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Title: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: yeastmaster on January 01, 2011, 09:04:37 PM
What does everyone out there have planned for their first brew of 2011?  I'm planning to kick off 2011 with a big Tripel and hoping to use the yeast cake from that to brew a quad

Happy New Year!
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Post by: tubercle on January 01, 2011, 09:07:58 PM
Stout
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Post by: weithman5 on January 01, 2011, 09:11:41 PM
dopplebock.  needs to be ready for easter.
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Post by: chezteth on January 01, 2011, 09:15:05 PM
Chamomile Pale Ale.  I am also making an IPA, Old Ale, and Ordinary Bitter this weekend!   ;D
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Post by: stlaleman on January 01, 2011, 09:23:48 PM
American Brown Ale.
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Post by: jeffy on January 01, 2011, 09:29:18 PM
Chamomile Pale Ale.  I am also making an IPA, Old Ale, and Ordinary Bitter this weekend!   ;D

That Chamomile Pale Ale sounds pretty interesting.  Have you made it before?  What kinda hops?
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Post by: chezteth on January 01, 2011, 09:34:32 PM
Chamomile Pale Ale.  I am also making an IPA, Old Ale, and Ordinary Bitter this weekend!   ;D

That Chamomile Pale Ale sounds pretty interesting.  Have you made it before?  What kinda hops?

This is the first time making it.  I had some extract and some homegrown hops that I wanted to use.  I am using homegrown Fuggles and Hallertau.  I steeped 10 chamomile tea bags in 1.5L of hot water for 5 minutes then added it to the wort after I removed it from the heat.  If you would like the recipe let me know and I will post it.
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Post by: Mark G on January 01, 2011, 09:45:12 PM
Foreign extra stout
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Post by: barliman on January 01, 2011, 09:49:25 PM
I have two beers that I'm going to brew this weekend.  Today will be the Innkeeper, and a THA clone for tomorrow or Monday.

J
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Post by: jeffy on January 01, 2011, 09:56:53 PM
Chamomile Pale Ale.  I am also making an IPA, Old Ale, and Ordinary Bitter this weekend!   ;D

That Chamomile Pale Ale sounds pretty interesting.  Have you made it before?  What kinda hops?

This is the first time making it.  I had some extract and some homegrown hops that I wanted to use.  I am using homegrown Fuggles and Hallertau.  I steeped 10 chamomile tea bags in 1.5L of hot water for 5 minutes then added it to the wort after I removed it from the heat.  If you would like the recipe let me know and I will post it.
Not so much a recipe as some tasting notes.  Let us know how it turns out.  I've had some meads that used chamomile tea, but never a pale ale.
Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: Hokerer on January 01, 2011, 10:22:00 PM
What does everyone out there have planned for their first brew of 2011?  I'm planning to kick off 2011 with a big Tripel and hoping to use the yeast cake from that to brew a quad

Happy New Year!

Just a Dubbel here
Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: chezteth on January 01, 2011, 10:43:51 PM
Chamomile Pale Ale.  I am also making an IPA, Old Ale, and Ordinary Bitter this weekend!   ;D

That Chamomile Pale Ale sounds pretty interesting.  Have you made it before?  What kinda hops?

This is the first time making it.  I had some extract and some homegrown hops that I wanted to use.  I am using homegrown Fuggles and Hallertau.  I steeped 10 chamomile tea bags in 1.5L of hot water for 5 minutes then added it to the wort after I removed it from the heat.  If you would like the recipe let me know and I will post it.
Not so much a recipe as some tasting notes.  Let us know how it turns out.  I've had some meads that used chamomile tea, but never a pale ale.

