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Beer Recipes / Re: Gingerbread Ale Attempt
« on: November 03, 2012, 05:01:39 PM »
erik--how did your ale turn out?

Beer Recipes / Gingerbread Beer Recipe?
« on: November 03, 2012, 04:56:13 PM »

Can anyone point me to a good gingerbread beer recipe? I'm an extract or partial mash brewer (sorry I know that is not as cool as all-grain)


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tight Corny Keg Connection
« on: January 24, 2012, 10:15:11 PM »
Thank you. the 7/8 wrench worked but I did need to take it into my local brewery supply store for some help. They said the posts were on tighter than usual but I should be all set now. Appreciate your help.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tight Corny Keg Connection
« on: January 22, 2012, 03:10:45 AM »

sorry to steal a thread but my posts look like the ones pictured here and I'm having a hard time getting them off the keg for cleaning. This is my first time kegging and the cornie keg is refurbished and looks like new. How do I get those posts off for sanitizing before adding my brew? My wrenches and channel locks don't seem fit. I assume I'm trying to find something that fits the hex nut and star nut, right?

Ingredients / Re: Black IPA and Carafa II Malt question
« on: December 26, 2011, 02:35:32 PM »
Thanks for taking the time to reply on a holiday. I brewed the beer after getting your response yesterday and it's happily fermenting away.

Ingredients / Black IPA and Carafa II Malt question
« on: December 25, 2011, 02:46:17 PM »
We are planning on brewing a black IPA (extract with grains) in which 1 lb. of Carafa II malt (450 L) was to steep separately at 130 degrees F from the other grains for only three minutes. It appears the brew store mixed the Carafa II malt with the other grains that are to steep for 30 minutes at 154 degrees F.

We're trying to decide if we should toss the grains ( i hate the throwing away grains) and re-purchase them or go ahead with the brew and see what happens.

The other grains steeping for 30 minutes are 1.5 lbs pale ale malt, 12 oz. belgian aromatic malt, 10 oz. crystal malt (60 L) and 4 oz. black malt (600 L). So now add the 1 lb Carafa malt (450L) for 30 minutes at 154 F  instead of 3 at 130 F, and what will happen to the beer? The recipe can be found in the recent Jan-Feb 2012 issue of Brew Your Own, page 12.

What do you think will happen? Should we try it or start over?

Ingredients / Local Honey vs Orange Blossom Honey
« on: November 13, 2011, 02:19:01 PM »
Orange blossom honey is not readily available in my area. I'm brewing a Belgian Honey Ale and thinking of substituting with local  honey made from who knows what. The recipe has orange peel and coriander in it. While the finished beer may differ in taste than the original recipe, would adding more orange peel counterbalance the different honey? What kind of taste difference should I expect from the honey substitute?

Ingredients / Re: Chamomile
« on: February 27, 2011, 02:28:34 AM »
I ended up adding 52 chamomile tea bags (2 boxes of Celestial Seasonings so there were no metal staples) 15 minutes after the wort started to boil and left the bags in for the rest of the boil (55 minutes). I love the taste.

Ingredients / Re: Chamomile
« on: January 15, 2011, 02:32:07 AM »
Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll look into the Mex or Ind-Pak stores as well as health food ones in our area.  If those don't work, I'll try the links posted within this thread.

Will let you know how it turns out.

Ingredients / Chamomile
« on: January 09, 2011, 10:57:57 PM »
A wheat beer recipe I'd like to try calls for 2oz (55g) whole chamomile flowers. Herbal chamomile tea is only chamomile flowers.Will chamomile tea work as a substitute?

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