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Title: Fall and winter beers
Post by: James K on September 09, 2018, 07:27:09 PM
What-cha like? I just made a stout as temperatures start to dip here and summer ends. Now I want to plan for fall and winter.
What do you like to make? I never made a barley wine, maybe I’ll do that.
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: dannyjed on September 09, 2018, 07:50:52 PM
American Brown Ale. I plan on making one next weekend.


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Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: denny on September 09, 2018, 08:19:01 PM
My favorite Am. brown, to be brewed as soon as I can get to it!  http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/NotiBrownAle
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: ynotbrusum on September 09, 2018, 09:19:44 PM
Janet’s Brown is always great in the fall and winter, as are rich porters, but I may make a doppelbock this year for winter.

Great to have a break in the heat here in the Midwest.  Cheers and enjoy whatever you brew!
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: James K on September 09, 2018, 09:42:36 PM
Janet’s Brown is always great in the fall and winter, as are rich porters, but I may make a doppelbock this year for winter.

Great to have a break in the heat here in the Midwest.  Cheers and enjoy whatever you brew!
I have 3 bottles of my doppelbock left. 9.4% taste amazing.
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: joelv on September 09, 2018, 11:33:12 PM
Janet’s Brown is always great in the fall and winter, as are rich porters, but I may make a doppelbock this year for winter.

Great to have a break in the heat here in the Midwest.  Cheers and enjoy whatever you brew!
I have 3 bottles of my doppelbock left. 9.4% taste amazing.
My doppelbock didn’t make it too far into the fall. First time that I used RO and added a small amount of minerals back. Omega Bock Lager yeast and a boatload of Bestmalz Munich. Tastes awesome.


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Title: Fall and winter beers
Post by: BrewBama on September 10, 2018, 01:30:50 AM
I have a Dark Czech Lager lagering now. Of course, Marzen/Oktoberfest is a classic for the fall. These are my ‘on deck’ brews (not necessarily in this order):

Amber Ale
Brown Ale
Dunkel
Alt
Bock

I am also interested in a Hobgoblin-like beer.  Porters, Stouts, and Scottish Export beers are good when the weather cools as well.


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Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: klickitat jim on September 10, 2018, 02:44:14 AM
Soon I'll be putting up a couple cases of this for frosty nights fireside.

https://www.brewersfriend.com/homebrew/recipe/view/617251/-full-monty-
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: trapae on September 10, 2018, 04:07:32 AM
 Robust Porter on nitro.
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: klickitat jim on September 10, 2018, 04:52:21 AM
I'm looking for a solid English Porter recipe.
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: jeffy on September 10, 2018, 11:03:32 AM
I'm looking for a solid English Porter recipe.
Just take your regular English Porter recipe and freeze it.
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: dls5492 on September 10, 2018, 01:02:54 PM
I like California Common and Pre-Prohibition Porter.
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: denny on September 10, 2018, 02:22:17 PM
I'm looking for a solid English Porter recipe.
Just take your regular English Porter recipe and freeze it.

 ;D
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: erockrph on September 10, 2018, 02:40:57 PM
In the fall, I generally start in Marzen mode, move to cider, then end up with doppelbocks and porters over the winter. I also break out my Oatmeal-Vanilla Brown ale:

Title: Oatmeal-Vanilla Brown

Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 3 gallons (fermentor volume)
Boil Size: 3.5 gallons
Boil Gravity: 1.040
Efficiency: 85% (brew house)

STATS:
Original Gravity: 1.047
Final Gravity: 1.014
ABV (standard): 4.32%
IBU (tinseth): 20.73
SRM (morey): 18.85

FERMENTABLES:
3 lb - United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale (65.8%)
12 oz - Flaked Oats (16.4%)
3 oz - United Kingdom - Coffee Malt (4.1%)
6 oz - United Kingdom - Extra Dark Crystal 160L (8.2%)
4 oz - United Kingdom - Dark Crystal 80L (5.5%)

HOPS:
0.75 oz - Challenger, Type: Pellet, AA: 4, Use: Boil for 60 min, IBU: 20.73

MASH GUIDELINES:
1) Infusion, Temp: 158 F, Time: 75 min, Amount: 16 qt, Sacc Rest

OTHER INGREDIENTS:
2 each - Vanilla bean - split & scraped, Time: 7 min, Type: Flavor, Use: Secondary

YEAST:
Fermentis / Safale - English Ale Yeast S-04
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: Lazy Ant Brewing on September 10, 2018, 03:16:54 PM
I live on the "dark side" year round.  All I brew is brown ales, porters, stouts, and one dark saison.

