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    Centennial Hop Ideas

    Hey I am relatively new to brewing, I've made about 10 batches following extract recipes over the past several months and wanted to start trying new things. My brother in law works at a hop farm and managed to get me about half a kilo of centennial hops for free. I'd really like to use them and...
  2. O

    What Should I Brew?!

    I have 3 pounds of pale DME and 1 pound of wheat DME on hand. Is there a crushable summer beer I can make with just this as the base? I dont have any hops, yeast, or special grains so those can be anything. Just trying to use up some extra ingredients. Cheers!
  3. A

    Brew & A: Brian "Remmy" B.

    For today's Brew & A we're starting with an excursion. Don't worry, you're not actually going anywhere, this is a trip in our minds (I know you were probably concerned.). Breathe deep reflecting on your years of brewing. Breathe in.... breathe out. Go back. Further... No Further... All the way...
  4. S

    4 Tips for Making Great Beer in 15 Minutes

    Would you like to reduce the length of your brew day? Perhaps you would like to move onto something else you enjoy, or maybe there are higher priorities that occupy your time. My motivation for shortening the brew day was the birth of my daughter. Spending less time making beer means I can...
  5. J

    Stout Mistake

    Made a whiskey stout from a Brewer's Best extract kit. Followed the instructions to the letter, and our SG was 1.040 instead of the 1.065 the kit projected. My buddy and I have no idea why. Our fermenter was even under the 5 gallon mark by about 1/4 gallon, so we didn't overfill or anything. FG...
  6. Pug Bros Brewing

    Sam Adams Boston Lager clone? Here it is!

    Here is our video link on youtube for step by step directions: Here's the recipe and steps: PUG BROS BREWING EPISODE 1 – SAM ADAMS BOSTON LAGER CLONE Hello and welcome to Pug Bros Brewing Episode 1 In today’s video I’m going to go over how to make a Sam Adams Boston Lager clone using the...
  7. SKBugs

    New to brewing, very limited equipment.

    All i have is a 8 gallon(ish) kettle and an electric stove top. I have made a couple of extract batches with some steeping grains, which came out at around 4-5 gallons. The stove managed the boil very well and i think it could go up to most of the 8 gallons. The two beers i made have been...
  8. frankvw

    Steeping grains in wort vs. water: extraction efficiency vs. tannins

    After having had several bad results (strong tannin flavors and harsh bitterness) with steeping grains in our local tap water, I've tried to steep in wort instead. While I'm now not getting any tannin flavors and nasty bitter notes anymore, I'm also not getting a decent extraction efficiency...
  9. JstnMoyer

    Weird OG readings with topped-off extract wort

    Has anyone come across this weird OG issue with topped-off partial boil wort? Just brewed my second partial boil extract batch yesterday. I chilled my concentrated wort and added to glass carboy (2.5 gallons) and topped it off with water getting it to 5 gallons. I aerated more by...
  10. E

    Adding sugar to a recipe

    I have a bells two hearted recipe kit from northern brewing. I am changing up the hop schedule and adding more hops. Somebody recommended adding 1 lb of sugar to the recipe to dry the beer out. Any recommendations if I should add sugar or not to this recipe. ???? Steeping grains -...
  11. 6thGoal

    I Heart IPA (Two Hearted Clone) from More Beer

    While I should have paid closer attention and bought the extract kit from Bell's I failed and went with the local More Beer shop, I Heart IPA. It wasn't until I was brewing that I realized Bell's sold their own kit and took notice the ingredients were quite different. Brew day went fine, but I...
  12. snarf7

    Adding extract towards the end of the boil?

    I've seen this in a few recipes now where they brewer will break up the extract into 2 batches, the first added as normal, and the second added late in the boil. What is logic behind this? What does it achieve and when is it useful to do this? thanks!
  13. C

    Maltodextrin in Amber ale

    Im about to do a 1.5 gallon amber ale brew. How much Maltodextrin should I add? Also at what point?
  14. C

    super simple amber ale extract brew

    Has anyone made a super simple extract amber? I'm wanting to do a 1 gallon batch on the cheap. I was thinking 1 pound of amber dme .2 ounces of cascade hops for 60 minutes and some sort of ale yeast comments?
  15. N

    How many of you do short boils?

    Curious how many others do short boils and what your experiences have been? I recently tried a 30 min boil and I have to say its pretty damn sweet to knock off a half hour. According to beersmith my hop utilization wasnt that greatly impacted. Samples would indicate thats likely true. Are there...
  16. V

    Wheat Ale on the cheap

    I'm looking to throw together a wheat ale on the cheap, possibly add some mango to it. I have yeast, equipment, etc; no hops though. I was thinking maybe doing an extract brew was the way to go. Any suggestions on what / where to buy? Last time I did extract brewing it was in a kit but I figured...
  17. T

    First Adjunct Brew Watery Before Conditioning.

    Hi everyone, I just bottled my first ever brew with fruit additions in the form of lemon peel in the boil and frozen blueberries in the fermenter. It was a 5 gallon basic IPA extract kit, I boiled for 60 minutes with the lemon peel, fermented for about 9 days, then added about 3 lbs of...
  18. G

    Nettle Beer experiment

    I'm still very new to beer brewing and this is my first post, so be gentle! The forum is an amazing source of inspiration and help, so I thought I'd finally post. I love experimenting even when making beer with a kit but I have limited resources and time. Last summer I read about nettle beer...
  19. B

    When to add malt extract??

    Being a newcomer to extract brewing, I’ve been unsure on the topic of when to add malt extract during the boil... My friend and I are shooting to brew American style IPA, 12 litre boil size and 9 litre batch size, with light liquid malt extract. Is it best to add all the extract at the start of...
  20. J

    Second batch rookie question. How hot is too hot?

    Hey Brewers, Quick question I am in the middle of my second batch. I am using an Witbier extract kit from Brewers Best. I was steeping my grains in a smaller pot at the correct temperatures 148-153 degrees for thirty five minutes. I then placed my thermometer inside of the grain bag and went to...