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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pumpkin Beer for the Beginner?
« on: August 22, 2013, 12:46:29 PM »
Canned is much easier and available year round.

Beer Recipes / Re: Perfect Pumpkin Beer
« on: August 21, 2013, 12:52:06 PM »
Has anybody ever brewed a split batch like the one illustrated in the Sept/Oct Zymurgy?

I have (since I wrote the article)  ;)

The 6-row just gives you a better grain bed and more enzymes to deal with the pumpkin AND seems a bit more authentic since it is a native American grain. If you have never brewed with it I encourage you to try it - it is a great grain to work with.

Be careful with the molasses. It is a very strong flavor in beer and takes a while to mellow. Perhaps brown sugar would be a better tweak.

Cheers and have fun brewing the pumpkin beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pumpkin Beer for the Beginner?
« on: August 21, 2013, 12:42:58 PM »
I am glad you liked the article.

You could easily brew the recipe without the pumpkin with all extract. For the pumpkin I recommend at least a partial mash but if you absolutely can't do that you could just (gads) throw the pumpkin in the boil  :o and get a little character out of it (but you did not hear that from me)  ;)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Belle Saison Dry Yeast
« on: August 13, 2013, 03:00:22 PM »
Mine was a mosnter! It took 5 gallons down from 1.080 to 1.001 in 2 weeks fermented from mid-60's to 72 at the highest. I think it will be good eventually, but right now it is just too damn hot from the alcohol.  :o

Equipment and Software / Re: Pump disconnects
« on: August 02, 2013, 02:21:21 PM »
I use polysulfone QD's but if I weren't so far into them I would go with the stainless stell QD's.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: brewing my first lager
« on: August 02, 2013, 02:15:06 PM »
I would not worry about a decoction unless you are doing a bock, dopple bock or bhemian pilsner using undermodified malt. A single infusion will be just fine.

I saw Tommyknocker's Pumpkin beer in the store yesterday along with Sam Adams Oktoberfest  ???

I will be breiwng my Saison Automne' (half of which will getWisconsin sour cherries added) and the making the base mead for my cherry melomel (again, with Wisconsin sour cherries).

Can you tell the cherries just came in?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy National IPA day!
« on: August 01, 2013, 10:33:58 AM »
I have a Bell's Hopslam clone which I just racked iinto secondary last night. I am going to dry hop it tonight. I do have a Burton Ale on tap. In case that doesn't count a bought a 6-pack of SKA's Modus Hoperandi.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Biscuit Malt in a Munich Helles?
« on: July 30, 2013, 02:45:36 PM »
You would be better off using 10% Munich malt in my opinion.

Events / Re: Password for GABF Pre-sale
« on: July 30, 2013, 01:25:06 PM »
They just need to do a better job of assuring that the tickets to the members-only session go to members, not scalpers. Entering an 8 digit code is not adequate security, unless it gets tied back to the member's account and matches to the name, but I doubt that happened.

Events / Re: Password for GABF Pre-sale
« on: July 30, 2013, 11:29:43 AM »
Will Saturday afternoon tickets be on sale tomorrow too or are they all gone today?

Events / Re: Password for GABF Pre-sale
« on: July 30, 2013, 10:00:46 AM »
No Saturday afternoon for me. I started at 10:15 MST (since I had a meetinga work at 10:00).

Events / Re: Password for GABF Pre-sale
« on: July 30, 2013, 09:23:37 AM »
Mine works but it looks like the are sold out already for Saturday afternoon  >:(

Ingredients / Re: Mosaic in a Belgian-American IPA
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:23:59 PM »
I had a Mosaic single hop American IPA at my homebrew club meeting last week that tasted like watermelon Jolly Ranchers. It wasn't bad but that is what it tasted like. That flavor may work well with the Belgian yeast flavors.

Kegging and Bottling / Clean your bottles !
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:10:27 PM »
I discovered last night during a bottling session that my previous routine of rinsing a bottle out after opening a beer is woefully inadequate. I started inspecting the bottles with a light and half of them were still very dirty. They had a film that covered the inside, a ring at the top, yeast spots, or all 3. Mind you I have been reusing these bottles for years and entering, and winning many competitions with beers in these bottles. I am surprised all the beers were not infected. Most of them were higher alcohol Belgian beers so maybe that helped keep infection down.

After coming to this revelation last night I proceeded to put hot PBW in each bottle, shake it vigorously, then clean it with a bottle brush before rinsing it and giving it a few sanitzer quirts (from my bottle tree attachment). So, at least the two batches of beer I bottled last night a were in nice clean bottles.  ;)

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