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Ingredients / Re: Inspired by Oyster Stout...
« on: November 05, 2009, 11:29:48 AM »
denny: any recollection as to what quantity of mushrooms you had to use to get a good flavor?

boulderbrewer: thanks for the link... I probably should have thought to search around on NB for stuff like that.  Looks like it could be tasty, but I think I'm leaning toward mushrooms for now.

I used about 2.5 lb. chopped and added to secondary.  I tried soaking them in vodka on one batch and adding that, but didn't care for the added alcohol heat and felt it diminished the aroma.  The next year I just brushed the duff off and put them right into secondary.  Fortunately, both were good years for chanterelles and I was able to gather them from my woods.  Otherwise it would have cost me a fortune!  And FWIW, the we heavy recipe was Skotrat's Traquair House clone recipe which AFAIAC is the best wee heavy recipe I've ever run across.

Thanks!

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Ingredients / Re: Inspired by Oyster Stout...
« on: November 04, 2009, 05:33:22 PM »
denny: any recollection as to what quantity of mushrooms you had to use to get a good flavor?

boulderbrewer: thanks for the link... I probably should have thought to search around on NB for stuff like that.  Looks like it could be tasty, but I think I'm leaning toward mushrooms for now.

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I know it's not the same thing, but I tend to just turn on email notification for any thread where I've posted.  Then, I have a filter set up (in gmail) for messages from the forum, so I can just click on that "label" and see all the notifications I've received.

It achieves essentially the same result, though the list isn't stored on the forum website.  Since I keep gmail open in a tab at all times anyhow, that works pretty well for me.  I can see why others might prefer it on the website instead.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Way to go!
« on: November 04, 2009, 03:31:43 PM »
Does look great, and you're already getting linked to!  I just found it via http://www.examiner.com/x-241-Beer-Examiner~y2009m11d4-New-website-for-homebrewers-unveiled

As far as figuring out formatting... it really confused me when I clicked the "Next" link at the bottom of this page and it took me to another post instead of page 2 of this post... now I realize it means "next post in this forum," but that wasn't clear.  Other than that, the site is awesome!  Congrats on getting it launched.

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Ingredients / Re: Inspired by Oyster Stout...
« on: November 04, 2009, 03:23:41 PM »
Hah!  I guess nothing seems weird after placenta and testicle stouts.  I don't intend to go that weird.

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Ingredients / Inspired by Oyster Stout...
« on: November 04, 2009, 02:57:18 PM »
After reading this post about brewing with oysters, I've decided I'm going to try something bizarre with one of my next few beers.

So far, here are my thoughts:

(1) Some type of flavorful mushroom (morels, perhaps?) is near the top of my list.  I'm trying to decide what beer style would go well with this... I'm thinking maybe a brown ale or maybe an ESB.

(2) Shellfish of some sort, perhaps oysters.  Maybe clams or mussels?  Pretty sure this would have to be with a pretty rich/flavorful beer since my stomach turns a little at the thought.  But where's the fun if you're not taking a chance it'll be disgusting?  Perhaps I'll drive up to Jersey and taste that stout first....

(3) A strongly flavored root vegetable, like turnips or radishes.  Not sure what effects this might have on wort chemistry, but it sounds like fun.  Would probably be a pale ale or IPA, using the spiciness.

(4) Your suggestions?

This will be all-grain, a 5-gallon batch.


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