCH.

Does that mean youre brewing today?

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Waiting on a package that my brew day is depending on and also another package from a friend. Both better say “out for delivery” or this guy has some plans to change for the day

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3 hours ago, Creeps McLane said:

Does that mean youre brewing today?

no, i just had time to run over there today. raining here today. maybe tomorrow?

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Brew day coming up will be my Witbier and a Red Ale. Gotta look at the yeast temp ranges to plan my order though since I'll have both in the mini fridge at the same time a week apart. Guess I'll also be looking at the BJCP to see if I'm brewing an Irish, a red, or whatever.

 

Going to program a step mash for the Wit. My first time doing a step mash, just to see if I can tell any difference.

 

Been months since I've used the mini bucket and an LBK, but they generally both work well in the mini fridge when brewed about a week apart.

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I just ordered an assortment of 41lbs of grain. Pils, wheat, briess 2 row, Maris, golden promise, and a little melanoiden.

 

With what I've already got on hand in base and specialty, plus hops and yeast, I should be set for a few months.

 

First will be an Irish red and a witbier back to back, then probably shift back to a couple larger repeat batches of Altbier and a Pale Ale like my Night Moves or depending on how well it turns out my Wiscohops PA.

 

I'm excited to get brewing again after the holidays and looking forward to rebuilding my pipeline.

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34 minutes ago, Cato said:

I just ordered an assortment of 41lbs of grain. Pils, wheat, briess 2 row, Maris, golden promise, and a little melanoiden.

 

With what I've already got on hand in base and specialty, plus hops and yeast, I should be set for a few months.

 

First will be an Irish red and a witbier back to back, then probably shift back to a couple larger repeat batches of Altbier and a Pale Ale like my Night Moves or depending on how well it turns out my Wiscohops PA.

 

I'm excited to get brewing again after the holidays and looking forward to rebuilding my pipeline.

Hell, I'll let you rebuild my pipeline with all that grain!

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8 hours ago, Cato said:

I just ordered an assortment of 41lbs of grain. Pils, wheat, briess 2 row, Maris, golden promise, and a little melanoiden.

 

With what I've already got on hand in base and specialty, plus hops and yeast, I should be set for a few months.

 

First will be an Irish red and a witbier back to back, then probably shift back to a couple larger repeat batches of Altbier and a Pale Ale like my Night Moves or depending on how well it turns out my Wiscohops PA.

 

I'm excited to get brewing again after the holidays and looking forward to rebuilding my pipeline.

I like that you're going the extra mile and acquiring golden promise malt for your Irish Red!

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41 minutes ago, Bonsai & Brew said:

I like that you're going the extra mile and acquiring golden promise malt for your Irish Red!

Comp potential. Best foot forward!

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Thinking about a double brew day today. I have all the ingredients for a recipe I stole from @Jdub. It was gonna be called “jackin jdub“ but I quickly realized that was the worst possible name ever. Also, “Jackin Jesters” got changed to “Jester King Yeast”. In my language jacking means stealing but I believe theres a second meaning out there also. 
 

anywho, the vienna lager isnt doing the greatest in competition so Im not going to waste my money sending that to NHC. 

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Going to brew my Altbier next week to enter into two March Comps. After that may try one more comp with my Wiscohops PA.

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Just ordered all the ingredients for vienna lager brew #3. Then I checked the “bargain bin” and saw they have pale extract 3.3 lbs half off so I bought 8! Little Chute run tomorrow 

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Going to do a small batch of Wiscohops, after reading my score sheets from the latest comp.

I'm encouraged that this beer given the right timing and some more hops can move from very good to excellent.

It was past its prime by judging time and with no changes, had it been timed better I believe it would have scored much better.

I've entered this upcoming batch in another comp and very interested in its outcome. It's really quite good when in its prime.

 

Lol, this beer was born out of a beer not sold here, @Creeps McLane, Titletown's Hopulation. Score sheet link-

https://www.dropbox.com/s/m20m87m52g7zg82/000066 (1).pdf?dl=0

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1 hour ago, Cato said:

Going to do a small batch of Wiscohops, after reading my score sheets from the latest comp.

