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Beer Recipes / Re: The Kitchen Sink
« on: June 03, 2012, 09:32:14 AM »
I would use a "cold-steeping" method for the carafa. Let it soak overnight in cold water, strain, then boil the liquid for 15 minutes of so while you are brewing. The resulting liquor can be added anytime to achieve the color/taste you want. You can even can it and store refridgerated for several months.

Ingredients / Re: Holiday Brew
« on: June 03, 2012, 09:26:06 AM »
Do something to sanitize the vanilla bean (like soaking in vodka) if you put it in the secondary. They have lots of bacteria.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Massive haul from trip to CO
« on: June 01, 2012, 09:15:18 AM »
For you folks that don't like Funkwerks standard Saison - the GABF judges do not a agree with you. It won Gold last year.

Beer Recipes / Re: Scaling up a stout to an imperial stout
« on: June 01, 2012, 09:05:15 AM »
With a beer this big you would be much better off brewing a regular gravity beer (1.050 or so) and harvesting the yeast for this batch.

The grain bill looks fine to me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Funky Tripel in BJCP Competition
« on: June 01, 2012, 08:59:28 AM »
+1 on 16E. Definately not 23.

Beer Recipes / Re: Which BJCP#? 16E or 20A
« on: May 31, 2012, 11:40:24 AM »
I would ask myself "Is it mango first, then beer, or is it Belgian Beer first, then mango" and enter it accordingly. I.E. - Mango first would be in "fruit beer" and Belgian first would be in "Belgian Specialty".

Or you could enter it in both  ;)

Events / Re: Advice for Shipping AHEM *Yeast Samples* to NHC
« on: May 30, 2012, 01:52:18 PM »
I am not home yet - but it is getting close. 2 more weeks !

It will be nice to drink a beer again too  8)


Beer Recipes / Re: What did I make? Caribou Slobber American Pils
« on: May 28, 2012, 06:36:32 PM »
Definately not a Pils. Pretty much a hoppy, American Brown Ale.

Ingredients / Re: Sorachi Ace in single hop wheat
« on: May 28, 2012, 06:31:26 PM »
Let us know how it turns out. I am planning to use 1/2 oz in a German-style Hefe - bittering hop only.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager Yeast Harvest
« on: May 28, 2012, 06:29:56 PM »
Oktoberfest in June? Who ever heard of such a thing? That is like the commercial stores putting out Christmas stuff before Haloween - oh, wait, they do that now.  :o

As for harvesting the yeast, +1 on not after you fined it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: protein rest... 122F or 133F?
« on: May 28, 2012, 06:26:29 PM »
I like 130  ;)

Events / Re: Advice for Shipping AHEM *Yeast Samples* to NHC
« on: May 26, 2012, 04:11:40 PM »
Tom and I almost decided to drive but considering I will just be getting home from 1 1/2 years away 6 days before the NHC I could not see adding 2 - 4 more days to my trip by driving. I am amazed my wife is letting me go at all.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: White Labs San Diego Superyeast!
« on: May 24, 2012, 07:27:13 PM »
Come on, which one would YOU choose?

From those I would pick American Farmhouse or Saison II but that is just how I roll.  ;D

I think a much more practicle solution would be a small glycol chiller, whether it be homemade or bought. Look online for deals. I recently had an opportunity to buy one for $200.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Storing Yeast Starters?
« on: May 23, 2012, 10:12:53 AM »
Are you talking yeast starters with just unfermented wort? If so, can them and they will last a long time in the fridge. With the "canning method" I have kept starters for 6 months or longer before use.

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