I can definitely do that.  It will be interesting to find out what type of flavor the chamomile adds to the beer.
Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: tygo on January 01, 2011, 10:43:57 PM
My second go at a Classic American Pilsner.  Almost 10 gallons split into two for some yeast trials.
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Post by: scooter2374 on January 01, 2011, 10:56:03 PM
I'll be brewing another batch of my strong Belgian ale with cherries tonight. I'll also be racking my IPA and bottling another batch of tonights brew.
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Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on January 01, 2011, 11:04:03 PM
Schwarzbier.  This will be my first.  Once you go black... ;D

edit: Actually, I may be brewing my Winter Warmer again.  I took a chance on a yeast I hadn't used before when I originally brewed it last month.  It didn't turn out so well. >:(
Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 01, 2011, 11:15:31 PM
A N. German Pilsner.  Maybe on Monday.  The 6L starter for 10.5 gallons is on the stir plate(s).
Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: yeastmaster on January 01, 2011, 11:51:08 PM
What does everyone out there have planned for their first brew of 2011?  I'm planning to kick off 2011 with a big Tripel and hoping to use the yeast cake from that to brew a quad

Happy New Year!

Just a Dubbel here

I already have the Dubbel in the fermenter.  Want to give it some friends  ::)
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Post by: cheba420 on January 02, 2011, 12:54:19 AM
Chamomile Pale Ale.  I am also making an IPA, Old Ale, and Ordinary Bitter this weekend!   ;D

That Chamomile Pale Ale sounds pretty interesting.  Have you made it before?  What kinda hops?

This is the first time making it.  I had some extract and some homegrown hops that I wanted to use.  I am using homegrown Fuggles and Hallertau.  I steeped 10 chamomile tea bags in 1.5L of hot water for 5 minutes then added it to the wort after I removed it from the heat.  If you would like the recipe let me know and I will post it.
Not so much a recipe as some tasting notes.  Let us know how it turns out.  I've had some meads that used chamomile tea, but never a pale ale.

I can definitely do that.  It will be interesting to find out what type of flavor the chamomile adds to the beer.
I brewed the Wild Flower Wheat in Extreme Brewing which uses a bunch of whole chamomile flowers. I've brewed this one twice and it turned out great both times. Definitely adds an interesting flavor. I liked it and will brew it again.

As for the first beer for 2011...it will be a Celebration Ale clone to Celebrate the new Decade!!!!!
Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on January 02, 2011, 12:56:14 AM
A N. German Pilsner.  Maybe on Monday.  The 6L starter for 10.5 gallons is on the stir plate(s).

What are the differences between a Northern and Southern German pils?  I'm curious because I'd really like to brew more German pils this year and am trying to learn more about the subtleties. 
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Post by: Thirsty_Monk on January 02, 2011, 02:33:39 AM
A N. German Pilsner.  Maybe on Monday.  The 6L starter for 10.5 gallons is on the stir plate(s).

What are the differences between a Northern and Southern German pils?  I'm curious because I'd really like to brew more German pils this year and am trying to learn more about the subtleties. 
Would not a "Bitburger" be the Northern German Pils and Helles the southern pils?
Just a speculation on my part.
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Post by: Podo on January 02, 2011, 03:03:41 AM
SNPA clone, tomorrow.
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Post by: oscarvan on January 02, 2011, 03:14:52 AM
May have to do another extract + specialty grain APA to keep the tap flowing. By then the AG system will be done, and I'll do a house APA on it for calibration purposes. Then..... well... not sure but it will be good!
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Post by: kerneldustjacket on January 02, 2011, 03:19:12 AM
A south German Weizen for my Swabish wife. (She's from Stuttgart)
Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: oscarvan on January 02, 2011, 03:28:59 AM
A south German Weizen for my Swabish wife. (She's from Stuttgart)

They accuse my Dutch of being a guttural disorder.......Schwäbisch is something else..... ;D
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Post by: kerneldustjacket on January 02, 2011, 03:43:09 AM
A south German Weizen for my Swabish wife. (She's from Stuttgart)

They accuse my Dutch of being a guttural disorder.......Schwäbisch is something else..... ;D

YIKES! I spelled it wrong! (please don't tell my wife)
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Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 02, 2011, 12:43:45 PM
A N. German Pilsner.  Maybe on Monday.  The 6L starter for 10.5 gallons is on the stir plate(s).

What are the differences between a Northern and Southern German pils?  I'm curious because I'd really like to brew more German pils this year and am trying to learn more about the subtleties. 
Would not a "Bitburger" be the Northern German Pils and Helles the southern pils?
Just a speculation on my part.
That is what I think of for a German Pils - the ones from the North.  If you look at the BJCP examples from Germany, the only one from the South is Spaten.  Helles is sort of a "Mild" Pils in my way of thinking.  The German beers in the South tend to be on the malty side and soft in the hop expresion.  In the North the Hops take over.  That is oposite of Britain.  Hops are grown in in the South in both countries.

