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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-07-2014, 03:51 PM
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Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
American Barley Wine

This is my first barley wine, and my first time using an extended boil. Constructive criticism is most appreciated!

Fermentables:
17 lbs. Maris Otter
1.5 lbs. Carapils
1 lb. Caramel 60
.5 lb....
Forum: Mead Forum 09-17-2013, 11:46 PM
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Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
Thanks. I used cotes de blanc white wine yeast...

Thanks. I used cotes de blanc white wine yeast from Red Star. Probably a good call on the additional yeast nutrient.

I tried my best to mix the honey and water, but there is still a very solid...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-17-2013, 11:02 PM
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Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
Infected mead?

Last night, I made a 5 gallon batch of pretty simple mead (15 lbs grocery store honey, topped up with Deer Park spring water, yeast nutrient, white wine yeast). This morning I saw what I feared to be...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-11-2013, 03:12 PM
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Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
You threw a whole orange in post boil?

You threw a whole orange in post boil?
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-09-2013, 01:28 PM
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Did I just ruin my beer (orange peel edition)

So, I decided to add orange peel to a brew this past weekend, and rather than reading up on it like an intelligent person, I simply took one whole orange peel, diced it, threw it in at 5 minutes, and...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-27-2013, 05:53 PM
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Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
Black and White Ale

I'm trying to brew a stout with the soul of a Belgian wit, or essentially do to white ale what CDA did to IPA. I've got most of my recipe, but I'm still trying to figure out which base malt would go...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-14-2013, 02:54 PM
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Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
My problem was that instead of letting it sit for...

My problem was that instead of letting it sit for 20 minutes, I let it sit overnight, and the viable yeast got all mixed in with the trub. If you look closely, you can see veins of white going into...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-12-2013, 03:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 513
Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
Thanks for the link. That's a little more...

Thanks for the link. That's a little more complicated than I thought, but far less so than washing and harvesting after primary.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-12-2013, 03:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 513
Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
I'm honestly not sure what I did wrong. I think I...

I'm honestly not sure what I did wrong. I think I let it sit too long, and the viable yeast got mixed in with the trub.

This is the last thing I saw before dumping it down the drain:...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-11-2013, 08:36 PM
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Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
Yeast Harvesting

I've read a lot about people harvesting yeast after primary fermenation, and the one time I tried this, I failed pretty spectacularly.

Is it possible to make a two-stage yeast starter, then pitch...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-07-2013, 02:49 PM
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Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
Looking for an inexpensive grain mill

Just started brewing all grain, and I'm looking to acquire a small, inexpensive grain mill. The ones at the homebrew store all run $150-200. Any suggestions?

I found this one on Amazon, and it...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-22-2013, 07:42 PM
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Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
Brew Kettle Quality

I am about to make the upgrade to AG, and looking at the brew kettles online, they are all very expensive. Do I really need a $200-300 kettle, or can I just buy a sturdy 10 gallon stock pot?

It...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-23-2012, 01:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 292
Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
So, if I'm going to wash this again, should I...

So, if I'm going to wash this again, should I toss the clear-ish liquid on top?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-23-2012, 01:17 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
First Attempt at Harvesting/Washing Yeast

Last night, I racked my blonde ale to secondary and had a very nice yeast cake at the bottom of the bucket. I boiled probably close to a gallon of water, chilled it, mixed it in with the yeast and...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-05-2012, 01:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 445
Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
Interesting read. It almost looks like I should...

Interesting read. It almost looks like I should be using malted wheat rather than flaked wheat, since that will give up more sugars when steeped.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-04-2012, 08:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 445
Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
Also, are you sure flaked wheat needs to be...

Also, are you sure flaked wheat needs to be mashed? Midwest includes (a lot of) it in their blonde ale kit: http://www.midwestsupplies.com/blonde-ale.html
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-04-2012, 01:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 445
Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
What is the advantage of adding the DME later in...

What is the advantage of adding the DME later in the boil?

Also, what grains should I use for the preboil tea?
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-03-2012, 05:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 445
Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
Good advice on OG/FG, I hadn't thought about...

Good advice on OG/FG, I hadn't thought about extracts being slightly less fermentable than all grain.

So, what would you recommend for the preboil tea?
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-03-2012, 01:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 445
Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
First Attempt at Reverse Engineering

I am trying to come up with an extract recipe that will produce something similar to one of my favorite beers, Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale (http://hookerbeer.com/beers/#blonde-ale). As you can see,...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-02-2012, 03:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 254
Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
Wow, glad to know I'm not alone, lol. So, is...

Wow, glad to know I'm not alone, lol.

So, is there any way to get an accurate OG reading on an extract batch? Or should I just put the ingredients into Beersmith and go with whatever estimate...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-01-2012, 07:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 254
Posted By OMGTheyKilkenny
Hydrometer Question

So, I'm fairly new (just brewed my 4th batch this weekend), and I have some questions about my hydrometer. On my first few batches, I felt like it was giving me kind of low numbers, but I didn't...
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