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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Reusing yeast cake, pros and cons
« on: August 14, 2014, 05:22:27 PM »
Thanks everybody. Never had any issues reusing a yeast cake, but always done styles that are very forgiving when it comes to off-flavors. Looking for a nice clean lager flavor on this one.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: adding chilis to beer
« on: August 13, 2014, 05:22:10 PM »
I made a chili pepper porter that came out really well. I used 10 jalapeno peppers. Chopped and divided in half. One half boiled in wort, the other soaked in vodka, and then added only the liquid at bottling time. Great aroma without too much heat in the flavor.

Yeast and Fermentation / Reusing yeast cake, pros and cons
« on: August 13, 2014, 05:19:33 PM »
Does anyone have any thoughts on the pros and cons of reusing a yeast cake? Best practices? I'm planning to siphon an amber lager out of the primary and throw a Baltic porter onto the yeast cake. Done this with saisons before and it's worked out reasonably well, but I'm just wondering if anyone has experienced problems.

General Homebrew Discussion / Brewing with rose petals
« on: June 07, 2014, 10:22:46 AM »
Does anyone have tips on brewing with rose petals? I'm making a saison, about 7-8 percent ABV, and would like to add just a hint of rose aroma. Should I make rose water and add it to the secondary or at bottling, or use them in the boil? If in the boil, for how long? And how much should I use?

General Homebrew Discussion / Brewing a "Fest" in summer
« on: June 01, 2014, 06:00:24 PM »
Does anybody have tips on making some approximation of a fest bier during the summer, without a refrigerator? I just moved and had to give up lots of equipment and don't have the ability to do a true lager. My basement gets down to 60-degrees, and I have cheap styrofoam cooler that fits a carboy and which I might be able to get down to 50 degrees with enough ice packs, but that would require a lot of attention.

Any suggestions on how to do a cheater Oktoberfest during the summer? My pregnant wife has requested it as her first post-birth beer. She's due in late-August.

General Homebrew Discussion / Lowering ph level
« on: May 15, 2014, 07:16:23 PM »
How much gypsum per gallon do I have to add to my mash/sparge water to lower my ph into the optimal range. My water is 7.5 ph.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Single Infusion Mash Time
« on: January 15, 2014, 06:24:17 PM »
75 minutes. I like a well-attenuated beer and that seems to have been the sweet spot for a lot of my beers. I'm interested in the positive results from shorter times (45 min.). That seems awfully short, but perhaps I'll give it a try.

Beer Recipes / Chili pepper porter recipe?
« on: January 15, 2014, 06:18:32 PM »
I'm looking for a chili pepper porter recipe. Anybody have a good one? I'd like something between 4-6 percent, with chocolate notes and ample heat but not so much it burns your throat. Also, any advice on pepper types/quantity and when to add it (boil? secondary?) is most appreciated.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Flaked Oats
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:07:10 AM »
Thanks everyone. I'm using it for a pumpkin porter tomorrow. Glad I can just raid my kid's breakfast stash.

General Homebrew Discussion / Flaked Oats
« on: October 03, 2013, 04:19:14 PM »
My LHS ran out of flaked oats. Could I just substitute rolled oats? What's the difference?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Star anise?
« on: October 02, 2013, 05:20:31 PM »
1 star per 5 gallons is what I've heard. I used 1 star for last 5 minutes of the boil in a 5 gallon batch of Belgian Strong, and it provided a hint of flavor without being immediately identifiable.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best Beers You Ever Brewed?
« on: July 02, 2013, 03:17:53 PM »
1. Saison -- 7.5 percent, made with rye and the White Labs Saison 1 yeast. Just opened a year-old bottle and it is perfect.

2. Pumpkin Porter -- 8 percent, chocolate and just a hint of the pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove).

3. Belgian Wit/wine hybrid -- 5.5 percent Belgian wit with ginger and muscat grape juice.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Zymurgy Top-Ranked Beers
« on: July 02, 2013, 03:10:52 PM »
Great beer, but not my favorite IPA. I enjoy Heady Topper more.

General Homebrew Discussion / Sage in White IPA
« on: May 19, 2013, 05:58:20 AM »
I'm interested in putting sage in a White IPA and am wondering how much to use/when to use it. Has anyone tried brewing with sage? How much do I need, and how should I add it? I've read about making a sage tea and adding it to the secondary. Anyone thrown it into the boil?

Ingredients / Re: Hop suggestions for White IPA
« on: May 12, 2013, 05:36:34 PM »
Citra and Galaxy were definitely on my list. Hadn't thought about Sage as a spice, but that could be interesting. Lemon peel was another alternative, but I don't want to go crazy with the spices.

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