This is from the the German Beer Institute website.  http://www.germanbeerinstitute.com/pils.html

"Characteristically, many Pils varieties made in northern Germany have a very strong, zesty, citrus-like, up-front hop-bitterness, in part because the water in northern Germany tends to be fairly hard. Hard water accentuates up-front hop-bitterness in the brewing process. In many parts of southern and southeastern Germany (as well as in the Czech Republic, incidentally) water tends to be moderately to extremely soft. Such water suppresses hop-bitternes. Because of Bavaria’s southern location, Bavarian Pils varieties tend to be more hop-aromatic than hop-pungent. They have a mellow hop-aroma instead of the more aggressive hop-bitterness found in some of the northern German Pils versions. "

I like to make something along the lines of Flensburger or Jever.  If you haven't had those, think Prima Pils.




Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on January 02, 2011, 02:43:59 PM
Thanks for that info, hopfenundmalz!  I had forgotten about the German Beer Institute site.  I spent some time looking through it last night -- great site for learning about German styles.
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Post by: andrew on January 02, 2011, 02:53:22 PM
A Belgian Wit. Was going to brew today, but the saints are on at 1. I'm off tomorrow too so Monday it is.
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Post by: bluesman on January 02, 2011, 03:14:45 PM
American Barleywine brewed today.  8)
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Post by: oscarvan on January 02, 2011, 03:38:04 PM
A south German Weizen for my Swabish wife. (She's from Stuttgart)

They accuse my Dutch of being a guttural disorder.......Schwäbisch is something else..... ;D

YIKES! I spelled it wrong! (please don't tell my wife)

I think that Swabish is a somewhat accepted American spelling.....
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Post by: braumeister_chris on January 02, 2011, 04:49:50 PM
American Pale Ale. My German mother-in-law loves it and she lives in Bamberg. Brewed it new years day.
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Post by: johnf on January 02, 2011, 05:21:47 PM
Will probably brew a sweet stout next weekend.
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Post by: Slowbrew on January 02, 2011, 05:25:57 PM
I had to check my list.  Looks like the next one on deck is my 4th attempt at a Pilsner.

Paul
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Post by: morticaixavier on January 02, 2011, 10:06:16 PM
an IPA for the midwife that helped us welcome our new son in november
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Post by: denny on January 02, 2011, 10:40:18 PM
Just completed my first brew of 2011...a dunkel, kind of a cross between Munich and Czech.  Exceeded both my OG and volume expectations for 88% efficiency.  I was shooting for 5.5 gal. at 1.056 and got 5.75 gal. at 1.062. Hope that's a harbinger for the rest of the year!
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Post by: tubercle on January 02, 2011, 11:00:34 PM
Just completed my first brew of 2011...a dunkel, kind of a cross between Munich and Czech.  Exceeded both my OG and volume expectations for 88% efficiency.  I was shooting for 5.5 gal. at 1.056 and got 5.75 gal. at 1.062. Hope that's a harbinger for the rest of the year!

 The planets are starting to align for 12-21-12. All that gravity pulling out a little extra :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm_pRKSCDxo
 
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Post by: Thirsty_Monk on January 02, 2011, 11:15:34 PM
I might do some Marzen next weekend.
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Post by: gigatropolis on January 02, 2011, 11:16:41 PM
Just finished brewing a robust porter. Has an OG of 1.060 which is just about what I wanted. Good start of the year so far.
Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 02, 2011, 11:20:06 PM
American Pale Ale. My German mother-in-law loves it and she lives in Bamberg. Brewed it new years day.

I think that is really great that she likes an American PA.  Something different?
Are you stationed in Germany?  I lived there in 98-99, and have a taste for German beers now, for some reason.

