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      03-28-2012 05:17 PM #1151
      Quote Originally Posted by Der Schaltwerks View Post
      So far it seems like the hardest part about brewing is waiting for it to be ready to drink.

      I need more fermenters!
      truth...
      it's playing the waiting game... even with brewing, you HURRY UP! then wait... then DO SOMETHING NOW! then wait.... lol then wait 2-52 weeks or longer to drink it.
      i can get some of them from carboy to keg within 2-3 weeks
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      03-28-2012 05:55 PM #1152
      Quote Originally Posted by Kameirocco View Post
      truth...
      it's playing the waiting game... even with brewing, you HURRY UP! then wait... then DO SOMETHING NOW! then wait.... lol then wait 2-52 weeks or longer to drink it.
      i can get some of them from carboy to keg within 2-3 weeks
      I'm probably going to have to wait a while for my first brew. I'm thinking at least 45 days. It's a boozy 7.5% cherry chocolate milk stout.

      I think I'll start my next brew soon and it will be a citra hopped wheat beer. Well, it will be boozy too, so I'll have to call it a Weizenbock.

      The third beer will be a Pale Ale. The fourth beer will be a Belgian Strong Ale.

      It's an interesting process. I'm glad I tried it and look forward to exploring it.

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      03-29-2012 09:14 AM #1153
      Quote Originally Posted by Der Schaltwerks View Post
      I'm probably going to have to wait a while for my first brew. I'm thinking at least 45 days. It's a boozy 7.5% cherry chocolate milk stout.

      I think I'll start my next brew soon and it will be a citra hopped wheat beer. Well, it will be boozy too, so I'll have to call it a Weizenbock.

      The third beer will be a Pale Ale. The fourth beer will be a Belgian Strong Ale.

      It's an interesting process. I'm glad I tried it and look forward to exploring it.
      ABV doesn't equate to fermentation time. I had an 8.5% Belgian with 3lbs of candi sugar that was done in less than two weeks. I have a Belgian IPA that's going to have been fermenting 3-4 weeks because it got a stuck fermentation and it was at my friend's house where I couldn't check on it. That one's going to be 9-10%, IIRC. I've had beers done in under a week.

      I do usually transfer to secondary and give it another week or two to clear up so it'll keg better. The Belgian IPA we made is going to be dry hopped for 2-4 weeks.

      I'm probably going to the LBHS tomorrow and getting supplies to do 10 gallons of a Thai Basil ale since it's starting to turn into spring and we'll need something for just hanging out an drinking as opposed to drinking 4 and passing out.

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      03-29-2012 09:56 AM #1154
      I'm not kegging. I'm figuring 2 weeks in the primary. 2 weeks in the secondary and 2 weeks in bottles before I drink it. I can wait that long.

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      03-30-2012 11:20 AM #1155
      Quote Originally Posted by Der Schaltwerks View Post
      I'm not kegging. I'm figuring 2 weeks in the primary. 2 weeks in the secondary and 2 weeks in bottles before I drink it. I can wait that long.
      Same goes for bottles. I also use gelatin and the keezer. If you can trap all the extra particles in the bottom of the secondary, you'll have a cleaner beer.

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      04-03-2012 08:19 PM #1156
      I brewed another batch. This time it was an amber belgian strong ale made with Duvel yeast. OG was 1.070. Challenger, Saaz and Hallertauer hops. I have high hopes for this brew.

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      04-05-2012 06:41 PM #1157
      ~1g of Grape Mead I brewed a few months back. I let it bulk age in the 1gal jug I used for fermenting and then racked it into a 1gal jug I painted to say "GRAPE MEAD" on it. I am going to make this again but with a little less honey to better suit the tastes of others. However, After a glass and a half most of the bite goes away and it just tastes like grape juice


      I lost my OG notes on this but per the recipe it should be 13-14% ABV.


      Instagram photo of the full painted jug





      View from the inside of the empty jug. I screwed up a little on the bottom.





      I am hungry for more Mead now. I am thinking of doing a cran grape next or maybe an orange/apple variant.

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      04-07-2012 08:11 PM #1158
      Another home brewer checking in.

      Kegging/Bottling a batch of German Alt Beer tomorrow, have an American Cream Ale on tap, and Bourbon Barrel Porter in bottles.

      Next up: Honey Weizen

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      04-19-2012 09:47 AM #1159
      Anyone know of a Extract Sweetwater 420 clone recipe?

      Or something similar?
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      04-19-2012 10:31 AM #1160
      Quote Originally Posted by SurferbobGolf View Post
      Anyone know of a Extract Sweetwater 420 clone recipe?

