Warning: this is going to be a long post, with pictures - hopefully it will encourage beginners like myself, and entertain the old hands.
I was always interested in making my own beer, but the start appeared to be expensive and complicated, so I never really tried. Recently, I have stumbled upon the BIAB method, found this forum, and learned here about the mini-BIAB approach . This was it! I had nearly everything at hand, even a 19.5 L stainless steel pot which my wife is using for cooking...
Very nice write up!
Don't be in too much of a hurry to package the beer. Even though you have reached your target gravity the yeast is still working at cleaning things up. You may be on target tho having gone this long. I typically go 14 days but that us because I usually have Saturdays to myself. 10 days as mentioned is decent if your gravity has stabilized.
Looking forward to your finished results.
Before helping others to convert a recipe they post here, please make sure you have fully read and understood this post and the others it refers to.
Every beer recipe needs to be adjusted to suit both your own brewing method as well as your equipment. For example, it will be obvious to all but the newest brewers that an extract recipe needs to be converted to a grain recipe. What is not so obvious to those entering the world of all-grain is that recipes need to be adjusted for your equipment...
Here is a pre-release glimpse of the BIABacus for you whilst we re-write the site and finalise the release of the BIABacus. BIABacus PR1.3T - American Pale Ale - NRB's All Amarillo APA - Batch A0.xls (Above file corrected on 26th August 2014 9:30 am UTC) - Prior Downloads 30 BIABacus PR1.3T - Blank Style - Blank Name - Batch A0.xls Please see notes here re Total Water Needed.
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This looks way too hard :dunno:.
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Dahlonega is about 40 miles east of Ellijay. Pretty rugged country over there. I can see why they had training there. I take it you were/are a Ranger. Thanks for you service!
Not certain about the water yet, but there are several good breweries in the area, so I assume it is good...unless everyone is treating their water.
Blue Ridge, GA: Fannin Brewing Co, Blue Ridge Brewing (more a restaurant that brews their own), and Grumpy Old Men (my favorite).
Asheville NC and Atlanta GA: Dozens...
I've been swallowed up in a project for the past few months and finally finished a few days ago. My neighbor is moving and gave me a conical fermenter, a SS 60L brew pot with outlet valve and a thermometer, and a 14 propane burner, along with some other stuff. I was itching to make a run at brewing with this new equipment and as my wife is out of town for a week, determined today would be the day. I decided not to attempt to use the conical fermenter for a lot of reasons. I may some day but not...
Go for it.
By “hoppy” beer you will have to decide what that means to you - bitter, fragrant, flavors associated with the particular hops used; grassy, piney, flowery, etc. You will get beer and experience together on this batch, that’s what brewing is for.
I do not think that racking to a secondary fermenter (after 3 days /krausen fall) would reduce what most would call “hoppy.” Do watch for what some call a vegetal taste - I can’t seem to taste that while others can.
Will there be dry...