I'll go to monthly brew club meetings and sample the lighter end of the spectrum, but other than an occasional saison, I don't find much there that I like enough to make 5 gallons of.

I actually wish my tastes were broader, but they are not.  Right now I have a brown ale I'm cold crashing and will bottle Wednesday.

Cheers to all.
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: riceral on September 10, 2018, 03:56:41 PM

OTHER INGREDIENTS:
2 each - Vanilla bean - split & scraped, Time: 7 min, Type: Flavor, Use: Secondary


Hey Eric,

Is this a mistake typing?

If not, could you explain this? Do you put the vanilla in the secondary for 7 minutes?

Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: James K on September 10, 2018, 04:00:12 PM
I live on the "dark side" year round.  All I brew is brown ales, porters, stouts, and one dark saison.

I'll go to monthly brew club meetings and sample the lighter end of the spectrum, but other than an occasional saison, I don't find much there that I like enough to make 5 gallons of.

I actually wish my tastes were broader, but they are not.  Right now I have a brown ale I'm cold crashing and will bottle Wednesday.

Cheers to all.

Ohh, I have a dark Belgium that’s aging right now, one of my friends said it tasted like a porter, but I disagree. Has some phenols.
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: yugamrap on September 10, 2018, 04:17:37 PM
I'm a big fan of Denny's Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter (BVIP) as a beer during colder seasons.  You can find the recipe somewhere on this site or use Google to find it.
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: klickitat jim on September 10, 2018, 05:19:23 PM
I'm looking for a solid English Porter recipe.
Just take your regular English Porter recipe and freeze it.

 ;D
Cue the endless Spongebob laughter fit...

As to Denny's BVIP I'm curious. Might have to try that out. I assume the base beer is fantastic without the bourbon or vanilla
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: jeffy on September 10, 2018, 05:38:16 PM
I'm looking for a solid English Porter recipe.
Just take your regular English Porter recipe and freeze it.

 ;D
Cue the endless Spongebob laughter fit...

As to Denny's BVIP I'm curious. Might have to try that out. I assume the base beer is fantastic without the bourbon or vanilla
Actually the base is very good without the bourbon and vanilla.  I much prefer it.
A couple years ago I got more than my fair share of BVIP when judging the second round of NHC.  It was very popular that year.
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: Kevin on September 10, 2018, 06:26:33 PM
My wife won't let me stop making Cream Ale so I'm making 10 more gallons of that then I've got an Old Ale, a Porter and a Stout on the schedule. I already have a big barleywine conditioning in the basement that I brewed up at the end of July.
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: denny on September 10, 2018, 06:28:07 PM
I'm looking for a solid English Porter recipe.
Just take your regular English Porter recipe and freeze it.

 ;D
Cue the endless Spongebob laughter fit...

As to Denny's BVIP I'm curious. Might have to try that out. I assume the base beer is fantastic without the bourbon or vanilla
Actually the base is very good without the bourbon and vanilla.  I much prefer it.
A couple years ago I got more than my fair share of BVIP when judging the second round of NHC.  It was very popular that year.

I have to admit that I pretty much burned out on the bourbon and vanilla, as have most of my friends who received it at Christmas for many years.  Fortunately, the porter alone is delicious, or with coffee if you're into that.

Recipe is here....http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/BourbonVanillaImperialPorter
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: erockrph on September 10, 2018, 06:56:01 PM

OTHER INGREDIENTS:
2 each - Vanilla bean - split & scraped, Time: 7 min, Type: Flavor, Use: Secondary


Hey Eric,

Is this a mistake typing?

If not, could you explain this? Do you put the vanilla in the secondary for 7 minutes?

Stupid app. It's supposed to be 7 days, but I start tasting around day 2 or 3 and pull it when it hits the level I want.
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: klickitat jim on September 11, 2018, 01:09:44 AM
I'm looking for a solid English Porter recipe.
Just take your regular English Porter recipe and freeze it.

 ;D
Cue the endless Spongebob laughter fit...

As to Denny's BVIP I'm curious. Might have to try that out. I assume the base beer is fantastic without the bourbon or vanilla
Actually the base is very good without the bourbon and vanilla.  I much prefer it.
A couple years ago I got more than my fair share of BVIP when judging the second round of NHC.  It was very popular that year.

I have to admit that I pretty much burned out on the bourbon and vanilla, as have most of my friends who received it at Christmas for many years.  Fortunately, the porter alone is delicious, or with coffee if you're into that.

Recipe is here....http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/BourbonVanillaImperialPorter
Search completed sounds like! Denny, would you just cut the pale down if you wanted it around 1.060?
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: ethinson on September 11, 2018, 12:06:03 PM
I brew a CDA year round since that's my wife's favorite and the beer I've made the most of and have really dialed in. 

