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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-14-2014, 02:23 AM
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Posted By HopLife
With an extract recipe you should be able to hit...

With an extract recipe you should be able to hit 75% attenuation with most yeast if they are healthy. If you are not pitching enough yeast, or if you are not providing enough oxygen when pitching...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-11-2014, 01:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 253
Posted By HopLife
How did you crush the malt? How long did you let...

How did you crush the malt? How long did you let the mash sit @ 155. And you can probably do another round of sparging with about 2 more gallons to prevent coming up short on volume. The only...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-22-2013, 07:44 PM
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Views: 175
Posted By HopLife
Chocolate malt comparisons

I am brewing a porter today and the recipe calls for chocolate malt. I find a great range in Lovibond and flavor descriptions from maltster to maltster. I would really like to find a chocolate malt...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-02-2013, 03:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,261
Posted By HopLife
I have been doing all grain for a while. I would...

I have been doing all grain for a while. I would say you need to use a base malt for your recipes and use less of the really highly colored specialty malts. The base malt will contribute extra...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-24-2013, 05:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 657
Posted By HopLife
The crush of the grain was the issue. With...

The crush of the grain was the issue.

With the new grain mill he moved from the 65-70 range to the 75-80 range.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-12-2013, 12:27 AM
Replies: 3
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Posted By HopLife
You should be fine. California V is the same...

You should be fine. California V is the same basic strain as 1272 (Anchor Liberty) according to Mrmalty. I use it for most of my IPA and Pale recipes. I prefer it to 1056 because it tends to make...
Forum: Stout 01-10-2013, 04:25 AM
Replies: 356
Views: 131,619
Posted By HopLife
If you have beersmith you will be better off to...

If you have beersmith you will be better off to create the recipe yourself based on your equipment and efficiency. I would share mine but I did a parti-gyle type of production. The Big beer hit...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-10-2013, 04:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 388
Posted By HopLife
I generally over pitch a little bit. I tend to...

I generally over pitch a little bit. I tend to get a pretty predictable level of esters as long as I keep the yeast healthy and the temp low. I have never really experienced any negatives from...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 01-09-2013, 06:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,417
Posted By HopLife
Ninkasi Lagunitas Ten Barrel Sierra Nevada ...

Ninkasi
Lagunitas
Ten Barrel
Sierra Nevada
Bridgeport

Sorry if you did not make the list... I shed a tear for each brewery I could not include.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-09-2013, 05:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 388
Posted By HopLife
I would definitely pitch more yeast. I assume...

I would definitely pitch more yeast. I assume that you are pitching low for a clean ferm. My understanding is that if the yeast do not complete the growth stage quickly before the active stage you...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-09-2013, 05:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 341
Posted By HopLife
My brother does an awesome pale ale with northern...

My brother does an awesome pale ale with northern brewer and simcoe.


SRM 7-9
og appx 1.052
IBU appx 35

Pale malt 90 %
Munich 10 L 5%
Caramunich 40 l 5%
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-09-2013, 04:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 834
Posted By HopLife
Don't sweat it. You simply have an active...

Don't sweat it. You simply have an active fermentation which is better than a slow fermentation which tends to lead to tired yeast that are not predictable and create off flavors. With any beer...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-07-2013, 03:44 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,163
Posted By HopLife
The beach was pretty awesome. Very cool. Nope...

The beach was pretty awesome. Very cool. Nope don't surf; Mountain bike and Motorbikes.

Thanks for the help everybody.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-05-2013, 04:17 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,163
Posted By HopLife
Thanks guys, if I find some time I might compile...

Thanks guys, if I find some time I might compile all of the suggestions so future hop heads will have a nice long list of beers to look for on the shelves.
Forum: General Techniques 01-05-2013, 07:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,489
Posted By HopLife
Ummm...you guys seem pretty experienced in these...

Ummm...you guys seem pretty experienced in these hoppy type techniques, ever try mash hops?

I guess I might just search it.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-05-2013, 06:39 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,163
Posted By HopLife
I wish. Just wanted to find other East Coast...

I wish. Just wanted to find other East Coast and Midwest beers that are friendly to my palate. I think my two favorite East of the rocky beers are Hopsecutioner and Two hearted.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-04-2013, 05:55 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,163
Posted By HopLife
Well, after trying appx 8 east coast beers with...

Well, after trying appx 8 east coast beers with distribution in this little town I realize how open the east is. My bro brews an IPA, Pale, and Porter that stand well against dogfishead 90, Sierra...
Forum: General Techniques 01-04-2013, 04:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,489
Posted By HopLife
yep

For the record I agree. I am minimizing late boil additions in favor of flameout additons... I wait for the kettle to cool pretty dramatically, but not as much as mentioned above because I intend...
Forum: India Pale Ale 01-04-2013, 04:42 AM
Replies: 417
Views: 190,532
Posted By HopLife
I would re-hydrate the yeast and make a small...

I would re-hydrate the yeast and make a small starter for best results.. 2cents or pitch a good healthy dose of 1056/1272.

I would only use the typical priming sugar with a 3 week turnaround. ...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-04-2013, 04:38 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 14,042
Posted By HopLife
Lime-a-rita

Ok... This is the first BMC I am excited to try. Margaritas are really the only mixed drink that I like. Ummm.... Love? Not sure if that statement makes me snobby or not?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-04-2013, 04:33 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,163
Posted By HopLife
Ouch... I know that NY/ NJ are expensive. But...

Ouch... I know that NY/ NJ are expensive. But here in NC the economy and cost of living are similar to OR. I am used to 6.99 on sale and 7.99 standard price for good beer. Premium brands like...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-03-2013, 11:31 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 14,042
Posted By HopLife
hmm...good summer beer? Post a review; I am...

hmm...good summer beer?

Post a review; I am curious but weary.

I am not saying I am weary because it is BMC, I am weary because it is 'lime-a-rita"
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-03-2013, 11:24 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,163
Posted By HopLife
smuttynose

I think I tried the sweatwater IPA thinking it was the smuttynose. I will have to find the real deal.

I prefer flavors that are not associated with aging, just my preference. I seem to really...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-03-2013, 11:16 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,163
Posted By HopLife
Weinhards

Weinhards does not sell well in my state even though it is our product. Few stores stock it anymore. I had never seen the IPA until I came out here, and yes I found that very strange. The brand...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-03-2013, 04:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 849
Posted By HopLife
I realized I never updated this thread. If...

I realized I never updated this thread.

If anyone cares, this is a solid recipe. Make sure to use the final edition posted on 2-16-12. I have received my best compliments on this beer. ...
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