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  1. bbrim

    Dry hopping advice

    I brewed 10g of American Pale Ale on Sunday. I used 17lbs pale ale malt and 1lb crystal 40 as the grain bill. In the kettle I hopped with .25oz Topaz FWH 1.5 oz each Centennial and Columbus at 10 1.5 oz each Columbus and Centennial at flameout (whirlpool for 15 minutes). I used Us-05 in...
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    Chicago Breweries

    I am visiting Chicago in August and will have a Sunday to goof off. I will be with my wife and we both think it might be fun to visit a brewery or two. She loves IPA's and I'm more eclectic but would really like to try an offbeat Belgian beer, or two. We will be staying within walking distance...
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    First Gold/Legacy hop combo

    I'm working with a couple hops I've never used before: First Gold and Legacy. I'm going to brew a simple pale ale and ferment 5 gallons with Wyeast 3522 and the other half with Pacman. The Pacman will be dry hopped with 1 oz of each hop variety. Does anyone have any input on these hop varieties...
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    Great luck today

    This afternoon I brewed up a Honey Ginger Ale. Everything went pretty smooth after I repaired some equipment that was damaged last time I brewed. Just before I started the boil my wife popped out the door with some chocolate chip pancakes! What a treat for a hungry brewer on a cold day! I'm...
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    Honey malt in Ginger Ale

    The title sums it up pretty well. I am going to make a ginger ale and ramp up the ginger a touch, compared to previous batches. So I thought I'd throw in some Honey Malt to balance things out and bring a different element to the beer. I've never used honey malt before. My recipe is simple...
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    Azacca hops

    I'm looking for some input from anyone with experience using these hops. I've seen some talk about them, I read every thread that even mentions them. Can anyone provide any additional input. Do they add very much citrus? Is the fruitiness very pronounced? Any stone fruit? I've been using...
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    Oktoberfest-ish brew- advice wanted

    First off, I will be using a clean ale yeast so my recipe is only similar to Oktoberfest. Second, I'm looking for something more akin to a German festival brew rather than an American Fall Seasonal known as Oktoberfest. This means simple, malt forward, and crisp with light hop flavor. So my...
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    Help me select a yeast

    I really like using a clean, medium high attenuating American Ale yeast. I've never used WyYeast 1056, but I am very familiar with WL 001 and US 05. They are all very well suited for the American Pale Ales and Blond Ales I like to brew (They also make a damn fine Stout or Amber Ale). I don't...
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    Intensity of bitterness from whirlpool addition?

    My wife is a major hop head. I like them too, but not with the same intensity. It's been a long summer for stuff. I'm seriously considering making an over the top pale ale for her at around 4.6-4.8% ABV. The plan is to mash at 156 for some body and then add a bunch of super high alpha...
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    Has anyone blended these hops? How about just Topaz and Columbus? I want to make a hop bomb with these with 15/10/5 and whirlpool additions. I'm looking at nearly 80 IBU without a bittering addition. Any input on this combo? Thanks guys.
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    Quick note on Hops Direct

    I order 5lbs of hops on Monday, taking advantage of their big sale this week. I got my order in before work and they had it shipped out before the day was out. During a sale that is super impressive. I got the hops today and all the bags are very heavy. The lightest bag had 18.5 oz of hops, and...
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    Interesting thing at LHBS

    I went in to pick up some yeast, a little extract and some crystal malt today. I asked if he still had a supply of yeast from Union Labs, they're a small company out of South Dakota. He said he had a bit left but hadn't heard from them in quite a while so it was old. It sounds like they are...
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    Just finished a brew

    It feels great. Everything went so smooth. Shot about 4 points high on OG, but i knew I was high because I used my refractometer and I adjusted my hops accordingly. Its so nice when the pieces go together like that. I brewed a mild ale and went no sparge.
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    Munich/Northern Brewer SMaSH

    I am going to brew on Friday and am on the fence as to what I will brew. I was thinking Black IPA, then some quasi-amber ale...As of right now I am thinking Best Malz Munich Malt ~6L with Northern Brewer hops. 10.5 G 17 lbs Munich 1 oz Northern Brewer FWH 9.9%AA 19 IBU 1.5 oz NB 15min 9.9%AA 12...
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    RIMS tube for hop stand

    Has anyone ever used their RIMS system to maintain the temperature of their hop stand? I tried this technique today (it is my first hop stand). I cleaned it with PBW, then rinsed it, then ran it through with sanitizer and started the boiling hot wort through it at flame out. I am excited to see...
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    How does Mild malt compare to Vienna malt/Munich malt

    I've been using Ashburne Mild Malt as the base for my stouts and brown ales. I am going to buy another sack soon but am considering Vienna or Munich instead. Now I know the Munich will be richer but would a 50/50 blend of Munich and 2 row give me a similar level of maltiness? How does Vienna...
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    Columbus hops

    I'm looking for some input about Columbus hops. I just ordered a pound as well as a pound of Galaxy and Willamette. I also have a good amount of Centennial, Citra, Simcoe and Cascade. Is there one hop that would pair best with Columbus? Should I brew a pale ale, amber ale or something else to...
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    Christmas Ale

    I'm sitting here sipping my Christmas Ale and I'm just so pumped. Here is the recipe for 10 gallons. I bottled 5g and passed out a bunch of bottles plus kegged 5g and will fill growlers for my friends. This stuff is so tasty. Amt Name Type # %/IBU 16 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0...
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    Galaxy SMaSH

    10.5G 1.042OG 35.5IBU 16 lbs Ashburne Mild 100% .25oz Galaxy 14.8%AA FWH 7.5 IBU 1.25oz Galaxy 14.8%AA 15min 17 IBU 2oz Galaxy 14.8%AA 5min 10.9 IBU US-05 (for 5g) Wyeast 1335 (for 5g) Mash at 155 for 50 min Looks tasty to me! This will be my day tomorrow.
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    Sorachi Ace question

    I periodically brew a single hop Amber Ale using a standard recipe but swapping out hops. Its a decent brew with nice, but mellow, malt flavors. The beer has been a great showcase for new hop trials. I am thinking of doing this again with Sorachi Ace. I have heard different things about this...