This year I'm planning to re-try a brew I made a couple years ago that went horribly wrong, an Imperial Milk Stout with Cocoa nibs called "Waiting for Santa".. the inspiration was a beer to leave with cookies instead of milk. I got too ambitious with a high gravity beer too early in my homebrewing career and met with disaster, but now I'm ready to re-try it. 

Each winter I brew a Belgian dark strong that I bottle condition for nearly a year, so it comes out in late summer the following year.  Besides that I don't do a lot of winter specific beers, but now this thread has the ideas bubbling..
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: goose on September 11, 2018, 12:48:48 PM
Will be brewing a Wee Heavy next week.  Later on will be a Coffee Porter and my Peppermint Patty Stout.  Got a few competition beers to get finished before the porter and stout.
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: denny on September 11, 2018, 02:16:25 PM
I'm looking for a solid English Porter recipe.
Just take your regular English Porter recipe and freeze it.

 ;D
Cue the endless Spongebob laughter fit...

As to Denny's BVIP I'm curious. Might have to try that out. I assume the base beer is fantastic without the bourbon or vanilla
Actually the base is very good without the bourbon and vanilla.  I much prefer it.
A couple years ago I got more than my fair share of BVIP when judging the second round of NHC.  It was very popular that year.

I have to admit that I pretty much burned out on the bourbon and vanilla, as have most of my friends who received it at Christmas for many years.  Fortunately, the porter alone is delicious, or with coffee if you're into that.

Recipe is here....http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/BourbonVanillaImperialPorter
Search completed sounds like! Denny, would you just cut the pale down if you wanted it around 1.060?

I always adjust all grains proportionally
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: brewinhard on September 11, 2018, 02:23:30 PM
Yup! I prefer to go by %'s of grains in malt bills.  That way one can more easily adjust for their own personal efficiency on their systems.
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: Ale Farmer on September 13, 2018, 02:33:01 AM
I agree with porter being a great fall/winter brew. I have an English Brown and a Spruce Porter just now coming online that provide a nice variety. Also have an Amber ale and an Irish Red that I added a touch of smoked malt to give it a bit more heft.
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: joe_meadmaker on September 13, 2018, 08:16:03 PM
Lots of good heavy beers getting listed, barleywines, porters, stouts...

I do love the "cold-weather" beers.

I brewed an ESB with a friend a couple weeks ago.  I'm currently working on a recipe for a Burton ale to brew in a month or so.  Although I'm planning to do one of the long-term aging versions, so unfortunately it won't be ready to go for a year or more.  Hopefully in Fall 2019 I'll have a good beer coming up ;D
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: vancebarnes on September 19, 2018, 03:24:34 PM
I'm looking for a solid English Porter recipe.
Just take your regular English Porter recipe and freeze it.

 ;D
Cue the endless Spongebob laughter fit...

As to Denny's BVIP I'm curious. Might have to try that out. I assume the base beer is fantastic without the bourbon or vanilla
Actually the base is very good without the bourbon and vanilla.  I much prefer it.
A couple years ago I got more than my fair share of BVIP when judging the second round of NHC.  It was very popular that year.

I have to admit that I pretty much burned out on the bourbon and vanilla, as have most of my friends who received it at Christmas for many years.  Fortunately, the porter alone is delicious, or with coffee if you're into that.

Recipe is here....http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/BourbonVanillaImperialPorter

I like it with the vanilla and without.  The balance goes toward the roasty without the vanilla as it is a natural sweetener and takes the edge off the roasty.  It is a great grain bill for dark beers.  I've scaled it down and made a dark mild with it even.  Much to Denny's dismay I'm sure. (Life starts at 1.060)
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: denny on September 19, 2018, 04:04:36 PM
I like it with the vanilla and without.  The balance goes toward the roasty without the vanilla as it is a natural sweetener and takes the edge off the roasty.  It is a great grain bill for dark beers.  I've scaled it down and made a dark mild with it even.  Much to Denny's dismay I'm sure. (Life starts at 1.060)

Actually, both Drew and I are big fans of session beers.  That sig line is from 20+ years ago, when I could drink like a young(er) man!
Title: Re: Fall and winter beers
Post by: Joseph Wilson on September 21, 2018, 04:29:30 PM
It doesn't actually get cold here, but I'm brewing 3 big beers in a row for "winter".

Bottling my barleywine next weekend.
Then I'm brewing a belgian quad and after that a RIS with vanilla, tanks beans and cocoa nibs. I'm about a month behind on my production schedule but guess that'll leave plenty for next winter.