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BugAC
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
I think i'm going to brew 2 beers this weekend. Trying to decide between a clone of Maine Brewing Peeper Pale ale, but with Sabro, medusa, and citra hops. My Night Owl Stout i haven't brewed in about 2 or 3 years, but adjusting the recipe to lower the abv, or i'll do a british ESB.

Probably go with the maine peeper and stout if we can get some prolonged cooler weather.

Oh, and i did end up bottling that Biere de Garde. I blended 3 gallons of new beer with 2 gallons of year old sour. Sour had a FG of 1.005 and the new beer with an FG of 1.009. Final FG of the blend was 1.006. It had a nice acidity to it. I bottled with brett brux and table sugar. I'll try the first bottle in 2 weeks to see how it's coming along.
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BigPerm30
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
You’ve got some patience. I get antsy if a beer takes longer than a week to ferment. I’ve got a Baltic Porter that I’m lagering that is killing me.


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It's all about building that pipeline.


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BugAC
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
Anyone here have an RO system in their homes? I was watching the APEC RO system install and wondering if it's worth it? I've used RO water a couple times from an RO water dispenser outside of a winn dixie in the past, but i didn't find it made a big difference. Currently, i just treat BR water with salts.


CarRamrod
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Anyone here have an RO system in their homes? I was watching the APEC RO system install and wondering if it's worth it? I've used RO water a couple times from an RO water dispenser outside of a winn dixie in the past, but i didn't find it made a big difference. Currently, i just treat BR water with salts.


yes..... it makes a HUGE difference, especially with neipas(maybe this is why you have those issues you talk about). BR water is so high in bicarbonates, alkalinity and sodium.

BUT when you RO your PH is still high. so you would need to account for that.

once i got an RO system i havent brewed with straight tap water.
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BugAC
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yes..... it makes a HUGE difference, especially with neipas(maybe this is why you have those issues you talk about). BR water is so high in bicarbonates, alkalinity and sodium.

BUT when you RO your PH is still high. so you would need to account for that.

once i got an RO system i havent brewed with straight tap water.


Well i'm brewing more of a traditional west coast pale this weekend, i may bring my brew buckets with me to work and fill them up on the way home.


CarRamrod
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yea I fill up a full keg the night before so whatever water i need. a buddy bought a couple of those 7 gallon blue water jugs from walmart and he gets them filled at an RO station.

Did your wife show you the art on my pots?


BugAC
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Did your wife show you the art on my pots?


She just did. Nice!


CarRamrod
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i wish i would have done it after I soldered the tri clover ports. i had to polish off some of the bluing.

but after all the work IDK if just ordering a custom pot from Spikes would have been cleaner. but 50$ a port is hard to swallow.
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BugAC
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but after all the work IDK if just ordering a custom pot from Spikes would have been cleaner. but 50$ a port is hard to swallow.



That's the cool thing about the Blichmann kettles. You can pick and choose where you want the ports. However, you do pay blichmann prices.


CarRamrod
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yea same with Spikes. I have just never been a fan of blichmann. i think it is just the pretentious attitude of people with blichmann. I mean a RIMs tube has been around for ages and made from easily sources parts, yet they felt the need to design it to look completely different.


BugAC
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yea same with Spikes. I have just never been a fan of blichmann. i think it is just the pretentious attitude of people with blichmann. I mean a RIMs tube has been around for ages and made from easily sources parts, yet they felt the need to design it to look completely different.


I don't own any blichmann gear yet. But for my needs, their electric setup is perfect. I initially planned to go with the SS Brewtech ekettle setup, but after subscribing to the user's facebook page, it's filled with people with issues, and their customer service is pretty awful.

With blichmann, you know they aren't going anywhere, and you know they designed and tested all of their equipment.


CarRamrod
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i have no doubt it is good stuff.


Zappas Stache
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initially planned to go with the SS Brewtech ekettle setup, but after subscribing to the user's facebook page, it's filled with people with issues, and their customer service is pretty awful.


I have an SS Brew Bucket fermenter that's a PIA. The transfer valve is as narrow as Hank Hill's urethra. I can't transfer without it clogging multiple times, even pressurized transfers take over an hour


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BugAC
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
So i decided not to brew the stout this weekend. Cooler weather isn't going to be around for as long as i expected, and i can't see myself going through an entire keg of stout. I'll push this back a couple months.

I am still going with the Maine Brewing Peeper Ale clone. West coast-ish pale ale. I have my buckets in the truck to collect some RO water at lunch today. Really wanted to get a 2nd brew in this weekend, but can't think of anything to brew right now. I was thinking of doing an ESB, but don't want 2 bitter beers on tap at the same time. I have 2 empty clean fermenters, and 1 empty 6 gallon sour fermenter.

I would brew my sour base, but i need to keep a fermenter free so i can do some blending. It's a 3 day weekend, so i'll brew the pale ale, and probably do some blending. I just noticed, of all the sours, i only really have 2 that are mixed ferm blendable beers. The other 2 are brett beers with no acidity. Those 2 will be getting a blend of the 3 gallon soured mixed ferm beer before bottling. Other than that, i have a Solera, the biere de garde blend on cherries, that just needs more time before bottling, and 3, 1 gallon fermenters with dregs from previous sour batches. Those will be utilized for my sour base beers.

So it looks like, after i blend and bottle the 2 brett beers, and bottle the biere de garde on cherries, and then a few months from now, make another solera pull, i'll have to wait at least 9-12 months before my next sour is bottled.


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puffulufogous
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
on the oktoberfast, did you mash at 156 and boil for 90 like beirmuncher's original post suggests? Using BS I am only going to do 60 min.


BugAC
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
Brew day yesterday went off without a hitch. Currently fermenting with a little bit of a blowoff. Used whirlfloc for the first time. This beer is going to be crystal clear.


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GeauxPack81
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
I only boiled for 60. Think I mashed around 154


GeauxPack81
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Brewing again today for a friend. Giving him all the beer from this batch. A galaxy hopped american IPA.

So I'll have an Oktoberfest and this both fermenting, along with an imperial stout which is aging. Only one beer on tap now though, my margarita gose (added lime zest in the boil). I'm loving it right now. Very light with just a slight sourness and slight lime to it.




puffulufogous
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II
I had a little trouble with the oktoberfast. Ended up with poor efficiency and had to boil 80 minutes instead of sixty but hit my OG perfectly. We will see how it turns out.

Looking at doing a west coast ipa similar to surf wax. I saw some clone recipes that were 88% 2 row and a touch of oats and wheat. I've got a recent starter of omega west coast 004 that should be perfect. What's y'all's preferred mash temp for ipas? Read the brulosophy on MT and was thinking 148 for a dry finish and good alcohol content. Preferred hopping schedule?


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