I'm encouraged that this beer given the right timing and some more hops can move from very good to excellent.

It was past its prime by judging time and with no changes, had it been timed better I believe it would have scored much better.

I've entered this upcoming batch in another comp and very interested in its outcome. It's really quite good when in its prime.

 

Lol, this beer was born out of a beer not sold here, @Creeps McLane, Titletown's Hopulation. Score sheet link-

https://www.dropbox.com/s/m20m87m52g7zg82/000066 (1).pdf?dl=0

Looks good! Very good is only good enough to some. Reaching for that next level is a rewarding and frustrating journey

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42 minutes ago, Creeps McLane said:

Looks good! Very good is only good enough to some. Reaching for that next level is a rewarding and frustrating journey

You totally get it!

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Pink Boots IPA recipe is ready to go in BS and might be able to brew it Friday.  Being a Red IPA it's going to pack more ABV, IBU, and SRM than my pales. Kind of a blurred line between the two styles from breweries these days anyway.

 

4 gal batch, 7% ABV, 68 IBU, 14 SRM. Kinda excited to try a new style and my from scratch recipe.

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haven't brewed in a while. want to get back on track soon. just need to go get spring water and get going. I have 2 batches worth of ingredients sitting here at the house. NO EXCUSES!!!

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10 hours ago, Jdub said:

haven't brewed in a while. want to get back on track soon. just need to go get spring water and get going. I have 2 batches worth of ingredients sitting here at the house. NO EXCUSES!!!

My supplies came in Wednesday but it's going to be an unseasonable 85 today,  so I'll wait until Tuesday to brew.

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Jeez, I  wake up at 3:15 a.m. why? Am I concerned about Covid-19, my tumbling stocks, what? No, it's my Red IPA recipe! It's not right, it's got flaws! I review it and refine it and remake it off and on until 4:49 and then I'm wide awake.

 

Got up, it's pouring outside, no golf today,  make coffee.

 

By 5:30 I've thought it out had more coffee and on the computer in BS revising my recipe and printing out the brew steps.

 

With no BJCP guidelines or comps to influence me I've morphed a Red IPA and APA hybrid that will feature Pink Boots hops. That mountain of weight is off my shoulders and I can prep for brewing tomorrow. 

 

I feel at ease now. Think I'll make a sausage and fried egg sandwich while you guys are still sleeping.

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4 hours ago, Cato said:

Jeez, I  wake up at 3:15 a.m. why? Am I concerned about Covid-19, my tumbling stocks, what? No, it's my Red IPA recipe! It's not right, it's got flaws! I review it and refine it and remake it off and on until 4:49 and then I'm wide awake.

 

Got up, it's pouring outside, no golf today,  make coffee.

 

By 5:30 I've thought it out had more coffee and on the computer in BS revising my recipe and printing out the brew steps.

 

With no BJCP guidelines or comps to influence me I've morphed a Red IPA and APA hybrid that will feature Pink Boots hops. That mountain of weight is off my shoulders and I can prep for brewing tomorrow. 

 

I feel at ease now. Think I'll make a sausage and fried egg sandwich while you guys are still sleeping.

You still gotta get up earlier than that. Though our motives for waking up are way different. I envy yours

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18 minutes ago, Creeps McLane said:

You still gotta get up earlier than that. Though our motives for waking up are way different. I envy yours

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What is that 3rd shift hours? I had some hours like that when I ran an R&D aquaculture facility. My phone would go off at 3am with a night shift guy panicking because of an emergency, and of course I had to go in or we could lose thousands of shrimp very quickly.

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Ordered the following:

Mangrove liberty bell Ale yeast

us-05

omega c2c farmhouse

 

camping / survival packs are done. Time to get back to brewing

 

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Took a hops inventory this morning and ordered some for a 5 gal batch of Night Moves Pale Ale. Lotta hops in this one: Warrior, Citra, Mosaic, Vic Secret, and Idaho 7. Also some cryo of both Mosaic and Citra. 7 oz of hops, 10.88 lbs of grain,  M-44 yeast, 6.3 ABV, SRM 5, IBU- 55.

