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Forum: New Jersey HomeBrew Forum 05-08-2012, 11:46 PM
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Views: 1,358
Posted By songstre
I just got a call today. The guy sounded upbeat...

I just got a call today. The guy sounded upbeat in the VM he left, but I haven't spoken to anyone yet. And after reading this thread I'm less enthusiastic, but it's still fun. First competition I've...
Forum: India Pale Ale 03-22-2012, 03:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 18,700
Posted By songstre
I got fresh simcoe hops from...

I got fresh simcoe hops from http://www.freshops.com/

You should be able to as well. I just brewed an outrageous simcoe IPA and bottled it this past Sun. Can't wait to try it. I dry hopped with 2...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-22-2011, 09:37 PM
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Posted By songstre
I never had DIPA left over on my nightstand.

I never had DIPA left over on my nightstand.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-06-2011, 06:59 PM
Replies: 306
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Posted By songstre
Actually, there really is no sub for the piney...

Actually, there really is no sub for the piney notes of Simcoe. I recenty was told that Sam Calagione from Dogfish bought them all up. Might not be available for a while.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-24-2011, 10:27 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,495
Posted By songstre
Made this a while ago (6/2010) and it came out...

Made this a while ago (6/2010) and it came out great, although it was not the same. Mine was better! ;-)

Tried to get the Ardennes, but it wasn't available. Would like to do this again with...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-13-2011, 08:49 PM
Replies: 1,067
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Posted By songstre
ps I have a California Ale yeast in my pocket...

ps I have a California Ale yeast in my pocket right now! Brewing an IPA on the deck.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-13-2011, 08:48 PM
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Posted By songstre
Like the title says, 48 - 72 hours. Some take...

Like the title says, 48 - 72 hours. Some take less. Any more than 72 is usually not a good sign. That's not to say you'll end up with undrinkable beer, but you typically want your yeast to get to...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-05-2011, 09:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 513
Posted By songstre
The other thing is, my wife is a little obsessed...

The other thing is, my wife is a little obsessed with turning the heat up and down and I rarely have a well maintained temp in the house, but I don't think the range is enough to do what I'm...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-05-2011, 09:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 513
Posted By songstre
Actually, now that I read this (thanks...

Actually, now that I read this (thanks Clonefarmer), I realize that it all started when I began getting lazy and batch sparging.

Here is what clued me in. I will try going back to my old method....
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-05-2011, 09:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 513
Posted By songstre
All Grain - Off flavors

I have been brewing for like 3 or 4 years. I quickly made the move from partial and extract to all grain as I am (or was) a culinary professional and felt that using extracts was kind of cheating. My...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 10-20-2010, 10:20 AM
Replies: 24
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Posted By songstre
I have not. My herbs have gone to **** for the...

I have not. My herbs have gone to **** for the season, so it'll have to wait till spring. I suppose I could buy some herbs...but that's no fun.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-27-2010, 12:36 PM
Replies: 1,067
Views: 319,695
Posted By songstre
Fermentation can be 10 degrees hotter if you let...

Fermentation can be 10 degrees hotter if you let it shoot through the roof. People talk about using starters and obtaining a vigorous fermentation. Starters should be used to gain a greater count of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-27-2010, 11:17 AM
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Views: 319,695
Posted By songstre
This yeast should ferment between 68-72. Not sure...

This yeast should ferment between 68-72. Not sure why you would want 58. What are you brewing?
http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/strains_wlp060.html
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-27-2010, 10:50 AM
Replies: 1,067
Views: 319,695
Posted By songstre
Shouldn't smell sour. You should stay away from...

Shouldn't smell sour. You should stay away from kits. There are lots of good recipes out there (and in here). Order your ingredients yourself. Kits can hang around for a while and have old yeast. I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-27-2010, 10:44 AM
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Posted By songstre
My last batch of Schneider Weisse clone went bad....

My last batch of Schneider Weisse clone went bad. No activity for like 5 days and then started bubbling. When it stopped, I smelled it and it seemed to have the familiar alcoholic aroma to it. I...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 09-11-2010, 10:22 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,926
Posted By songstre
Came up with a recipe, but I haven't brewed it...

Came up with a recipe, but I haven't brewed it yet. I really do like it.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-14-2010, 11:13 PM
Replies: 306
Views: 87,803
Posted By songstre
Option 4, just wait. It's worth it.

Option 4, just wait. It's worth it.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-02-2010, 12:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 803
Posted By songstre
Unfortunately, I'm going to have to use my nose....

Unfortunately, I'm going to have to use my nose. I broke my hydrometer this weekend brewing a batch of stout. I'm really hoping there is nothing toxic inside the hydrometer with all those little ball...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 08-01-2010, 01:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 803
Posted By songstre
I have not checked with hydrometer, but I can...

I have not checked with hydrometer, but I can simply smell that it has done nothing. I've been away for the weekend, but I'll peek in on it when I get home. I have a friend getting new yeast. Thanks...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-30-2010, 01:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 803
Posted By songstre
No fermentation after 5 days

I brewed the following recipe on Sun 7/25/2010. I pitched a bit warm as it is summer and very difficult to get the temp down using my wort chiller because the water is just not as cold as other times...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-24-2010, 11:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,269
Posted By songstre
By the way, I'm brewing a Schneider Weiss clone...

By the way, I'm brewing a Schneider Weiss clone this weekend. Here is the recipe if you're interested. This is by far my favorite wheat beer, but I haven't brewed this yet:

Amount Item Type % or...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-24-2010, 11:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,269
Posted By songstre
The rice hulls would not have affected your...

The rice hulls would not have affected your efficiency. CaraWheat is a wheat malt that has already been converted (starch to sugar) via kilning and doesn't even really need mashing, just steeping....
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-18-2010, 11:13 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,495
Posted By songstre
Yeah, I'll tell ya. It came out really good with...

Yeah, I'll tell ya. It came out really good with the Abbey Ale yeast. I've just read that the Ardennes has more of the bubble gum affect that I think is pretty signature of this brew. So funny, I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-18-2010, 11:40 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,495
Posted By songstre
Just realized that credit for my recipe has to go...

Just realized that credit for my recipe has to go to platypotamus' previously posted link (and platypotamus himself, I believe). I've adjusted the recipe for AG. My hop schedule is different too, and...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-18-2010, 11:20 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,495
Posted By songstre
I have brewed this and gotten pretty close. It is...

I have brewed this and gotten pretty close. It is delicious. Here is the recipe I used (not sure where I got it). I will brew again soon. I've got two others lined up in front of this one. The yeast...
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