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    23 oz of hops In one batch, turned out amazing so far!

    This was my 6th batch so far, a Black Rye Imperial IPA. OG: 1.1 and FG: 1.018. Used 8oz Choco, 8oz Choco rye, 8oz caramunich II, 8oz crystal 40L, 6.6 gold lme, 3.3 amber lme, 3.3 dark lme, as far as fermentables go. Hops were 4oz warrior spread through first 20 min of boil, 4oz centennial spread...
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    Adding steeped grains after primary

    I initially made the mistake of pitching my yeast and fermenting with only 5 gallons of wort in my 6.5 gal Carboy. I meant to top up to 5.5 soni could have a transferable 5 gallons at bottling. It has been fermenting for a little over a week now and I took my first hydro test of 1.017, og was...
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    Yeast blend by mistake

    My brew buddy brewed a batch of imperial ipa at the same time I brewed my black rye IIPA. We did this to compare the differences. Used the same amount of lme and specialty grains, obviously different combinations though. Using the same hops and hop schedule, and same yeast strain and pitch rate...
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    Slower fermentation

    This I a five gallon batch I brewed up on Wednesday 5/23. The OG came out to be 1.098 on my extract recipe for a black rye IIPA. Fermentation began with visual signs within 12 hours, this is my 5th batch and the first one so far that didn't just take right off and rape the air lock. It's...
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    Bourbon barrel aging

    Many have seen my recent thread outlining my planned frankenbrew extract Black Rye Imperial IPA. If not here are some specs: 8oz caramunich, 8oz caramel 40L, 8oz chocolate malt, 8oz chocolate rye, 3.3# dark lme, 3.3# amber lme, and 6# or possibly 3# of gold lme. 4oz warrior for bittering, 4oz...
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    I want to play a little game.

    Queue creepy Saw voice! Ok ok, down to business. I have a bunch of left over ingrediants I want throw together to make a unsually hop tastic beverage! Last DIPA I brewed was straight from a kit (hop head double ipa) I brewed it by the book. Right now I have in my possession a Octane IPA kit...
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    Porter problems?

    This is a Power Pack Porter kit from Midwest, the only thing I changed was double the recipes call for chocolate malt. First off let me start by saying I practice fanatical cleaning and sanitizing rituals, this is my 5th batch and only one I've had a problem with so far. So what's the problem...
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    Sweetwater's New Dank Tank

    Has anyone a recipe or can recommend a recipe to clone Sweetwater Dank Tank Ghoulash? Its quite tasty and is labeled as a Double Black, Double Dry Hopped, Double IPA. Would love to attempt this extract first and then maybe all grain when I can afford to build my equipment for it.
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    Craft Beer in the News

    Just thought I would share this interesting article I was pointed on how the rise of craft brew is affecting local business! https://www247.americanexpress.com/MoblOpenWeb/articles.do?TargetID=how-the-rise-of-craft-beer-has-infused-small-local-businesses&TopicID=the-world Some interesting and...
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    Whoa. Will age help?

    Wine thief'd my 2nd ever brew today, peppermint chocolate stout, and whoa is it bitter, chocolatey, and pepperminty. Haha. First off I love a good stout, this kit started off a Midwests Irish Stout and I added 8oz pure unsweetened nestle cocoa and 10 peppermint tea bags at 10min to flameout. Boy...
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    Question: First taste

    Just opened my first bottle of my first home brew. It's a kit from Midwest dubbed Hop Head DIPA. It has an exceptional blend of hops flavor, aroma, and bitterness. I'm only concerned about a certain profile I pick out. It's supposed to be an amber ale but taste like it's backed by a brown ale by...
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    Power Pack Porter from Midwest

    Has anyone brewed this? Any tips or adjuncts? This recipe creates a deep brown porter with a robust chocolate and black malt aroma. We named this recipe after the high alcohol and hop rate. Our ingredients for this recipe include 6 lb. of Dark malt extract, 3.3 lb. Light malt extract, 4 oz...
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    Adding coffee aroma & flavor

    I decided for my third brew I wanted to aim for a breakfast type porter. I ordered and plan on using Midwests power pack porter for my base. I'm adding 4oz of unsweetened pure cocoa for extra chocolate and want to add a note of coffee, not too strong, but I want the aroma and taste to come...
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    Priming sugar

    I'm getting ready to prime and bottle in a week or so. I checked my estimated volume at bottling will be 4.5 gallons (allowing room for the reminants left in primary and secondary) I used a calculator online for determining how much corn sugar to add to the 4.5 gal but I have read recently that...
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    Kegging question!

    I couldn't Decide where the best place to ask was, so decided to post this here and in kegging sub. I have two batches that will be ready to bottle/keg soon, within the same week, so I figured since i have a spare fridge I can dedicate to brew, why not try to get a keg system going? I'm...
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    LF a wee bit advice

    I have two batches that will be ready to bottle/keg soon, within the same week, so I figured since i have a spare fridge I can dedicate to brew, why not try to get a keg system going? I'm not looking for something over the top, i have researched some and have landed on the idea of just buying...
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    Just Checked Gravity

    Here is a rough background/lead up to my question: Brew: IIPA Yeast: Wyeast 1056 x2 Smack packs Pitch Temp: 62F Fermentation Temp: 62-64f Original Gravity: 1.080 Fermentation Period so far has been 5 days, i just checked the gravity due to lack of activity in my carboy, it read 1.020 on one...
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    Irish stout made into Chocolate stout?

    I still have the Irish Stout kit that came with my carboy kit from midwest. I would like to modify it to be as close to possible as the Chokolat Stout from Souther Tier. A what i consider very tasty Chocolate Imperial Stout. Does anyone have a recipe for that brew? or a recipe of a very...
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    To Secondary or NOT?

    I have my 2 day old Hop Head IIPA in the primary chugging along steady as could be, I used two smack packs of 1056 and am keeping the swamp cooler at about 60-62f. my original gravity was 1.080 From midwest: ingredients for this recipe include: 9.3 lbs. Gold Malt extract, 4 oz. Aromatic, 12...
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    Beginning First Batch 10/14/11

    UPDATED, read my last post on page 1 for details! So far today, 10/13/11, i have gone ahead and made myself a check list, crushed my specialty grains, organized my equipment and ingredients, and read through the Kit instructions three times. I guess I'm paranoid about getting things right the...
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