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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: February 28, 2014, 01:31:03 PM »
Mexican Lager (aka Nego Modelo) / Biere de Garde

Same mash and boil, 2 different beers. The Biere de Garde will get an addition of sugar to bump up the gravity a bit.

For 10 gallons:

2 lbs Caramunich 60
3 lbs flaked maize
3 lbs Munich malt
11 lbs Vienna malt
+ 1 lb sugar (turbinado) for the Biere de Garde

1oz Magnum (14% AA) for 75 minutes

WLP Mexican Lager for half, Saflager s-23 and Belle Saison for other hal f(ferment at 60 degrees)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who got in?
« on: February 13, 2014, 03:40:32 PM »
I got 4 entries in Denver. my first choice. Hopefully the judging won't be on a duty weekend so I can judge too.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stoopid Polar Vortex!
« on: January 25, 2014, 02:59:18 PM »
61 in Denver today but I don't care since I brew indoors on my e-brewery.  :)

Beer Recipes / Re: Samichlaus clone
« on: January 21, 2014, 12:13:05 PM »
I brewed the beer this past weekend. The gravity turned out great. It is fermenting away right now. I only needed 23 lbs of base malt due to my efficiency. The color was not as dark as I expected coming out of the mash and since I wasn't using the dark sugar I crushed 2 oz of Blackprinz malt and added it to the top of the grain bed before sparging. That did the trick.

I will be adding regular sugar to the fermenting beer in a few days.

Beer Recipes / Re: Samichlaus clone
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:13:48 PM »
Thanks. I was looking for it on the recipe site but did not see it. I don't think I will go with the dark candi sugar though. Plain sugar looks like it will work just fine and will help me adjust gravity in the boil.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Annie Johnson in Smithsonian mag
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:02:10 PM »
So a mash-tun is not key to brewing but a boil kettle is?

Beer Recipes / Samichlaus clone
« on: January 17, 2014, 11:56:22 AM »
I am looking for a good recipe for a Samichlaus clone (all grain). If yuo have brewed a good one and are willing to share the recipe I would appreciate it.


Events / Re: NHC entry problems : SOLUTIONS!
« on: January 10, 2014, 12:30:09 PM »
$14  >:(

That is ridiculous. A 45% increase in price over last year. What do we get for that increase?

Beer Recipes / Re: Strong Scotch Ale
« on: January 07, 2014, 02:32:02 PM »
Yes, Roasted Barley instead of Black Patent.

Wood/Casks / Re: General advice for a new bourbon barrel
« on: January 07, 2014, 02:23:05 PM »
After the first couple of beers (maybe 3) that I put in my fresh barrel I started washing it out with hot water, letting it dry for a few days (with bunghole pointed down), putting a fifth or whatever liquor I want to "refesh" the barrel, letting that soak for a few days, then racking whatever beer I want on that.

So far the barrel has not gone down the "sour" side.

Some examples of what I have done are as follows:

Scotch and Wee Heavy
Sherry and Baltic Porter
Rye Whiskey and Rye Wine (Barleywine with 30% rye)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend 1/4/2014?
« on: January 03, 2014, 01:37:54 PM »
Yesterday I brewed my ACC IIPA. OG - 1.090, IBU's - 158 with Amarillo, Citra, and Columbus hops.

Beer Recipes / Double Bastard clone
« on: January 03, 2014, 09:48:53 AM »
Does anyone have a good Double Bastard clone all grain recipe? The interweb searching I have done hasn't revealed much reliable info.

I have gathered that it is 10 to 11% abv, probably has some special B, srm of about 14 (from looking at it) and probably uses Chinook or Centennial hops (maybe both).

Does anyone have more accurate info?


Beer Recipes / Re: Classic American Pilsener
« on: December 20, 2013, 12:05:33 PM »
I always have one on tap. 70% 6-row, 5% munich, 25% flaked corn. I used to use corn meal and a cereal mash but this last batch I used flaked maize to save time on the brew day. No efficiency difference and I think I like the flavor better. Magnum hops for bittering and MT Hood for FWH and knock-out additions. I keep playing with the IBU's and this last one was around 50 which I think is about right.

Beer Travel / Re: Ft. Collins for the holidays
« on: December 19, 2013, 03:31:17 PM »
For beer bars, try the Mayor of Old Town and Choice City Deli (home of the Colorado Buffalo Reuben).

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction yields greater?
« on: December 19, 2013, 03:21:50 PM »
I think another contributing factor to the efficiency increase is that the decoction allows the enzymes to pass through all temperature phases of activity.

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