 

Yeah it carrys a price tag, but big on flavor and for a hoppy ale it ages very nicely, so instead of disappointing hops fade it seems to morph over time and presents different flavors.

 

Cause it's easy to program and control the temp, I do a step mash on this one because it's close to 20% wheat.

I'm not sure my taste buds would pick up the difference one way or the other, but reapeatability and consistency are why I got that controller, and it's nice to look at my brew notes and follow the script.

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dude this smack pack is about to bust it wants to brew so bad! BUT, it will be going into a starter. brewing a hazy recipe for the 3rd time in a few days. LHBS shipped me a big box with a couple of grain bills today.

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Gonna brew this weekend. Itll be a dumpster beer but itll be great. Ill brew it this weekend, and then crack a bottle every birthday that the world is still spinning and im still sucking some version of air. 
 

probably a pale malt, wheat, rye and dextrin grist. Then add some old moldy hops from the first year i grew hops. Prop up some Jester King yeast and let it work for a few weeks then add some brett. Throw a shirt over it and forget about it until maybe march of next year. 

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I plan on brewing this weekend. I am kicking around the idea of making a starter, my first attempt at one. I want this fermentation to be efficient and figured now was a good time to give it a whirl. I know I'm throwing this around all loosely, but I mean business. 

The beer I'm brewing should come in around 1.060 OG. BeerSmith yeast starter calculator quotes a 2.5L starter. I don't have the equipment for one that large. It's not a big beer by any means, so am I good making a 1L starter? I mean, 1L is better than no starter, right? Someone talk me off the ledge here. I'll be brewing with Wyeast 1272, American Ale II. I'm not interested in doing a two stage starter, just trying to keep it simple. 

I appreciate and advice. Thanks. 

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I'd love to get away with brewing Friday night, but that won't happen. Looks like I'm brewing Saturday though! I saw that somewhere and need to register. Who's in?

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24 minutes ago, Big Sarge said:

I'd love to get away with brewing Friday night, but that won't happen. Looks like I'm brewing Saturday though! I saw that somewhere and need to register. Who's in?

I'm in for a 2 gallon batch of the alternative IPA recipe and bought some BRY-97 just today.

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26 minutes ago, Bonsai & Brew said:

I'm in for a 2 gallon batch of the alternative IPA recipe and bought some BRY-97 just today.

Bonsai DEFINITELY brews more. 

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9 hours ago, Big Sarge said:

I plan on brewing this weekend. I am kicking around the idea of making a starter, my first attempt at one. I want this fermentation to be efficient and figured now was a good time to give it a whirl. I know I'm throwing this around all loosely, but I mean business. 

The beer I'm brewing should come in around 1.060 OG. BeerSmith yeast starter calculator quotes a 2.5L starter. I don't have the equipment for one that large. It's not a big beer by any means, so am I good making a 1L starter? I mean, 1L is better than no starter, right? Someone talk me off the ledge here. I'll be brewing with Wyeast 1272, American Ale II. I'm not interested in doing a two stage starter, just trying to keep it simple. 

I appreciate and advice. Thanks. 

Its an ale, 1L should be fine. I say do it. Better than no starter for sure

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3 hours ago, Creeps McLane said:

Its an ale, 1L should be fine. I say do it. Better than no starter for sure

Sounds like a plan, what I was leaning towards. Which mantra do you prefer: starting it early and refrigerating, or start the day before and pitch active?

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51 minutes ago, Big Sarge said:

Sounds like a plan, what I was leaning towards. Which mantra do you prefer: starting it early and refrigerating, or start the day before and pitch active?

Day before and pitch active. I paid for that starter, it gets added to the beer. I dump nothing!!!

