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Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-05-2013, 01:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 714
Posted By lopatkam
Good catch! It wasn't much sweat to dump it, but...

Good catch! It wasn't much sweat to dump it, but there may have been some tears.

Mark
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-04-2013, 09:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 555
Posted By lopatkam
Again, great beer can be made with many different...

Again, great beer can be made with many different techniques. However, yeast today is the same living organism for millions of years, and they all behave the same way. Yeast will become autolysized...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-04-2013, 09:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,574
Posted By lopatkam
Instead of using just Oxyclean, try a mixture of...

Instead of using just Oxyclean, try a mixture of 3 parts Oxyclean to one part TSP/90. This is very close to Powdered Brewery Wash which works very well, but is very expensive.

Mark
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-04-2013, 08:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 555
Posted By lopatkam
Well, I’m not going to disagree with anyone. I...

Well, I’m not going to disagree with anyone. I just want to give my opinion. As for your question, I would not put the beer in a secondary because of the style. However, I use a secondary for most...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-04-2013, 07:29 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,060
Posted By lopatkam
I just want to give my two cents here (maybe it’s...

I just want to give my two cents here (maybe it’s only worth a penny.) I do not believe that I can taste a difference if fresh extract is used. I am mostly all-grain now, but not because extracts...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-04-2013, 04:14 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,739
Posted By lopatkam
Expense is relative. However, I do not think...

Expense is relative. However, I do not think that the cost of home brewing is something that I considered when I first started. While home brewing is easy and relatively inexpensive, it is the duty...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-04-2013, 03:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 714
Posted By lopatkam
Reflecting on Last Year’s Mistakes

Success is a poor teacher. A phrase that I live by. While I have been brewing for over 25 years, I still learn from my mistakes. Of the 18 batches (110 gallons) I brewed in 2012, I did dump two...
Forum: General Techniques 12-20-2012, 01:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 805
Posted By lopatkam
All beer can benefit from lagering. I read a...

All beer can benefit from lagering. I read a book on Altbier by Horist Dornbucsh and he recommends lagering for about one to three months. The longer, of course, the clearer and 'smoother' the beer...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-19-2012, 07:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,214
Posted By lopatkam
No,none of us could smell or taste any smoke at...

No,none of us could smell or taste any smoke at all. I tried the malt before I milled it and it was VERY smokey. Actually, we all joked that I should put some out in a bowl on my bar! But sadly,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-19-2012, 06:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,214
Posted By lopatkam
I brewed a smoke Habanera beer, called Peppers...

I brewed a smoke Habanera beer, called Peppers Away, on September 9. For 10 Gallons:
18 lbs 2-row
2 lbs smoked malt
0.5 lbs carmel 60L
1 lb carmel 40L
0.5 lbs Carafoam
1 lb biscuit malt

2...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-22-2012, 09:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,858
Posted By lopatkam
My Thoughts on Brewing Over The Past 25 Years

My Thoughts on Home Brewing Over The Past 25 Years

Today was going to be brew day. I had plans to make 10 gallons of Baltic Porter. But, as luck would have it, it is raining, cold, and windy. ...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-09-2012, 04:23 PM
Replies: 1,159
Views: 283,180
Posted By lopatkam
I think it had enough "bite". But it is, after...

I think it had enough "bite". But it is, after all, an IPA. More "bite" may be better!
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-07-2012, 09:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 474
Posted By lopatkam
Rat Beers Are Fun

When a car is made from left over parts in a garage, it is commonly called a “Rat Racer”. I often do this with grains left over from other recipes and call them “Rat Beers”. That is really a fun...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-07-2012, 04:12 PM
Replies: 1,159
Views: 283,180
Posted By lopatkam
This is a great recipe!

For what it is worth, I made the recipe found at the top of this thread June 23, and just finished the keg last week. I reduced the first hop addition because my Citra was at 13.90%. The beer was...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-07-2012, 01:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 530
Posted By lopatkam
Thanks!

Thanks for your replies. I was thinking what you said acidrain23. The habaneros are fruity. I have a lot of cascade and sterling left over from my hop plants last years and will be getting a new...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-04-2012, 04:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 530
Posted By lopatkam
What Hops To Use With A Pepper Beer?

I’m planning on brewing a beer with habanero peppers this weekend. My thought is about 16 to 18 lbs pale 2 row and two to three lbs smoked malt for 10 gallons. I plan on adding eight peppers in the...
Forum: General Techniques 07-26-2012, 08:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 548
Posted By lopatkam
I Did The Same Thing

I did the same thing recently and it turned out fine. However, cleaning the carboy was a bit of a mess. My next dry hopping attempt was with pellets and they worked better because they all were wet...
Forum: Home Brewing Photo Forum 06-27-2012, 01:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,466
Posted By lopatkam
Subdued, but Functional

While I considered many different designs, I needed to make sure that my wife was not upset. After all, my home brewing hobby has always pushed the limits of what a reasonable wife can handle. So...
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