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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-15-2014, 06:19 PM
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Posted By jmccraney
Hop Pairing: Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook

I'm trying to put together a citrusy, hoppy American wheat and could use some suggestions on the hop bill. I was thinking of using Amarillo, Centennial and Chinook since that's what I have on hand,...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-15-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 988
Posted By jmccraney
Thanks everyone for the comments, thought I would...

Thanks everyone for the comments, thought I would check back in to let you know how it turned out. The juice turned out to be a blend of mostly Honeycrisp with some Gala and Granny Smith. I went...
Forum: American Ale 01-15-2014, 04:51 PM
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Posted By jmccraney
I dropped in to ask a few questions about this...

I dropped in to ask a few questions about this recipe, and am glad to see I'm not the only one interested in reviving an old thread! I'm planning to brew this in a week or two, so if anyone who's...
Forum: Brew Science 01-07-2014, 05:28 PM
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Views: 383
Posted By jmccraney
Haha well I hoped so, but I couldn't find any...

Haha well I hoped so, but I couldn't find any confirmation.


Thanks FLfred, had no idea about the parent company. That explains why my google search led me to an identical report for Alhambra...
Forum: Brew Science 01-07-2014, 12:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 383
Posted By jmccraney
Water report for Crystal Spring brand distilled water

I recently decided to switch to bottled water instead of my local well water. (Apparently when you can see and smell the iron in the water that's a bad sign? Who'd have thought.) The local Home...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-19-2013, 07:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,339
Posted By jmccraney
If you're curious about temps, here is a...

If you're curious about temps, here is a copy/paste from my fermentation log:

7 gal split evenly for 1056 and WLP090. Pitched at 60F. Temp set to 64F.
1 Day: Healthy ferment in Chico, no...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-19-2013, 07:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,339
Posted By jmccraney
Sorry for the long delay, but this beer never...

Sorry for the long delay, but this beer never cleaned up. Both batches ended up smelling and tasting of rubber. No idea where this came from--not a temp issue, not an infection, possibly a water...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-16-2013, 04:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 988
Posted By jmccraney
honey crisp recipe?

I just found out I'll be receiving 6 gal of fresh pressed honey crisp juice this weekend! I've never made cider, nor do I have time for a test batch, but I would still like to make the most of this...
Forum: General Techniques 08-02-2013, 03:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,477
Posted By jmccraney
I pitched a good, healthy starter, but I could be...

I pitched a good, healthy starter, but I could be underestimating how quickly the yeast get to work on fusel production. Good, not being lazy about pitch temp is easy to fix. Also noticed a comment...
Forum: General Techniques 07-31-2013, 02:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,477
Posted By jmccraney
No, 64 for the first two days, then up to 68 for...

No, 64 for the first two days, then up to 68 for the remainder. Two to three weeks on the yeast before it's off to bottles. I might have pitched at 70-75 though before I got them in the temp...
Forum: General Techniques 07-31-2013, 03:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,477
Posted By jmccraney
I've been curious about this. My last couple...

I've been curious about this. My last couple beers (ipas and nice hoppy wheat beers) have come out of the fermenter pretty harsh. I bottled at 3 weeks, but it has taken some time for that hot...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-19-2013, 12:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 619
Posted By jmccraney
Can't help you with an exact recipe, but the best...

Can't help you with an exact recipe, but the best commercial beer I've had w mosaic (though they have been admittedly few) was top cutter ipa from bale breaker, the new brewery in Yakima. They used...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-12-2013, 01:49 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 9,752
Posted By jmccraney
Yes, this was more my point. I wasn't suggesting...

Yes, this was more my point. I wasn't suggesting he over pitch, just that it's a good way to ensure yeast health.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-11-2013, 03:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 848
Posted By jmccraney
I think this might be wrong. I agree that...

I think this might be wrong.

I agree that oxygen certainly stales hops (hence storing in sealed bags), and I won't argue that light may affect them too though I have not heard this before. ...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-11-2013, 03:24 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 9,752
Posted By jmccraney
Yes, combining jars is a perfectly reasonable...

Yes, combining jars is a perfectly reasonable thing to do, and if it works w your process go for it. Just make sure you make a starter, I wouldn't recommend pitching washed yeast without one unless...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-11-2013, 06:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 354
Posted By jmccraney
Yep that's exactly what I used. There are a...

Yep that's exactly what I used. There are a couple more odds and ends like a box, wires, outlet, etc., but there's a good thread on this site w step by step instructions on what to pick up and how...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-10-2013, 04:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 354
Posted By jmccraney
+1 for a fermentation chamber. I'm in the...

+1 for a fermentation chamber.

I'm in the pnw as well. Recently got a $30 Craigslist refrigerator and a $20 temp controller on Amazon, and now I can control fermentation temps to within half a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-09-2013, 06:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,339
Posted By jmccraney
I've been waiting very impatiently. I cracked...

I've been waiting very impatiently. I cracked the first bottle on the Fourth and another as I brewed on Sunday. Neither beer is quite ready, the yeast still need to finish carbonating and clean up...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-04-2013, 12:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 487
Posted By jmccraney
Hmm, I might have had one side in partial...

Hmm, I might have had one side in partial sunlight (it was just a starter) so I could be convinced. Surprisingly stark difference though.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-02-2013, 01:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 257
Posted By jmccraney
That's not exactly the Seattle vibe, man. It's...

That's not exactly the Seattle vibe, man. It's more about every guy with a beard decides to open a brewery and serve delicious beer. There are 10 within 10 miles of my house and I'm way the hack...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-02-2013, 01:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,339
Posted By jmccraney
Yeah I can't be much help on a cream ale, I've...

Yeah I can't be much help on a cream ale, I've never had more than a sip of one, but Chico is always a good default yeast for American styles. From my preliminary tastes, the SD super yeast tastes...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-02-2013, 01:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 487
Posted By jmccraney
Yep. I just mixed a starter of 1056 last night...

Yep. I just mixed a starter of 1056 last night that has krausen on half and nothing on the other. Weird. Can't help you as to why though.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-30-2013, 05:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,339
Posted By jmccraney
Soon! I'll be opening the first bottles later...

Soon! I'll be opening the first bottles later this week and I'll be sure to post and clean things up.




What kind of beers do you use it for? An IPA is only one of the beers I would use...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-29-2013, 04:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,339
Posted By jmccraney
Placeholder tasting, conclusions

Placeholder tasting, conclusions
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-29-2013, 04:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,339
Posted By jmccraney
Fermentation Before I forget, some quick...

Fermentation

Before I forget, some quick notes. I'll polish this up later.

at 14 hrs we have nice activity in both carboys, maybe an inch of krausen in the Chico and two in the super yeast
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