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General Homebrew Discussion / Star anise?
« on: September 26, 2013, 05:33:22 PM »
I'm planning to make a rough clone of Stone's Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout. I'm going to use Stone's recipe for their RIS (, use WY 3522 Ardennes, and star anise. I've never used anise and am guessing I should add it toward the end of the boil (5, 1 minute?). I can imagine it would easy to overdo the anise and make black licorice beer   . I'm curious to know if anyone has tried that beer, and thoughts on how much to use? It comes in 1 oz. packages, so I wouldn't think anything MORE than that, maybe .5? Thoughts?

Yeast and Fermentation / Growing a BIG pitch
« on: February 13, 2012, 06:25:55 AM »
I was wondering if anyone had a go-to procedure for growing a big (lager-like) pitch? I'm not going to be brewing soon, so cannot make an extra gallon to use as a starter. Does anyone ever just make a gallon or two of simple wort with DME and use that as a BIG starter?

Kegging and Bottling / Bottle conditioned off flavor
« on: February 13, 2012, 06:20:10 AM »
Has anyone encountered persistent off flavors as a result of bottle conditioning? I've been brewing for several years and kegging for most of that time. Occasionally I will bottle condition sour and big beers. I've noticed an unpleasant off flavor on bottle conditioned beers. I bottled a year old barley wine in December and initially it was very neutral and tasty upon achieving carbonation. However within a few months this sweet, homebrew-y flavors has settled in and "ruined" it. I've had similar experiences with other beers. I can't imagine it's an infection issue, since these beers do not become gushers, and I've got sanitation pretty under control in my brewery. Just curious if others have had this issue? I'm thinking it's time for a beer gun to bottle the stuff I want to age in bottle.

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