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Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-21-2014, 07:10 PM
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Posted By jmccraney
First, about the boil: its very important to...

First, about the boil: its very important to keep a rolling boil so volatiles in the wort can be driven off. The one I'm familiar with is SMM, the DMS precursor. I'll let you Google that one if...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 08-14-2014, 06:36 PM
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Posted By jmccraney
Ugh, post from my phone didn't go through. If it...

Ugh, post from my phone didn't go through. If it ever shows up I apologize in advance for doubling up.

Yes, 1.180 isn't on my hydrometer either, it only goes to 1.160. When I said off the charts...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 08-13-2014, 06:09 PM
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Posted By jmccraney
Blackberry wine - correcting high OG

I started a batch of blackberry wine using Jack Keller's heavy bodied blackberry wine recipe (http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/blackbr2.asp). Unfortunately I scaled up the recipe to 5gal and blindly...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-10-2014, 04:20 PM
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Posted By jmccraney
Cool, thanks for the feedback. After going...

Cool, thanks for the feedback.

After going back to the priming section I see what you mean. I ended up changing it to "simple sugars" since I wanted to refer to the general principle as priming...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-08-2014, 02:11 PM
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Posted By jmccraney
Bottle conditioning - fact check

Hi guys. I recently put together an article on bottle conditioned beer for my homebrew blog aimed to teach craft beer drinkers what bottle conditioned means, why it's different from filtered/force...
Forum: Sponsor Showcase 07-17-2014, 09:14 PM
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I'm in

I'm in
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-14-2014, 04:23 PM
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I'm in

I'm in
Forum: American Ale 06-20-2014, 09:45 PM
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Views: 17,698
Posted By jmccraney
No problem, happy to shamlessly plug my own blog....

No problem, happy to shamlessly plug my own blog. :) Thanks for the recipe.




Haha that's interesting, it is a matter of taste I guess. After the head to head tasting the aroma does indeed...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-20-2014, 09:32 PM
Replies: 30
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Posted By jmccraney
In case someone else stumbles across this thread...

In case someone else stumbles across this thread like I did, there are low-foam, no-rinse sanitizers like Saniclean (another Five Star product) made for clean-in-place systems like this. I haven't...
Forum: Introductions 06-18-2014, 07:16 AM
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Posted By jmccraney
Welcome from Bothell (and also cap hill)! I hope...

Welcome from Bothell (and also cap hill)! I hope the first batch turns out well.
Forum: American Ale 06-16-2014, 10:16 PM
Replies: 44
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Posted By jmccraney
If anybody stumbles upon this thread in the...

If anybody stumbles upon this thread in the future, I highly recommend this recipe. Just kicked the keg, and it was one of my favorite recipes so far. Here are my tasting notes in case it helps...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-10-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 21
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Posted By jmccraney
Cool to hear love for payette. I've got family...

Cool to hear love for payette. I've got family out there, but haven't had that one myself. Yes, malted rye is what you're looking for. The differences will be similar to malted wheat vs flaked...
Forum: Introductions 06-10-2014, 12:37 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By jmccraney
A warm welcome from cap hill!

A warm welcome from cap hill!
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-07-2014, 03:19 PM
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Posted By jmccraney
Cool, happy to help. Interested to hear how it...

Cool, happy to help. Interested to hear how it turns out!
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-06-2014, 10:41 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By jmccraney
Munich doesn't have the diastatic power to...

Munich doesn't have the diastatic power to convert much more than itself, so if you're going to do a mini-mash, I would keep the 6-row (or Marris Otter? the enzymes in any pale malt will be...
Forum: General Techniques 06-06-2014, 01:07 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By jmccraney
Right, check out the Brew Strong episode on...

Right, check out the Brew Strong episode on metals for an interesting discussion, but long story short the copper-sulphate oxidation product is toxic, but using copper prefermentation can in fact...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-28-2014, 09:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 333
Posted By jmccraney
Whirfloc is made from carageenan, and it's...

Whirfloc is made from carageenan, and it's similar to Irish moss on steroids: it's statically charged and attracts the proteins that denature during the cold break and come out of solution, helping...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-27-2014, 11:45 PM
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Posted By jmccraney
Just to check back in, I finished the keg of this...

Just to check back in, I finished the keg of this brew. I ended up going with the following recipe:


American Wheat #2
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Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal
Estimated...
Forum: Brew Science 05-22-2014, 02:18 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 164
Posted By jmccraney
Oats Mash pH

Anybody know the DI mash pH of oats? I'm sure I can just treat it as base malt since it's a small percentage, but I'm curious.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-22-2014, 02:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 199
Posted By jmccraney
Anyone else have suggestions on how to use...

Anyone else have suggestions on how to use wormwood, or what goes well with it?
Forum: General Techniques 05-19-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,672
Posted By jmccraney
I've read that mash hopping had been used as a...

I've read that mash hopping had been used as a way to reduce mash ph. I don't have real numbers to offer, but from my experience the boil ph only drops about .1 after the addition of hops, so I...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-17-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 199
Posted By jmccraney
Interesting, why did you add the herbs to the...

Interesting, why did you add the herbs to the mash? Any thoughts on how those herbs went together? and especially with the wormwood.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-17-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 199
Posted By jmccraney
Putting together a wormwood gruit

I recently learned a friend has a wormwood bush (the absinthium variety) growing in her garden and would like to put together a beer with it. I know the concentrations in an ale will have little to...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-02-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By jmccraney
Hell no! If it ain't broke you're not trying. ...

Hell no! If it ain't broke you're not trying.

I guess it depends on what you're going for. I like the sound of the suggestion right above me, 2:1 citra:columbus, but I've never brewed it myself.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-29-2014, 01:38 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,881
Posted By jmccraney
Huh, I was actually happier with Chico in my ipa....

Huh, I was actually happier with Chico in my ipa. I did a split batch and found they tasted very similar, but Chico was "brighter" and "fresher", probably from some fruity esters. After some age...
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