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Is anyone still around?

Posted in Homebrew Recipes by deafcone - on Aug 26

What happened here? No one posting!..

my beer on tap

Posted in The Pub by Hogarthe - on Jul 25

The good folks at Johnson City Brewing Co. in Johnson City, Tn. have selected me as their homebrewer of the month. I am going to be going to the brewery to brew up a batch of one of my recipes that will then be on tap in their taproom. We will be doing my American lager and half of it will be getting turned into my pickle beer. I'm excited to get a chance to brew at a real craft brewery and see how it is done on a bigger scale as well as see how my recipe is received by the cutomers...

House Shopping

Posted in The Pub by sewer_urchen - on Jun 26

So my wife and I recently started house shopping. We took a tour through this house that looked good for us...and then went to the finished basement, where there was a copper bar with THREE TAPS! The Keg fridge was in a small adjacent and unfinished room next to the bar, along with perfect brewing shelves, and boxes of pop-top bottles...I found my kindred spirit, and he might sell me his house! :P We put in an offer yesterday afternoon. Here's to crossing my fingers. In the offer I requested the seller ..

read first

Posted in Homebrewing by Hogarthe - on Jun 6

My latest batch was one of our past community brews, the coffee and cream porter. I messed up twice by not paying close enough attention to the recipe. First I failed to notice it was a 6 gallon recipe and made it 5. Then when I bought the lactose it can in a 1 pound bag and I planned to use the called for .5 pound but on brew day I didn't re-read the recipe and forgot and used the whole bag. So I lost a gallon of beer, it came out stronger than it was supposed to, the hop rate is off and worst of all, it ..

Ideal time to add dry hops to secondary

Posted in Homebrewing by dankdoubles - on May 19

I have an IPA that fermented from 1.056 from this past Saturday, to 1.005 today (Tuesday). I usually wait one week to transfer to the secondary and add dry hops, but I am wondering if I can rack and dry hop tomorrow. Is there any downside to not letting the yeast "fine tune" for a bit before adding dry hops? Thanks!..

Making a starter? I dont' have that kind of time

Posted in Homebrewing by bruguru - on Apr 17

Starters are a necessary step with liquid yeasts . I would even go as far to say that you are wasting your money getting a liquid yeast and not making a starter. That being said, I find it a painful process making a starter, boiling a gallon on a stove, putting a lb of DME in, cooling it, and putting it on the stir plate, it's always been a hassle. I'm not alone many people have tried to get around this, only to come up with the inevitable. [b]YOU MUST MAKE A STARTER.[/b] Brewing in Arizona has it's..

Mango Habanero ale

Posted in Homebrew Recipes by Hogarthe - on Apr 4

Been thinking this one over, I want a lot of mango and just a bit of heat in a light easy drinker. Here's what I have so far. 5 gallon batch 10 lb. Pale Ale malt .75 lb. crystal 20 .5 lb. lactose .5 oz Northern Brewer hops 9.6% aa at 60 US-05 yeast, ferment at 63-65F Then rack onto 7 lb sliced up mangos and 2 or 3 habanero peppers. Plugging it into the calculator at Brewer's Friend, it shows SG of 1.056, FG 1.013, IBU 20.49, abv of 5.56%. This is before the fruit addition, I'm not sure how to get the ferm..

force carbing, or bottle conditioning my Saison

Posted in Homebrewing by bruguru - on Feb 18

so, I got my 1.076 og Saison down to 1.004. Tastes great, and have had it at 12psi for 2 days. I have to turn it into competition, March 15th and didn't think a month in the bottle would matter. Also I would not be able to carb it exactly. Basically it would be just a shot in the dark. So, what do you think, leave it coasting for a month to condition force carbing, or treat it like a big bottle, and bottle condition in the keg. I could also pour some off into bottles, and see how it comes out. I ..

Finally Brewed Some Beer!

Posted in Homebrewing by sewer_urchen - on Feb 10

Been over a year and a half since my last beer. Got 18 gallons of Cider going but just couldn't get to a brew day. Finally had one! It's an adaptation on the Mac n' Jack recipe; this one I made extract as I have not the means of brewing all grain. Here's how the recipe ended up. 2 1/2 Gallons Water in a 12 qt. Pot 1 lb Light Munich 1/2 lb Crystal 60 1/2 lb Carapils all steeped at 150* for 40 min, temp held well. added 1 can (3.3 lb's) Munton's Extra Light LME and brought to boil 1 oz. Citra (13.3 AA..

Bourbon Barrel Cider?

