Sold! Thanks for the prompt response Denny.
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Along the same lines but bigger - Quad. I've had a couple barrel age quads, one very good, the other excellent.
Old Ale or Barleywine? Tannins would help counteract the sweetness in those styles.
Imperial stout? I think you may still extract oak flavor from the barrel so I would not do a sour yet. How big is your barrel and how long were the first two batches agen in the barrel?
Edit: I'm also looking at Carabou Slobber from Northern Brewer. It looks like this is a four week project, however. Is this too risky for a first time brewer? http://www.northernbrewer.com/documentation/beerkits/CaribouSlobber.pdf
It seems like the yeast needs to be purchased separately, also the mesh bags for the boiling. This must be a complicated question but I'd love some suggestions on specific ones to get. I'm on information overload...
Thanks for the help!
I think the main advice you are going to get is to use more hops. For comparison you have 5 oz of hops here and I use 5.5 oz for a pale ale. I rarely brew IPAs because of the amount of hops they need. I would add at least an ounce of hops at the end of the boil and another at dry hop.
A lot of people seem to like getting all of their IBUs from the bittering addition and using the rest of the hops at flameout/hop stand/whirlpool and dry hop. You could have better success with doing this and then using 4 oz of hops at the end of the boil and 4 oz dry hop...
Also, if you are looking for a 'fruity' IPA you may want to experiment with some of the newer hop varieties. What you have looks like it may be more citrusy which is what I prefer
Can someone tell me about Minhas Craft Brewery? It didn't seem to fit the category to me, but I've never heard of them.Surprised they're on here as well. They're a giant contract brewery that seems to specialize in crappy beers. They brew a lot of the house brand labels for places like Trader Joes, Costco etc.
Had Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold yesterday and it was not as good as I was expecting. Any recommendations for widely available examples of Helles? I have yet to try Paulaner's offereing...
From the website it looks like Maui Brewing is available in parts of Colorado. My absolute favorite Helles Lager is Maui's Bikini Blonde. Delicious stuff.
I have seen that around from time to time. I never buy their beer because it is usually insanely expensive. I will look around for this one.