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Kegging and Bottling / Carbing Guinness clone with nitro
« on: March 12, 2015, 08:06:19 PM »
Just brewed a Guinness clone. I'd like to have it on nitro but not sure about the carbing process. I've heard that nitro doesn't absorb into beer easily so wondering if I should carb with CO2 first and then put on nitro to serve, or should I carb with the nitro for a longer period of time. Planning to keg this weekend as I need it for a March 28 event. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I always get good advice from this forum - thanks in advance for your help. Slainte!

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Homebrew Clubs / Clubs and Competitions
« on: December 28, 2014, 09:24:15 AM »
Question: I belong to 2 homebrew clubs...one is registered with AHA and one is not (just a bunch of local guys who like to get together and brew). When registering for a competition, can I list the unofficial club as my homebrew club, or can I only list the registered club?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Saving a bad beer
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:53:16 PM »
Brewed a Rye Porter with my brewclub a couple of weeks ago. We all started racking to secondary and the beer tastes like dirty dishwater...watered-down and unpleasant. We know that the watered-down aspect is from being over-sparged but the taste is just nasty. Any suggestions?

50 gal batch; hard to quantify the sparge volume/temp - too many cooks

105 lbs 1.1 oz Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 1 78.4 %
20 lbs 0.3 oz Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 2 14.9 %
4 lbs 15.2 oz Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 3 3.7 %
4 lbs Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 4 3.0 %
5.85 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 5 21.3 IBUs
5.85 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 6 3.8 IBUs
10.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 7 0.0 IBUs
British Ale yeast starter

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Ingredients / Re: Advice on using Maple Syrup
« on: September 14, 2014, 04:20:59 PM »
@Eric...a guy in my brew club got it (not sure where from) and doled it out to members for an in-club competition.

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Ingredients / Advice on using Maple Syrup
« on: September 14, 2014, 12:58:43 PM »
Looking for feedback on this new recipe I'm trying. I have 2lbs of C grade maple syrup and trying to figure out how best to use it. Got inspiration from Funky Buddha French Toast Double Brown but decided to go with more of a Porter. Adding Brown Malt for a bit of a bready flavor. I see Crisp Brown Malt listed at my local HBS...is that the same thing? Any thoughts/suggestions?

French Toast Porter
6.5 lbs Pale Malt 2 Row
.5 lb Caramel/crystal 60L
1 lb Munich
1 lb Brown Malt
.5 lb Chocolate Malt
1.5 oz Fuggles @60 min
.5 oz Fuggles @10 min
1 lb Maple syrup at flameout

Add in secondary: another 1 lb Maple syrup, cinnamon stick and vanilla bean (scraped)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: need advise on grains
« on: September 06, 2014, 02:03:19 PM »
It's more of a brown then a British mild.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: need advise on grains
« on: September 06, 2014, 12:02:42 PM »
I'm gong from extract to all grain. here is the recipe
 6lbs Amber Malt extract
 2lbs Honey
 1/2lb Crystal Malt(20L)
 1/4lb Chocolate Malt
 1 tsps. Gypsum
 1 1/2oz Northern Brewers hops(60min)
 1/2oz Willamette Hops(15min)
 British Ale Yeast
   wanted to do all grain and just wasn't sure how much grains or what grains I should use in place of the Amber Malt Extract. Denny, it doesn't say who made the extract.

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General Homebrew Discussion / need advise on grains
« on: September 06, 2014, 09:33:43 AM »
hi everyone, thanks for all the great advise everyone has given me in the past. I have an extract recipe for a Honey Nut Brown that uses 6lbs of Amber malt extract. just wondering how much in grains I should use and what kinds. thanks

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Punching up my Blonde Ale Recipe
« on: July 04, 2014, 08:43:42 AM »
I was thinking about a future batch so your cool hop stand is a good suggestion. Thanks!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Punching up my Blonde Ale Recipe
« on: July 04, 2014, 08:07:06 AM »
I brewed an American Blonde Ale a few weeks ago (recipe designed by my wife)...it is really good but we are looking to add a little more hop (citrusy) flavor without upping the bitterness as it's already at the upper end of the range for the style. Any suggestions?

American Blonde Ale Recipe:
All-grain, 5 gal batch
8 lbs 2 Row
1 lb Cara-Pils
8 oz Biscuit Malt
.5 oz Cascade (7.1% aa) @ 60 min
1 oz Citra (12% aa) @ 10 min
American Ale Yeast (WLP060)
Mash in at 150F
Fly sparge at 168F
ABV 4.3%
IBU (calc) 26.5

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The Pub / Re: Proud Dad
« on: May 27, 2014, 11:37:46 PM »
Congrats!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Smoked Porter options
« on: February 25, 2014, 07:35:35 PM »
Hi again everyone, I just brewed my smoked porter and it has a really nice smoke flavor, not to strong. I was thinking of adding maybe cherries or a few vanilla beans to the secondary. If I use cherries should it be extract or cherry juice and how much. If I use Vanilla would u just split a few beans and add them to the secondary of soak them in a bit of vodka and for how long and then just pour the beans and vodka in or just the vodka. Again thanks for all the great advice I get for everyone here. Cheers!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Smoked Porter Recipe
« on: February 25, 2014, 10:21:05 AM »
Hi again everyone, I just brewed my smoked porter and it has a really nice smoke flavor, not to strong. I was thinking of adding maybe cherries or a few vanilla beans to the secondary. If I use cherries should it be extract or cherry juice and how much. If I use Vanilla would u just split a few beans and add them to the secondary of soak them in a bit of vodka and for how long and then just pour the beans and vodka in or just the vodka. Again thanks for all the great advice I get for everyone here. Cheers!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Clone Kits and Competitions
« on: January 29, 2014, 06:20:04 PM »
My kids got me a Pliney the Elder kit for Christmas. If it turns out well, is it cool to enter it in competition? Enter as Pliney clone or just by the style? Thanks for the help!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Competition
« on: January 24, 2014, 09:14:31 AM »
Hey all I have entered some comps also. My first at an Octoberfest in 2012 and got a first and best of show for a chili ale and got a free entry into the national Comp in Philly last year. didn't do as well in the one in Philly but the feed back was priceless in helping me develop my Chile ale more. Also have entered a few others with varing results but my best I think was a comp in Philly last fall for a milk stout that got me a first and best of show and is going to be brewed at Nodding Head in Philly in a few weeks.

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