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    Cream Ale Glendale Cream Ale (AG)

    Profile: OG: 1.049 FG: 1.011 IBU: 15.1 (Rager) SRM: 4.1 ABV: 5.0% Recipe: 6.0 lbs 2-row 2.0 lbs Flaked Corn 4.0 oz Victory Malt 4.0 oz White Wheat Malt 0.6 oz Willamette (4.6%) at 60 min 0.4 oz Willamette (4.6%) at 2 min American Ale II (Wyeast #1272) 78% efficiency Mash at...
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    Any reason to add lactic acid at this point?

    I blew it. I forgot to add 2.5 ml lactic to my brew water. Now the beer (a Mirror Pond clone) is being dry hopped and will be kegged in about 4 days. My target pH was 5.45 (room temp) and my spreadsheet estimates it should be 5.67 without the lactic. Is there any reason to add it now? Flavor...
  3. J

    Citra Pale Ale Recipe Question

    This is MoreBeer's Citra Pale Ale kit recipe: 12.0 lbs 2-row 0.5 lbs white wheat (malt, I assume) 0.5 lbs carapils 0.75 lbs crystal 15L 0.5 oz Magnum @ 60 min 1.0 oz Citra @ 15 min 1.0 oz Citra @ 5 min 1.0 oz Citra @ dry hop Can someone tell me what the white wheat contributes to this recipe...
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    Question about acidulated malt

    I'm going to brew a clone of Eagle Rock's Revolution XPA and the recipe calls for 30 grams acidulated malt in a 6 gallon batch. I've never used acidulated malt before but I do always use lactic acid to bring down my mash pH. In my situation, is there any reason to also add the acidulated malt? I...
  5. J

    Whirlfloc - should I switch to something else?

    Does it even make sense to use Whirlfloc if I'm just going to dump everything (except hops) from my kettle into my fermenter? I use it every time I want a beer to be clear, and I still get chill haze that usually takes a week or two to get rid of. I'm starting to wonder if I should switch to...
  6. J

    MoreBeer Firestone Walker Pale 31 kit

    Can someone post the recipe for the all grain version of this kit? One of the CYBI guys cloned it but the recipe was a blend of Trader Joe's Mission St. Pale Ale and Double Barrel Ale. I would really like to find a good single-batch recipe for this beer. The ingredient list posted on the MB...
  7. J

    Would you repitch smelly WLP300?

    I started a Bavarian Hefeweizen two days ago and this morning the yeast is throwing off a strong sulfur smell. I'm not concerned about this batch because I've had this happen before and the beers have all come out great. What I'm concerned about is my plan to repitch some of this yeast into...
  8. J

    Is my mash braid too long?

    I batch sparge in a round 5 gal cooler with a stainless steel mash braid I bought from bargainfittings.com. The braid is too long to lay straight by 2-3 inches. I try to push the end of it down so that it curves around the inside wall but it always seems to straighten out and curve up...
  9. J

    1056 and strong sulfur smell

    Two days ago I pitched ~200 ml of a 1-day old rinsed slurry of 1056 into a very normal amber ale with an OG of 1.050. Last night it smelled great, the airlock was bubbling away and a nice looking krausen was starting to form. This morning the airlock had pretty much stopped, the krausen had...
  10. J

    PET Carboys have incorrect volume markings

    Just wanted to pass along a 'heads up' to those of you who may be using the PET carboys sold at places like MoreBeer (not Better Bottle - they're made by The Vintage Shop). First off, I love the things and I have 5 of them. But the volume markings on them are wrong. I got a 1000ml graduated...
  11. J

    FermCap and reusing yeast

    I just noticed this in the FermCapS description on the MoreBeer website: Eliminate the head on fermenting beer and brew a larger quantity in your existing fermenter. Foam control - also known as FermCapS - does not affect the head on your finished beer, but can actually increase the head by...
  12. J

    Pale Ale Malt

    I'd like to brew two beers that use Pale Ale Malt: Mirror Pond (the CYBI recipe) and Goose Island Green Line. Mirror Pond uses Great Western and Green Line uses Briess. My LHBS doesn't carry either of those so I'm hoping someone can suggest something similar from the following list base malts...
  13. J

    Dry hop and carb - pls help me troubleshoot

    Recently I brewed my first dry hopped beer - Nebraska Brewing's Cardinal Ale from the CYBI podcast. I followed the brewers schedule and have ended up with more sediment and a lot more carbination than I expected. Otherwise, the beer tastes fantastic and the head retention is great. I'm just...
  14. J

    Looking for something between a Blond and an APA

    I don't have much experience creating my own recipes and am a little gun shy about tweaking someone else's recipe so I'm hoping someone can give me some guidance. I'm looking for an all grain recipe that has more malt character than a Blond, something closer to the malt character of an APA...
  15. J

    Low IBU American Pale Ale

    The recipe below (not mine) won a gold in the APA category of the 2008 NHC. When I plug it into beersmith I get ~20 IBUs, which would put it out of style. Apparently the AHA confirmed that the recipe is correct as submitted by the brewer. Does it seem likely that this is a recipe that could...
  16. J

    Lager schedule - harvesting yeast and bottling

    Could someone tell me if this makes sense? I want to brew two lagers in a row, and harvest the yeast from the first batch to pitch into the second. I have a mini fridge and dual stage temp control but I don't keg so both batches will be bottled. My idea was that I could ferment Batch 1 for ~4...
  17. J

    Switched from PM to AG, why did my efficiency go up?

    So I've been brewing partial mash batches for a while now, using DeathBrewer's approach except that I mash 6-7 lbs in a cooler rather than a kettle. With this approach I've been consistently hitting 70% efficiency, +/- 1%. Last weekend I did my first AG batch, a cream ale that used 6 lbs...
  18. J

    Cook rice the night before brew day?

    I'm making a cream ale this weekend that calls for a pound of rice. I'm going to use normal long grain rice because I have one of those huge Costco-sized bags that I can't seem to use up. Can I cook the rice the night before and just let it sit out in a sealed Tupperware container until I...
  19. J

    Mash temp drop in my cooler

    I partial mash with 6-7 lbs grain in a 4-gal cooler, and my temperature typically drops about 4 degrees in one hour. If I want to mash at 152, would it be better to start at 152 and finish 4 degrees low or try to hit an average temp of 152 by starting two degrees higher and finishing two...
  20. J

    GE 5.7 cu. ft. big enough for 6.5 gal. bucket?

    I'm thinking about buying the 5.7 cu. ft. GE Spacemaker Compact Refrigerator GMR06AAZWW (sometimes marketed as 6.0 cu. ft.) to hold my 6.5 gal. fermentation bucket. I can't find it in stock anywhere in the Los Angeles area so I thought I would check to see if anyone actually owns this thing...
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