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Beer Recipes / Re: West Coast Winter Ale (Winter IPA?)
« on: December 12, 2012, 04:09:49 PM »
I have heard that the "onion" and "garlic" flavors from some hops are due to how long the cones stay on the vine (bine). When they are harvested late these flavors tend to show up in certain hops - i.e. Summit.

Is this a 5 gallon batch? 1 lb of special B seems like a lot to me.

Pimp My System / Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« on: December 12, 2012, 04:04:37 PM »
Looks good. Did you just buy the Control Box straight from Cal? That is what I am doing. And the ss herms coil.

Did you buy the hole punches? I am about to need some.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Double Boiling, Double Fermentation
« on: November 29, 2012, 02:46:07 PM »
Perhaps he was talking about the double mash that Randy Mosher described in his last book. That is where you collect the runnings from one mash, then use that as the mash water for a second mash (with new grain).

Speaking of high gravity efficiency, on my last batch of Belgian Strong Dark I was shooting for 85% (which I have been getting consistently) and a 1.090 OG. However, on this batch I got an OG of 1.106 which would equate to a 95% efficiency. I did not believe it but I calibrated my refractometer and my hydrometer matched it. I don't think I mis-weighed the grain either. Collected volume was good too. I did have a 4 lb sugar addition but I accounted for that in the recipe. Perhaps Pro-Mash is not calculating the sugar gravity points correctly.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: These guys need to clean up their act
« on: November 28, 2012, 01:48:49 PM »
How about Angry Brewing? Or Angry Lawyer Brewing?

I like the Achouffe yeast - WLP 550

Equipment and Software / Re: Pumps
« on: November 21, 2012, 01:16:05 PM »
I also like the Chugger pumps because of the stainless steel head. I have 2 of them on my new single level system and 1 March pump (so old it has the brass head) on my old 3 tier set-up. I even ran that one upside down for years without any problems.  :o

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Glassware
« on: November 21, 2012, 01:01:42 PM »
I also have a ton of glassware. I have a lot of shaker pint glasses - but I use those for water, OJ, or tea. I have GABF taster glasses going back to 1995. I have every Anchor Christmas Ale glass going back to 1990 or so. I have a display cabinet in the dining room with the really nice glasses (mostly with gold or silver etching). I have about 20 steins (some litre, some .5 liter) mounted around the bar in the basement and a rack system on the back wall with about 20 different stemmed tulip-type glassware. I have about 100 3-oz tulip-type stemmed tasting glasses (all collected from Big Beers in Vail over the years) that I use for tastings. My go to glass is usually the ones I had made for my wedding a few years back - 10oz tulip stemmed glasses with my brewery logo etched on the front and our wedding date of the back. I have 3 of those left.

I am done with my confession now.

Beer Recipes / Re: American Saison
« on: November 14, 2012, 04:04:37 PM »
I use WY 3711 and WLP 565 together to get the best of both.

I know a homebrewer that has already done it here in CO.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Toastin Oats
« on: November 09, 2012, 03:29:26 PM »
The theory of allowing the toasted oats to sit for a few days is to let the oils produced by toasting to evaporate.

Beer Recipes / Re: Saison de Noel part II
« on: November 07, 2012, 03:40:03 PM »
I made a dubbel using a homemade candy syrup. However, I used this method:

I think it is a LOT closer than the other method, but I am still futzing with it to get the right flavors I want.

Wow, that is quite a bit different. Thanks. I will have to try this method to see if I like the results more.

Beer Recipes / Re: Saison de Noel part II
« on: November 02, 2012, 01:41:58 PM »
Spring for the syrup once and you'll be shocked.

Or you can just make your own. It takes about 30 minutes.

All Grain Brewing / Re: HERMS vs RIMS
« on: November 02, 2012, 01:31:17 PM »
I am building a new brewery in my basement and am going electric with it just like It doesn't really matter to me if the energy prices are more or less expensive. What does matter to me is that when it 2* below zero and snowing outside of 110* in the garage I will be in my nice, climate controlled basement brewery.

Beer Recipes / Re: Saison de Noel
« on: November 01, 2012, 02:27:42 PM »
U don't like wlp 566?

Not as much as "my" blend. I just aquired some ECY Saison Brassarie blend I am planning to use on my Saison d'Hiver (thanks Drew). I am interested to see how that one turns out.

Beer Recipes / Re: Saison de Noel part II
« on: November 01, 2012, 02:24:26 PM »
I would sub special B if they don't have caravienne. It will give you a little more color but also add a pleasant plum / malt flavor similar to a Belgian-style Dubbel.

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