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Old 07-10-2009, 07:24 PM   #1
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I haven't brewed in nearly a year, but today I make my triumphant return. I am making an AHS Texas Blonde mini mash recipe, which I have had success with before.

Getting everything organized


Starter, LME, hops (1 oz Brewer's Gold), whirlfloc, yeast nutrient)


After steeping minimash for 45 minutes, sparged grain over colander


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The boil


Lonely keg in kegerator...only one keg...don't worry, beer is only 4 weeks away

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Spent grain drying. I am going to try making the dog biscuits with spent grain.


Cooling the wort. Yeah, I know, I need an immersion chiller. It is on the list, right there with a propane burner.


In the carboy. My OG is 1032...it was supposed to be 1042. I have never missed my OG, let alone by 10! I'm pretty upset, I am not sure how this will turn out. I don't know what I did wrong.


The wort tastes ok at least.


Off to ferment for about 3 weeks.


I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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when i think of Texas Blonde...


Did you use topoff water?
(asuming this is what you made)
Mini Mash: 3 lbs. Liquid Malt Extract, 1 lb. Corn Syrup, 2.75 lbs. Base Grains.

Either you had a poor conversion form the minimash, or you didn't get your wort mixed in with the top off water completley.
Still an impressive color for a recipe with 3# of LME in it.

EDIT:
at second glance, I don't see any corn syrup in your picture, unless it is in the bucket with the LME

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when i think of Texas Blonde...


Did you use topoff water?
(asuming this is what you made)
Mini Mash: 3 lbs. Liquid Malt Extract, 1 lb. Corn Syrup, 2.75 lbs. Base Grains.

Either you had a poor conversion form the minimash, or you didn't get your wort mixed in with the top off water completley.
Still an impressive color for a recipe with 3# of LME in it.

EDIT:
at second glance, I don't see any corn syrup in your picture, unless it is in the bucket with the LME
Thanks...When I think of a Texas Blonde, it will be her....Cheers.
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I haven't brewed in nearly a year, but today I make my triumphant return. I am making an AHS Texas Blonde mini mash recipe, which I have had success with before.

Getting everything organized


Starter, LME, hops (1 oz Brewer's Gold), whirlfloc, yeast nutrient)


After steeping minimash for 45 minutes, sparged grain over colander


Assistant Brewer, Malty Rolo Brown
Lol!! Love the name...
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Did you use topoff water?
(asuming this is what you made)
Mini Mash: 3 lbs. Liquid Malt Extract, 1 lb. Corn Syrup, 2.75 lbs. Base Grains.

Either you had a poor conversion form the minimash, or you didn't get your wort mixed in with the top off water completley.
Still an impressive color for a recipe with 3# of LME in it.

EDIT:
at second glance, I don't see any corn syrup in your picture, unless it is in the bucket with the LME
The corn syrup is in the bucket, it is mixed in with the LME at AHS.

I did you topoff water. I shook the carboy with cooled wort for a good ten minutes. However, I did notice some "settling" as seen in the picture a few minutes later. I didn't take my hydrometer reading until about 30 minutes after, when I pitched the yeast (but then I shook again). So, I may be getting an erroneous hydrometer reading.

I also may have not gotten a good minimash conversion...but I didn't do that part differently from the last time.

I hope that I have a bad reading, otherwise this will be a disappointing brew.

The carboy is at has been at 63 degrees since last night and I am slowly letting it warm to 65-66, where it will stay for until fermentation is complete. I already have krausen and steady airlock activity.

Love the picture. If I bottled, she would go on the bottle.

Eric
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HI EricCSU, Good brew choice. I made the same recipe in January, and everyone seemed to like it. Your temperature may not have been right for you mash.

I had this happen to me when I did a minimash Texas Bock last year. The way I was told to fix it from a friend that had been brewing much longer than I was to wait a couple of days after the beer was in the primary. Boil up a couple pounds of extract with a couple of cups of water. Chill it down and add it in to the primary. Not sure it that is the correct way to do it but my beer came out very good and the alcohol was really up there.

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HI EricCSU, Good brew choice. I made the same recipe in January, and everyone seemed to like it. Your temperature may not have been right for you mash.

I had this happen to me when I did a minimash Texas Bock last year. The way I was told to fix it from a friend that had been brewing much longer than I was to wait a couple of days after the beer was in the primary. Boil up a couple pounds of extract with a couple of cups of water. Chill it down and add it in to the primary. Not sure it that is the correct way to do it but my beer came out very good and the alcohol was really up there.
That seems like a good idea. I might not even need two pounds of extract, I think even just one would bridge the gap. If I am going to do it, I'm thinking I should do it today (I am working a 24 hour shift tomorrow).

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your abv may end a little low, but that is a beautiful color. it is hard to get one that light with LME. I am sure it will be great no matter what.

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