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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Safbrew Abbaye Ale
« on: August 19, 2014, 02:39:31 PM »
Keep me updated on this one. I have been wanting to do a golden strong ale for a while and prefer dry yeast when appropriate for the style...

Ingredients / Re: brown malt for porter
« on: August 19, 2014, 12:54:23 PM »
I will be using Bairds which appears to be 60-70 L

Ingredients / Re: brown malt for porter
« on: August 19, 2014, 11:58:28 AM »
Thanks Denny! Looks like I will keep it about where it is for the first attempt.

Ingredients / brown malt for porter
« on: August 19, 2014, 10:37:17 AM »
I am formulating a new porter recipe. Any input on what % of brown malt would be a good starting point? I am trying not so use too many malts but hear that brown malt is great in porters. Right now I have it at about 8% in addition to two row, munich, chocolate, carafa special, and caramel 60.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bobbing for apples
« on: August 18, 2014, 01:04:14 PM »
I am assuming you cut them up, right?  If you racked to secondary and purged the headspace with CO2 you should be fine even if they are on top.  But if they are turning brown, then there is most likely oxygen in the headspace.  Has fermentation of the fruit begun yet?

I quartered them. I added them directly to the fermenter after a week. I did rouse the yeast when adding them but fermentation never seemed to take back off. I have taken them out and the skin was more of an olive green color with light brownish flesh. Right now the beer looks and smells fine so hopefully I am ok. I plan to keg in a couple of days.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bobbing for apples
« on: August 18, 2014, 08:18:47 AM »
Thanks guys. I have been stirring them around but the amount of them vs the size of the fermenting bucket seems to prevent all of them from making contact with the beer. I think I will pull them out later today and see what I get. I just thought I would try this but is definitely not worth an infected batch.

General Homebrew Discussion / Bobbing for apples
« on: August 17, 2014, 07:35:01 PM »
Got 3.5# of crab apples floating in my saison. They have been in there for 3 days and are turning brownish. They are so buoyant that some seem to not even touch the beer. Should I be worried about the apples going rotten in the beer and get them out ASAP?

Ingredients / Re: Palisade hops
« on: August 16, 2014, 08:31:47 PM »
You guys were spot on with your descriptions. I brewed a pale ale and I really like what I get from the palisades. I bittered with chinook then used cascade at 10 min. I did a hop stand with palisade and dry hopped with it as well. It is pretty mild but I really enjoy the stonefruit character and some light grassy character. The pine from chinook, grapefruit/citrus from cascade and stonefruit/grassy from palisade provides a nice hop character. This will become one on my regular hops I think and I am excited to experiment more with it.

I can see it compared to willamette only because it is mild and has a light grassy character. That is my perception anyway.

Ingredients / Re: Red X malt (Best Malz)
« on: August 13, 2014, 08:22:57 PM »
Yeah I saw it. Thanks. I am just confused. Do most malts behave in that way? I guess I will have to go back and read the thread in more detail.

Ingredients / Re: Red X malt (Best Malz)
« on: August 13, 2014, 04:03:08 PM »
Curious about the color rating.

I see it is shown at 11-13 however my beer ended up pretty dark and basically brown (with other malts). Beersmith has it defaulted to 15L and when I replace with that figure, the color rating of the beer seems more accurate.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Denver County Fair Homebrew Competition
« on: August 13, 2014, 09:59:32 AM »
Got everything last week. I was just worried since I wasn't given much information and it was difficult to get responses. All good though so I will know in the future.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: first competition entry
« on: August 09, 2014, 07:21:01 AM »
Thanks everyone. I have the same beer entered into a competition this weekend. I am curious to see how it scores in comparison.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: first competition entry
« on: August 08, 2014, 02:26:08 PM »
Cool. Thanks.

I assumed since I won the score would be higher. I guess bordering between very good and excellent should make me feel a bit better.

General Homebrew Discussion / first competition entry
« on: August 08, 2014, 02:10:08 PM »
I got a 37 and somehow won my category against 10 other entries. Is 37 decent for a first attempt? Reading the scorecard has definitely educated me on what I thought I was tasting...haha

Ingredients / Re: slick mouthfeel from rye malt?
« on: August 08, 2014, 01:35:51 PM »
hmm okay. I do a lot of wheat beers and never have detected this. It could be diacetyl I suppose but I am not getting that distinct flavor. Sounds like I need to do another taste test shortly!

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