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Old 10-26-2011, 12:40 AM   #21
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Dude... so many... I've done IPAs, Porters, Browns and Stouts.... with 04... it's pretty clean... though admittedly, the ones I listed are fairly tolerant and robust brews

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Old 10-26-2011, 01:39 AM   #22
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I agree on the yeast cake, I just racked my BrandonO Graff which I made with S-04 and the yeast cake was SOLID. WOW!

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Dude... so many... I've done IPAs, Porters, Browns and Stouts.... with 04... it's pretty clean... though admittedly, the ones I listed are fairly tolerant and robust brews
So, if you had to pick ONE right now, what would it be? It it helps any, my brews so far (since re-taking up this hobby) and my self-review are:
California Common (extract Kit) - eh, so so . Think I steeped the specialty grains at too high a temperature.
Blue Moon Clone (Blue Balls, modified extract kit) - others like it, I assess as "not bad"
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Clone (All Grain) - nice
Victory Hop Devil (All Grain) - wow, I like it - this one is going quickly and I've gotten some very positive feedback (like how come you don't open a brewery)
Red Rocket Ale Clone (All Grain) - ABV much higher than expected due to higher efficiency - nice, but don't like it as much as the IPA.
Mirror Pond Clone (All Grain) - we shall see.

I've been doing mostly clone recipe's so that I can compare my result to what I'm cloning, but open to just about any suggestion.
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Old 10-26-2011, 02:08 AM   #24
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So, if you had to pick ONE right now, what would it be? It it helps any, my brews so far (since re-taking up this hobby) and my self-review are:
California Common (extract Kit) - eh, so so . Think I steeped the specialty grains at too high a temperature.
Blue Moon Clone (Blue Balls, modified extract kit) - others like it, I assess as "not bad"
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Clone (All Grain) - nice
Victory Hop Devil (All Grain) - wow, I like it - this one is going quickly and I've gotten some very positive feedback (like how come you don't open a brewery)
Red Rocket Ale Clone (All Grain) - ABV much higher than expected due to higher efficiency - nice, but don't like it as much as the IPA.
Mirror Pond Clone (All Grain) - we shall see.

I've been doing mostly clone recipe's so that I can compare my result to what I'm cloning, but open to just about any suggestion.
Are you out of any of these? If so I might make the one that you are out of except for the Blue moon clone...Also, looks like you got a bunch of hoppy brews... what about doing a brown or something different... otherwise do your VHD
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:16 AM   #25
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Are you out of any of these? If so I might make the one that you are out of except for the Blue moon clone...Also, looks like you got a bunch of hoppy brews... what about doing a brown or something different... otherwise do your VHD
I will re-do the VHD soon as it is going quickly. I'm trying to do as many batches as time permits just to practice the process. Having participated in group buys on grains, also got a bunch of hops @ $.79/ounce a couple months ago, and got a bunch of hops given to me (fresh, which I've dried and placed in vacuum sealed bags), and reusing yeast means my costs are relatively low. I'm also sometimes doing reduced batch sizes (4 gallons) due to limitations on how much liquid I can get to a boil on my electric stove top. For instance, my estimated ingredient cost for a 4 gallon batch of VHD is about $12.00 ($.29/bottle).

This is my long winded way of saying I want a new recipe that other people like to try.
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Old 10-26-2011, 06:20 AM   #26
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Just moved ( a couple days ago) a Mirror Pond Ale clone from a primary to keg for dry hop/secondary/conditioning. Being the cheap person I am, I saved the yeast cake into a couple Sterilized Mason Jars (which are sitting loosely capped in my Refrigerator). So, anyone out there have recommendation for other All Grain recipe's using US-04? (I've got plenty of grains and hops to choose from). By the way, the Mirror Pond FG reading was 1.008 and the sample tasted wonderful!
Are you down to spend a couple hours toasting some two row? If so I can try to turn my favorite home malt recipe to a store bought malt recipe that I'm sure you will love.
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Are you down to spend a couple hours toasting some two row? If so I can try to turn my favorite home malt recipe to a store bought malt recipe that I'm sure you will love.
Yes, sounds good. I used to (still do sometimes) make home made bread, so I know how to use the oven.
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Old 10-26-2011, 03:28 PM   #28
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Maybe I made a mistake but the last time I used S04 I had it crap out in the low 60s and left my beer overly sweet. I prefer S05. However, dry yeast rocks- if only they could diversify the strains a bit.

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Old 10-26-2011, 06:21 PM   #29
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S-04 is quickly becoming my "house yeast strain". Works great every time, ferments clean & quick regardless of whether I re-hydrate it or not.

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I actually find that US-04 has a little twang to it. I can't describe it well, it's not a phenolic, just a little estery. I've fermented it cold (62*), and it's still there, so I gave up on S04. I use WLP007 for my Dry english needs.

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