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Beer Recipes / Brewing a Barley wine.
« on: February 04, 2013, 04:25:26 PM »
I have never attempted one and would really like to. Currently reading Barley Wine and probably going to use a recipe from the book.  Anyone have any suggestions or tips on brewing one of these.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Bourbon Porter
« on: October 11, 2012, 07:15:28 PM »
I brewed a standard porter about a month ago and added ½ a bottle of Jim Beam, 8 oz of cocoa nibs and 2 vanilla beans a week ago to the secondary and now it is re-fermenting.  I have bubbles in the S airlock every 2 -3 minutes.  Not sure if this is normal and if it is how long it will take to stop.

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Ingredients / Lemon Verbena
« on: October 10, 2012, 07:11:35 PM »
So I was given a lemon verbena plant from work and told to clone the Stone 16th anniversary IPA, no intentions on making a clone.  Has anyone ever worked with lemon verbena before?  I am not sure when to add it… the boil, primary, secondary or even how much to use??? Any help would be appreciated. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / To Share or Not to Share
« on: September 09, 2012, 07:41:58 AM »
This may sound pretty lousy of me but I am not sure that I want to share my homebrew.  I have a company party coming up in a few hours and I was contemplating bringing a few bombers of my strawberry IPA to share.  I only have 4 bombers and 4 12 oz left and the people who actually would appreciate it have already tried it, and some who just wanted free beer have tried it as well and then followed it up with a Miller Light.  I know most of the people at the party will just be looking to get drunk on cheap vodka, so I feel that my efforts will be wasted.  So, should I share, or keep it for myself and a select few rather than the masses?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Running out of space
« on: September 06, 2012, 07:42:47 AM »
I have quite a dilemma.  I recently moved to a condo that has significantly less space than I am used to and I am running out of places to put my beer.  My new fermentation room is the spare bathroom, but my biggest problem is what to do with all of my beers that will be finishing up in the next few weeks.  I DO NOT have the room to keg nor do I have anywhere to put them.  For my last beer I bought a Party Pig and it has worked out great thus far, I put half in the pig and got 9 12oz and 5 bombers, but bottling in a galley kitchen was not fun at all.  I was thinking of buying a few more party pigs and just doing one off bottles from that, but I’m not sure I want to put all of my beer in the pigs.  I really don’t have the room to store empty bottles anymore either.   I saw the people who used the legal size file cabinets, but what do you do with the bombers? What would you do with limited space and 3 beers fermenting???

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Ingredients / Hop Schedule
« on: September 04, 2012, 09:49:53 AM »
In the past few weeks I have been having fun brewing a pumpkin and a holiday porter but I need an IPA back in my life. Looking to do…

1oz CTZ 90min
1oz Warrior 60min
1oz Amarillo 10min
1oz Simcoe 5 min
1oz Citra 0min

Any thoughts or suggestions?

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Ingredients / Ras el Hanout
« on: July 27, 2012, 07:57:18 AM »
Has anyone ever brewed with Ras el Hanout?  I was thinking of using a Tsb or two to round out the flavors and make others more pronounced in my pumpkin beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / If you can’t go fishing….brew beer
« on: June 26, 2012, 06:55:44 AM »
Woke up at 4 this morning and the wind was blowing hard, came back home, moped around a bit went to the farmers market and now I am knee deep in a strawberry IPA.

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Ingredients / Holiday Brew
« on: June 02, 2012, 08:29:47 AM »
    I know we are barely into June but I am planning my Christmas beer.  Last year I did a brown ale with ginger, clove, all spice, molasses, and nutmeg.  This year I am looking to do a porter with cocoa nibs, mint and maybe a vanilla bean or two.  I have never brewed with cocoa nibs, mint or vanilla before.  My questions are when to add them to extract the right flavors and the right aromas, going for a chocolate chip mint ice cream feel.  I was thinking of adding 5 oz of nibs at knock out (5 gallon batch), half a bunch of mint, and one vanilla bean cut and scrapped.  In the secondary 3 oz of nibs and half a bunch of mint. Am I on the right path here?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Condo Brewing
« on: March 13, 2012, 02:46:45 PM »
Moving into a condo and my biggest fear is that I will not be able to brew like I used to. Currently I brew on a gas range, and I can achieve boil with 6 gallons no problem. My new place only has an electric range and no open flame on balcony.  I know about a heat stick but I do not know how keen I am on that any suggestions?

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