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56 minutes ago, Creeps McLane said:

Day before and pitch active. I paid for that starter, it gets added to the beer. I dump nothing!!!

amen, i dump the whole thing in there. no decanting for me either. if i have time, i leave my starter on a stir plate for 3 days, but 1 day is better than nothing.

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@Cato got the grains shipped to me for an Altbier! gonna see what the fuss is all about. 4 gallon batch. 2nd up in my brew queue.

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4 minutes ago, Jdub said:

amen, i dump the whole thing in there. no decanting for me either. if i have time, i leave my starter on a stir plate for 3 days, but 1 day is better than nothing.

I can start it earlier, but it would be the periodic manual stir method. No stir plate. I'm thinking about starting it Thursday night, seeing as Friday night with a Saturday morning brew day might not be enough time. 

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3 minutes ago, Big Sarge said:

I can start it earlier, but it would be the periodic manual stir method. No stir plate. I'm thinking about starting it Thursday night, seeing as Friday night with a Saturday morning brew day might not be enough time. 

it's better than nothing. i've done some starters the day before brew day. i think it helps. my last brew had a 3 day starter and it took off like a sonofagun.

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3 hours ago, Jdub said:

@Cato got the grains shipped to me for an Altbier! gonna see what the fuss is all about. 4 gallon batch. 2nd up in my brew queue.

Having Altbiers in your pipeline, is a really good thing. 

I've brewed it several different ways, but Josh Weikerts recipe is a sure fire introduction.

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7 hours ago, Jdub said:

@Cato got the grains shipped to me for an Altbier! gonna see what the fuss is all about. 4 gallon batch. 2nd up in my brew queue.

Im certainly not going to disagree with your methods. Its exactly what I used to do also. And brewing changes all the time. Common practices change, ingredients change, things progress. However, the brewing network had a rep from white labs on a number of years ago and she practically dropped when Justin said he makes a starter three days before. She said one day is all you need. She mentioned autolysis. That is pretty much an unheard of thing these days though. Thats why everyone did a secondary with every single batch. They figured the quicker you got the beer off the yeast the better. But now they say the longer contact with the yeast, the more itll clean up its own off flavors. So again, in the words of Method Man & Redman:

 

”Do what ya feel and ima follow”

 

 

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The verdict is in, I'm waiting until tomorrow night and anticipate about 18 hours for the starter. 

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2 hours ago, Big Sarge said:

The verdict is in, I'm waiting until tomorrow night and anticipate about 18 hours for the starter. 

I've never made a starter before . Just chilled to pitch Temps and well pitched it in, dry or liquid.

I have some fast pitch and an ehrlenmeyer flask, just never played with it 

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35 minutes ago, Cato said:

I've never made a starter before . Just chilled to pitch Temps and well pitched it in, dry or liquid.

I have some fast pitch and an ehrlenmeyer flask, just never played with it 

First time for me. I guess we will see how it goes. Nothing traditional by any means, going with the shaken, not stirred method. Better than nothing, right?

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8 hours ago, Big Sarge said:

First time for me. I guess we will see how it goes. Nothing traditional by any means, going with the shaken, not stirred method. Better than nothing, right?

Its what i would have to do. I dont have a stir plate.

 

What areyou going to use as a starter? LME, DME?

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1 hour ago, Cato said:

Its what i would have to do. I dont have a stir plate.

 

What areyou going to use as a starter? LME, DME?

I'm using DME, mixed to 1.040 gravity. 

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1 hour ago, Creeps McLane said:

Gotta work this into my brew schedule.

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The words I have for this are too explicit for public use! Awesome. 

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5 minutes ago, Big Sarge said:

The words I have for this are too explicit for public use! Awesome. 

You know what, i was pretty excited about this but today I had a moment when I got super excited for this. Not knowing if they were even going to be in business had me kinda bummed out. Then like 8 hours later they sent me an email. 
 

If you haven’t noticed, im a sucker for father, son time with my dad. This is so cool that he gets to come brew at a real brewery with his son. Not to mention, a beer his son made and named after him. Makes me so happy

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37 minutes ago, Creeps McLane said:

You know what, i was pretty excited about this but today I had a moment when I got super excited for this. Not knowing if they were even going to be in business had me kinda bummed out. Then like 8 hours later they sent me an email. 
 