Edit: I see you are there.  I met up with Terry Snow while in Bamberg.  He used to post on tech talk often.  Ever run into him?
Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: CASK1 on January 02, 2011, 11:39:12 PM
What does everyone out there have planned for their first brew of 2011?  I'm planning to kick off 2011 with a big Tripel and hoping to use the yeast cake from that to brew a quad

Happy New Year!
FYI, many recommend against using yeast from any higher gravity beer (>1.060) to brew another beer. The high alcohol stresses the yeast, and they usually struggle in the second batch. I tried it once - never again.
Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: The Professor on January 02, 2011, 11:40:47 PM
Gonna be an Old Burton/Barleywine for me.
I brew early in the year for the holidays each year but got a late start on the 2010 holiday brew due to work/travel schedules.  Feels good to be brewing the  2011 version ins January again, like I used to.  It should be really nice by December gift giving time.
 I'll  probably also brew another double batch sometime in February to blend with this batch (along with my usual  10 to 15% addition of the previous year's holiday brew, a tradition I've managed to keep alive since the early 90's).
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Post by: The Professor on January 02, 2011, 11:44:39 PM
What does everyone out there have planned for their first brew of 2011?  I'm planning to kick off 2011 with a big Tripel and hoping to use the yeast cake from that to brew a quad...
FYI, many recommend against using yeast from any higher gravity beer (>1.060) to brew another beer. The high alcohol stresses the yeast, and they usually struggle in the second batch. I tried it once - never again.

For what it's worth, I've been re-using the yeast cakes from 'big' beers for many years without any issues.  I think a lot of it depends on how long you wait to re-use it...but in the last 20 years, I haven't had any issues with going back and forth from bigger to smaller beers, and back again (and then, back again). 
Perhaps the choice of yeast strain matters  as well.
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Post by: speed on January 03, 2011, 12:06:31 AM
i just finished a doppelbock and my first time doing a decoction .took about 8 hours, don't know if it was worth it or not.
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Post by: Morning Dew on January 03, 2011, 02:44:10 AM
Vienna Lager. 2nd on my planned streak of lagers.
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Post by: kcschmitt on January 03, 2011, 04:02:22 AM
Bed Intruder American Amber Ale.
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Post by: ncbluesman on January 03, 2011, 04:32:35 AM
I've got a Dortmunder lagering (first lager for me) and will use its yeast slurry for a Helles Bock. I plan to brew it in 3 weeks. 
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Post by: jaybeerman on January 03, 2011, 06:57:27 AM
Looks like I have to make a last minute switch.  I will be brewing a Barleywine this week rather than starting a Braggot.
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Post by: madscientist on January 03, 2011, 01:40:55 PM
Something with Rye.  Either a Terrapin PA clone, a Red Rye Ale, or a Rye IPA (the latter two will use columbus hops, which I hear great things about).  Probably going to do 2.5 gallon batches and do full boils.

I also have a witbier that I want to tweak, but the first batch will be something rye. 
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Post by: centex-brewer on January 03, 2011, 01:46:18 PM
I have an American IPA in the secondary....just waiting to bottle.
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Post by: corkybstewart on January 03, 2011, 02:03:35 PM
Pecan rauchbier first, then a kolsch.
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Post by: lazydog79 on January 03, 2011, 02:42:12 PM
My first brew for 2011 is going to be what I had planned to be my last of 2010 until life and weather pushed it back - a Belgian Pale (reminiscent of De Konick).  After that, I dunno.  I'm thinking of doing a Kolsch or a Pils.  I really want to conquer this lighter beer mountain!
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Post by: hio3791 on January 03, 2011, 03:07:59 PM
SNCA clone.  Brewed this for the first time on 12/5/2010.  Modified the recipe by adding 2 lbs of dark brown sugar with 15 min left in the boil.  Not a clone anymore but it resulted in a deliciously high alcohol beer that is going down quite fast.  Plan to brew it again this weekend and this time I will stick to the recipe!
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Post by: dbarber on January 03, 2011, 03:19:55 PM
On Saturday I brewed an Oktoberfest and a schwarzbier.
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Post by: denny on January 03, 2011, 04:54:34 PM
Hey, Al, is that Knucklehead?
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Post by: hike20 on January 03, 2011, 05:20:07 PM
I brewed a basic APA yesterday. Hoppy New Year!
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Post by: 4swan on January 03, 2011, 05:53:09 PM
Doing a low gravity Altbier then using the yeast in a regular altbier.
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Post by: yeastmaster on January 03, 2011, 07:13:32 PM
What does everyone out there have planned for their first brew of 2011?  I'm planning to kick off 2011 with a big Tripel and hoping to use the yeast cake from that to brew a quad...
FYI, many recommend against using yeast from any higher gravity beer (>1.060) to brew another beer. The high alcohol stresses the yeast, and they usually struggle in the second batch. I tried it once - never again.

