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General Homebrew Discussion / NB Munich Extract-Roasty?
« on: January 09, 2011, 01:34:14 PM »
I just kegged an extract lager that I brewed as a starter batch for 2124 yeast.  The ingredients were 6# of Northern Brewer Munich Extract (which is supposed to be 50/50 pale/munich malt), 1# of Marris Otter and 1/2# of Weyermann Carared.  The MO and Carared were steeped at 150-158* for and hour.  Hops were Saphir at 3.5% AAU all as FWH.  IBU35, OG 1046, FG 1010.  Fermented at 50* for a month, D-rest at 60 for a week.

The beer is beautiful and brilliantly clear.  Unfortunately it has a roasty character that I find out of place in a lager.  It is very clean tasting and lacks that bready malty character I was hoping for.  I did not burn the crystal/MO additions when I steeped them.

Has anyone used this extract and gotten a similar taste?

General Homebrew Discussion / Need Advice on Timing a Beer
« on: November 15, 2009, 12:32:45 PM »
I'm planning on making some American Wheat for Christmas.  I will be doing a 15 gallon recipe, using some toasted oats in the grist, and adding orange zest at flameout.  Gravity will be around 1050.  IBU 25.  Wyeast 1010.

Being that I need around a nine liter starter for this, I will make a 5 gallon batch of partial mash wheat beer as my starter.  I bought 6# of wheat LME from NB.  I'll partial mash 2.5# of grain, do a quick boil, and use this as a starter for this batch.  I figure I'll pitch the whole thing into the final 5 gallon batch.

I'm going away from 11/22 till 11/29, and didnt want to leave an actively fermenting beer un watched for that long.  My brewday for the 15 gallon batch will be 12/6.  I like my wheats fresh and cloudy, so I figure that timing is OK.

Here lies my question.  Should I scramble on 11/29 to do my 5 gallon batch and have yeast for the next week?  Should I make the 5 gallons today, pitch one smack pack with no starter, and use that yeast on 12/6?  Should I make the whole batch today, pull off one gallon and ferment it seperatetly with the pack, then pitch it into the rest at high krausen?  If I just do the one gallon starter now, do you think viability will be acceptable in 2 weeks?

The vacation plans are ruining my beer plans!  I'm leaning towards a 1 gallon starter today, the extract brew on 11/29, and the 15 gallon brew on 12/6.

General Homebrew Discussion / Weaze's "So Long" post deleted.
« on: November 08, 2009, 12:00:42 PM »
I went the the NB website for this link and could not find that post.  Was it really deleted?  What the hell is going on over there if they're actually deleting posts that they find unfavorable to them.  Maybe I just missed it, but I couldnt find it, even using the search menu.

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