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Ingredients / Re: Using real chocolate
« on: June 18, 2010, 10:45:18 PM »
Any advice on quantity using the extract?

Ingredients / Re: Using real chocolate
« on: June 17, 2010, 11:47:24 PM »
What sort of beer/style?

my curiosity is piqued :)

Beer Recipes / Re: Hopped Up Brown Ale
« on: June 16, 2010, 10:14:08 PM »
After Blizzard Ale
1# Caramunich
1# Caravienne
6.5# Muntons Light Extract
3# Dark Dry Malt Extract
1 oz Chinook 13.6AA 60 min
1.5oz Cascade 7.2AA 15min
1.5 oz Cascade 7.2AA 3 min
O.G. 1072  F.G 1020

Wyeast 1056


Ingredients / Re: Using real chocolate
« on: June 16, 2010, 10:03:38 PM »
Thanks guys
The brewing efforts we have coming up are these
1) I'm remaking a cherry porter recipe, upping the cherries from last time, using a heavier dose of chocolate malt and a lighter dose of black patent  (4:1 ratio), and was considering adding chocolate to see if I could get a more luscious mouthfeel and hint of chocolate to go with the roasty background that offsets the fruit.
2) My brewing partner is going after a clone of the Founders Breakfast Stout.

Neither of us have used chocolate before in any recipe. When I talked to my homebrew supply guy, he suggested melting down the bar form of bakers chocolate and adding it to the bottling bucket, skipping both the boil and the fermenting process.  All around it sounds like somewhere late in the process is best. 

Any other experiences are welcome and appreciated - thanks!!

Ingredients / Using real chocolate
« on: June 16, 2010, 02:22:37 AM »
Anyone have any experience using bakers chocolate in either a stout or porter recipe?

We have both coming up, and would like to know the particulars of when to add, what form is used (i.e. powder or bar or syrup) and how to best get it into solution.

Any insights are appreciated/

The Pub / Re: Quick Demographics Question
« on: April 26, 2010, 10:55:15 AM »
Wow, that took a while  ;D

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Wilco Tango Foxtrot
« on: April 26, 2010, 10:38:20 AM »

Maybe that's what they meant but whiskey would have crowded the label too much? You did make me look again though.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Wilco Tango Foxtrot
« on: April 26, 2010, 01:31:18 AM »
Lagunitas Jobless Recovery Ale. A Malty 7.84% hoppy brown ale. Reminds me a bit of the batch I made after the blizzard this year. Hearty Brown with a high alpha chinook (13.2AA) bittering hop, and a fairly high alpha (7.0AA) cascade to finish. The Lagunitas is another lovely thing -  I think I'll have to get a case of this one.

The Pub / Re: Completely pathetic or completely AWESOME?
« on: April 24, 2010, 07:15:02 PM »
fat tire please  ;D

The Pub / Re: Quick Demographics Question
« on: April 22, 2010, 05:20:58 PM »
I'd venture that there are plenty of folks out there like me. I've been brewing 8-9 years - anywhere from 50-220 gallons a year, never joined a club, never took a class, never entered a competition - until this year!  I still just use a 10 gallon SS Kettle - and brew either in the basement or on the back porch - so there's nothing fancy about my HB efforts. I have mostly made up all my own recipes (hence why I never know what style the brew might fit into), and seem to favor brown and red porter like concoctions.  I and a friend started growing my own hops 2 years ago, and did some serious transplanting and expansion of the number of vines this spring.

So I am one of what I imagine is a pretty good # of homebrewers that is largely off the radar and unaccounted for.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada 30
« on: April 22, 2010, 03:59:09 PM »
Fritz and Kens Stout is a big big beer. A remarkable set of flavors. I had one set aside for next weekend, when a buddy who had also bought one offered it up last night at dinner. I'm thinking I'm going to set the one I've got aside for a year and see how it changes.  If this one is this good - I'm definitely on the lookout for the rest of the series. Wow.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Sam Adams Long Shot Six Pack
« on: April 20, 2010, 10:18:36 PM »
OK, so after reading for years about the SA Longshot Contest, I really just started paying attention recently. I just found this years mixed six pack in the store yesterday, so I decided to give it a try.  This is what you get:

Lemon Pepper Saison - 6.4% ABV - This was the entry from the SA employee brewer and reminds me of a slightly more spicy version of the Sams Summer Ale. Heavy on the Lemon Zest, and the Grains of Paradise spice that Sams is so fond of. I wasn't terribly impressed at first taste - and had a sort of pallette shock at first. But after a few sips, I could tell there was a bit of complexity to this brew. Even so - it gave me the impression that it was chosen because the brewer used ingredients familar to and appreciated by SA.  OK - but not overly impressed.

Mile High Barley Wine - 9.8% ABV - I have to be honest, I am not the biggest fan of Barley wines, and generally find them overly sweet for my tastes. But this brew was a pleasant surprise. The alcohol was not hot at all, and it was a nicely balanced, malty brew. If Barley Wines were more like this one - I'd be a bigger fan for sure. Very enjoyable.

Old Ben Ale - 9% ABV - An English style Old Ale, this too was a very enjoyable potable.  Remarkably similar though to the overall mouth feel and general malty character of the Barley wine. Sort of made me wonder about SA's selection criteria. Almost like they were in a certain "taste zone" and didn't care to venture from it.  From a purely objective standpoint, the beer was quite good.

From the standpoint of a HB competition and choosing the best in a variety of styles - the mixed sixer sort of left me wondering. And also made me think that what I might consider a good entry for this comp wouldn't stand a chance.  I think I'll keep what's left of my cherry porter to myself :)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Founders
« on: April 17, 2010, 01:03:13 AM »
Try the breakfast stout with a piece of dark chocolate - unbelievable!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada 30
« on: April 17, 2010, 12:56:23 AM »
I picked up a bottle of the 30yr anniversry Stout the other day - haven't tried it yet - looking forward to sharing it with friends in a couple of weeks. The vendor said it tasted more like a porter than a stout - I'm anxious to see just how good it is. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My first competition
« on: April 17, 2010, 12:23:26 AM »
I know we must all be partial to the potables we produce. And in honor of my first true competition entry, I cracked a bottle of the cherry porter I sent in the the NHC this evening.  I can only hope that the bottle that got judged today tastes anything like what I'm enjoying right now :)  Did you ever make a batch you wished you could reproduce over and over again?  This batch is my first true successful fruit beer - I wish I could share it with everybody! That cherry tree in WV just isn't big enough ;)

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