John

  • I learned my lesson and I swear I’ll never be that lazy when kegging again. I brewed a NEIPA that was a PITA to keg and got annoyed and just let a bunch of hop matter into the keg from the fermenter. I went to pull my first pint from it and made it about halfway before the flow trickled to a stop. The first try was to just pull the post off, clean…[Read more]

  • John posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Welcome, Patrick!

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  • John posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    If you get it started fermenting this weekend you can probably have it in time for Christmas if you’re kegging or if you’re ok with it being still. If you want to bottle condition, you’re cutting it close but for how cheap and easy cider is to make, I recommend giving it a shot if you can get it going in the next couple of days. Cider is as easy…[Read more]

  • John posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    It’s a really great beer – @dave was nice enough to share a couple with me and they were excellent!

  • John posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Thank you for sharing this!! I definitely want to brew a batch of this one soon too!

  • John posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    I need to see if I can get @dave to share his Rye Porter recipe! It’s an AWESOME beer and hits pretty much exactly what you’re looking for. I want to brew that one too – I had a couple of his and they were amazing!

    • Sounds great. The only rye I’ve worked with is Chocolate Rye and I am a big fan. I would love to try a Rye Porter

      • It’s a really great beer – @dave was nice enough to share a couple with me and they were excellent!

      • I had to post it as a new post so that I could add the attachment but I put two recipes up for you. Hope they help!

      • We’ve been playing with Roasted Rye in a few of our most recent recipes and LOVE it. A half-pound in a 5-gallon batch adds some gorgeous color and a roasted malt flavor that is excellent. It balanced out the Smoked IPA we did a lot and we even threw some into a Marris Otter/Cascade Pale Ale to see what would happen and it’s delicious!

  • John posted an update 1 month ago

    Sometimes you feel like you’re doing everything right and having a great brew day, only to find out that you missed your gravity by…a lot. This should have been like 1.062. Oh well, guess this will be a “session” hazy IPA, which means I can have two of them instead of one? I’m a glass half-full sort of guy! 😅🍻🍻

  • John posted an update 1 month ago

    The best thing about brewing in the fall (other than that brewing outside in the beautiful weather) is how much faster I can cool my wort down! Fall is definitely my favorite month to brew outside! What’s yours? 🍂🍁🍻🍻

    • Fall for sure! But summer is a close second for me. It does get a little too hot sometimes but I love the summer vibe when brewing!

  • John replied to the topic IPA Yeast in the forum Ingredients 1 month, 1 week ago

    I’ve done a ton of brews with no controlled fermentation temperature with US-05 and not had any issues. Over several years of brewing with it, I’ve really only had 1-2 beers that didn’t come out at least “good”.

  • John replied to the topic IPA Yeast in the forum Ingredients 1 month, 1 week ago

    Safale US-05 is my go-to ale yeast, especially for fermenting around that temperature. It’s a great general purpose yeast that works well at room temperatures and it’s perfect for IPAs/pale ales. It’s been around forever and even with all of these amazing new yeasts, Kveik, etc, US-05 is still my workhorse yeast.

  • John replied to the topic Roasted Rye Pale Ale in the forum Recipe Ideas 1 month, 1 week ago

    Update: It’s not bad! I don’t think it’s amazing and I probably wouldn’t go buy the ingredients and brew it again, but I don’t think I’ll have trouble working through 5 gallons of it over the fall! It’s got a nice malt flavor, but is probably slightly under-hopped. A lot of that is probably just from using homegrown hops and not having a…[Read more]

  • John posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    I love it! I was worried I’d feel like it was “too easy” and that I wouldn’t really feel like I’m brewing, but I don’t feel like that AT ALL. It just removed a lot of the little stressors I had with my old system (especially getting water to temperature for each step). This system just got rid of all of those things I didn’t enjoy worrying about…[Read more]

  • John posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    Yep! This is the Foundry 10.5 with the recirculation kit.

  • John posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    What are your favorite hops to brew with? For late additions, I LOVE brewing with Mosaic and Citra! This smells amazing!!

  • John posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    Kegged the Roasted Rye Pale Ale! This was one of my laziest brews in a long time. I changed the recipe like three times as I brewed it, I just direct pitched the yeast, I fermented it in my old Big Mouth Bubbler instead of a conical, and now I’m not even doing a closed transfer. Oh well, it’ll still be beer! Sometimes we all need to “relax, don’t…[Read more]

  • John posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    And we’re done! Five gallons of what was originally going to be a Cascade/Marris Otter SMaSH but ended up being some kind of Roasted Rye pale ale is ready to be kegged. The sample tasted pretty solid even warm and uncarbonated, so I think this will be a decent beer!

  • John replied to the topic Roasted Rye Pale Ale in the forum Recipe Ideas 1 month, 1 week ago

    And we’re done! Five gallons of what was originally going to be a Cascade/Marris Otter SMaSH but ended up being some kind of Roasted Rye pale ale is ready to be kegged. The sample tasted pretty solid even warm and uncarbonated, so I think this will be a decent beer!

  • John posted an update 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I LOVE the Anvil Foundry. I’m doing my fourth brew on it this weekend and this thing is just awesome. One of my favorite things about brewing on it is the ability to easily do a recirculating mash with the pump kit. My least favorite part of brewing on my old system was vorlaufing, so the ability to recirculate and filter the wort without taking a…[Read more]

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