      Or something similar?
      http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f66/swee...-clone-177916/

      says its all-grain at the top but only shows LME & steeping grains

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      04-19-2012 10:38 AM #1161
      Can someone more experienced with examining recipes than me check that out? ^^
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      04-19-2012 10:47 AM #1162
      the only thing missing is the amount of steeping grains, if you find his AG recipe it might have it there

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      04-19-2012 11:26 AM #1163
      i'd guess

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      04-19-2012 12:48 PM #1164
      Bottled up the Thai Basil Ale in hopes that it will be ready for the home brew competition in a few weeks. It was good. It had a nice light thai basil taste upfront with a good hop finish that wasn't too over powering. It's only about 5%, but I wanted a summer brew.

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      04-24-2012 08:47 PM #1165
      Where does a guy get a cheap glass carboy? Craigslist? I have a Belgian Trippel that will need to be racked in a a few days and I want to use a glass vessel.

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      04-28-2012 12:23 PM #1166
      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      Where does a guy get a cheap glass carboy? Craigslist? I have a Belgian Trippel that will need to be racked in a a few days and I want to use a glass vessel.
      CL/homebrewtalk.com are my two sources. Shipping is way expensive on those things new or otherwise. Normally I just hit the home brew store.

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      04-28-2012 05:34 PM #1167
      So I found out that I am not moving in the next month and a half which gives me time to brew another batch of beer next weekend.

      I have no idea what to do next. My buddies and I do ribs/pulled pork/brisket/etc all summer so I'd like something (an ale most likely) that will go great with BBQ.

      However, I'd like something other than a blonde/pale ale/cream ale/porter as well have done those before. This will be our fourth all grain brew.

      Any ideas?

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      04-29-2012 10:50 AM #1168
      could always do a farmhouse style beer, it's pretty much up to you on what you wanna throw in!
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      05-01-2012 03:35 PM #1169
      alright, hops are startin!

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      05-02-2012 09:27 AM #1170
      ^^^^ Very cool. I thought about growing hops but figured that right now it's better for me to buy them from the LHBS. I will probably be moving before the end of the summer.


      Quote Originally Posted by Kameirocco View Post
      could always do a farmhouse style beer, it's pretty much up to you on what you wanna throw in!
      The thought of doing a saison has crossed my mind.

      I think the plan right now is to do a nine or ten gallon batch of white and split it between three five gallon carboys. One carboy will be the control brew with no addatives and the other two will be spiced/fruited.

      Two weeks after this coming weekend we are brewing again. That would be a good time to do a farmhouse/saison.

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      05-05-2012 03:18 PM #1171
      My first brew was a success.

      Cherry Chocolate Milk Stout

      The recipe thread is here:

      http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/coco...-stout-314989/

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      05-06-2012 03:44 PM #1172
      Hey all, just saying hi

      I've been brewing with my coworkers for about a year and a half now. There are 5 of us and we try to brew 5 gallon batches every week, or every other week. Two of the guys have been brewing for like 15-20 years and so they have about 50-60 perfected recipes for all kinds of beers.

      Some of my favorites that we make are:
      Coriander amber ale
      Hefeweizen
      Cascade ipa
      Bon por nicole (pumpernickle ale)

      Plus I've been able to create several recipes myself:
      Max IPA (hercules double ipa clone, but came out a bit smoother and easier to drink than hercules)
      Holden Caufield, full grain rye marzan (haven't opened this one yet)

      Would love to trade recipes and other info with folks. I'm still a newb to brewing, but I have access to guys with lots of knowledge, and who are willing to experiment too
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      05-07-2012 10:11 AM #1173
      welcome!

      and this weekend was a blast! national home brewers day...
      made a dark saison that turned to a black saison lol


      my travel setup


      only a few people there that early


      Dark saison that turned into a black saison


      running off


      this boil made me get a bit scared.... didn't boil over though!


      after it started getting more and more crowded


      and another


      overview of everyone


      and another


      and another


      ducks inspired theme?


      gorgeous setup


      another setup


      nomz!


      everyone started to scramble to find a place to setup toward the end


      this was insane, he was doing 10 gallons, but must have had 40lbs of grain


      Flectsj workin the water!


      hop soup!
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      05-07-2012 08:21 PM #1174
      Very cool! I didn't end up brewing on Sunday like I had hoped to. However, that gives me two more weeks to plan my next brew day.

      I am thinking of doing nine gallons of an Allagash White clone and splitting it between three five gallon carboys. One will be the control brew that is made per the recipe and the other two will have various fruits added in. I figure I can make a three way split manifold with stuff available at the home brew store. That way I'd be able to avoid kinking the hose and spilling wort all over.

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      05-07-2012 11:33 PM #1175
      lol, if I didn't know they were brewing, and i saw some of those pics, I'd think it's "MethCon '12"
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