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For those who want to try something kinda like crystal but not exactly, check out the Great Western Sacchra malts.  I've been working with Sacchra 50 and I really like it.  Kind of a cross between crystal and Vienna.
Denny do you know if this malt is already available on any online homebrew shop?

Not Denny, but a google search found this:  (Note: this is a Canadian shop)

Beer Recipes / Re: Coffee Oatmeal Brown
« on: October 18, 2016, 07:20:43 AM »
Where is the coffee coming from? That would bring some bitterness too.  If you were going cold brew

There was no coffee listed in the recipe. Maybe its from the flavor of the chocolate malt or brown malt? With the quarter pound of chocolate malt and half pound of brown, I don't think that would be enough to give a coffee flavor in a grain bill of 17 pounds.

Then again, as my wife reminds me, I could be wrong about a lot of things.

Beer Recipes / Re: Coffee Oatmeal Brown
« on: October 17, 2016, 05:04:26 PM »
Thanks Jon. Appreciate you opinion.

Beer Recipes / Coffee Oatmeal Brown
« on: October 17, 2016, 07:27:56 AM »
I have been looking for an imperial brown ale recipe and this month’s issue of Brew Your Own has a recipe for a coffee oatmeal brown with coconut and chocolate. The recipe for 5 gallons they give is:
13 lbs Maris Otter
1.5 lbs carabrown
1.5 lbs flaked oats
0.5 lbs brown malt
0.25 lbs crystal 45L
0.25 lbs pale chocolate malt
6.5 AAU Pilgram hops 90 minutes
2.75 AAU Pilgram 5 minutes
2 lbs shaved coconut in secondary
1 lb cacao nibs in secondary

The OG is listed as 1.082 (with 65% efficiency) and a FG of 1.020 for an ABV of 8.6.  (My calculation is 8.1% ABV.) The IBUs are listed as 26. When I plug the hops and malt into BeerSmith and Brewer’s Friend, the numbers appear right. I was thinking about brewing this without the coconut and cacao nibs.

My question is about the hops. The BU:GU ratio is something like 0.3. A 26 IBU and a ratio of 0.3 seems low in a beer with 8.6% (or 8.1%) ABV. I’m thinking that something more like 35 IBU and a ratio of 0.4 would be more suited to this beer.

Is 26 IBU too low? Would anyone advise increasing the hops? Does the coconut and/or cacao nibs add bitterness or the perception of bitterness?

Any thoughts?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: macro homebrew trends
« on: October 08, 2016, 08:39:51 AM »
Seriously... do what makes you happy.  I still enjoy my RIS.  I just don't dumb it down or use artificial black food coloring and insist on calling everything an IPA.

I kid.  A little.  ;)

Dave, I assume you hate Schwarzbier (basically dyed Gpils/Helles) for the same reason?    :)

Edit -  Kidding aside, I freely admit that the misnomer 'black IPA' is pretty dumb, but I'll admit that I've had and made some good ones.

Look at the 2015 BJCP guidelines; Category 21 has for IPA specialities black, white, red, brown, Belgian, and rye. And that doesn't include the double IPA in category 22.

I have made some good IPAs but they are the American IPA style.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Good notes?
« on: September 19, 2016, 01:15:33 PM »
I'm sure everybody does it differently.

without a doubt, everyone has their own way of recording their notes. And it is personal as to what you wish to record. I'm sort of between laissez faire and OCD.

Now here is an example of someone who is very OCD about notes and records.   I met Dave at NHC this past year and he is a nice guy with lots of knowledge.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lallemand ESB yeast
« on: September 17, 2016, 01:12:35 PM »
I have been offline for a few months.  This is great news.

welcome back

looking forward to hearing from you on the boards

Interested to see the retest of Belle

and Saisonstein’s Monster

Beer Travel / Re: Where am I?
« on: September 04, 2016, 03:48:46 PM »

Where am i? No tricks this time, it's Belgium.

Orval (?)

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest freezer rust prevention
« on: August 16, 2016, 04:23:05 PM »
My 15 year old chest freezer finally died and I just got a shiny new one. I would really like to prevent the inside from rusting out. Anybody have any tips to keep my new fermentation chamber looking good? I just finished calking the interior in hopes that it will slow down the rusting process.

Check Experimental Brewing podcast either #1 or #2 near the very end for a tip from Drew.    If I remember right, I think he said to put silicon caulking around the inside seams to help prevent rust.

I'm sure that is where I heard this.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: That's a lotta salt!
« on: August 13, 2016, 11:21:28 AM »
Could it be a misprint and they meant 1 teaspoon?

Just a thought. I have never used salt of any amount in my beer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: How to add coffee to a stout
« on: August 13, 2016, 11:17:40 AM »
Just kidding. I love it here!  In Belgium I'm just one of the guys, but here I'm always right because of my Belgian Wisdom!

We only keep you for your waffles.

and chocolate. Don't forget the chocolate.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Any Grainfather users?
« on: August 08, 2016, 09:28:59 AM »
Hi Denny, I use a Grainfather.  What's your question?

The question is how the hell do you seat the top and bottom plates when the silicone rings keep slipping off!  I've gotten some suggestions to try.

Ah yes, it's not the easiest.  The bottom plate I put in place without the pipe attached to it.  I hold it oriented vertically, and push it down until it reaches the bottom, and then slowly and carefully twist it until it's in place.  It took me a good few goes to it right.  The top plate I do the same thing, but when you've added the grain, the flour that sticks to the side makes it a lot easier than the bottom plate. 

Fitting the bottom plate definitely seems to get easier once the GF has been used.

Spray some water or starsan on the silicon. That seems to help me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dedicated home-brew supply store?
« on: August 05, 2016, 07:11:03 AM »
LHBS is on the way home from work so dropping by isn't out of my way. Very knowledgeable staff who all brew and some have gone pro. Most if not all are members of the local club. They have started a monthly bottle share and other open events. Yea, I could get some items cheaper by using an online shop but then I would miss dropping by after work or on a Saturday or Sunday to see what's on tap or to share one of my beers and get their take on things. They do have wine supplies but I think that is less than the beer supplies.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Young lager
« on: July 19, 2016, 04:50:37 AM »

A friend made this a year ago...

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