If you haven’t noticed, im a sucker for father, son time with my dad. This is so cool that he gets to come brew at a real brewery with his son. Not to mention, a beer his son made and named after him. Makes me so happy

Even not knowing all of the personal details made it so freaking awesome. I'm stoked you're getting the opportunity. It'll be great. 

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On April 29, 2020 at 6:28 PM, Big Sarge said:

The verdict is in, I'm waiting until tomorrow night and anticipate about 18 hours for the starter. 

Thanks for telling me I can't math in public lol. I'm brewing tomorrow morning and the starter will have gone for more than 18 hours lol. More like 36. Oh well, I'm sure it'll be fine.

Right?

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1 minute ago, Big Sarge said:

Thanks for telling me I can't math in public lol. I'm brewing tomorrow morning and the starter will have gone for more than 18 hours lol. More like 36. Oh well, I'm sure it'll be fine.

Right?

You will be golden! All you have to do is make the starter and shake it up every now and then. Better than nothing!

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Planning how Garagewerks Brewing will handle the hot summer.

 

My plan is 5.5 gal batches and fill those storage totes with at least my fav 3 brews that have proven they store and age well without that disappointing hop degredation.

 

Got my Night Moves Pale fermenting now. Next up will be Wiscohops, and then my Witbier.

 

Those will carry my brewing thru mid July , bottling the Wit on the 15th. A cold Wit in August, yeah!

 

At that point rather than stop until September, I plan on doing a short brew day with a couple of those 3.3 lb cans of Briess LME. 

 

My controller has a timer on it so that i can prep the kettle and program the controller before bed time and wake up to strike temp and be done with brewing before the heat of the day.

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8 hours ago, Jdub said:

You will be golden! All you have to do is make the starter and shake it up every now and then. Better than nothing!

So the starter is obviously working, since the layer of trub is getting thicker. I keep shaking/swirling it every once in a while. I'm not using the best container for doing so, but I'm making it work. At first, I hoped there wasn't too much yeast floccing out, but that's to be expected I guess. The older cells dies after reproduction, I'm just not sure how soon. I put the starter in my fermentation chamber to regulate the temp at 66 (ambient), about where I'll pitch at. 

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5 hours ago, Big Sarge said:

So the starter is obviously working, since the layer of trub is getting thicker. I keep shaking/swirling it every once in a while. I'm not using the best container for doing so, but I'm making it work. At first, I hoped there wasn't too much yeast floccing out, but that's to be expected I guess. The older cells dies after reproduction, I'm just not sure how soon. I put the starter in my fermentation chamber to regulate the temp at 66 (ambient), about where I'll pitch at. 

should work good. i just leave mine out on the counter until pitching. always seems to work fine. i'll bet it will take off when you pitch.

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Friends, I need some quick help. My anniversary is Saturday and my wife is demanding I give her some ideas of brewing equipment. I usually just let her buy me anything but brewing stuff, but she knows where my heart is. With that said, I'm not going to ask for anything extravagant. I'm looking at ideas under $100. I have a few in mind, but can't make up my mind. I guess I'm looking for the most logical thing, if that makes sense. Here's what I'm juggling, in no particular order:

1. Anvil brewing pump. I'm not looking for anything to big, just something to help with transfers and maybe even whirl pooling (if I can figure out a noninvasive, DIY setup that doesn't require a port on my kettle)

2. Grain mill. These can obviously get up there in price, but I'm looking for something of quality at a low price (if such a thing exists). If it's absolutely stupid to buy something inexpensive, I don't need it. 

3. Stir plate. Another inexpensive version that works. Yes, I could build my own for pretty cheap, but I'm looking for something comparable that's already made. I don't have the spare computer parts laying around. An added cost would be the 2L flask, something to consider. 

 

Any help is appreciated. What makes sense to you?

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