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Ingredients / Re: How to prepare Vanilla Beans?
« on: April 14, 2016, 10:58:32 AM »
add just enough vodka to cover completely.

~1/2 to 3/4 an ounce in 5+ gallons hasn't added heat to my big, dark beers.

I don't deny that it might be something in my method.  There are so many people who swaer by tinctures that it seems it must be me.  OTOH, I haven't found a need for them, either, so I don't really have any incentive to try again.

 The last beer I made using this technique just netted scores of 43 and 45 so while I may be tool for bringing that up, I'm feeling pretty good about my process. YMMV.

I don't believe that is tool-ism. I do believe that it helps us as homebrewers to confirm we are headed in the right path with a recipe or process.  Some like to compete, while others are fine without. It is all a part of honing our craft and why else would there be a judge certification program then? Congrats on those scores, BTW. Did you get lucky with any medals on those?

Thank you, I appreciate that. Yes, the scores were for the same beer, and earned it a gold. :)

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Ingredients / Re: How to prepare Vanilla Beans?
« on: April 14, 2016, 09:01:55 AM »
add just enough vodka to cover completely.

~1/2 to 3/4 an ounce in 5+ gallons hasn't added heat to my big, dark beers.

I don't deny that it might be something in my method.  There are so many people who swaer by tinctures that it seems it must be me.  OTOH, I haven't found a need for them, either, so I don't really have any incentive to try again.

Absolutely, if a less complicated method produces good results, there's no sense complicating things. 
What I find appealing about the tinctures is that I feel I get better extraction by "pulverizing" the beans a bit and soaking in the alcohol. Second, there is the debatable peace of mind that comes from the sanitizing properties of the alcohol. Third, when the tincture is added to the fermenter it is not in any way bound in a bag, so at least in theory I more readily achieve a uniform dissipation of the flavors with no surface area constriction. When I add vanilla, its dark beer, and I like to be intense initially so that I still get character as the beer ages. The last beer I made using this technique just netted scores of 43 and 45 so while I may be tool for bringing that up, I'm feeling pretty good about my process. YMMV.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Kölsch spam train
« on: April 14, 2016, 07:41:03 AM »
After having been to Cologne and seeing the light after a sip of Päffgen I have decided to brew a Kölsch.

I found our visit to Päffgen inspirational as well, staff was very friendly and gave me a private impromptu tour of the small but beautiful brewery. 

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Ingredients / Re: How to prepare Vanilla Beans?
« on: April 13, 2016, 03:31:33 PM »
add just enough vodka to cover completely.

~1/2 to 3/4 an ounce in 5+ gallons hasn't added heat to my big, dark beers.

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Ingredients / Re: How to prepare Vanilla Beans?
« on: April 13, 2016, 08:05:44 AM »
I like to split the beans and scrape the seeds and goo into a shot glass I'll usually chop the beans just a bit so they fit and add just enough vodka to cover completely.  Cover that with saran and set in a dark cupboard at room temp for a few days and the wonderful aroma will let  you know when its ready.  Has worked really well for me.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: most common off-flavors
« on: April 13, 2016, 08:02:35 AM »
When I was learning about wine, a series of brewed tea was used as an example to demonstrate the major flavors- dry, sweet, astringent, bitter, sour etc.

That is a really good example.  Just thinking about it, teas could be a VERY useful tool in sensory practice classes. Note to self.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Germerican Pale
« on: April 12, 2016, 07:13:05 AM »
I agree, looks good as it is.
I would likely stick with the Cascade & Centennial combo and save the Sterling to shine in a Germerican lager.

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None. I drink my mistakes as punishment. :)

Ha! Same here. Only way I'll ever learn. :)

Life is too short to drink bad beer.....

Agreed, fortunately I've never had to dump a batch because of infection. Just sometimes my execution doesn't hit the target or for whatever reason is just kinda "meh". 

I drink my mistakes, and they go away. :)

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None. I drink my mistakes as punishment. :)

Ha! Same here. Only way I'll ever learn. :)

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mexican Vienna
« on: April 05, 2016, 07:23:45 AM »
You should still have "a bit" of sweetness without the honey malt. Personally, I'd probably drop it. If you can get your hands on the Mexican Lager strain, try that out, makes a really nice beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 05, 2016, 07:18:45 AM »
I want to brew a beer with a juicy aroma, creamy appearance, watery flavor, and earthy mouth feel.

Not literally

Hipster! ;)

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Sunny & 70 here in Portland yesterday and today.   8)
Well, la-te-ta!!!

It was crazy windy here today, but now it's settled down and it's wonderful out. Won't last. Supposed to get crappy this week again. It's about perfect out now even though it's dark; no wind and about 65F. So nice.

yeah, I'm sure we'll pay for it! ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 03, 2016, 01:22:15 PM »
??? Ok, well.  When I go downtown on Wednesday. I'll let them know "juicy" is theirs.  ;)


No offense intended, Steve. Just being silly. I'm prone to that. ;D

None taken John, that's my natural state as well.
Guess I didn't know this was a thing.


I think it's an age/generational thing mostly. I have a couple nephews who just turned legal drinking age and they're big into craft beer and almost exclusively IPAs (go figure). Every other beer they try is allegedly 'juicy'. Oh well, all good.

Dammit Jon, you've confirmed it. I'm an old fart. Didn't realize it was new buzz word with the youngbloods.
That changes everything.
If we say we like it and use it too, they'll stop.  ;)


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 03, 2016, 01:12:02 PM »
??? Ok, well.  When I go downtown on Wednesday. I'll let them know "juicy" is theirs.  ;)


No offense intended, Steve. Just being silly. I'm prone to that. ;D

None taken John, that's my natural state as well.
Guess I didn't know this was a thing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 03, 2016, 12:48:44 PM »
 ??? Ok, well.  When I go downtown on Wednesday. I'll let them know "juicy" is theirs.  ;)

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