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Old 02-26-2007, 11:40 AM   #1
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Default Excellent brewing weekend

Saturday I hit up LHBS and bought all the stuff I'd need (and got a free glass of porter for my trouble). When I got home, I sanitized the necessary equipment for making EdWort's Apfelwein, and then let SWMBO do the whole reciple herself. I would have made her sanitize the stuff herself, but then she gets a sad look on her face and says that the sanitizer has an unpleasant odor. But I digress. She finished it just fine and 36 hours later, it's bubbling away.

Yesterday I brewed Walker's Kaduva IPA. I have no idea what the beer will taste like, but I will say that I had more fun making this beer than any previous batch. For one thing, once you hit 35 minutes, you've got a hop infusion every five minutes for the remainder of the boil. It kept me from standing in the cold and staring blankly at my brew pot as it boiled. I finished at around 7 PM and pitched a White Labs American Ale Yeast Blend 750 ml starter. As of this morning, it's already bubbling.

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Old 02-26-2007, 12:40 PM   #2
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Cool deal. I thrust out into unknown territory brewing something strange out of my head lol. I had wierd things go on, but in the end it is in lag, and hopefully will ramp to life soon. I finished it much later than anticipated because my gravity was low so I boiled off more than usual. I did bottle my DunkelWeizen and it hit everything perfectly. I couldn't be happier....now just to wait for carbonation, and overcome the nervousness about the bottles holding the higher volumes. I know they'll be fine they are these hulking Genesee returnables a guy gave me so I am fairly certain they will hold fine...just have to pass the test hehe. Good to hear SWMBO is rollin with it!

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Old 02-26-2007, 01:27 PM   #3
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Oooh, an improvised recipe. Hope you wrote it down! If it turns out well, you'll have to put it in the recipe database.

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Oooh, an improvised recipe. Hope you wrote it down! If it turns out well, you'll have to put it in the recipe database.

I am calling it Chaos Love Magnet.

All of my recipes are from my own noodle using the BJCP database for the targets and what to use. So I am brewing and then if needing to refine, I rebrew. It will probably take me forever and a day to release my recipes lol. I made my own invert sugar for the Chaos Love Magnet, it is as best I can classify it a Belgian Strong Ale but there is a catch. I used a yeast combination. I was thinking about what I could siphon onto my hefe yeast, and was like "hrmmm I wonder" and had a Maudite and there are clove phenols in it. So I also pitched some S-33 to help with the alcohol level of this thing. I think it is a 80-something beer and should finish really dry.
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Old 02-26-2007, 11:39 PM   #5
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Hey Wow! I also brewed the Kaduva (Snowshoe)IPA yesterday in the snow and also finished up at about 7pm. I used Pacman yeast without a starter. I wasnt gonna brew yesterday, but then said what the hell, lets do it. It's churning nicely now.

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made a corona clone saturday
didn't have flaked rice so i cooked up some white rice.
it was so thick i thought i would get a stuck sparge for sure but no problems.
i thought my gravity after sparge was too low(1.040) - never measured pre-boil before so i added two scoops of high malt glucose syrup i had around. ened up at 1.060 in the fermenter. so much for my session beer!
today i made a leftover ale, 2 row, vienna, munich, oats, wheat, carastan and for hops northern brewer,cascade,saaz,tennanger, and fuggles. got 1.055 in the fermenter
good weekend -took last friday and today off.

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Hey Wow! I also brewed the Kaduva (Snowshoe)IPA yesterday in the snow and also finished up at about 7pm. I used Pacman yeast without a starter. I wasnt gonna brew yesterday, but then said what the hell, lets do it. It's churning nicely now.
It was snowing up here above Harrisburg, too. I actually had to make a couple hop substitutions as Scotzin's in Harrisburg didn't have a couple of the ones required for Walker's recipe. Thankfully, I wrote down the AA percentages, and was able to get ones with similar ratings. I hope it turns out. I'll rename it for bottling; it'll be my "Hoppy Easter" ale.
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made a corona clone saturday
didn't have flaked rice so i cooked up some white rice.
it was so thick i thought i would get a stuck sparge for sure but no problems.
i thought my gravity after sparge was too low(1.040) - never measured pre-boil before so i added two scoops of high malt glucose syrup i had around. ened up at 1.060 in the fermenter. so much for my session beer!
today i made a leftover ale, 2 row, vienna, munich, oats, wheat, carastan and for hops northern brewer,cascade,saaz,tennanger, and fuggles. got 1.055 in the fermenter
good weekend -took last friday and today off.
I want to do a good clean-up beer. I've got some ingredients sitting around that ought to be used.
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Thankfully, I wrote down the AA percentages, and was able to get ones with similar ratings. I hope it turns out. I'll rename it for bottling; it'll be my "Hoppy Easter" ale.
Heh, great name, plays on a few different things at once.
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Heh, great name, plays on a few different things at once.
Right. I'm thinking a label with a rabbit holding a basket of hops will work.
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