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Forum: Dark Lager 07-03-2013, 03:20 PM
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Posted By imrook
Just tapped a batch of this I made with WLP940. I...

Just tapped a batch of this I made with WLP940. I somehow got unexpectedly high efficiency and an O.G. of 1.050. I didn't want to dilute cause I already had more than a full keg wort of wort and...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-15-2013, 02:34 AM
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Posted By imrook
1.018 seems too be high for that style, but I...

1.018 seems too be high for that style, but I remember having a number of extract batches stop right around there. The problem went away when I went all-grain. What do your beers normally finish at?...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-14-2013, 03:44 AM
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Posted By imrook
Chili coconut amber

I brewed a batch that was inspired by Thai food. I called it a Thai chili-coconut amber ale. I started with a lightly hopped amber with mostly 2-row and a little crystal. I threw in a pound of flaked...
Forum: Porter 05-13-2013, 09:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,339
Posted By imrook
I think you'll find that all-grain is a lot...

I think you'll find that all-grain is a lot easier than you expect. I know it was for me. Watch your water volumes and temperatures closely as they have a much bigger impact on all-grain than extract...
Forum: General Techniques 05-12-2013, 06:14 AM
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Views: 31,034
Posted By imrook
In general, I not to keen on American varieties....

In general, I not to keen on American varieties. Although this is likely because I'm currently into malty and balanced beers and don't enjoy anything over .5 on the BU:GU scale. The only hop I ever...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-10-2013, 09:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 178
Posted By imrook
First off, I have never tried this. Having said...

First off, I have never tried this. Having said that, it sounds like an interesting idea... Except the no chill part. Barley is covered in wild yeast and bacteria. The boil sterilizes the wort. If...
Forum: Porter 05-10-2013, 09:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,339
Posted By imrook
This is one of those few cases where you can't do...

This is one of those few cases where you can't do the something in extract that you can all grain. I would say you basically have two options:

1 use a smoke flavoring in the fermenter.

2 steep...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-10-2013, 09:27 PM
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Views: 233
Posted By imrook
I'll answer my own question since the keg has...

I'll answer my own question since the keg has been kicked now. The beer turned out wonderfully. It got lots of compliments from friends. It had no diacetyl and a great smooth round lager flavor.
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Forum: Light Hybrid Beer 05-08-2013, 05:39 PM
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Posted By imrook
Chilling down 5.5 gallons of this right now. I...

Chilling down 5.5 gallons of this right now. I used 7 lbs of 2-row to compensate for the low efficiency of my system and 2.25 oz of lemon zest because that's what I got from 5 lemons. Also gonna...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-18-2013, 03:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 233
Posted By imrook
Stepped pitch questions

I recently picked up some out-of-date WLP800 dirt cheap and decided to make my first lager. Since the yeast was really old and mrmalty said the viability was 10% (or less) I nursed the yeast back to...
Forum: Porter 12-12-2012, 01:42 AM
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Views: 4,339
Posted By imrook
I like your style. I have to believe this beer is...

I like your style. I have to believe this beer is good because I'm brewing a smoked porter that has an almost identical grain bill this week (sans bacon.) A brewery in town does a smoked lager once a...
Forum: DIY Projects 12-06-2012, 03:34 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 61,894
Posted By imrook
Thanks to everyone who contributed photos,...

Thanks to everyone who contributed photos, diagrams and details to this thread. I finished my temperature controller box last night and I now have my first keg carbing in my keezer. Next project:...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-27-2012, 07:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 950
Posted By imrook
The things we do for beer! I have never done...

The things we do for beer! I have never done either of these before, so take my opinion as you will. I think you're correct that not heating the sparge water will reduce your efficiency because the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-15-2012, 10:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 310
Posted By imrook
Must be a bad day to ask hop questions. I asked...

Must be a bad day to ask hop questions. I asked about NZ Hallertau today and got zilch. I don't know anything about Sorachi Ace hops, but I like your idea of single hop ambers. I just might start...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-15-2012, 07:34 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By imrook
Indeed. It's going to be a great beer regardless....

Indeed. It's going to be a great beer regardless. RDWHAHB :mug:
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-15-2012, 04:51 PM
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Posted By imrook
NZ Hallertau as bittering strange flavor?

I recently brewed Jamil's Amber Waves and substituted NZ Hallertau and Magnum for the bittering hops. I took my first sample yesterday and the malt flavor is spot on, but there is a subtle...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-15-2012, 02:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 977
Posted By imrook
He didn't say his target was 1.066. This is what...

He didn't say his target was 1.066. This is what the OP said:


I take that to mean that his SG was 1.052 AFTER adding 1 gallon of top-up water. Therefore, a volume of 5 gallons. Working backward...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-15-2012, 01:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 145
Posted By imrook
Are you doing the extract or all grain version?...

Are you doing the extract or all grain version? For the extract version, it won't make any difference as you're only getting flavor from the grains. If AG, Fatt it right. Additionally, low mash temps...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-15-2012, 12:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 977
Posted By imrook
Sugar will thin the beer out, which people tend...

Sugar will thin the beer out, which people tend to find particularly offensive in an IPA where a lot of malt and mouthfeel are expected behind the hops. I'd say either leave it or add DME if you...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-12-2012, 02:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,097
Posted By imrook
Some more information would be helpful here. What...

Some more information would be helpful here. What style of beer are you planning on making? In the OP you said you want a "creamy flavor." Let's clarify a bit. Are you going after thickness,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-12-2012, 04:25 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,312
Posted By imrook
That reminds me of my very first all grain batch....

That reminds me of my very first all grain batch. I "crushed" my grains in a blender. I used paint strainer bags to separate the wort from the grains. I had no chiller, so I let the wort cool in the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-11-2012, 03:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,097
Posted By imrook
Corn anyone?

Corn anyone?
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-11-2012, 03:03 AM
Replies: 14
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Posted By imrook
Whoa! I also had this problem and started using...

Whoa! I also had this problem and started using campden. My bottle says 1 tablet treats 20 gallons, so I use half a tab for each batch. Since I'm doing all grain, I end up using around 8.5 gallons...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10-11-2012, 02:47 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,312
Posted By imrook
Well, you're not totally screwed. You can boil up...

Well, you're not totally screwed. You can boil up 3lbs or so of liquid or dry malt extract, chill it and add to the fermenter and you'll have a regular gravity beer on your hands. It won't be the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-10-2012, 04:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 425
Posted By imrook
I really don't think you need to buy more yeast...

I really don't think you need to buy more yeast for a stout. The 011 would be my choice to keep a little more malt and body due to it's lower attenuation. The 085 will work great too and if you want...
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