Food So Has Anyone Brewed Beer Before?

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Zero hops went into the boil, which we've never done before. 8.5oz whirlpool hops, then some hop additions around day 1-2, and again around day 2-3.

This recipe was the inspiration. I just bumped it to 10G, and changed the grain bill to reduce the ABV a bit.

Nice, sounds interesting.
 
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My HotHead Ale yeast brew is either stuck or never got warm enough. Even made a starter for it that looked good. Gravity has been sitting at 1.017'ish for a few days, never got warmer than 72F. And it wasn't a super vigorous fermentation.

Got the fermentor wrapped in a blanket and heating pad to warm it up. If the yeast doesn't perk up I'll re-pitch the yeast.

It does smell amazing though. :)
 

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They should be more than fine at 72F. You could always try adding some corn sugar to wake them up, but with 17 points that's not a lot of food left. Any chance that you mashed too hot? That could have left you with some long chain, unfermentable sugars in there. If so, you might be borked.
 

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They should be more than fine at 72F. You could always try adding some corn sugar to wake them up, but with 17 points that's not a lot of food left. Any chance that you mashed too hot? That could have left you with some long chain, unfermentable sugars in there. If so, you might be borked.

I do believed I mashed too hot.

Lesson learned. Was trying to keep my e-peenficiency up.

Anyhoo, it's still at 3.5% and from the sample I took it's tasted fucking amazing.
 

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I do believed I mashed too hot.

Lesson learned. Was trying to keep my e-peenficiency up.

Anyhoo, it's still at 3.5% and from the sample I took it's tasted fucking amazing.
You could still add some corn/table sugar to it to get the ABV up a bit. Normally that would thin the beer out, but in your case it should be balanced by those unfermentables - which add mouthfeel.
 
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So when my current batch of Boring Ass Cider (tm) cider is done, I'm gonna gear up and attempt a BIAB brew.

Last year, I had a "lemon creamsicle sour" from Holy Whale Brewery in Alma, NB... and it was so fuckin' good. I might attempt something wack like that out of the gate.
 
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So when my current batch of Boring Ass Cider (tm) cider is done, I'm gonna gear up and attempt a BIAB brew.

Last year, I had a "lemon creamsicle sour" from Holy Whale Brewery in Alma, NB... and it was so fuckin' good. I might attempt something wack like that out of the gate.
doooo eeet
 

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So when my current batch of Boring Ass Cider (tm) cider is done, I'm gonna gear up and attempt a BIAB brew.

Last year, I had a "lemon creamsicle sour" from Holy Whale Brewery in Alma, NB... and it was so fuckin' good. I might attempt something wack like that out of the gate.
TIP: Grind your grains down to a coarse cornmeal consistency.

TIP 2: Set up a ratcheting pulley to hoist up your grain bag and let it drain into the pot while it comes up to boil. I also recommend squeezing with appropriate gloves on.
 

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TIP: Grind your grains down to a coarse cornmeal consistency.

TIP 2: Set up a ratcheting pulley to hoist up your grain bag and let it drain into the pot while it comes up to boil. I also recommend squeezing with appropriate gloves on.
My first step is gonna be to swing by Chapters, start going through books until I find a good one that covers BIAB and has some decent recipes/guides/whatever in it, and make something out of that book. Or maybe sit in on a boil with some of the local Brewnosers folks. Don't know yet.

The only beer I've ever brewed has been wort kits, and I've brewed wine kits and cider from juice, and that's been it. Lots of new terms and techniques and shit to learn.

One of my co-workers does BIAB and uses an engine hoist.
 

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My first step is gonna be to swing by Chapters, start going through books until I find a good one that covers BIAB and has some decent recipes/guides/whatever in it, and make something out of that book. Or maybe sit in on a boil with some of the local Brewnosers folks. Don't know yet.

The only beer I've ever brewed has been wort kits, and I've brewed wine kits and cider from juice, and that's been it. Lots of new terms and techniques and shit to learn.

One of my co-workers does BIAB and uses an engine hoist.
It’s easy. Don’t over think shit. Mash. Drain. Boil. Ferment.

Use an online calculator to see how much water you need.
 

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My first step is gonna be to swing by Chapters, start going through books until I find a good one that covers BIAB and has some decent recipes/guides/whatever in it, and make something out of that book. Or maybe sit in on a boil with some of the local Brewnosers folks. Don't know yet.

The only beer I've ever brewed has been wort kits, and I've brewed wine kits and cider from juice, and that's been it. Lots of new terms and techniques and shit to learn.

One of my co-workers does BIAB and uses an engine hoist.
The only part that will be really hard for a first timer would be the sour part, unless you're okay with cheating and just adding acid at the end. I'd get a few under your belt before tackling something like a kettle sour. ;)
 
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Brew day!

9 pounds of Briess 2 row. Pound of caramel malt. 3 ounces Northern Brewer hops.

Using White Labs California V Ale yeast.

HB store didn’t have the San Fran Lager, the recipe says you can sub Ale yeast in.

I randomly picked this one which is a cousin/half brother of a lager yeast according to my sciencey better half.

#winning
 
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