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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-19-2014, 01:07 PM
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I've never had an oxidation issue or infection...

I've never had an oxidation issue or infection taking multiple gravity readings. One of the things Jamil says over & over again is to taste, taste, taste the beer through the entire process. Unless...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-19-2014, 12:34 PM
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You're right. Using it as a hop back the hops are...

You're right. Using it as a hop back the hops are technically not boiled...just very hot wort (180 F) running through the hops & chilled immediately. It will give you pretty similar results to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-18-2014, 07:42 PM
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Posted By CTownBrewer
Blood oranges, mango, pineapple, & apricot are...

Blood oranges, mango, pineapple, & apricot are the fruits I'd play around with since they can be complementary to Citra.

A lot of fresh fruits can give you a tart fruit quality. Zest from the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-18-2014, 07:36 PM
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Posted By CTownBrewer
Use JZ's Mr. Malty yeast calculator too. You want...

Use JZ's Mr. Malty yeast calculator too. You want to make sure you're pitching the right amount of healthy yeast.

For example, depending on the yeast harvest date & OG of your beer, you may be...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-18-2014, 07:25 PM
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The only way to get a true sense of what the hops...

The only way to get a true sense of what the hops will impart is to brew with them. Hop teas & the bud lite method give you subtle clues as to what the hop could be like, but they really need to be...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-18-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By CTownBrewer
I don't like using whole leaf hops because they...

I don't like using whole leaf hops because they soak up a lot of the beer for a pretty similar result. I just throw pellets straight into the primary once fermentation completes & the krausen/yeast...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-18-2014, 06:41 PM
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Posted By CTownBrewer
I think there's a lot of value in tasting the...

I think there's a lot of value in tasting the beer along the way. That way you begin to learn what flavors present in a young beer will drop out & which ones don't.

I usually take hydrometer...
Forum: Sampling and Critiquing and Beer Swapping 04-04-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By CTownBrewer
I just stopped off in Detroit on my way back from...

I just stopped off in Detroit on my way back from Chicago & unfortunately there isn't a whole lot to choose from there unless you're willing to drive a little to Founders, Dark Horse, or Bells.
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Forum: Sampling and Critiquing and Beer Swapping 03-25-2014, 12:40 PM
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Posted By CTownBrewer
I live 5 minutes from the brewery, so I can...

I live 5 minutes from the brewery, so I can always get fresh Head Hunter...also have a few Juju's left. Great Lakes Chillwave is also a solid Ohio IIPA that just came out if you're interested....
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-06-2014, 05:00 PM
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Posted By CTownBrewer
You may want to try substituting some of the...

You may want to try substituting some of the pumpkin out for yams...they add more flavor than pumpkin from my experience. Then, supplement with pumpkin spices...I like a blend cinnamon, nutmeg,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-06-2014, 04:51 PM
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Posted By CTownBrewer
I would start weighing out your grain when you...

I would start weighing out your grain when you receive it from the LHBS. I've never overshot by that much, but I have overshot before & found out that the LHBS grain weights are rarely exactly what...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-03-2014, 02:06 PM
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Views: 4,363
Posted By CTownBrewer
To be honest, mine was a good IPA, but not JuJu. ...

To be honest, mine was a good IPA, but not JuJu.

On Fat Head's website, they list the ingredients for every beer now, so that gives me a new starting point. I put my guesses next to each...
Forum: General Techniques 01-27-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By CTownBrewer
If you're talking about doing a small spontaneous...

If you're talking about doing a small spontaneous fermentation involving wild yeast in the atmosphere to sour the 12 oz you separate out, then you will be at risk of future contamination.

For my...
Forum: General Techniques 01-27-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 238
Posted By CTownBrewer
Avoiding large temperature swings is essential....

Avoiding large temperature swings is essential. The higher the aging temp, the faster "aging flavors" will develop. I'd taste once a month & package whenever it tastes ready. I wouldn't necessarily...
Forum: General Techniques 01-24-2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 660
Posted By CTownBrewer
Trial & error is your best bet on figuring out...

Trial & error is your best bet on figuring out your hop absorption. If you use a program like Beersmith, you can plug in your estimated absorption loss numbers & it will give you your necessary water...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-19-2013, 06:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,555
Posted By CTownBrewer
I've heard doing a 120 minute boil gets you in...

I've heard doing a 120 minute boil gets you in the ballpark of what a decoction mash would add to the beer. I recently did that with my Helles & it turned out great...lots of malt flavor. It almost...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-17-2013, 12:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 666
Posted By CTownBrewer
With spiced beers, I try to add part of the...

With spiced beers, I try to add part of the spices to the end of the boil & part post-fermentation. Jamil has mentioned getting different flavors from the spices depending on when/how they are added....
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-29-2013, 09:21 PM
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Posted By CTownBrewer
I was only able to get 1 beer entered in...

I was only able to get 1 beer entered in Zanesville OH, an Imperial Smoked Porter. It scored a 42 & advanced to mini-BOS, but apparently didn't place (nothing marked in the box).

Better luck next...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-18-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 7,449
Posted By CTownBrewer
Same here. I was also on right at 12:00 & came...

Same here. I was also on right at 12:00 & came away with nothing. Sucks...never had Dark Lord, so it would be nice to get to go at least once.

The good news is that we're going on a beer trip...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-19-2013, 07:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,118
Posted By CTownBrewer
I'd go with grain bill percentages like this,...

I'd go with grain bill percentages like this, using most of the grains you picked...

- 75% 2 Row
- 10% Munich
- 5% Oats
- 5% Dehusked Caraffa
- 2.5% Midnight Wheat
- 2.5% C-60

Also, IMO...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-29-2013, 02:18 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By CTownBrewer
I agree that an extremely small amount of...

I agree that an extremely small amount of chocolate would add complexity, but I prefer pale chocolate. You get the complexity without risking any burnt character because it's roasted much less. In...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-29-2013, 12:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,385
Posted By CTownBrewer
There's really no way to tell without giving it...

There's really no way to tell without giving it time. If you want to know what it will taste like carbonated, but still want the flexibility to correct it later on, I'd get some carbonation drops...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-28-2013, 07:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,385
Posted By CTownBrewer
That's 13.3% roasted malts, which really isn't...

That's 13.3% roasted malts, which really isn't too overboard. I would wait a few weeks & taste it again. You may just have a young beer that hasn't had a chance for the flavors to meld together.
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-28-2013, 07:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,385
Posted By CTownBrewer
What's the total grain bill? A few general...

What's the total grain bill?

A few general rules of thumb I live by...
- Only use up to 15% specialty malts in a batch
- If using roasted malt, use no more than 10% in a batch

Since I've...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-28-2013, 07:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,385
Posted By CTownBrewer
At this point, it will be tough to correct. I'm...

At this point, it will be tough to correct. I'm assuming you want to find a way to add sweetness to this to balance out the astringency from the roasted malt.

I can think of 3 options...

1) Sit...
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