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Old 11-16-2006, 02:18 PM   #21
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That's almost identical to the amber I'm going to brew tomorrow (except I'm using Galena for bittering). I'm also thinking about steeping some toasted barley.
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:29 PM   #22
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Haven't had any brew with Galena in it yet. Well, if your calling my recipe an amber, then I'm at least on the right track!!!!!

 
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:43 PM   #23
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Grog,

Your color def falls into the American Amber Ale catagory but your IBUs are a little low (should be 25 - 40 IBU). According to Qbrew, your hop schedule will get you 14 IBU. If you increase your Hallertauer boil to 60 minutes, it should go up to 17. However, I believe Qbrew assumes a full boil hop utilization so if you're doing a partial, you might want to increase your bittering hops amount/boil time. Or...if you use Perle, your 40 minute boil should get you in range because it has more alpha. You should download Qbrew and play with it a bit.
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Old 11-16-2006, 04:42 PM   #24
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Thanks. May have to do just that. Not a real big hop fan.

 
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Old 11-16-2006, 06:16 PM   #25
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Not sure if anyone's mentioned this yet, but an important thing to keep in mind with LME is that it darkens considerably over time. I haven't noticed any differences in flavor, but if you're going for a particular color, LME can throw it off. Most of my recipes call for a little bit of both, but it's the same stuff, and DME doesn't stick to the sides of its container, so I like it better.
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Old 11-16-2006, 06:17 PM   #26
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Quote:
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Not a real big hop fan.
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Old 11-17-2006, 12:36 AM   #27
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I noticed in here talking about ordering or buying amounts of DME. My "local" homebrew store, an hour away in Columbia, offers 3 lb bags or 1 lb bags. So you can actually get one 3 lb and two 1 lb bags to make 5 if your batch calls for that. I just got all my ingredients for Merlin's Ale and it called for 5 lbs extra light DME. They are online at www.liquidhobby.com if you want to check them out.
On the same note however, another homebrew store that is up in North Carolina, they actually carry 5 lb bags and other odd measurements too. They are at www.homebrewadventrues.com in case anyone wants to check them out.

On the note of LME's vs DME's, I've noticed that with LME's it is a lot more mess and harder to get all of it out of the cans. Northwest extracts come in a pouch and you can squeez it all out. A lot less mess!

My wife's favorite store beer is Bud Ice. But she absolutely fell in love with my Cherry Wheat ale that I made. She actually came in and told me if I changed the recipe that she'd kill me! LOL! She also liked Cheesefood's Carmel Cream Ale,
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Old 11-17-2006, 03:18 PM   #28
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School me on this, what is the difference in IBU's with hopped versus unhopped DME's???

 
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Old 11-19-2006, 04:34 AM   #29
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UnHopped=No Hops= 0 IBU's
Hoped extracts are usually "ready to go" kits, where you just add water (sometimes sugars), and you have beer, so the IBU's depends on the kit

 
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Old 11-19-2006, 06:00 AM   #30
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On the note of LME's vs DME's, I've noticed that with LME's it is a lot more mess and harder to get all of it out of the cans. Northwest extracts come in a pouch and you can squeez it all out. A lot less mess!
Here's a little trick I learned: use your spoon to ladle some of the hot wort back into the can, and swish it around. It'll melt the LME and make it easier to get out. Also, at my LHBS, they have barrels of dark, amber, and light LME and just tap me a bucket full of it.
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