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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients Yesterday, 12:29 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
So I got to taste one of the bottles where I...

So I got to taste one of the bottles where I followed the BYO recipe above (except I halved the cardamom). It is very thick and creamy like creme brulee stout, but that's where the similarities end....
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-20-2014, 02:50 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
I used 15.5 g gypsum (2.11 g/gal) in my batch. I...

I used 15.5 g gypsum (2.11 g/gal) in my batch. I was targeting 400 ppm sulfate (my water has 54 ppm). I also added some epsom salt also. It was great and got a 3rd place out of 37 beers. That that...
Forum: Stout 08-19-2014, 06:17 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
Sorry if I was flippant, but for me I just don't...

Sorry if I was flippant, but for me I just don't care too much about a few % on ABV. Especially for a big beer like that. Maybe 1-2% might be significant on a 5% beer, but not a 12% beer.

As...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-19-2014, 06:08 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
Sorry I should have been more clear for a newbie...

Sorry I should have been more clear for a newbie :)

I think it was Beer Smith that put them in that order when he copied and pasted. Glad you got it figured out.
Forum: Stout 08-19-2014, 04:29 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
Do you really care that much? Are you going to...

Do you really care that much? Are you going to sell it? As anal as I am about a lot of things, I just don't get hung up on the numbers. At that high of an ABV level, a +/- 1.5% ABV difference...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-19-2014, 04:26 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
This is what I brewed. At quick glance the only...

This is what I brewed. At quick glance the only difference is the mash temp.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-19-2014, 02:59 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
I know I've tried to say this, but thanks for...

I know I've tried to say this, but thanks for clarifying for everyone.

Yes. See the thread linked above.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-19-2014, 01:43 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
I think the only confusing thing is it shows the...

I think the only confusing thing is it shows the FWH at 20 mins but that's just for the IBU calculation. With BIAB and FWH, just add the hops as soon as you pull the bag and start heating. There is...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-18-2014, 04:27 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
I got 3rd out of 37 IPAs using this recipe in a...

I got 3rd out of 37 IPAs using this recipe in a local home brew competition. It's the first time I ever placed in the few competitions I've entered. I was pretty happy with that.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-13-2014, 02:04 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
My total hardness as delivered was 498 ppm. I...

My total hardness as delivered was 498 ppm. I don't know what the finished beer total hardness is, which is what the 750 ppm number is.

Anyway, hard to say why this beer is so much better as I...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-13-2014, 11:23 AM
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Posted By mtnagel
Just to follow up, I've kegged this and have had...

Just to follow up, I've kegged this and have had a few pints and it's very good (way better than my first attempt last year). I might say it's my best beer yet in 40 batches. Not attributing it...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 08-06-2014, 02:02 AM
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Posted By mtnagel
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Forum: General Techniques 08-01-2014, 03:14 AM
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Posted By mtnagel
Yes, it works great for stabilizing the...

Yes, it works great for stabilizing the temperatures.
Forum: General Techniques 07-31-2014, 09:58 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
What type of heater are you using?

What type of heater are you using?
Forum: General Techniques 07-31-2014, 06:57 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
Odd that some are saying their aquarium heater...

Odd that some are saying their aquarium heater doesn't get low enough. This is the one I bought (http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RQ2E6G/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1)and it has no...
Forum: India Pale Ale 07-31-2014, 12:02 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
1.061. Sorry, I just realized I didn't even use...

1.061. Sorry, I just realized I didn't even use the same yeast. So not really that same. Regardless, yours should be lower than that after that long. Gently swirling the fermentor has helped me in...
Forum: India Pale Ale 07-31-2014, 01:55 AM
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Posted By mtnagel
That's pretty high. You're not reading the FG...

That's pretty high. You're not reading the FG with a refractometer are you?

Mine was down to the final gravity of 1.013 after 5 days so it was even sooner since that was the first time I checked...
Forum: Sponsor Showcase 07-28-2014, 06:57 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
Last week was the first time I used my bag for a...

Last week was the first time I used my bag for a 5 gal batch. I cooled the wort to 68F, pitched the yeast, put it in the bag with maybe 1 or 2 frozen half gal milk jugs. Temp got down to 64F. Then...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-28-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 32,169
Posted By mtnagel
I don't know enough about recipe development to...

I don't know enough about recipe development to say for sure it wouldn't work, but I did have my doubts and that's why I only did a 1 gal batch.

And I did end up bottling about half as is and then...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-28-2014, 12:36 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
Hopefully. I'm entering this in a beer...

Hopefully. I'm entering this in a beer competition coming up.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-28-2014, 12:33 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
This was asked and answered in the brew science...

This was asked and answered in the brew science forum recently (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f128/mash-ph-over-time-does-drop-484454/#post6272921):So I don't think that's enough to worry about.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-27-2014, 08:22 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
Yes but that is the finished beer and since we...

Yes but that is the finished beer and since we don't know what the malt contributes we don't know what the starting water profile should be. There was a whole thread about I that I linked to above.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-27-2014, 03:01 AM
Replies: 16
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Posted By mtnagel
I've only ever used an immersion chiller with a...

I've only ever used an immersion chiller with a pre chiller so I have no way to compare an IC without one. I'm sure it helps at the end, but it still took me forever when I brewed this week.
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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-24-2014, 05:57 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
Thanks for the info, but does the pH really...

Thanks for the info, but does the pH really change that much throughout the mash? What I've seen recommended here is to measure at 15 mins. I think the pH was actually 5.63 (target of 5.45 at room...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-24-2014, 12:06 PM
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Posted By mtnagel
So I went ahead and brewed as I posted above. ...

So I went ahead and brewed as I posted above. Hopefully it turns out okay. Everything went pretty well except my mash pH was 5.6 when Bru'n Water predicted 5.45. I did add additional acid to bring...
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