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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Commercial Saisons
« on: October 01, 2013, 03:07:13 PM »
I think Funkwerks out of Ft Collins just made it into Nebraska. Their regular Saison got a gold at the GABF last year - and they won small brewery of the year.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Star anise?
« on: September 27, 2013, 02:12:21 PM »
I did make a Baltic Porter with 2 star anise in 10 gallons

You mean 2 of the pods? Is that like 2 grams?

What is your wall system?

Also, where did you get the diamond plate? I need a really big piece (22" x 71"). I found it online but the shipping was WAY too expensive.

Could you pull a decoction with pumpkin in the mash? That may be one way to hit mash-out temps without violating your tun's capacity...Report

That would actually help burst some of the starch molecules in the pumpkin and make the mash less sticky when added back in. A decoction of this type (I call it "poor man's decoction") which is basically pull out 1/3 or so of the mash (for a few degress increase) to another pot, bring it to a boil fairly quickly, then add it back to the main mash.

The mash out on the pumpkin beer recipe also the stickiness of the mash (viscosity) to make the sparge easier.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water profile for Pumpkin Ale
« on: September 26, 2013, 02:55:13 PM »
I would agree with malty amber for the water profile - and I wrote the article  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Deployed homebrewer
« on: September 03, 2013, 03:35:27 PM »
I feel for you brother. I just got back last fall. Some of my friends did successfully ship me some yeast but I never attempted to make beer since I did not have any kitchen access at my home base.

Beer Recipes / Re: Perfect Pumpkin Beer
« on: August 22, 2013, 12:56:52 PM »
I have used the individual spices and even a local blend, but I like good ole McCormick's for consistency.

Sweet potatoes good be an interesting twist as a substitute for pumpkin. They may have more sugar content.

Most people that try my pumpkin beer compare it to Dogfishhead's Punkin Ale. I try to make mine beer first, pumpkin later so that it is more drinkable.

The pumpkin Saison is fabulous.

I am getting a lot of positive feedack on the article. Maybe they will let me write another for them on day.  :)

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.

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