For what it's worth, I've been re-using the yeast cakes from 'big' beers for many years without any issues.  I think a lot of it depends on how long you wait to re-use it...but in the last 20 years, I haven't had any issues with going back and forth from bigger to smaller beers, and back again (and then, back again). 
Perhaps the choice of yeast strain matters  as well.

I could see that potentially being an issue but a little bit of stress on a Belgian yeast might encourage it to produce more "Belgian" flavors.  The tripel is fermenting away.  Now I need to figure out when I will have any free time again for doing the quad....
Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: bluesman on January 03, 2011, 07:27:13 PM
I brewed my Boxwood Barleywine 2011 yesterday. I got 71% efficiency using a three hour boil to get to my target volume of 5.5gal. OG=1.112. It tasted awesome out of the hydrometer tube. It's sitting comfortably in my cellar at 61F slowly bubbling right now.
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Post by: chumley on January 03, 2011, 08:33:37 PM
A nice British bitter.  The kind I can brew with my eyes closed.

1.048 OG

95% maris otter
5% crystal 60°L

1 oz. Northern Brewer 60 minutes
1 oz. EKGs 15 minutes
1 oz. Styrian Goldings 0 minutes

Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire yeast starter.

I will brew this tonight when I get home from work.  Let it sit in my 0°F garage overnight to cool, then dump in a primary and pitch the yeast tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: denny on January 03, 2011, 10:10:06 PM
I figured you'd be heavy into lagers at this time of year, chumley.
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Post by: lbrewski on January 03, 2011, 10:41:03 PM
Club brew coming up 1st, we're pitching in to fill a new 3BBL fermenter with a IIPA and splitting the result - a member is turning pro and wants to use this vessel for the first time. With his system it will take two mash/boils. Should be a fun day.
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Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 04, 2011, 12:20:52 AM
Pecan rauchbier first, then a kolsch.
Pecan wood smoked, I assume?  Only used Pecan once on some pork, and it reminded me of Post Oak, which is good.
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Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 04, 2011, 12:24:29 AM
Did the N. German Pils today.  It was forever to get it down to <50F, 1 hour and 8 minutes.  Need more ice next time for the pond pump cooler set up.

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Post by: chumley on January 04, 2011, 12:29:46 AM
Lager starters are still bubbling, Denny....my problem is that it has been too damn cold.  The fermometer on one of my carboys was reading 44°F yesterday.

I think a pils will be fermenting next weekend.
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Post by: weazletoe on January 04, 2011, 03:31:43 AM
Mine is gonna be honey wheat, followed by a stout.
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Post by: Titanium Brewing on January 04, 2011, 04:21:27 AM
Did a  dry stout on 1-1-11
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Post by: tomsawyer on January 04, 2011, 03:14:16 PM
I made a little cream ale last night, 1.040 and 15 IBU.  It'll be a base beer for a strawberry ale for the wife, I intend to add frozen strawberries to secondary, chill that while it extracts the flavor, and then keg afterwards.  Fruit beers aren't terribly stable but she enjoys them when we go to the local brewpub so I put one out periodicaly.
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Post by: wingnut on January 04, 2011, 03:21:17 PM
I'm on day 2 of fermenting my latest batch of Vienna Lager.  (Mashed and pitched on 1-2)

I love the cold weather to really get the wort down cold before pitching (45F, let it free rise up to 50F in the fermenting fridge), however, you do have to be sure to drain the garden hose properly after useing the wort chiller.  Otherwise the next brew day may not go so smoothly!

Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: denny on January 04, 2011, 04:27:13 PM
Lager starters are still bubbling, Denny....my problem is that it has been too damn cold.  The fermometer on one of my carboys was reading 44°F yesterday.

I think a pils will be fermenting next weekend.

Just xferred a pils made with WY2124.  It fermented at about 44-46F due to the cold snap we're having here.  The yeast worked impressively well at that temp!
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Post by: redbeerman on January 04, 2011, 05:49:01 PM
Brewed a mild yesterday.  First time for that style for me.  Need a good lo-cal session beer.
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Post by: skyler on January 05, 2011, 07:13:46 AM
Dry Stout - brewing it Sunday, but I technically already started it since I mashed in 2 oz of grain in a travel coffee mug to get sour and nasty before I add it to the main tun at sparge.
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Post by: maxieboy on January 05, 2011, 02:54:29 PM
Heating strike water for 10g AG AB clone as we speak.

I am worthy... :P
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Post by: alikocho on January 05, 2011, 03:04:39 PM
American Pale Ale
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Post by: corkybstewart on January 05, 2011, 03:22:42 PM
Pecan rauchbier first, then a kolsch.
Pecan wood smoked, I assume?  Only used Pecan once on some pork, and it reminded me of Post Oak, which is good.
We have a lot of pecan trees out here, there's even an award winning BBQ restaurant here that uses only pecan.  I'm also going to use apple wood on some malt-I brewed last year's rauch with half store bought, half apple smoked malt and it was terrific.
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Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 05, 2011, 05:44:36 PM
Pecan rauchbier first, then a kolsch.
Pecan wood smoked, I assume?  Only used Pecan once on some pork, and it reminded me of Post Oak, which is good.
We have a lot of pecan trees out here, there's even an award winning BBQ restaurant here that uses only pecan.  I'm also going to use apple wood on some malt-I brewed last year's rauch with half store bought, half apple smoked malt and it was terrific.

Did an Apple wood smoked Porter a few years ago.  That worked just fine.  Will do some more with Apple wood in the future, as there are lots of Apple trees here, but no Pecan.
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Post by: toddhert on January 09, 2011, 02:32:25 AM
I'm going to try a German Pils again........
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Post by: Thirsty_Monk on January 09, 2011, 04:03:33 AM
Marzen baby!!!
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Post by: drf255 on January 09, 2011, 01:27:12 PM
German Pils
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Post by: yeastmaster on January 09, 2011, 05:50:04 PM
Boy, all this is making me thirsty  ;)
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Post by: rylo1984 on January 11, 2011, 04:44:19 PM
Imperial Nut Brown Ale!!!  :D

/RyLO
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Post by: tankdeer on January 11, 2011, 08:56:25 PM
I'll let you know when I brew it...  :(
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Post by: illinoles on January 12, 2011, 08:19:59 PM
Brewed a hoppy Irish Red on Sunday.  Only my 2nd batch I have ever brewed, hopefully it is as successful as my first. 
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Post by: ahaintern on January 12, 2011, 08:38:25 PM
Bell's Two Hearted Ale clone
Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: benjammin on January 13, 2011, 08:09:33 PM
My first batch of the year was just this past weekend. It was a simple extract Nut Brown Ale. A friend of mine brought over the ingredients and since it was his first time brewing I supervised and let him use my equipment. Hopefully this will get him as hooked on brewing as I am.
Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: Beertracker on January 13, 2011, 08:20:50 PM
I decided to "Go Big or Go Home!" with an American Barleywine last Friday. As soon as the temps get above freezing around here, I'm going to brew my first lager of the year.  8)
Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 14, 2011, 01:51:26 AM
My first was a German Pils, second will be a CAP, then a Bo-Pils.  On a Pilsner kick this year.
Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: beerstache on January 14, 2011, 10:19:54 PM
Munich Dunkel, Ayinger Altbairisch clone, just made the starter today, will brew monday!  Must be the German in me, just love their beers.
Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: boulderbrewer on January 15, 2011, 03:06:57 AM
Tangerine dream, Thanks for the recipe Ryan!!!
Title: Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
Post by: rdwhahb on January 15, 2011, 08:44:04 PM
My first brew of "11" is going to be an American Pale Ale all grain. Should be brewing next weekend.