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Beer Recipes / Munich Mild
« on: March 20, 2012, 07:12:29 PM »
So I know this is totally out of style, but I want to do a mild this weekend. I need a new session beer, because my ordinary bitter is almost gone, and my wife wants me to do some sweeter, darker beers. In the last couple beers I made, I used munich malt, and I love the color and maltiness that it gives a beer, with out the sweetness that I get from crystal. So putting this all together, I was thinking about doing a mild with a munich base. This is kind of the basis of where I am starting. I haven't done any preparation yet, so I am up for all sorts of changes.

6lb Light Munich
2lb Pale 2 row
8oz Pale chocolate
4 oz Crystal 80
4 oz wheat

shooting for 1.045 OG

.5 oz Magnum (13.1 AA) - 60 mins
1 oz EKG (4.5 AA) - 15 mins

Thinking of using WY1968 or 1469

Again, any suggestions would be appreciated!

Beer Travel / Orlando, FL
« on: February 20, 2012, 03:21:39 AM »
So the Army, in its infinite wisdom, has decided that the best place for me to go for a physical is Orlando FL. Since it is a free flight and hotel, I am hoping to get some great beer while I am out there. I will be there for 2 nights and 3 days, with really nothing to do after 4:30pm. I won't have a rental car, but I am totally able to walk a mile or so, and I am willing to take any public transportation. Also, some recommendations for good beer from FL that I can't get in WA would be great too, I plan on bringing back 4-5 bottles at least.

Yeast and Fermentation / Brew day Starter?
« on: February 18, 2012, 08:19:52 PM »
So, I get all ready for brewing, I heat up my strike water, get out my grain, hops and start getting excited. I open my fridge, and see my lonely package of yeast with no starter... I am going to brew today, but I would rather not run down to the LHBS. Here's my plan, I would like to know your thoughts.

I am making a APA, and shooting for a 1.055 OG.

My plan is to add an extra .5 gallon of sparge water, and run that off into a pan, boil it for 5-10 minutes, cool it, and pitch my yeast. When it hits High Kraeusen, which should be sometime tonight or tomorrow morning, pitch the whole business. I figure that since it is the same grain bill as the beer, and I won't over oxygenate it, it won't affect the flavor of the beer so much. Any Ideas?

Beer Recipes / Its kind of like an alt?
« on: January 26, 2012, 09:55:50 PM »
So, I wanted to brew a beer this weekend, because the beer closet is getting a bit low, and I need to keep it full. I have been reading designing great beers, and the altbier style caught my eye, mostly because I haven't seen anything that is really true to style. I went to the homebrew store without a plan, and I came back with this little idea for an altbier. I don't quite know that it is true to style, but I at least think it will be tasty. I was hoping for some feedback on what kind of challenges I could be facing, because I know that this is a little bit out there.

6lb American 2row
4lb Munich 10L
8oz Crystal 60L
4oz Wheat Malt (To help with Head retention. I have noticed a slight problem with some of my all-barley beers)

Plan is to infuse in at 145 1.5 Qt/Lb, for a beta rest. After about 15 minutes, I am going to pull a half gallon of mash and decoct it to bring it up to a beta rest at about 152. My plan is to bring straight to a boil for 20 minutes. another 15 minutes at 152, and then batch sparge up to 7 gallons.

75minute boil
1oz Magnum at 60 minutes.

Using WY1338, 2L starter is already going. I read the thread about WY1338, and decided I wanted to see how it tasted so I can join the petition to bring it back ;D

I am up for any recommendation, I just figured I would try some new things out.

All Things Food / Bamburg Stuffed Onion
« on: January 25, 2012, 04:04:33 AM »
So, Last night I was flipping through "The Brewmaster's Table" and a dish caught my eye. It was at the Schlenkerla Brewery, and it was an Onion, hollowed out and filled with Pork, then topped with bacon and baked. I decided that I had to try it. I found the Schlenkerla Brewery recipe, and I cooked it tonight. It might be one of the best dishes I have ever had. I recommend that anyone who likes bacon, pork and onions try it. I will certainly have it again.

Here's the recipe.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Allies Win The War! -- 21st Amendment and Ninkasi
« on: November 28, 2011, 05:26:35 AM »
So, I was wandering through the Beer Aisle at my local big chain grocery store just seeing what they had that looked interesting, and I noticed a special 4 pack from 21st Amendment and Ninkasi. Its a English Strong Ale that is aged on dates and hopped with all northwest hops. I noticed on the 21st Amendment website that its dry hopped with Falconers Flight Hops, which I have never seen, but after drinking this beer, I am inspired to go see if I can find them to use them for aroma. I found the hop flavor (spicy and citrusy, I think they may have late hopped with EKG as well, because I can taste a bit of the earthy spice they are known for) to be more in the forefront than the dates, which was surprising, but I found the dates near the end. I really enjoyed this beer, and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of great beer.

Beer Recipes / Wassail Recipe
« on: November 16, 2011, 09:18:10 PM »
Hello All,

I am pretty new to this forum, and to homebrewing in general. This is my fourth Beer, and will be my 1st one that I am not shooting for a particular style. I have developed the recipes for all of my brews so far, and this is no different. I am planning on creating a Wassail at a christmas party in about a month, and I wanted to create a brew that would taste good on its own, but fantastic in a wassail. This is what I came up with, and I was hoping to get some feedback, as I am preparing to brew this soon.

5 Gal Batch:

5 Lb Extra Light DME
1 Lb Crystal 60
8 Oz Chocolate (350 L)
4 Oz Special B
1.5 Lb Blackberry Honey (At Flameout)
1 oz Magnum (13.1% AA) (60 Mins)

Yeast is a 1.5L starter of Wyeast 1272, American Ale II (Supposed to be the Anchor Liberty Strain)

BeerSmith says its going to be OG 1.056 and 55 IBU, I think I will end up with less IBU, and possibly more Gravity than it says.

I look forward to feedback.

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