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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Punching up my Blonde Ale Recipe
« on: July 04, 2014, 08:43:42 AM »
I was thinking about a future batch so your cool hop stand is a good suggestion. Thanks!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Punching up my Blonde Ale Recipe
« on: July 04, 2014, 08:07:06 AM »
I brewed an American Blonde Ale a few weeks ago (recipe designed by my wife)...it is really good but we are looking to add a little more hop (citrusy) flavor without upping the bitterness as it's already at the upper end of the range for the style. Any suggestions?

American Blonde Ale Recipe:
All-grain, 5 gal batch
8 lbs 2 Row
1 lb Cara-Pils
8 oz Biscuit Malt
.5 oz Cascade (7.1% aa) @ 60 min
1 oz Citra (12% aa) @ 10 min
American Ale Yeast (WLP060)
Mash in at 150F
Fly sparge at 168F
ABV 4.3%
IBU (calc) 26.5

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The Pub / Re: Proud Dad
« on: May 27, 2014, 11:37:46 PM »
Congrats!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Smoked Porter options
« on: February 25, 2014, 07:35:35 PM »
Hi again everyone, I just brewed my smoked porter and it has a really nice smoke flavor, not to strong. I was thinking of adding maybe cherries or a few vanilla beans to the secondary. If I use cherries should it be extract or cherry juice and how much. If I use Vanilla would u just split a few beans and add them to the secondary of soak them in a bit of vodka and for how long and then just pour the beans and vodka in or just the vodka. Again thanks for all the great advice I get for everyone here. Cheers!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Smoked Porter Recipe
« on: February 25, 2014, 10:21:05 AM »
Hi again everyone, I just brewed my smoked porter and it has a really nice smoke flavor, not to strong. I was thinking of adding maybe cherries or a few vanilla beans to the secondary. If I use cherries should it be extract or cherry juice and how much. If I use Vanilla would u just split a few beans and add them to the secondary of soak them in a bit of vodka and for how long and then just pour the beans and vodka in or just the vodka. Again thanks for all the great advice I get for everyone here. Cheers!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Clone Kits and Competitions
« on: January 29, 2014, 06:20:04 PM »
My kids got me a Pliney the Elder kit for Christmas. If it turns out well, is it cool to enter it in competition? Enter as Pliney clone or just by the style? Thanks for the help!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Competition
« on: January 24, 2014, 09:14:31 AM »
Hey all I have entered some comps also. My first at an Octoberfest in 2012 and got a first and best of show for a chili ale and got a free entry into the national Comp in Philly last year. didn't do as well in the one in Philly but the feed back was priceless in helping me develop my Chile ale more. Also have entered a few others with varing results but my best I think was a comp in Philly last fall for a milk stout that got me a first and best of show and is going to be brewed at Nodding Head in Philly in a few weeks.

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The Pub / Re: NB has a bacon beer kit (with bacon extract)
« on: January 10, 2014, 10:30:59 AM »
You should be drinking one and eating the other but not mixing them together in a brew. not my glass of beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Smoked Porter Recipe
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:24:41 PM »
Thanks Mort, don't like a lot of smoke in my beer but was just curious if the cherry would come throught enough.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Smoked Porter Recipe
« on: January 08, 2014, 09:37:19 AM »
thanks for the input. I only get 1.5 lbs of the cherry smoked malt from by brew club. the members who took the malt have to brew a beer to be judged. I was wondering with that amount of the cherry  smoked malt how much flavor and smoke it would add with the recipe above. thanks for all the advice in advance.

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The Pub / Re: New Year goals?
« on: January 01, 2014, 12:11:59 PM »
Same as many here, lose weight and get in some sort of shape. Brew my first lager and get my garage fixed up into my brew room. win a few more competitions. Have gotten 2 first places and one best of show for my milk stout.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain Mills
« on: December 27, 2013, 07:53:02 AM »
Yet another +1 for the Barley Crusher. Mine's going on 18 months with no problems and no re-adjustments - just checked it about a month ago and it's still at 0.039 on both ends - just like when it was new.

Thinking of motorizing it soon -

...I motorized it with very little effort and get great results.

Paul - what motor did you use, and where did you get it? $$?

I actually got my motor for free.  We were cleaning out my Mom's house and found a brand new 1/2HP, 1750RPM motor with a side plate, flat mounting bracket. 

I would post a picture of my mill but none of the formatting buttons are working for me right now. 

Paul

Found the fix for the buttons not working in the "Questions about the forum" section.  Thanks guys!!

Now to figure out where the "Edit" button went.

Anyway, here's the picture.


Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain Mills
« on: December 26, 2013, 03:16:36 PM »
I was wondering if a 3-roller is better then a 2-roller. I'm only doing 5 gal batches right now but who knows, I might try some 10 gal batches in the near future.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain Mills
« on: December 26, 2013, 12:16:39 PM »
Thanks for all the advice. I'll start looking at them and I figure I'll be getting one in the next few weeks. Again thanks for all the ideas.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Grain Mills
« on: December 26, 2013, 10:38:41 AM »
Hi everyone, I have been doing all gain brews for about a year and have always gotten my grains milled. My kids got me a pliny the elder all grain kit and the grains aren't milled. Was looking for advise on a good grain mill to buy and from what company without spending a ton. Thanks in advance for any and all the help.

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