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Re: NW Amber Ale
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2013, 05:12:14 PM »
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Re: NW Amber Ale
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2013, 10:22:10 AM »
Here's the basic recipe I use for this with a little added corn sugar to kick up the kick, so to speak. LOL

7 lbs Light Malt Extract

1 lbs Crystal 80L

1/2 oz Cascade Hops(Boiling) 60 mins

1/4 oz Sterling/Saaz Hops 40 mins

1/4 oz Cascade Hops 40 mins

1/2 oz Sterling/Saaz Hops 20 mins

1/4 oz Sterling/Saaz Hops 2 mins

Wyeast 1007 German Yeast

For Bottling:

1 1/4 cup Dry Malt Extract Or 3/4 cup Corn sugar

 

Add cracked Crystal malt to 1.5 gals of cold water and bring to a boil. When boiling starts, remove the grain. Add malt extract and boiling hops. Boil for 20 mins. Add 1/4 oz each of Cascade and Sterling/Saaz hops. Continue to boil for 20 mins. Add 1/2 oz of Sterling/Saaz hops. Continue to boil for 18 mins. Add 1/4 oz of Sterling/Saaz hops. Continue to boil for 2 mins. Sparge with cold water than add the worth to the fermenter with cold water to make 5 gals. Add yeast when the temp reaches 70º. Ferment at 65º for 1 week, rack to a secondary fermenter. Let it age to clarity, then bottle or keg.

wow, alot of different hops.   
It is a sweet beer? The crystal brings alot of non fermentable sugars.
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Re: NW Amber Ale
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2013, 11:17:12 AM »
it turned sour as I foolishly left it overnight to cool instead of rapidly cooling it thinking that the boiling hot wart inside my sealed fermenter (sort of like hot filling technology) will be enough to keep any nasties out. well, I was dead wrong. the next morning it was 25c and a day after pitching the yeast it smelled like a lambic nightmare.

that's called no chill brewing. works great if you plan the beer around it.

and tsk, tsk, tsk! you should know from cheesemaking: sanitize everything! twice!.

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Re: NW Amber Ale
« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2013, 11:24:09 AM »
wow, alot of different hops.   
It is a sweet beer? The crystal brings alot of non fermentable sugars.

It's a version of Alaskan Amber Ale.

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Re: NW Amber Ale
« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2013, 02:01:34 PM »
It is actually legal to distill a certain amount of liquor a year.


I think I knew that, but I don't know any of the specifics.  In addition to dreaming of making and selling cheese in my next life, I've also imagined having a good number of fruit trees and making apple cider vinegar.  I figure if I do that I'll eventually make hard apple cider, too, and then I'll be tempted to try the whole distilling thing.  But, that's all in the distant future.  For the present, what you're doing is pretty interesting.


Found out today this is NOT true.  You have to get a distiller's license for $100.00.   http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=66.24.140


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Re: NW Amber Ale
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2013, 03:27:32 PM »
Well worth it.  distilling is fun.  espacially if you like to drink hard liquer.  (I personally dont but I use high proof clear alcohol to produce sweet fortify wines)
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Re: NW Amber Ale
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2013, 04:58:14 PM »
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Found out today this is NOT true.  You have to get a distiller's license for $100.00.

you can't even do that here :P
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Re: NW Amber Ale
« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2013, 09:03:29 AM »
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Found out today this is NOT true.  You have to get a distiller's license for $100.00.

you can't even do that here :P

can't do it where i am either. it does sound like a lot of fun, though.

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Re: NW Amber Ale
« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2013, 09:12:08 AM »
Well with a distiller's $100.00 license you can produce up to 60,000 gallons here. :P

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Re: NW Amber Ale
« Reply #24 on: January 17, 2013, 09:17:25 AM »
Well with a distiller's $100.00 license you can produce up to 60,000 gallons here. :P

and take care of next years Christmas presents for 120,000 of your friends.  8)


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Re: NW Amber Ale
« Reply #25 on: January 17, 2013, 10:36:03 AM »
Well with a distiller's $100.00 license you can produce up to 60,000 gallons here. :P

It's illegal here as well.
All those things in the homebrew shops that look like stills for distilling are in fact, as their labels say, "water purifiers"   O0
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Re: NW Amber Ale
« Reply #26 on: January 17, 2013, 11:28:19 AM »
Well having been around the distilling process I can tell you the last thing I want is a still.  They stink to high hell.

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Re: NW Amber Ale
« Reply #27 on: January 17, 2013, 02:02:03 PM »
Well having been around the distilling process I can tell you the last thing I want is a still.  They stink to high hell.

I don't think these ones are what you are thinking of.
They are small and would be more suited to making brandy from wine. They are definitely not big enough to do a mash in.
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Re: NW Amber Ale
« Reply #28 on: January 17, 2013, 02:29:41 PM »
Al, you miss have been to a brewery\distillary fermenting sour mash (which I imagine can smell funky, fermentation in general produces funky  sulfer compounds which later are blown off, or not...).

Why is it illegal in Australia but not in AZ? is it a taxing thing?  I think the US is one of the few places in the world where it is ilegal to distill at home.
In europe is practicly a tradition in rural areas.

A combo pot-reflux still is pretty wicked and can produce both aromatic distilates of about 40-60% with alot of impurities (higher alcohols) and 90-96% tasteless odorless vodka.  some even make ethanol fuel with it but its really not economic IMO given sugar prices.  maybe if your given a few tons of fruit for free.
It takes alot of energy and time thought, so for given time you spend its more efficient to use a big still and do a few big runs during the season (grape\apples\plums) then run a small 5-10 gallon still.   
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Re: NW Amber Ale
« Reply #29 on: January 17, 2013, 02:39:40 PM »

Why is it illegal in Australia but not in AZ? is it a taxing thing?  I think the US is one of the few places in the world where it is ilegal to distill at home.

I think it is excise tax that they don't want to miss out on.
Similarly it is also illegal to make your own Kahlua style drink using coffee sugar and Vodka.  :o
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