Posted in Brewing Cider by sewer_urchen - on Jan 22

So I've had my cider going since October, racked once, and it's still bubbling away (my basement keeps it around 61*, so it goes slow). I've got about 19 gallons, two 6 gallon carboy's filled right to the top of the neck and a 6 1/2 gallon also filled right to the neck. I'm debating how I should bottle them when I get the chance (probably not till the end of February or March at the earliest, April vacation at the latest, if they don't clear by the end of Feb)...I know I want to make the bulk of it sparkl..

competitions

Posted in The Pub by bruguru - on Jan 2

I have had a varied amount of Luck in competitions. Living near Boston the only ones that I had entered were the ones hosted by Sam Adams. Although I did very well sometimes, the results were scattered. ranging from very good, 42 score, to very bad, 24 score. I asked for help from Thirsty and brewchez, as to why my results were so off target. They told me I needed to evaluate my beer, and pick a category, basically make beers for a Specific Category. This made sense, and I vowed that I wouldn't ..

2.5 gallon ball lock keg for $79

Posted in Equipment by bruguru - on Dec 22

Just got a 2.5 gallon keg with rubber top and bottom from Adventures in Homebrewing. Pretty cool, I've been waiting for one of these, and not some cheap Chinese knock off. Great price, and beats bringing 4 growlers to a party. Pretty sweet with a ball lock tap, and a 16oz C02 dispenser. [url]http://www.googleadservices.com/pagead/aclk?sa=L&ai=CFMySwkaYVKzhJMe2-QPEw4KgAenTqbsHwb2Z7owB4a3RwI0CCAYQAigIYMnOxobEo8gXoAH_x6jhA8gBB6oEJ0_Q4MZXHq3IWa0g6vKzhZSRRBbY5iYY1Ol4qD5xl7YF4m0BPnqEIMAFBYgGAaAGJoAH6bfXHpAHA6..

hop spider

Posted in Equipment by Hogarthe - on Dec 7

I'm sure you guys have seen these, they hold a hop bag suspended into your kettle, so you can add more at the desired intervals, and then have all the hops to pull out at the end instead of them gunking up your wort. I'm thinking of getting one, put the problem I'm forseeing is putting the immersion chiller in the last 10 minutes or so to sanitize it. The hop spider would be in the way, wouldn't it? Anyone use one? and what do you do with it? pull it out and put the chiller in, then replace?..

The what's up thread.

Posted in The Pub by brewchez - on Dec 5

I gotta find the time this weekend to brew a batch if possible. More importantly I got to bottle up a batch of orange mead. I have to bottle some Malted Cider. And I have to bottle up a full 5 gallons of wine too! Now that I think of it I need to stabilize that wine first with some metabisulfite. So I guess I'll be bottling that next weekend. On the longer term I need to plan out my brew room. The garage was getting to crowded with bikes and rakes and shovels and stuff. I moved my fridges/freezers and..

Yeast is the Beast

Posted in Homebrewing by bruguru - on Dec 3

Yeast is the most important part of your beer, it turns your bitter sugar water into beer. [quote]It's mixing my Chocolate, it's actually churning my Chocolate[/quote] While I'm quoting Willie Wonka, I would be remiss if I did not mention our resident Wonka, 1n1m3g. At brewdays he explained to me how starters work, and why we make them. Also some great insight into his award winning Belgian beers. His explanations are clear, and percise. As I was looking at some old threads, I came across some ..

Smashed regulator

Posted in Equipment by bruguru - on Nov 25

Well, it finally happened. I was trying to find a constant gas leak, and pulled all my kegs out, and reconnected my manifold to the Regulator. As I was putting the kegs back in, the air hose got caught on the keg, and my C02 tank fell down, crushing the low pressure gauge. I swear to god, I almost threw the whole thing in the friggin street, I was so pissed off. After a few deep breaths, I ordered a new one from Beverage Factory, he one with an adjustable knob, I always liked that one, but I got a screw..

CO2 Main Line Disconnect

Posted in Equipment by brewchez - on Nov 18

Anyone on this site have any experience with gas line disconnects? One that you'd install between your CO2 tank and your CO2 manifold. I have one but I have been afraid to install it. I just don't like the idea of another break in the line. A place for CO2 to leak from and drain a tank dry overnight. Any thoughts?..

Brewchez!

Posted in The Pub by brewchez - on Nov 12

I guess its my 9-12 month check in. How's everyone doing? Read some posts here last night. Seems like a couple diehards are still here. Is the spam situation under control these days? Anymore great blog posts from Emily? I am still brewing. Been messing around too much with saison and hoppy beers. Got to get back to my English style roots. Got a Best Bitter and Brown Ale going. Planning a round of stouts next. I built a brew stand not long ago. I've only brewed on it twice so far but that should chan..


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