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Forum: Brewing Software 09-06-2012, 12:50 AM
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Posted By muenchk
Beer Alchemy gives weird OG

Hi all,

I've used Brewpal for a while and it's always been pretty decent. But wanting more flexibility I downloaded the BeerAlchemy app for IPhone. It's great...except the OG is always WAY off and...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-24-2012, 11:27 PM
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Views: 663
Posted By muenchk
Well, it's not the honey. It seems that Alchemy...

Well, it's not the honey. It seems that Alchemy is giving lower sugar extracted for every grain. Rats. I hate trying to figure this out.

But I think I'm shooting for a 25 ibu, balanced approach...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-24-2012, 12:22 AM
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Views: 663
Posted By muenchk
You're right! I just ran the recipe through...

You're right! I just ran the recipe through BrewPal and it gives me 1.052 with the Honey, but BeerAlchemy gives me 1.042. I can't figure out the disparity! Efficiency is 70% in both programs. What...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-23-2012, 02:38 PM
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Posted By muenchk
Is it just the honey that you think is off...

Is it just the honey that you think is off kingwood-kid? Something else funky about it?

Great idea on the higher mash chuckstout
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-22-2012, 09:58 PM
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Posted By muenchk
Awesome help. Thanks guys! Revised: US...

Awesome help. Thanks guys!

Revised:

US Pale Ale Malt 6lb 10oz 68.0 %
Canadian Honey Malt (Gambrinus) 10.91 oz 7.0 %
UK Wheat Malt ...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-22-2012, 12:09 AM
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Posted By muenchk
Any improvements on this Light Hybrid Honey Toast?

Hello all, I've been brewing for about 4-5 years, and just switched to all-grain about 2-3 months ago. I've made edits on existing recipes, and copied recipes directly and have had good success. But...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-25-2009, 09:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 544
Posted By muenchk
Thanks all for the input. I was hoping to...

Thanks all for the input.

I was hoping to just add sweetness and hence the Splenda. The concern was really a potential infection.

I just figured if it's inside a Sealed package, it's going to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-25-2009, 01:01 PM
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Posted By muenchk
Did I just make a bottle bomb?

I bottles a couple beers this weekend. A mirror pond clone, a great German Hefe and a bit if a disaster: a watermelon Hefe.

Knowing it was going to be a bit tart, I decided to add some splenda...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-11-2009, 09:02 PM
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Posted By muenchk
2 weeks sounds a bit much. Im dry hopping for the...

2 weeks sounds a bit much. Im dry hopping for the first time today and after all the research found that 7 days is about right. I'm doing an American Pale Ale with about 44IBU's (Mirror Pond Clone)...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-10-2009, 11:42 PM
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Posted By muenchk
I did the whole swamp cooler and t-shirt thing,...

I did the whole swamp cooler and t-shirt thing, but the truth is, it's a pain in the arse and has limited results.

Easiest thing: get a used freezer off craigslist for $50, get an external...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-05-2009, 06:02 PM
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Posted By muenchk
I'm about to try my hand at this delicious APA. I...

I'm about to try my hand at this delicious APA. I see a bunch of recipes here, but no one is screaming success. What gives? Has anybody got the Mirror Pond clone right?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-03-2009, 11:05 PM
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Views: 910
Posted By muenchk
Good luck. I love mine. Upright fridge about...

Good luck. I love mine. Upright fridge about 4.5ft high. Fits 2 6 gal buckets or carboys and a couple starters. Works beautifully. Just popped in a Paulaner Heff clone on saturday, set the Johnson to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-03-2009, 06:56 PM
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Posted By muenchk
I just bought one this weekend at my LBHS, it...

I just bought one this weekend at my LBHS, it came in the Johnson box, sealed and had a power cord. Can't see how you'd work it without it. It's not a regular power cord. The plug that goes into the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-31-2009, 05:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 547
Posted By muenchk
Here's the link to your yeast's info. ...

Here's the link to your yeast's info.

Wyeast Laboratories. British Aleā„¢ 1098 (http://www.wyeastlab.com/hb_yeaststrain_detail.cfm?ID=7)

You have an attenuation rate of 73-75%, which would...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-31-2009, 05:00 AM
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Views: 547
Posted By muenchk
Look up the attenuation rate of the yeast. If...

Look up the attenuation rate of the yeast. If it's 65%, say, then you multiply that by 62 in your case and you should get your FG.

If it's too high, it could be that you burnt your wort some,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-30-2009, 08:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 381
Posted By muenchk
Thanks Enderwig and Bill, I think you and I were...

Thanks Enderwig and Bill, I think you and I were typing the same conclusion at the same moment.

The beer tastes truly fantastic. My favorite ever. Is it a bit sweet? Yeah, probably.

But is it...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-30-2009, 08:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 381
Posted By muenchk
OK. Now I'm a bit confused. I just looked up the...

OK. Now I'm a bit confused. I just looked up the attenuation rate of the yeast and it's low: 63-70%. So maybe I'm not stuck????

Am I calculating this right?

OG: 1.096
Attenuation rate: 70%...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-30-2009, 07:52 PM
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Views: 910
Posted By muenchk
I don't think you need a wheat DME starter. As a...

I don't think you need a wheat DME starter. As a matter of fact, the Paulaner recipe (from Clone Brews) calls for regular DME as well as Wheat. Not only that, but Wheat DME is only 60% wheat. 40%...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-30-2009, 05:36 PM
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Views: 381
Posted By muenchk
Thanks! Now, would you say leave it in the...

Thanks!

Now, would you say leave it in the primary (even if is a bit too warm for the yeast 77vs68) or rack to secondary?

And how slowly is slowly? Could it potentially take 2 more weeks to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-30-2009, 06:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 381
Posted By muenchk
Help! My black Russian baby is stuck!

I'm brewing a clone of a Stone RIS. The recipe is a mini mash and has a starting gravity of 1.096. I hit it dead-on and everything was per instructions, but I screwed up my fermentation temp. Instead...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-24-2009, 07:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,613
Posted By muenchk
By the way, I'm about to bottle a German heffe. A...

By the way, I'm about to bottle a German heffe. A Paulaner clone and was wondering is cane sugar would give more carbonation or not. (paulaner is heavily carbed to counteract the sweetness and low...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-24-2009, 12:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,737
Posted By muenchk
How many carboys can you fit in a stand up...

How many carboys can you fit in a stand up freezer? Aren't they awfully heavy for those rather flimsy shelves?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-23-2009, 11:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,737
Posted By muenchk
cool! I've found a couple chest freezers on...

cool!

I've found a couple chest freezers on craigslist under $100. Then about $60 for the Johnson Temp control and I'm done, right?

I wonder though...that Johnson temp control essentially turns...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-23-2009, 11:07 PM
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Views: 5,737
Posted By muenchk
Chest Freezer as Carboy cooler for fermenting?

I did a search and found a lot about using chest freezers to create keezers, but I can't find anything about them being good/bad as a place to keep my fermenting carboys cool.

I was thinking of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-22-2009, 05:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,198
Posted By muenchk
YooperBrew, I keep on reading about pitching...

YooperBrew, I keep on reading about pitching above 70 to ensure you get a strong start to the fermentation. Then to lower.

From the White Labs website, FAQ's:

"For fermentation, make sure you...
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