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Old 03-19-2008, 08:55 AM   #1
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So I'm planning to do my very first AG beer here in the next couple weeks and I was thinking about Edworts Bee Cave Brewery Haus Pale Ale. I thought this would be a great beer to get my feet wet in AG with. It seems like a fairly easy and to the point recipe, but does anyone have any suggestions or feedback for my first one?
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:13 PM   #2
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Check out "Brew Your Own" (BYO) magazines 150 clone issue for ideas of various beers you know you like. I started with a clone of Sierra Nevada's IPA.
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:46 PM   #3
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A lot of brewers like Ed' recipe becuse it is simple,easy to drink and rather inexpensive to purchase the ingredients. Stouts are fairly straightforward to make and BierMuncher has a lot of recipes and styles. What beer do you like best?
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:49 PM   #4
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Do you have a good thermometer...?

 
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:35 PM   #5
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Do you have a good thermometer...?
I asked this in another thread, but I think it'll be of help to the OP here too (and myself)... what makes a good thermometer? I have:

1. Cheap (~$8) probe thermometer w/ appropriate range
2. Turkey fryer thermometer w/ large range
3. Cheap Craftsman digital multimeter w/ temperature probe

Any of these good enough? Will the multi be as good as a dedicated digi thermometer?
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Old 03-19-2008, 05:32 PM   #6
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I would guess the turkey fryer thermometer is a piece of ****.

The owner's manual for my turkey fryer says, "be sure to test the thermometer before using in a pot of boil water, it should read 212F +/- 20F"........nothing like a thermometer with accuracy of 41F.

I have this one and have been very happy with it:

http://www.target.com/Taylor-Commerc...mometer&page=2

 
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Old 03-19-2008, 05:38 PM   #7
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{Target thermometer, online}

I have one. Can be calibrated!
Caution; My Target store had another model, not this one (missing calibration).

It may be popular, as I got the last one on the self at Linen&Things store near me..

 
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Old 03-19-2008, 06:19 PM   #8
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Quote:
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Check out "Brew Your Own" (BYO) magazines 150 clone issue for ideas of various beers you know you like. I started with a clone of Sierra Nevada's IPA.
I like SNIPA.

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A lot of brewers like Ed' recipe becuse it is simple,easy to drink and rather inexpensive to purchase the ingredients. Stouts are fairly straightforward to make and BierMuncher has a lot of recipes and styles. What beer do you like best?
I like beer period so cant say I have a favorite. I like the hop-monsters, but I can also appreciate a good Pilsner or Lager too . Some of my favorites lately are Rogue Brutal Bitter, Nut Brown Ale, and Lagunitas IPA, and Censored. I was thinking about a Chimay Blue Clone (another one I've been loving lately) but the recipe I found is HUGE and complicated as I expected it would be. I am drinking an extract Barley wine that I just finished so I was thinking of something lighter and more of a crowd pleaser that my friends who aren't beer fans(a.k.a. swill drinkers) can appreciate. I also want to do something that doesn't have to age long like barley wine (even though I didn't let it age lol). The more I look at it the better Edworts recipe appeals to me, as you said it seems simple enough and it's inexpensive so I won't waste much money if I f**k it up.
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Old 03-20-2008, 07:48 PM   #9
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I brewed the Bee Cave Pale for my first all-grain batch just last weekend.

The recipe was simple and inexpensive, except I had to spring for 4 oz of Cascade due to the low alpha content, but at least the shop had Cascade.

And I must say, everything went fantastic. I used Beersmith to calculate strike temp, upped that two degrees on instinct, and hit the mash temp dead nuts.

I really enjoyed the process. The most interesting thing for me is how fast it fermented out. The beer was done in 48 hours, using a single 11-gram pack of dry Nottingham (properly rehydrated). I've never had an extract beer ferment out so fast.
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:28 PM   #10
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FYI, Morebeer.com has a Rogue Brutal Bitter kit.
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