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Old 02-23-2013, 02:28 PM   #291
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Hello,
I am planing on brewing this as a gift to my little sister-in-law for her 21st B-day. I have scanned this entire thread and have a few questions.
1. The original recipe states no starter used. Have you ever used a starter with this recipe and if so, is there a noticeable difference?
2. I have not had much success using a secondary. Have you ever made this with a long primary?
3. I have read may tips on wort transfer to secondary. Do you have any of your own to share that have been successful for you?
This recipe sounds great and I cant wait to brew it!

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Old 02-28-2013, 09:26 AM   #292
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Hello,
I am planing on brewing this as a gift to my little sister-in-law for her 21st B-day. I have scanned this entire thread and have a few questions.
1. The original recipe states no starter used. Have you ever used a starter with this recipe and if so, is there a noticeable difference?
2. I have not had much success using a secondary. Have you ever made this with a long primary?
3. I have read may tips on wort transfer to secondary. Do you have any of your own to share that have been successful for you?
This recipe sounds great and I cant wait to brew it!
1) You don't really need a starter on this beer. If you have a good fresh smack-pack or rehydrated yeast its OK. Beers over 1.050 probably should have a starter or two yeast packs. I normally don't for this beer,but you could, but I doubt flavor-wise you could tell whether or not a starter was used. According to the Mr Malty yeast calculator it says to use one. Its really up to you since I think its borderline. I think Wyeast has their cut-off at 1.050, meaning over this use a starter.

http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html

2) I have made this several times using just a primary. I used to secondary alot when I first started kegging. I was brewing alot so I used my 8 galllon brew buckets over rigging a blow off. Using the 2ndary freed up my brew buckets.

3) Use an auto-siphon and racking cane. This tool is indispensable for me. Try racking w/o splashing much and you will be fine. Taking your time and planning is big part of brewing as is cleanliness and patience.
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:14 PM   #293
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+1 on "Taking your time and planning". I'm not a veteran brewer, but it didn't take long for me to realize that cleaning what you can as you go makes cleanup much easier. I'm sure anxious to start kegging though. I just ordered my starter kegging system yesterday.

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Old 06-20-2013, 03:44 AM   #294
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My LHBs only has white labs, so what would be your suggestion for a replacement?
According to this the best replacement for the Wyeast American Ale II is the WLP California Ale V, however Im wondering if the Irish ale yeast would be better for this brew, although my LHBs has both yeasts.

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Old 06-23-2013, 02:15 PM   #295
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My LHBs only has white labs, so what would be your suggestion for a replacement?
According to this the best replacement for the Wyeast American Ale II is the WLP California Ale V, however Im wondering if the Irish ale yeast would be better for this brew, although my LHBs has both yeasts.
Either would be good. My choice would be the Irish ale yeast.
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:59 PM   #296
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I used the California V with no starter and it took a good while for the yeasties to do their job; however, a week in to bottle conditioning the beer tastes great! Got another couple of weeks to go, but I'm pumped to get these bad boys in the fridge. Thanks to this brew I got the wife on board with my brewing...good job sir, good job! She's now spearheading my keezer project, which is fine with me.

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Either would be good. My choice would be the Irish ale yeast.
So I have seen terms partial boil and full boil thrown around. What does that mean exactly?
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Partial boil means that you don't boil the full wort volume. 5-6 gallons. Maybe up to 3 gallons. The limiting factor that has to do with this, is the size of your brew kettle. Not everybody starting out has the large kettle or the heat source. Electric stoves and gas stoves generally require a long time to get five or six gallons to a boil. Thirty to forty minutes. Maybe longer. Many people use Turkey Fryers for larger boil volumes.

Full boil is what it sounds, full wort volume plus whatever evaporates.

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Partial boil means that you don't boil the full wort volume. 5-6 gallons. Maybe up to 3 gallons. The limiting factor that has to do with this, is the size of your brew kettle. Not everybody starting out has the large kettle or the heat source. Electric stoves and gas stoves generally require a long time to get five or six gallons to a boil. Thirty to forty minutes. Maybe longer. Many people use Turkey Fryers for larger boil volumes.

Full boil is what it sounds, full wort volume plus whatever evaporates.
Ah. I've just always done full boil. Didn't know partial was an option. Also, I'm using a giant bucket fill with water to stick my fermenter in. What should be the temp of the water generalize it please. I do put ice in it. But I don't wanna get it too cold right?
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Old 12-08-2013, 04:46 PM   #300
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I am planning to brew this next. It will be my third batch.
The recipe calls for Briess LME which is not available where I come from. I can only use Muntons LME (extra light liquid malt extract). Being relatively new to homebrewing does this mean it would change the taste. Any comments on using Muntons?

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I found I am missing most of ingredients ...


Original recipe:
85.6 6.00 lbs. Briess LME- Gold America 1.035 4
7.1 0.50 lbs. Caramel Pils Malt Belgium 1.034 2
3.6 0.25 lbs. Special Roast Malt America 1.033 40
1.9 0.13 lbs. Biscuit Malt Belgium 1.035 24
1.9 0.13 lbs. Chocolate Malt America 1.029 350

My recipe:
Muntons LME
Cara Pils I (or II or III?)? I know this is not the same as caramel pills.
Weyermann melanoidin/fawcett brown ?

Dingemans Biscuit Malt Belgium
Muntons chocolate malt?

Is there any way I could brew this recipe and not some different recipe?

I also can get Dingemans Cara 20 (grain) or some Dingemans Aroma ...

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