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Wood/Casks / First attempt at Barrel Aging
« on: March 27, 2019, 02:56:37 PM »
Hi Everyone.  This is an attempt at a barrel aged beer.  My brother, his brother-in-law, and I are collaborating on our first ever beer aged in a real barrel.

The Story:  I came in to possession of a 15 gallon barrel that started out housing bourbon, and then was used to age maple syrup.  We thought that it would be a great vessel to age a big beer.  Each of us is brewing 5 gallons of an imperial stout to be blended together in the barrel after secondary fermentation has completed.  I received the barrel 3 days after the syrup was drained from it.  The temperatures have been cold enough that I'm not overly concerned with "moldy residual syrup" still in the barrel, but to be safe I immediately dumped in a bottle of whiskey and rolled it around to sort of 'sanitize' the inside of the barrel.  I assume the residual maple syrup will reactivate the yeast so we intend to seal the barrel with an airlock to avoid carbonation in the barrel.  At the end of aging we will each fill a five gallon corny keg and force carbonate at our homes.

The purpose of this post is to seek out any input (or experiences) any of you have had in attempting this through your local clubs, etc.  Is there anything we should be aware of?  Or watch out for?  For instance how much can we expect to lose to the "Angels' Share?"  We are over brewing (volume) in order to have a supply to make up any amounts lost from the barrel and keep it as full as possible for as long as possible.

Thank you in advance for your input.

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Equipment and Software / The Grainfather
« on: November 12, 2015, 04:45:22 PM »
Just looking for opinions on The Grainfather brewing system.   It seems like a great system, but also a big investment for the average homebrewer.  It is a hobby we all love, so I guess it's like a golfer who buys a new set of clubs.  I haven't seen a whole lot of reviews so your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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Equipment and Software / Ventilation for Indoor Brewing
« on: January 09, 2015, 02:11:12 PM »
Hi Everyone!  I'm looking to convert to electric so I can brew in my basement during the cold winter months in Wisconsin.  The concern is how to properly vent the steam/moisture.  I'm thinking a vent hood of some kind that I can connect to an old dryer vent that's no longer in use.  Any Tips or suggestions would be great.  Thanks in advance.

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Ingredients / Ever used a base malt like a specialty grain?
« on: September 30, 2011, 03:11:34 PM »
Hi everyone.  I'm an extract brewer looking to make an IPA.  I tend to (try to) formulate my own recipes versus using a kit.  I'm wondering if anyone has ever steeped a base malt as a specialty grain.  I want to incorporate some Munich 10 in to this IPA, but I'm finding mixed thoughts on procedure.  Some say it can be steeped and some say I should perform a mini-mash with the Munich then proceed with steeping the rest of the grains after the mash.  Please let me know your opinions.  I know some base malts can be steeped while others require a mash to get the sugars out.  The concensus of this forum will dictate how I proceed.  Thanks for your help.

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Beer Recipes / Summer Shandy Clone
« on: March 21, 2010, 02:16:38 PM »
Hi everyone.  I've been trying to come up with a beer I can make that my wife may actually enjoy.  She hasn't been a fan of much of what I've made so far; so I thought I'd try something I know she likes.  She loves Leinie's Summer Shandy, so I've tried to get some info on it.  From the website I learned that they use Pale and Wheat for the malts and for hops they use Cluster.  Then the desription says that actually blend fresh lemonade in the fermenter (I think secondary).  This is where my knowledge gets limited.

Has anyone seen, made or willing to share a reliable clone recipe for this brew.
Thanks in advance.

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