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  • KarmaKarma Likes yoga Icrontian

    @oni_dels said:

    Not a lot. But the thing is with Mapple Syrup there is different sugar content per each thing of it. Can be very easy to over carb and under carb. Yeah a cup should be plenty of water.

    oni_dels
  • oni_delsoni_dels Drunk French Canadian Montréal, Québec. Icrontian

    @Mercantile519 not a homebrew, but if you like hibiscus, you HAVE to find this one

    LadyChicken
  • LadyChickenLadyChicken Chicken Tender Marshall, Michigan Icrontian

    @oni_dels I've heard of it, haven't tried it. i have so much effing beer right now, i don't know what to do with it. and Bobby has over 100 bottles in his cellar right now. we've joked that we need a pre-nup that includes all our beer haha

    oni_delsGHoosdum
  • the_technocratthe_technocrat IC-MotY1 Indy Icrontian
    edited Jul 2015

    I made a thing.

    ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    oni_delsmertesngeorgehGarg
  • mertesnmertesn I am Bobby Miller Yukon, OK Icrontian

    @the_technocrat said:
    I made a thing.

    Very cool. What parts did you use?

  • MAGICMAGIC Doot Doot Furniture City, Michigan Icrontian

    Yeah, I'd like to see your setup as well. I'd guess its some sort of RIMS setup, but that temp display monitoring is awesome.

  • the_technocratthe_technocrat IC-MotY1 Indy Icrontian
    edited Jul 2015

    I need to build a shelf off the compressor hump in the kegerator. I know I can fit 3 2.5gal kegs in there, possibly 4. Going to put a 3-tap draft tower on the top, haven't gotten around to it yet. Currently just using party taps on the inside.

    mertesn
  • KarmaKarma Likes yoga Icrontian

    How does the picobrew work out for you, @the_technocrat ? Kinda want some perspective on it.

  • GargGarg Purveyor of Lincoln Nightmares New York City?! Icrontian

    Bottling day yesterday:

    I'll bring some of these to ICNY. Brew logs coming soon.

    MAGIConi_delsBuddyJ
  • oni_delsoni_dels Drunk French Canadian Montréal, Québec. Icrontian
    edited Dec 2015

    I just started a batch. From an IPA premix, i added lemon zest and cranberry peels to the primary fermenter. Very unsure what it'll do, i'm just experimenting with what should add taste/acidity/bitterness!

  • KarmaKarma Likes yoga Icrontian

    @oni_dels said:
    I just started a batch. From an IPA premix, i added lemon zest and cranberry peels to the primary fermenter. Very unsure what it'll do, i'm just experimenting with what should add taste/acidity/bitterness!

    Generally you don't see add ins for ipas. The idea is to let the hops come through as the flavor Carrier. Too !much addition may clash and clutter the flavors. I hope it comes through for you man

    oni_dels
  • oni_delsoni_dels Drunk French Canadian Montréal, Québec. Icrontian

    Quick question: has anyone tried to make a gluten-free malt from scratch? One of my best friends has celiac's disease and i wanna try to make a tasty beer for him.

  • mertesnmertesn I am Bobby Miller Yukon, OK Icrontian
    edited Jan 2016

    Yep I've done my own buckwheat malt. It's far easier to go through a specialty shop though. Point him to:
    Glutenfreehomebrewing.org
    Coloradomaltingcompany.com

    If extract brewing is acceptable you can also use Maillard Malts sorghum extract syrup. I've used this for all of my beer bases and have had great results.

    Edit: I'll try to remember to post more of my resources when I get home. I'm on a phone right now and typing is hard.

    oni_delsGarg
  • the_technocratthe_technocrat IC-MotY1 Indy Icrontian
    edited Jan 2016

    A well-received GF recipe mine, brewed for summertime.

    It will not taste like traditional beer - but it's a pleasant drink that tastes more like what people suspect the Celtics brewed in medieval times.

    Geeklimit's Sunny Summer GF Ale

    BJCP Style: 10B American Amber Ale
    OG/FG/IBU: 1.0576
    FG: 1.015
    IBU: 30
    SRM: 4
    ABV: 5.5%
    Starting Water: 3.23 gallons
    Batch size: 2.5 gallons

    Malts

    Malted Buckwheat, 5 lbs
    Millet, 2 lbs

    Hops

    Hallertau, 0.75 oz at 3.1% AA for 60 minutes
    Goldings, 0.50 oz at 5.0% AA for 60 minutes
    Goldings, 0.50 oz at 5.0% AA for 3 minutes

    Adjuncts

    Cardamom Seed, 0.50 oz for 60 minutes
    Bitter Orange Peel, 0.50 oz for 60 minutes

