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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hot, young beer
« on: September 25, 2015, 02:08:56 PM »
Let it sit.  Assuming it's not just loaded with fusel alcohols.  My best example of this is my first batch of mead.  For the first year, it was so alcoholic.  Undrinkable.  During the second year, the alcohol was fading and it was becoming more drinkable.  Just hit year three, and wow, it's pretty tasty now.  I thought I had screwed up on fermentation, but having read a fair amount, didn't want to dump it and just sat on it for a while, hoping that would clean it up and mellow it out.  Well, it took about 3 years for the mead, but it did.  If a mead can do that, I'm sure a beer, with many more, stronger flavors, can do the same (and I've had that happen too, doesn't take as long for beer luckily).

So, my advice, sit on it.  Hopefully it doesn't take a year or two, but you'll be surprised how big of a difference even just 6 months can make.

I made a strawberry rhubarb saison this last season.  I simmered the strawberries with the rhubarb for a bit (maybe 15') before covering and letting cool.  I then added this to secondary and racked on top.  Easily one of my top beers.  It did have some pectin haze, but when people tried it, they stopped caring about the cloudiness.

Ingredients / Re: Advice on using Maple Syrup
« on: September 14, 2014, 11:42:32 PM »
I added 1.87 lb of maple syrup to a big RIS.  It's a little over a year now and still has a noticeable maple flavor.  I added it all to secondary.  However, I didn't wait for fermentation to completely end.  I waited till it was noticeably slowing down by a fair amount and the racked to secondary with the maple syrup.  I'm happy with the results.  I want to change the recipe a bit, but it's the malt bill.  The amount and way of adding the syrup with stay the same.

I would definitely cut back from that amount if you're planning on drinking it fresh.  While I enjoyed the maple flavor, fresh it was a touch too strong.  After a year it's really hit it's stride, but I was planning on sitting on this for at least a year anyway.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Labels
« on: August 17, 2014, 05:15:47 PM »
+1 to grogtag.  I ordered from them for a beer I did for a friend as a surprise for his wedding (big barleywine).  The quality was very nice.  Much better than anything I could have done myself for close to that price.  While I was at it, I ordered some custom bottle caps and a sign as well with my homebrew logo.  The caps are very nice looking.  The sign is nice as well.  It's going to be hanging in my bar area when I finally move.  All very good products though.

Equipment and Software / Inexpensive Fryer on Woot?
« on: November 09, 2013, 06:10:27 AM » has a turkey fryer setup today.  It's seems to be a good, not OMG!!! good, but a good price, from what I can tell.  My question is this: Should I go for this burner?  I've been wanting a Blichmann floor burner for a little while.  I haven't gotten one partially because I'm poor, partially because my gas stove just barely gets to a boil, and partially because there are a couple things I want more.

I've heard the Blichmann burners are worth the money.  I'm just wondering if I should jump on the burner on woot, since it's a deal (I'll need a second burner at some point anyway.  I doubt that I'll want to haul sparge water from the house for very long).  Currently though, there are a couple things I want more than a floor burner.  What do you guys think?  I'm just worried this is a better deal than I realize, and I should jump on it, then I can start boiling on a fryer earlier, and I'll have my second burner when I get a Blichmann.  Thanks guys.

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