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All Grain Brewing / Barley wine question
« on: August 23, 2011, 02:30:51 AM »
I want to give a barley wine a shot and I'm going to do it with a relatively small batch and just let it sit in the basement for close to year. However, I have heard some things that I am not sure of. I've heard with "bigger brews" that a thicker mash is appropriate, closer to 1.25qt/lb, where I've been doing about 2qt/lb up until this point. Is this just due to size constraints for the mash tun to be able to fit more water? If that is the case, then I won't worry about it (doing a 2 gallon batch), but if there is some sort of deeper meaning with conversion and such that would be good to know.

Also, I plan on using the yeast cake (Wyeast 1056) off of a brown ale (OG:1.057, 5.5 gallons) for this barley wine. Would this be over kill for such a small batch? Or will the high OG (estimating 1.1) compensate for that? Thanks for the help and happy brewing!

Beer Travel / First Brewer's Festival
« on: April 04, 2011, 09:20:04 PM »
So the wife and I headed up to Smuggler's Notch in Vermont for a little spring break ski vacation, and we got a great package deal with the resort, plus there was a brewer's festival that weekend also! First time for me, so I was thrilled to check this out.

The Attendees:

Sam Adams
Long Trail
Otter Creek
Magic Hat
Woodchuck Cider
Shocktop Widmer Brothers

At first, it was great, we got a souvenir glass and 8 tickets and picked up some SWAG on the tables. Then I realized that there was a DJ there who was like running games and contests and stuff. Then he started cranking the music and the place got packed and turned into a dance party. Another person in our party said it felt like we were at a wedding where you didn't know anybody. The beer I did try was good, but the people at the tables were not well informed. Some of them had piles of malt next to the samples on their tables so I tried some, couldn't put my finger on it, asked the girl what kind of malt it was, she looked befuddled, turned to ask someone else and said it was barley. Yeah, thanks sweetheart. Plus it wasn't anything new really, just a showcase of their flagship beers or seasonals.

So all-in-all, it wasn't the craft brew experience I was looking for, but I think I was disappointed because my expectations were so high. It was more of a Hey, Try Our Beer and Go Party! sort of night, instead of a, hey check out these new brews we have and ask us about them sort of night. Oh well, I'll probably go back, just with different expectations. 

All Grain Brewing / Drainage time
« on: February 27, 2011, 08:07:17 PM »
Just dove in and did my first AG batch earlier this week. All-in-all it went pretty well, but I guess I'm not sure what is "normal". I have a big rectangular cooler with a braided mesh and I did a small 3-gallon (total) batch. How long does it typically take to drain with this type of set-up?

General Homebrew Discussion / Possibly botched brew/Rookie mistake
« on: February 20, 2011, 10:58:10 PM »
Was on my 3rd ever brew today and not going to lie, I think I got a little bit cocky. My first two went over really well (process as well as tastings) so I figured I had this thing down. Things started to go downhill when I panicked at my LHBS when they didn't have the grains I wanted, so I tried to make some quick substitutions and ended up getting too much and not enough of a few, pushing the color and gravity out of style (Irish red). So made the trip back today and got what I wanted, but turns out when the hops packages say "2 x 1/2 ounce" it means you're only getting 1oz of hops, not 2.5oz like I needed. With SWMBO rushing my process, I didn't notice until it was too late...

any who, to make a long story (too late for that too) short, I'm way behind on my IBUs. Can I just go shopping say tomorrow, buy the correct amount of hops, boil them for alpha acid extraction and add it to my fermenting wort? I feel like I'm grasping at straws here, but figured it could work. I realize the contamination risk is increased, but I'd rather take the chance. Otherwise, it's going to be some SWEET (literally) beer for St. Patty's Day. Thanks for any advice

Yeast and Fermentation / Ut-Oh...newbie needs a 2nd opinion
« on: December 14, 2010, 12:23:58 AM »
Was just about to bottle my Winter Warmer (a little late maybe but it'll be winter for awhile...) from my secondary and noticed a bunch of little white floaties. I'm thinking this is probably some sort of mold but really really hoping it isn't. I took a final gravity reading and it was at my intended range (1.017) and I tasted some and it was actually pretty good. I would really prefer not to throw it out.

General Homebrew Discussion / Best Brew Software??
« on: December 02, 2010, 02:05:12 AM »
I've heard brew software being mentioned in a lot of threads and would like to get one. Any body have any recommendations? Obviously, free would be best

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Question on Black Patent
« on: October 18, 2010, 12:30:29 AM »
I just had a quick question about some black patent malt I stumbled across. Father-in-law works for Anheuser and gave me a 12oz (former Arizona Iced Tea) bottle of Black Patent Malt (liquid). I'm going to try my hand at a Holiday beer, with mostly extract and steeping some grains first. One of the grains my recipe calls for is the black patent at 2oz, and I'm assuming they mean to steep 2oz of the actual grain, so I'm not sure how to use this liquid version. My best guess would be to use it as a liquid extract, but not sure how much. Also, this will be my 2nd batch (newbie). Should I just add 2 ounces (weight) of the liquid?

Commercial Beer Reviews / SA Summer Ale
« on: May 02, 2010, 02:20:59 PM »
Anybody else notice a different taste to this beer this year? This has been one of my favorite beers over the past couple years, but I don't think I've had a good one yet this year. Can any one shed any light on this?

Equipment and Software / Glass or plastic?
« on: April 28, 2010, 07:43:14 PM »
Hey all,

I am new to this site and home brewing and I am carefully selecting my prospective equipment. I was just wondering which was better for a fermenter: glass carboy or plastic bucket? I realize the breakability of the glass carboy, but I guess I am questioning how air tight the basic 5 gallon buckets with lids are. I don't have any goals of making more than a 5 gallon batch, but I am looking to eventually create some cool, original recipes to enjoy amongst friends.Any input would be great,


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