    Yeast

    Wyeast American Ale II 1272

    Amendments and brew instructions

    1. Create yeast starter or start Wyeast pack, store at 66F
    2. Heat water to strike temperature, target temp after adding grains is 152F
    3. Add Calcium Chloride, 3 tsp, add to water and combine
    4. Add Termamyl Liquid Endo-Alpha Amylase, 1 T
    5. Add grains in removable bag, mash at 152F for 60 minutes
    6. Gelatinize grains at 195F for 120 minutes
    7. Add adjuncts and 60-minute hops in removable bag
    8. Boil for 57 minutes
    9. Add 3-minute hops in removable bag
    10. Boil 3 minutes
    11. Remove all grains, adjuncts and hops.
    12. Cool wort to 122F
    13. Add Amg-300L Liquid Exo-Alpha Amylase, 1 T
    14. Hold 122F for 60 minutes
    15. Cool wort to 66F
    16. Transfer to primary and oxygenate
    17. Pitch yeast
    18. Ferment 2 weeks at 64-68F
    19. Cold crash for 3 days at 44F
    20. Rack and mature for 2-4 weeks
    primesuspectGargoni_dels
  • the_technocratthe_technocrat IC-MotY1 Indy Icrontian
    edited Jan 2016

    @Karma said:
    How does the picobrew work out for you, @the_technocrat ? Kinda want some perspective on it.

    I enjoy the design, biology and chemistry of brewing. I also have 3 kids now - so if I had to sit and watch a pot boil (like I've done for ~7 years prior), I'd likely never get to brew.

    Note that you can brew quick, but I choose not to - I do the full, stepped rests and sometimes throw in first-wort hopping and other stuff that lengthens the brew cycle considerably. I plan for the brew process to take 8 hours.

    But...I don't have to be there for all of it, just the start & when it needs to chill. I stick around for a little, just to make sure there's no leaks in some of the modified hoses I've made, and that there's no waterfall coming out of the front.

    But basically, I do all the parts I enjoy the most, then start the machine and take the kids to the zoo.

    Garg
  • mertesnmertesn I am Bobby Miller Yukon, OK Icrontian

    @Signal said:
    37 years ago today, home brewing was federally recognized as legal!

    Six years ago this May it became legal in Oklahoma. We're so progressive here.

    GargGHoosdum
  • SignalSignal Icrontian

    @mertesn said:

    @Signal said:
    37 years ago today, home brewing was federally recognized as legal!

    Six years ago this May it became legal in Oklahoma. We're so progressive here.

    Well at least it is now. Here's me as a giant hop.

    GargBobbyDigioni_dels
  • GargGarg Purveyor of Lincoln Nightmares New York City?! Icrontian

    Huh, I might steal this idea for a Halloween costume! I'm terrible at coming up with ideas.

  • the_technocratthe_technocrat IC-MotY1 Indy Icrontian

    It works out well for me.

    Not> @mertesn said:

    @Signal said:
    37 years ago today, home brewing was federally recognized as legal!

    Six years ago this May it became legal in Oklahoma. We're so progressive here.

    May 2013, Alabama legalized homebrewing.

    You're more progressive than Alabama. Yay?

    primesuspectTushonGHoosdum
  • SignalSignal Icrontian

    @Gargoyle said:
    Huh, I might steal this idea for a Halloween costume! I'm terrible at coming up with ideas.

    It was pretty easy, just bought a bolt of felt from the fabric store and sewed the pieces onto an old t-shirt. The hat was just smaller pieces glued to an old hat with a pumpkin stem. Sadly at the Halloween party a week before this Learn to Brew day, everyone thought I was the Jolly Green Giant...

  • BobbyDigiBobbyDigi ? R U #Hats ! SoCal Icrontian

    @Signal said:

    @Gargoyle said:
    Huh, I might steal this idea for a Halloween costume! I'm terrible at coming up with ideas.

    It was pretty easy, just bought a bolt of felt from the fabric store and sewed the pieces onto an old t-shirt. The hat was just smaller pieces glued to an old hat with a pumpkin stem. Sadly at the Halloween party a week before this Learn to Brew day, everyone thought I was the Jolly Green Giant...

    At least they didn't call you Sprout

    -Digi

    Signal
  • mertesnmertesn I am Bobby Miller Yukon, OK Icrontian

    @Signal said:

    @mertesn said:

    @Signal said:
    37 years ago today, home brewing was federally recognized as legal!

    Six years ago this May it became legal in Oklahoma. We're so progressive here.

    Well at least it is now. Here's me as a giant hop.

    It's not like the legal status stopped anyone. From what I understand it was treated as a case of "it's fine if you don't get caught"... So mostly as long as you weren't being a dumbass it was fine.

  • GargGarg Purveyor of Lincoln Nightmares New York City?! Icrontian

    I'd harvest some hops, but the baby cardinals have already called dibs.

    image

    MAGICRyanMMBuddyJ
  • RyanMMRyanMM Ferndale, MI Icrontian

    @Gargoyle said:
    I'd harvest some hops, but the baby cardinals have already called dibs.

    image

    Oh, next thing you know everyone in line for fresh hops is gonna be putting out a nest to hold their spot. This game is ridiculous.

    Gargoni_dels
  • mertesnmertesn I am Bobby Miller Yukon, OK Icrontian

    Doing a thing right now...

    First batch in the PicoBrew

    DontCallMeKelsoGnomeQueenMAGIC
  • LincLinc Bard Detroit, MI Icrontian

    I heard @UPSLynx is a beer. True?

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