How about a Matrimonial Ale? Or Love Potion #9
What type of beer?
Quote, originally posted by Moe Sizlack » Eh. Just went to bottle a batch last night, and there was white junk floating on the top of the beer. It looked like a layer of fat. The beer still tasted good so we skimmed it off, and bottled it anyways.
Quote, originally posted by ribguy » How about a Matrimonial Ale? Or Love Potion #9
Those are recipes?
Picked up the John Palmer: How to brew last night. Been reading it and it is a very well written book. Going to take one pass through it before I start to map out a plan.
The first brew day for the both of us...We ordered our kit from midwest supplies and freeballed the rest of the equipment needed.
We got the intermediate kit from midwest w/ 2 5gal better bottles 1 primary ale pail and one bottling ale pail. We also bought a wort chiller which I totally would have made if we were anywhere near a home depot (were in Germany both stationed at Spangdahlem AB) The day went off with close to zero issues the things we encountered were a small boilover and stirring our yeast in our rehydration cup before letting it sit for 10 min (no big deal as it is now sitting in the primary bubbling away)
The recipe kit that we used was his and is as follows
Midwest supplies India Brown Ale
6 lb. Gold liquid malt extract,
2 lb. Light dry malt extract,
1 lb. Brown Sugar,
8 oz. Caramel 60°L,
4 oz. Coffee malt,
2 oz. Roasted Barley,
1/2 oz. Summit,
2 oz. Glacier,
1 oz. Palisade pellet hops
This beer was super brown after the boil and looks delicious We tasted the wort through all the process just to get an idea to what were working with. Water steeped with the barley is not delicious however
Once we get the primary racked to the secondary were going to start my recipe which is as follows
Hop head DOUBLE IPA
9.3 lbs. Gold Malt extract,
4 oz. Aromatic,
12 oz. Caramel 60°L,
8 oz. Victory specialty grains,
1 oz. Chinook,
1 oz. Cascade,
1 oz. Centennial,
1 oz. Crystal,
2 oz. Leaf (dry hop),
what I was looking for was something similar to Troeggs(sp?) Nugget Nectar its one of my favorites and I wanted my first brew to be close but easy..
Anyways we took some pics hope you guys enjoy
cleaning up before we start
Me adding the water (the German water doesnt taste too great)
Craig adding some water to the turkey fryer turned wort boiler
We took our water temps very seriously
We cant really get homebrews around here but we can get some pretty abstract beers from a lot of different places.
adding the barley
and the malt extract (All grain one day)
and one fancy one
after 60 min's its time for the wort chiller
We even let the ladies hold the hose
And finally sitting happily in the primary fermenter (need a 6gal better bottle next so we can watch the process!)
This is our first setup and were already looking into our next steps...definitely want to learn the way of all-grain......
oh and X10jillion on the [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] for http://www.homebrewtalk.com it is a lot of help...
I recommend that you go ahead and get two 6gal better bottles instead of the 5 gal. The thing about the bucket is you cant see the primary in action so your missing the fun part....
you cant primary in the 5gal better bottles unless your doing smaller batches because you will lose beer during fermentation..
sounds awesome Im thinking of experimenting with a Chocolate orange stout...still researching for ingredients anyone have any tips I've never brewed a stout...I'm also thinking of doing a small batch 2.5 gal or so Im just not sure what to ferment in since its so small...
So, I have been making beer for a few years now and have never had this problem. I made three batches of beer. One Oktoberfest and two Ale's. I bottled one of the Ale's with priming sugar and it carbonated fine. But I put the other two in my keggerator (as I usually do) and they wont carbonate. They have been in there for over a month now. We have purged many times, checked for leaks, increased and decreased the temperature and pressure from the CO2 tank and nothing. Does anyone have any ideas? The Oktoberfest is a little weaker (alcohol content wise) as it should be, but the Ale is stronger than normal. I dont know what to do, but I want to drink my brews!!!
we're doing a Great Divide Yeti clone soon. It'll be my first mini mash recipe and will be the first batch I keg.
I'm so over bottling it's not even funny.
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Quote, originally posted by WayOutWest » Thinking about grabbing this kit from Midwest Supplies. Is that everything I will need (minus ingredients of course)?
It's a good place, they really know there stuff. It's right down the block from me. My brother has been brewing beer for years, and is now switching in and out of kegging. Most of his winter beers are still bottled, then the other ones "IPAs, Ales, Lagers" he keggs for convenience. All set up on tap, chest freezer with auto temp. Co2 tanks, and lines are all inclosed.
How he started was a kit similar to that. Then bought a Kit, most of them are pretty decent if not better than store bought. Once he learned what it took to make beer, screwed up a few times. He moved into developing his own recipes via altering kits, or taking online recipes and trying them. Now it's making his own recipes, but you need to get the basics down.
A few tips I can offer to new brewers that I have learned from my brother.
1. Keep it clean, VERY CLEAN. Rouge bacteria will ruin your beer.
2. Keep a eye on the carboys/tanks, theres been a few night explosions "it shoots beer all over". Towels close by help.
3. Keep RECORDS, learn what works and what doesn't.
4. Home Depot makes a Killer Wort chiller. FYI.
5. Plastic can absorb some of the smells "flavors? maybe" of the ingredients. It's a good idea to keep them clean, DON'T scratch them. bacteria. My brother has had better success with the glass ones.
I have been brewing for a few years, growing my operation from the simple kits to allgrain 7.5 gal boils. I'm trying to locate some refurb corny kegs for about $30/each and stop this bottling crap! Im going to try a bell's tow hearted ale copy this weekend; Im interesting the results.
Good to see that their is a brewing thread on the vortex! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
Modified by magics5rip at 6:05 PM 7-21-2009
If you look on http://www.homebrewtalk.com in the classifieds there's a guy that goes by the name Pedalbiker that's also in PA who sels kegs.
There's also another guy in Iowa that goes by the name Insco2 that will ship me 4 balll lock corny kegs to CA for $115 so I would imagine it'd be a lot cheaper for you to get them.