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Old 12-16-2012, 03:52 AM   #1491
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Question! Are you guys using extract kits, partial mash, or doing all grain? I do 1.75 gallon batches so I'm pretty much in the same game as you guys, but I do AG and make up my own recipients.
Mostly all grain.. But because its cheaper and easier for me to make all my different brews. If a kit goes on sale that I like at Morebeer and its an extract recipe or partial mash, i get it. their extract is super fresh and I can save a little time on it.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:03 AM   #1492
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Yeah... In Chicago we have to deal with stuff you like don't see much of in NorCal.

I grew up in the Bay Area, and moved to Chicago in February many years ago.

Oh boy, what a surprise.
I know what you mean ... Grew up in Boston and moved here after I got discharged. I don't miss the snow. Other than high rent, I like being near ocean and snow within 2-3 hours.... And LHBS within 45 minutes
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:47 PM   #1493
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Question! Are you guys using extract kits, partial mash, or doing all grain? I do 1.75 gallon batches so I'm pretty much in the same game as you guys, but I do AG and make up my own recipients.
i have the gear for AG, and have done that, but i mostly do extract with grain.

a little bit of partial mash if i feel like doing something squirrelly, or making something i can't easily do with simple extract with steeping grains.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:31 PM   #1494
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I had a pound and a quarter of grain left and wanted to ferment something, so I made a kind of English mild/bitter. Toasted some malt and mashed high so I could add some sugar and not be left with a thin body. Decided to add a half ounce of Horizon and two thirds of an oz. of EKG with thirty seconds left in boil to make a hoppy but not bitter beer. Hydrometer is broken so no SG but gotta guess its 1.025-1.030, 5L batch. It was a nice rainy day and was listening to bluegrass, so named it Bluegrass Mild.


You guys should try making different session beers, fun to experiment in one gallon batches

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Old 12-17-2012, 12:51 AM   #1495
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I just brewed yesterday a "German" IPA using unfortunately domestic Munich Malt and imported German Magnum and Perle hops and K-97 German Ale yeast.

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Old 12-17-2012, 02:35 AM   #1496
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Bottled up the first bourbon dubbel. I threw in a tad of simcoe and Citra during the last few minutes and wow I like the taste of this so far. It is very different and packs a punch. Got 9 bottles.

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Old 12-17-2012, 12:19 PM   #1497
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Been away from the thread for awhile, but I just have a quick question for y'all. It's just about bottling time for my first brew (the stout I posted about a few weeks back) and I'd like to take the usual three hydrometer readings before actually bottling, but I'm not sure how to go about it.

I ended up with a tad less than a gallon in the fermentor, so I'm really, really not looking forward to pulling and subsequently discarding three full sample vials of beer for these tests. How many of y'all pull samples at testing time and then return 'em to the rest of the beer when you're done? I'd like to think that I'm one of the more diligent ones when it comes to sanitation, but if it's really a bad idea I suppose I'll just have to suck it up and deal with less finished product this time around.

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Old 12-17-2012, 12:42 PM   #1498
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I can't speak for everyone on here but taking a hydrometer reading...let alone three, is really going to eat up your batch. You could try to carefully return it to the batch to bottle or bottle one beer with the sample but I just do a refractometer and use the online calculators to adjust...if at all.

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Old 12-17-2012, 12:58 PM   #1499
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@Calichussets: That's my point. I want to make sure it's done fermenting, but all I have is a hydrometer to test with. I will be looking into getting a refractometer, but right now it's not in the budget until after the holidays. What I'm wondering is the best way to go about it from here on out. I'd like to get at least one sample, just so I can see where my gravity ended up. This is my first batch, and there were issues at the start with my efficiency, so going without a reading at all seems a bit unwise.

So given that all I have is a hydrometer, what would you suggest my best plan of action to be?

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Old 12-17-2012, 01:04 PM   #1500
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I used to take that many hydrometer readings and returned the sample back to the fermenter. I never thought it was a big deal until seeing information from home brew websites. With that in mind, I never really had any issues with returning the sample.

Now, I really don't bother taking that many readings...I take a reading in the brew kettle and the next one, the day I plan to bottle. I usually wait 5 weeks before bottling...just my way.

EDIT: Oops you asked another question before I was done typing.

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