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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Frozen beer
« on: June 30, 2011, 06:56:26 PM »
I'll see your cornie and raise you 6.  I had people coming over so I put everything I had into the new freezer to get them nicely chilled for a "sampling".  Froze all 7.  California common, cream ale, rye pale ale (it was the slushiest having more alcohol I think), amber ale, mild, amber lager and light lager.  Seven unique snow cone flavours.

I'm sure they'll be fine but thanks everyone for putting my mind at ease.  I've pulled the plug and I'll play with the temp tomorrow.  Luckily I'm away for a few days so they can drop clear again for when I get back.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Frozen beer
« on: June 30, 2011, 01:47:33 PM »
It will drop out some flavor compounds and proteins, but it should be fine other than that.  Just wait for it to thaw completely.
I have an 8.5% rye pale ale that I had a glass of at 1/2 thawed.  Probably 10%+.  Sort of a barley wine taste to it.  Not terrible but not how it tasted when thawed.

General Homebrew Discussion / Frozen beer
« on: June 30, 2011, 01:31:10 PM »
Does freezing hurt beer?  I put a controller on my freezer and apparently it's in Farenheit, not Celsius.  Beercicle anyone?

Beer Recipes / Re: Pumpkin beer
« on: June 29, 2011, 08:35:47 AM »
Thanks.  I look forward to seeing the recipes.  If I can't find pumpkin, I may substitute squash (I've used it in pies before and you really can't tell the difference).  Personally, spiced beers are one of my least favourite styles but I had a request for some so I'm taking a shot at it.
As more people try my beer and find out it doesn't taste like they expect homebrew to taste, I seem to be getting more requests.  Most of them I ignore but for a few good friends I'll give it a try.

Beer Recipes / Pumpkin beer
« on: June 29, 2011, 06:50:58 AM »
I checked the recipe wiki first and didn't find much so I'm going to ask.  Does anyone have a pumpkin beer recipe?  I'm looking for something that I can brew soon to store for fall.  If you have a fall pumpkin recipe, can you please post it?

Equipment and Software / Re: what mill would you recommend?
« on: June 29, 2011, 06:41:01 AM »
I've got a 3 roller monster mill and I really like it.  But, you have to make some sort of hopper and base for the mill.  Mine works but needs improvement.  The mill itself does a very good job and is easily adjustable.  This is the only mill I've ever owned.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Tell me about Kolsch please
« on: June 28, 2011, 07:04:10 AM »
Thanks all. So the yeast is king, the hops are negotiable as long as they are noble type and not too bitter.  Now, next adaptation question.  Can it work with 2-row instead of pilsner?  Will it just be a shade darker or will it alter the character?  For this first one I will get pilsner malt since I'll be at the LHBS getting yeast but I usually have a 55 lb sack of 2-row on the go most of the time.  I find pilsner just too expensive so I cheap out and go with 2-row which for the styles I usually brew is fine. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Tell me about Kolsch please
« on: June 27, 2011, 08:35:55 PM »
I don't have any of your suggested hops right now although I can get some.  Just before I do would regular Hallertau work?  I don't know the origin, probably domestic.  I can get Mittlefruh (I think...) but i've got several ounces of regular Hallertau so I thought I'd check first.  I'm going to try your recipe and 1/2 everything for 6 gallons (23L fermenter).  Any problems with this approach?  I don't have Magnum either but I assume any high alpha hop would likely substitute ok.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Tell me about Kolsch please
« on: June 27, 2011, 02:28:14 PM »

You have basically two yeasts that are available to choose from, WLP029 and WY2565. Both make good kolsch with the WL strain being a little more tempermental at cooler temps though much easier to clear during conditioning and the WY strain with a little more apple and pear ester than the WL strain.

Can you expand a bit on what you mean by "tempermental"?  I've never used either but I find myself being more drawn to WLP yeast than Wyeast for some reason.  In general I think I've had better success with their yeast but I don't want to buy the wrong one just because others have worked out well.  Of course, there is also the question of which my HBS has in stock as I haven't yet checked.

All Grain Brewing / Tell me about Kolsch please
« on: June 27, 2011, 01:20:18 PM »
I'm looking for something new to brew and I will be picking up a few different yeast next week when I drive close enough to my not quite local HBS.  I'm considering a saison now that it's getting warmer and I may be the Wyeast French Saison yeast but I am seeing a lot of Kolsch on here and I really don't know much about the style.  I'm gathering it is a German ale from Cologne but other than that I don't know much about it.

How is it as a summer beer?  I can look up the BJCP guidelines but is this a beer that you'd consider a session beer?  What makes it special as opposed to other styles?  Is this something you usually have on tap or something that you do once in a while? Can you give me a good, commonly found commercial example of the style?
Just looking for alternative styles to try. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: June 27, 2011, 01:08:05 PM »
A nice blend of barleywine and a pale ale.

That's the cleanest stove I've ever seen.

Beer Recipes / Re: Fruit beer base
« on: June 25, 2011, 08:39:29 AM »
Well, I cheat a bit.  I do a 2-3L starter in a 1 gallon jug and then when I pitch it, I leave about a tbsp of slurry in the bottom and then add boiled/cooled wort to the slurry and start a second batch from the yeast that's usually ready about a week later.  Then, I keep and re-pitch the yeast so I sort of have two strings going from the same original vial. 

Beer Recipes / Re: Fruit beer base
« on: June 24, 2011, 08:04:07 PM »
I've never done a lager but imagine amarillo would  be nice in one. I'd go for the wlp 001 though.

Well, when I wrote this I had WLP001.  But since then, things have changed.  I have a fridge that has 3 kegs in the bottom and one shelf at the top with the CO2 tank and some jars of yeast.  Moved a keg, pulled the CO2 hose, yeast jar goes crashing to the floor.  So, I'll have to harvest some from another fermenter next week.  I wasn't going to harvest from my current batches because I've already gotten 6 or 7 batches from this yeast.  Time to refresh.  I guess one more won't hurt as long as things taste clean when I keg.

Beer Recipes / Re: Fruit beer base
« on: June 24, 2011, 02:32:03 PM »
I'm planning on an apricot kolsch for this weekend. Will use 100% pils malt and Amarillo. Secondary with apricot puree in a bag and keg. Too late for the 4th of July but not the hot months ahead.

Euge, how much Amarillo will you use for this?  The only yeast I have on hand is WLP001 or Wyeast 2112.  Any thoughts on how Wyeast 2112 will do in this circumstance?  Just curious.

Equipment and Software / Re: Finally got a chest freezer
« on: June 24, 2011, 08:53:02 AM »
Are you going to add a liner of styrofoam insulation on the cedar?  I'm not sure if you need to but I've seen that before.  Looks like you have room so it might not hurt.  I just bought a brand new freezer so I can make my older one into a beer freezer.  Not quite the deal you got.  Gets delivered today.

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