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Beer Recipes / Re: Session Sweet Stout
« on: October 25, 2012, 08:18:49 PM »
This recipe earned BOS at a County Fair a few years ago. Cheers!!!

5 1/2 Gallons
  Malt & Sugar
6 lbs. Dry Malt Extract (60 minutes) (Briess Dried Malt Extract- Golden Light)
  Steeping Grains
1 lb. Chocolate malt
12 oz. Crystal malt 60° L
8 oz. Dark Roasted Barley
8 oz. Cara-Pils
4 oz. Black Patent malt
  Hops Pellets & Boil Additions
1 oz. Columbus 12.2% AA 60 Minutes
1 lb. Lactose (15 minutes)
1 t Irish Moss (15 minutes)
1 packet Safale S-04 dry Ale yeast rehydrated

The Pub / Re: I thought I got a computer virus!
« on: October 19, 2012, 01:53:00 PM »
Soooo. Your belly got a virus???  :o

Other Fermentables / Re: Sulfur aroma in cider
« on: October 15, 2012, 04:54:54 PM »
Pretty common, especially in cider fermented at ale temps. It should age out.
If the sulphur aroma doesn't go away you can add a small piece of copper, like copper pipe, to the cider. Don't use pennies. They're mostly Zinc now, at least since ~1982. Cheers!!!

I've heard that and may give it a try with my perry. How long does it need contact?

That depends on how bad it is and how much copper is introduced. It might take up to a day or two. Your nose is the best test. You can suspend the copper in beer/wine/mead/cider with sanitized fishing line or in a sanitized nylon and move it around to get in into contact with as much beer/mead/wine/cider as possible. It's an amazing thing. I added a small section of copper tubing to the inside of my brew kettle as part of the dip tube and solved it. Cheers!!!

Other Fermentables / Re: Sulfur aroma in cider
« on: October 15, 2012, 04:14:50 PM »
If the sulphur aroma doesn't go away you can add a small piece of copper, like copper pipe, to the cider. Don't use pennies. They're mostly Zinc now, at least since ~1982. Cheers!!!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Rehydrating Dry Yeast
« on: October 15, 2012, 02:12:21 PM »
I know some very good brewers will say Bah Humbug, just sprinkle it. Obviously it works but I have to wonder if there is just an over abundance of yeast cells in a packet that it doesn't really matter.  I always rehydrate BTW. Good to see you had positive results. Cheers!!!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Parti-gyle
« on: October 11, 2012, 02:50:14 PM »
I gained a ton of information from this website...  Cheers!!!

Beer Recipes / Re: First Barleywine
« on: October 04, 2012, 02:28:08 PM »
Looks awesome!  I can't wait to hear the results, next year...  Only thing I can add is be very prepared for a HUGE blow off. Temp control will be paramount with this one. US-05 is a hearty yeast so you might start fermentation in the high 50's to low 60's and as it slows down let it rise up into the high 60's. Cheers!!!

The Pub / Re: Insurance canceled!
« on: October 03, 2012, 08:12:42 PM »
Wha??? Does Allstate think your new home will get ideas from the one next door...  Where's the logic in that??? Sheesh!

Beer Recipes / Re: First Barleywine
« on: October 01, 2012, 08:53:52 PM »
Just throwing this out if you have the capacity (mash & fermentation)...  You could do a parti-gyle and get 2 beers for just a little more work. I usually approach big beers this way (Barleywine, RIS, Strong Scotch). Your 2nd beer could be an APA or similar. Good Luck regardless...  Cheers!!!

Questions about the forum? / Re: new
« on: October 01, 2012, 01:59:43 PM »
Thanks Cindy, for finally getting this fixed!

Yes, Thanks!!!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for a Cerveza Bohemia Clone Recipe
« on: September 22, 2012, 02:30:59 PM »
I'll probably go with a Czech Pils recipe. I think the maltiness you taste is due to a decocted mash, which I will incorporate into the process. Maybe a little Crystal 10 or Cara-Pils with the Pilsner Base Malt will add some sweetness and head retention to it as well.  Cheers!!!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Very quick high krausen with S-04
« on: September 21, 2012, 02:58:41 PM »
S-04 is a very, very fast fermenter. In my experience almost all activity is over in a couple of days. It still needs time to clean up though. Cheers!!!

General Homebrew Discussion / Looking for a Cerveza Bohemia Clone Recipe
« on: September 21, 2012, 02:03:48 PM »
Last week while visiting with my Uncle he mentioned a beer he really enjoyed when he and my Aunt were visiting Mexico many years ago. It's called Cerveza Bohemia. He's getting up in his years and I was hoping to brew a clone of one of his favorite beers. My research has found it to be based on a Czech Pilsner but that's about it. I was hoping someone might be able to help. I'm thinking a basic Czech Pilsner recipe to the stated 5.3% ABV but wasn't sure about malt (other than pilsner), the hops (Saaz?) or the yeast (WLP940 Mexican Lager Yeast  or Wyeast 2278 Czech Pils. 

Here's a link to their website:

I'd really appreciate any feedback you can offer.  Cheers!!!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Suprise
« on: May 04, 2012, 02:20:07 PM »
Gota love it when chit like that happens. I have a few Strong Scotch Ales & RIS' that I'm sitting on as well. Hopefully they turn out as good as your Braggot has....  Cheers!!!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Squeezing wort out of hops
« on: May 04, 2012, 01:08:12 PM »
Squeeze away! It would be a shame to throw all those great hops flavors & aromas in the trash. I do it all the time.  Cheers!!!

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