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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-05-2012, 11:23 AM
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Posted By BarberSurgeon
I tried this last year using Deception Sweet...

I tried this last year using Deception Sweet Stout as the base. I split off one gallon from the main batch and added natural orange extract. It was not a good match. The orange gave it a medicinal...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-18-2012, 01:45 AM
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Posted By BarberSurgeon
Yeah, from what I understand, the protein content...

Yeah, from what I understand, the protein content (~40%) would be pretty goopy. There is probably some way of filtering this though. Where there's a will, right?

Anyway, I thought it would be neat...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-17-2012, 09:30 PM
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Posted By BarberSurgeon
I found a USDA paper that might be useful for bean fermentation

Conversion of starch from dry common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) to ethanol (http://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/49280/PDF)

I was trying to find some information on HBT about mashing and...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-10-2012, 04:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,641
Posted By BarberSurgeon
Sorry, I should have been more clear. I was...

Sorry, I should have been more clear. I was thinking it might take a while to filter the trub because I'm picturing a funnel with a strainer over it with the wort slowly percolating through. I only...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-10-2012, 04:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,641
Posted By BarberSurgeon
These are all good tips. Thanks, guys. I'm...

These are all good tips. Thanks, guys. I'm feeling better and a lot less discouraged after the initial disappointment. I'll probably go with duboman's advice and just up the recipe to account for the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-09-2012, 09:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,641
Posted By BarberSurgeon
Calculating boil off / trub loss

I started the brew day feeling great and enthusiastic, but now I feel like screaming.

I've been brewing for about a year now, and throughout all of my progress, one aspect of brewing has continued...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-03-2012, 09:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,518
Posted By BarberSurgeon
Wow, lots of support! This must be a common...

Wow, lots of support! This must be a common problem. I'm sure I'll stick with it, but I've got a beer that's been in the fermenter for over a month and it feels like a nagging chore I have to do.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-03-2012, 08:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,518
Posted By BarberSurgeon
Does cleaning ever get you burned out on brewing?

I just started AG brewing a few months ago and had good results in the two batches I made, but I can't seem to keep it up because of the tediousness of cleaning. It's such an important step that it...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-04-2011, 06:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,983
Posted By BarberSurgeon
Thanks. That does make sense. I left the electric...

Thanks. That does make sense. I left the electric burner on high, so perhaps just maintaining a rolling boil on a medium setting is all I need (and what I normally do).
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-04-2011, 03:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,983
Posted By BarberSurgeon
Okay, is this even possible? I just measured a...

Okay, is this even possible? I just measured a 33% (1/3) boil-off in 30 minutes in my one-gallon system test. I am no expert on the physics behind this stuff, but does that mean I'll lose 2/3 of my...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-04-2011, 02:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,983
Posted By BarberSurgeon
Definitely looks like a good start. This...

Definitely looks like a good start. This calculator suggested I strike with 3.53 gallons (assuming no sparge), with .53 going to the grains and 1 gallon to boil-off.

I'm boiling up a gallon in my...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-04-2011, 02:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,983
Posted By BarberSurgeon
I'm sure your advice is sound and great coming...

I'm sure your advice is sound and great coming from your situation, but I've been making 2 gallon batches of extract for months and love it. It's practical, fast, and I get to try a lot of different...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-04-2011, 01:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,983
Posted By BarberSurgeon
BIAB -- Calculating total water needed

I'll be brewing up my first AG BIAB tomorrow. I'm making a two-gallon batch with 4.2 pounds of grain. Beer Smith suggests I use 6.56 qts of water for the mash then sparge with 1.37 qts (I may not...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-01-2011, 11:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 484
Posted By BarberSurgeon
Good point. I usually like to respect style...

Good point. I usually like to respect style guidelines. Maybe I'll just call this a Belgian Blonde "inspired" ale.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-01-2011, 04:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 387
Posted By BarberSurgeon
The BeerSmith software will do this, but it...

The BeerSmith software will do this, but it relies on existing recipes and anything you may have created.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-01-2011, 04:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 484
Posted By BarberSurgeon
Haha, no, I did indeed mean .05, but I can...

Haha, no, I did indeed mean .05, but I can understand your confusion since you are from Oregon and likely aren't familiar with IBUs under 90. :mug:

Also, I chose the Fuggles because I've got some...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-01-2011, 12:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 484
Posted By BarberSurgeon
Belgian Blonde / First AG / How's it look?

While I'm still figuring out my efficiency, I thought I'd concentrate on doing some lighter styles that wouldn't be overly adversely affected by a low conversion. I've also been wanting to mess...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-24-2011, 11:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,515
Posted By BarberSurgeon
Very cool post. I think I had dinner there when I...

Very cool post. I think I had dinner there when I was in Dusseldorf last year. The tables restaurant part looks very familiar.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-04-2011, 07:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 310
Posted By BarberSurgeon
I'm brewing up a dunkelweizen right now, so I'm...

I'm brewing up a dunkelweizen right now, so I'm not too worried about the color. I'm pretty good at avoiding carmelization, too, so I doubt that will be a problem, especially with all the chocolate...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-04-2011, 06:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 310
Posted By BarberSurgeon
That makes enough sense for me. Just thought if I...

That makes enough sense for me. Just thought if I could save 20 minutes on a busy brew-day why not know for sure? Thanks!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-04-2011, 06:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 310
Posted By BarberSurgeon
Boiling extract?

Really beginner question, but after several batches, I started wondering why beginner instructions like those from NB have you get your water to a boil before adding your extract (this is before...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-31-2011, 09:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By BarberSurgeon
Starter is going now. Took a while to get going,...

Starter is going now. Took a while to get going, but one more ought to be enough for a two-gallon batch!
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-28-2011, 06:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By BarberSurgeon
Well, that calculator says I should have 0%...

Well, that calculator says I should have 0% viability, but I've heard success stories, so let's give it a shot anyway!
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 10-27-2011, 04:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By BarberSurgeon
Old yeast -- what size for starter?

I've got a pack of liquid yeast that probably expired a little over a month ago. I'd still like to revive it, but not knowing how much viable yeast remain, I don't want to overwhelm them in a starter...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-25-2011, 08:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,476
Posted By BarberSurgeon
I think I'm getting a few quality beers from him,...

I think I'm getting a few quality beers from him, but as this will also be my first all-grain brew, I'm writing it off as a learning experience.
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