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  1. #1

    Homebrewers on Crickhollow?

    Stand up and be counted. Surely I cannot be the only person stumbling around Middle Earth who is so obsessed with great Ale's that I have to make my own?

    Even if you just love beer please feel free to post your favorite Things are getting far too serious around here and it's time we step back and reflect on the simple things that make life great!

    Cheers!
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    I'm actually more fond of ciders these days, but when I do have a beer in my hand, it's probably of the red variety (any IPA really) or since a beer shop opened next to my home bar:



    I know people who know a lot of people who home-brew beer though, but I'm not really a fan. We do make wine at home tho!

    (I also have to say that I have only heard bad and worse things about American beer, I hope it's not as bad tho! )
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  3. #3
    Now there's a strong Ale

    Don't believe the hype about American beer. The notion that our beer is brutal is based solely on the American domestic Pilsner industry and is well deserved, however our craft beer is second to none. There has been a steady explosion of enlightened beer snobbery ever since Sam Adams hit the market.

    In Michigan alone we now have over 70 breweries (Dragonmead, Bells and Kuhnhenn's being my favorites globally) and beer festivals year round. Good times for beer lovers
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  4. #4
    I'm quite fond of IPAs, and very glad that a micorbrewery opened in my town. Unfortunately, my minimum-wage job prevents me from purchasing them as often as I would like. I'm hoping to have one of my friends teach me the fine art of homebrewing, though.

    I actually plan on eventually eschewing mass-produced soft drinks altogether in favour of homebrewed cider and kvass.

    The Éored of the West-Mark ~ Lore-accurate Rohirric Kinship on Landroval

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by Erlessa View Post
    I'm actually more fond of ciders these days, but when I do have a beer in my hand, it's probably of the red variety (any IPA really) or since a beer shop opened next to my home bar:

    I know people who know a lot of people who home-brew beer though, but I'm not really a fan. We do make wine at home tho!

    (I also have to say that I have only heard bad and worse things about American beer, I hope it's not as bad tho! )
    <3 Erl



    Next time you get a pop-tart shipment get a 6-pack of these, then tell me how bad american beer is.

    Delirium Tremons is nice though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldin View Post
    <3 Erl

    Next time you get a pop-tart shipment get a 6-pack of these, then tell me how bad american beer is.

    Delirium Tremens is nice though.
    There won't be a next time, I almost got sugar poisoning from them D:. But my birthday is in May!
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  7. #7
    In the event there are any adventurous sorts, here is a good recipe I created. It tastes like this;

    This Ale was crafted around lore from The Hobbit. It is brewed for the townsfolk of Dale near the shadow of the Mountain Erebor, former abode of the wicked Dragon, Smaug. It is raised in Dale to toast in remembrance of the terrible Dragon and in celebration of its slaying at the skill of Bard the bowman.

    The first thing you’ll notice when you raise the glass is the color of the flames beneath a dingy cloud of smoke. As you bring the glass closer you’ll initially smell the borders where the glades of Dale meet the Desolation of Smaug. Immediately after you begin your journey into the glass the smell of the glades will fade. The taste you then experience is the extreme bitterness and awesome power of the Dragon which sweeps across your palate until it fades into a smoke flavored memory.

    Enjoy!


    AHA Style and Style Guidelines

    06-D Double/Imperial, Red

    Min OG: 1.080 Max OG: 1.100
    Min IBU: 55 Max IBU: 85
    Min Clr: 20 Max Clr: 30 Color in EBC



    Recipe Specifics

    Batch Size (Gal): 6.00 Wort Size (Gal): 6.00
    Total Grain (Lbs): 17.21
    Anticipated OG: 1.06922 Plato: 0.000
    Anticipated EBC: 34.9
    Anticipated IBU: 77.0
    Brewhouse Efficiency: 72 %
    Wort Boil Time: 90 Minutes


    Actual OG: 1.06922 Plato: 16.876
    Actual FG: 1.01200 Plato: 3.068
    Alc by Weight: 5.92 by Volume: 7.57 From Measured Gravities.
    ADF: 81.8 RDF: 68.2 Apparent & Real Degree of Fermentation.



