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Ingredients / Re: Coconut Extract
« on: January 17, 2013, 10:45:20 AM »
I've made a coconut stout before.  My solution was to lower the alcohol a bit and add Malibu Rum when I kegged.  Came out perfect!  I used the whole bottle but you can try blending in a glass to see how much you think it needs.
Interesting Idea! Has anyone else used this method?

Ingredients / Re: Belma Hops?!?!?
« on: January 17, 2013, 10:41:04 AM »
Is anybody noticing any desirable/undesirable flavors coming from using belma as a bittering hop? I'd love to be able to use some of the belma I ordered as a general bittering hop but I don't necessarily want to see those flavors come through in all of my beers.
My ESB came out very clean. I would not be afraid to bitter anything other than a Pil's. I think this hop will find a place with Belgian style beers.

Ingredients / Re: Coconut Extract
« on: January 15, 2013, 11:31:28 AM »
Thank you for the help! Take care!

Ingredients / Coconut Extract
« on: January 15, 2013, 11:01:58 AM »
Hi all. My wife has been after me to brew a Coconut Stout. I am planing to brew her a five gallon batch this weekend. My question is how much extract to use and when to use it. Primary? Keg? I appreciate your help!

Ingredients / Re: WLP 835
« on: January 09, 2013, 07:45:56 AM »
Sounds interisting! Let us know how it works for you.

Equipment and Software / Re: Larger Decoction Mashes
« on: January 07, 2013, 11:36:22 AM »
Time for a bigger paddle!

I don't know,I would have to do a side by side! 90% of my beers are really good in my opinion and the other 10% are just good.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Would you pay this much?
« on: December 13, 2012, 08:07:32 AM »
I will be happy to buy your extra six.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What are you tappin'?
« on: December 12, 2012, 11:52:47 AM »
I have an American Pale Ale on Tap with large additions of Simcoe and Cascade at flameout. I just finished carbing 10 gal of Brown Ale but will only tap one. I have another 20 gal fermenting 10 in basement and 10 in my garage.

All Grain Brewing / Re: step mashing or single infusion
« on: December 07, 2012, 08:05:17 AM »
Hello, after reading for a while i'm still confused. If i want to mash a belgian style beer (tripel) with 2 row pilsner, what do you recommend me? step mashing as Gordon Strong said or single infusion because of a 2 row malt.

It is up to you. I am lazy so I do very little step mashes.  Gordon Strong is always worth listening to!

Equipment and Software / Re: Variations in temp while lagering
« on: December 07, 2012, 08:00:37 AM »
I ferment and lager in my garage and pole barn. My garage is attached and and never gets below 48 degrees. I control fermentation temps by raising and lowering windows. I'll stick a keg out in my pole barn and forget about it for a couple months or till the weather gets warm. I am very happy with the quality of my lagers. Last year I fermented a lager with WLP 830 at 60 degrees and noticed no off flavors. I say your good to go.

Fri. Keging 10 gal of Brown Ale.
Sat. Brewing a English Barley Wine for 5 gal. and a ESB for 5 Gal.
Sun. Brewing 10 gal Bohiemian Pilsner.
I am planing on watching alot of football this weekend!

Ingredients / Re: Dry Hopping research - Interesting
« on: December 04, 2012, 12:06:22 PM »
Wow. There is alot of info there! I wish it was in a book!

I will be brewing an English Barly Wine and dumping on a yeast cake of WLP028 from a Brown Ale.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Drink IPA's Fresh!
« on: November 28, 2012, 09:29:31 AM »
I also enjoy fresh IPA's although I also like the maturity of my homebrew after 8 weeks. It is all about your style of balance.

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