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Good beer recipes

Postby wags83 » Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:17 pm

I've never done anything but preset kits before and I'm planning on going off a recipe this weekend instead of a kit. Anyone have any good ones you like? There are a few on this website that I would like to try: https://byo.com/stories/issue/item/31-2 ... ct-recipes
I was planning on doing to pumpkin one for fall here. Hopefully have it done end of next month.

POCAHONTAS' PUMPKIN PLEASER

5 gallons, extract/specialty grains

Owen Ogletree & Paul Eckloff
Brewtopia
Athens, Ga.

"This is a rich, smooth pumpkin ale with a nice sweetness and spiciness. It won third place in specialty fruit/spice beers two years ago in the Peach State Brew-Off in Georgia."
Ingredients:

6.6 lbs. amber malt extract syrup
1 lb. crystal malt, 40° to 60° Lovibond
1 oz. Willamette pellets, for 45 min.
1 oz. Styrian Goldings hop pellets, for 15 min.
2 lbs. canned Libby's all-natural pumpkin
3 cinnamon sticks
1 lb. honey
11.5 g. Edme ale dried yeast
3/4 cup sugar for priming

Step by Step:

Steep grain in 2 gals. of water while gradually heating kettle. Remove grains at 170° F. At boil add extract, pumpkin, and Willamette hops. Boil 30 minutes. Add two cinnamon sticks, honey, and Styrian Goldings hops. Boil 15 more minutes. Turn off heat and add last cinnamon stick. Add wort to 3 gals. cold water in fermenter. When cooled, pitch yeast. Primary ferment seven to 10 days and secondary one to two weeks.
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Re: Good recipes

Postby Tyler » Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:21 pm

I like the heffy recipe I did, I know awright loves it too.

That pumpkin sounds good and a much more involved recipe than anything I've ever tried. I was also thinking I should have done a fall brew, if I don't do that ASAP it's going to be too late. I need to plan seasonal stuff better
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Re: Good recipes

Postby Erin » Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:32 pm

I'm happy to volunteer as a taste tester! Pumpkin beer makes me excited for fall. :)
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Re: Good recipes

Postby wags83 » Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:36 pm

Tyler wrote:I like the heffy recipe I did, I know awright loves it too.

That pumpkin sounds good and a much more involved recipe than anything I've ever tried. I was also thinking I should have done a fall brew, if I don't do that ASAP it's going to be too late. I need to plan seasonal stuff better

Yeah I'm the same way. I just haven't had a free day set aside to brew. I figure it will be ready around Halloween and for sure by thanksgiving.
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Re: Good recipes

Postby wags83 » Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:00 pm

Putting this here for now. OG: 1.054
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Re: Good recipes

Postby wags83 » Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:36 pm

By the way, this beer smells delicious. I added some other spices that the recipe didn't call for and it smells like a pumpkin pie.
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Postby Tyler » Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:37 pm

wags83 wrote:By the way, this beer smells delicious. I added some other spices that the recipe didn't call for and it smells like a pumpkin pie.

You're a beer hacker!
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Re: Good recipes

Postby wags83 » Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:25 pm

Fo sho.
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Re: Good recipes

Postby wags83 » Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:02 pm

On a side note, I'm getting drunk exclusively off of my own beers tonight. I've never done that before.
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Re: Good recipes

Postby Tyler » Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:21 pm

wags83 wrote:On a side note, I'm getting drunk exclusively off of my own beers tonight. I've never done that before.

I'll drink to that. I did basically the same thing off mine today but stopped shy of dunkasoarus
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Good recipes

Postby awright » Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:25 am

Tyler wrote:I'll drink to that. I did basically the same thing off mine today but stopped shy of dunkasoarus


"Dunkasoarus" huh? You must have finished off that first batch today!

That heffy is probably the best beer I've had from a bottle. I don't know how the bottling and shipping process works for big (and even small) breweries but I imagine that beer goes through a lot from bottling to when it hits the shelf and the product suffers. It might just be a personal bias but I've enjoyed your home brews much more than anything store bought.

I've never had a bad pumpkin beer, some okay ones but never bad, so I bet yours will be good too. Cool that you're confident enough to add something extra off recipe...feel like that's part of the learning process and, whether it works or not, it's a good experience.
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Re: Good recipes

Postby wags83 » Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:00 pm

wags83 wrote:Putting this here for now. OG: 1.054

Transferred to secondary and gravity is at 1.016
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Re: Good recipes

Postby wags83 » Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:43 pm

Checked it today and gravity is at 1.012. I'll check if it's the same tomorrow and then bottle.
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Re: Good recipes

Postby wags83 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:48 pm

Final gravity 1.012. I think it might be a bit off because it has a strange smell to it. After some research, we've concluded that the fermentation temp was too high. I should have had it in the basement.
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Re: Good recipes

Postby Tyler » Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:10 pm

What temp was your house? Don't most ferment at 68-72 just fine?
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Re: Good recipes

Postby wags83 » Sun Oct 19, 2014 8:12 am

I would think so, but that's the only explanation I could find that matched the off smell. I never thought it got too hot but the room I had it in isn't air conditioned.
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Re: Good recipes

Postby Tyler » Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:54 am

I need to find another recipe. I want to get another batch in before it gets too cold
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Re: Good recipes

Postby wags83 » Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:02 am

Werd. I want to try making a darker beer, like a porter or stout. I've never really done that before.
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Re: Good recipes

Postby wags83 » Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:41 pm

Making this recipe I found on homebrewtalk.com

.5 lb black patent malt
.5 lb munton's roasted malt (both malts to be steeped at 155*F for 30 min)
3 lb plain dark munton's DME
3.5 lb plain amber munton's DME
1.5 oz Fuggle @ 60 min (7.2 AAU)
1 oz Tettnang @ 5 min (4.7 AAU)
3/4 cup dark molasses (found in most grocery stores)
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses (found in specialty grocery stores; can be substituted for normal dark molasses)
3 tbsp pure vanilla (added to secondary)

irish ale yeast white labs WLP 004
primed for bottling with 1.25 cups plain amber DME

- this beer primaried for 9 days, and secondaried for 2 weeks
- must bottle condition for minimum 4 weeks for best results
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Re: Good recipes

Postby Tyler » Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:01 pm

That's pretty fancy! You're more advanced than me

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