    Pre-Boil Amounts

    Evaporation Rate: 1.50 Gallons Per Hour


    Raw Pre-Boil Amounts - only targeted volume/gravity and evaporation
    rate taken into account:

    Pre-Boil Wort Size: 8.25 Gal
    Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.05034 SG 12.468 Plato


    With sparge water, mash water, additional infusions, vessel losses, top-up
    water and evaporation rate recorded in the Water Needed Calculator:

    Water Needed Pre-Boil Wort Size: 8.52 Gal
    Water Needed Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.04872 SG 12.081 Plato



    Formulas Used

    Brewhouse Efficiency and Predicted Gravity based on Method #1, Potential Used.
    Final Gravity Calculation Based on Points.
    Hard Value of Sucrose applied. Value for recipe: 46.2100 ppppg
    % Yield Type used in Gravity Prediction: Coarse Grind As Is.

    Color Formula Used: Daniels
    Hop IBU Formula Used: Rager


    Grain/Extract/Sugar

    % Amount Name Origin Potential EBC
    79.1 13.61 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row) America 1.03600 4
    5.6 0.97 lbs. Melanoidin Malt 1.03300 92
    1.1 0.19 lbs. Chocolate Malt America 1.02900 926
    5.6 0.97 lbs. Cara-Pils Dextrine Malt 1.03300 4
    5.6 0.97 lbs. Aromatic Malt Belgium 1.03600 65
    2.8 0.49 lbs. Smoked(Bamberg) Germany 1.03700 23


    Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.

    Hops

    Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
    1.00 oz. Chinook Whole 13.00 44.3 60 min
    2.00 oz. Cascade Whole 5.75 0.0 0 min
    0.25 oz. Chinook Whole 13.00 8.4 40 min
    0.75 oz. Simcoe Whole 13.00 16.9 30 min
    1.00 oz. Simcoe Whole 13.00 7.4 1 min



    Extras

    Amount Name Type Time
    0.45 Oz Irish Moss Fining 10 Min.(boil)



    Yeast

    WYeast 1056 Amercan Ale/Chico


    Water Profile

    Profile:
    Profile known for:
    Calcium(Ca): 0.0 ppm
    Magnesium(Mg): 0.0 ppm
    Sodium(Na): 0.0 ppm
    Sulfate(SO4): 0.0 ppm
    Chloride(Cl): 0.0 ppm
    biCarbonate(HCO3): 0.0 ppm
    pH: 0.00



    Mash Schedule

    Mash Type: Single Step
    Heat Type: Direct
    Grain Lbs: 17.21
    Water Qts: 17.16 Before Additional Infusions
    Water Gal: 4.29 Before Additional Infusions
    Qts Water Per Lbs Grain: 1.00 Before Additional Infusions
    Tun Thermal Mass: 0.00
    Grain Temp: 69 F Before Additional Infusions


    Rest Temp Time
    Dough In: 174 0 Min
    Saccharification Rest: 153 60 Min
    Mash-out Rest: 0 0 Min
    Sparge: 175 20 Min


    Total Mash Volume Gal: 5.67 - After Additional Infusions

    Runnings Stopped At: 1.01000 SG 2.560 Plato

    All temperature measurements are degrees Fahrenheit.


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    Water Needed For Brewing Session

    Sparge Amount: 6.80 Sparge Deadspace: 0.25 Total Into Mash: 6.55
    Total Grain Lbs: 17.21 Qts Per Lbs: 1.00 Total From Mash: 2.22
    Mash Gallons: 4.29
    Grain Absorption: 2.07

    Amount Lost in Lauter Tun Deadspace, Grant and Misc. to Kettle: 0.25
    Top Up Water Added to Kettle: 0.00
    Amount into Kettle: 8.52
    Boil Time (min): 90
    Evaporation Rate: 1.50
    Amount after Boil: 6.27
    Left in Kettle Deadspace: 0.10
    Left in Hopback: 0.00
    Left in Counterflow Chiller: 0.00
    Left in Other Equipment / Other Absorption: 0.00
    Amount to Chillers: 6.17
    Amount After Cooling (4 perc.): 5.93


    Grain absorption rate is: 0.12 (Gallons Per Lbs)
    Evaporation rate is Gallons Per Hour
    This formulation will yield 5.93 gallons of fermentable wort.
    You will need 11.09 gallons of water for the complete brewing session.

    ****Notes****
    I ended up using a Rauch malt which was created in Traverse City, MI and was smoked over Traverse City cherry wood. I would use liquid smoke carefully if you cannot obtain this specific malt. Also, I switched my plans and balanced homegrown Cascades with Centennial hops because Simcoe hops were depleted (and are notoriously hard to get since they're proprietary) probably on account of Sam Adams was experimenting with them at the same time I was trying to get some. I missed some pine notes I was after as a result.
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  8. #8
    Ive been known to do a little brewing in my spare time.

    Melomels
    Meads
    Hard Ciders.

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