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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer from concentrate?
« on: June 29, 2011, 12:00:22 PM »
All I can tell ya is that my 1.104 quad didn't throw more krausen than the 1.054 Patersbier I made to start the yeast for the quad.

Beer Recipes / Re: Traquair House Ale Clone - Wee Heavy
« on: June 29, 2011, 11:58:55 AM »
It is only different in the respect that they have changed the hops and made it a 5 gallon recipe.

If they didn't; BYO should have given me a mention in my opinion.

I completely agree that you deserved a mention, Scott.  The boil down technique you came up with for that recipe not only makes the beer what it is, but a lot of homebrewers have adopted it for other beers.  So, I'll just say it here....THANK YOU for all you've done!

« on: June 29, 2011, 10:28:53 AM »
Congrats Barry...  You know, you really need to cough a couple bucks & join the AHA after all this..  ;) Cheers!!!

Agreed on BOTH points!

Did I miss it, or was there no mention of bacon in that article?

Either a tripel to try out the Simplicity syrup or a late hopped pale ale to try to use up some of the 8 lb. of homegrown Cascades in my freezer before I have to deal with year's crop.

ETA:  going with a pretty straightforward APA.  Pale malt, 10% C60, 7-8 oz. of Cascade in the last 20 min.

Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Quadrupel ideas
« on: June 29, 2011, 09:44:32 AM »
To me, the D-180 has more coffee and dark fruit flavors than the D2.  The D2 is more "rummy".  I think they're close and they're both great ingredients.

Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Quadrupel ideas
« on: June 29, 2011, 08:56:43 AM »
Update for those who care....

Yesterday was exactly 30 days since brewing.  I overcame my fear of carboys, got one out of storage and sanitized it and xferred the beer from the bucket primary.  Of course, I had to take a gravity reading and have a taste.  I took a 16 0x. hydrometer sample and after getting a reading (1.016, from an OG of 1.104) I put the sample in a PET bottle with a carbonator cap, hit it with 30 psi and out it in the freezer for 45 min. for a taste.


This is shaping up to be one of the best beers I've ever made.  Rich, complex dark fruit flavors.  Virtually no hint of alcohol heat, even at only 30 days old and 11.6% ABV.  I kept sipping it slowly trying to find problems....I couldn't.  I just wanted to drink more of it!  I'm thinking that some caramelized raisins or figs would work great in it, but I don't think I want to cover up or overwhelm the flavors that are in there already.  I'm certain that a large part of the flavor is due to the D-180 syrup.  It definitely has similarities to the D2, but I think it has more fruitiness and complexity to it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Too short or too long?
« on: June 29, 2011, 08:39:19 AM »
Too short.  You need more line to drop more pressure.

Equipment and Software / Re: what mill would you recommend?
« on: June 29, 2011, 08:17:32 AM »
You usually have to fabricate a hopper with other mills.

Not the Schmidling.

Equipment and Software / Re: what mill would you recommend?
« on: June 29, 2011, 08:06:58 AM »
Generally a mill recommendation will follow the mill a brewer has purchased.

Both are good mills,  I own a BC.
Good point.  I like my Schmidlin mill.  It is at least 15 years old and has never given me a problem. 
Of course, now it will....

Another vote for the Schmidling.  Mine is used by 2 people and over the last 13 years has had tons of grain run through it.  It still functions perfectly.

All Grain Brewing / Re: grain bill for imperial IPA
« on: June 28, 2011, 11:46:04 AM »
Ah.  You must have gotten a UIPA (underattenuated IPA).  They're pretty popular based on the number of people who make them.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer from concentrate?
« on: June 28, 2011, 10:13:50 AM »
It's obviously a personal subjective decision which way is easier, but I think I'd go with either bigger or more fermenters and deal with the issue at the source.

Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith 2.0 reviews
« on: June 28, 2011, 08:56:19 AM »
I just installed it and I'm starting to play with it.  I'm disappointed that I'll have to manually figure ratios.  Oh, the agony!  ;)  I had a chance to meet Brad at NHC and I was really impressed by his dedication to make the software what we want it to be.  I'm hoping I'm gonna love it!
ProMash where is you love???

I still love Promash, but I made a commitment to try to learn Beersmith.  I'll give it a chance, but I'm not deleting Promash from my hard drive!

The Pub / Re: I'm a bit behind but, I won a silver medal!
« on: June 28, 2011, 08:46:00 AM »
Oh and by the way, A BIG thanks to Denny for the recipe.
From Len Eckstein,
"I can't take recipe credit - it's a variation of Denny Conn's Bourbon vanilla porter.
Glad it came out so well. *Here's to to further flavor ass kickery with the next
generation of barrel aged monk brothers' brew!*

Congrats, man!

All Grain Brewing / Re: grain bill for imperial IPA
« on: June 27, 2011, 03:45:38 PM »
And that's my point, what is too much? I'm looking for a good ROT on % of sugar vs. OG or ???

You need to experiment to see what works for your tastes.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Denny Conn's BVIP (pic)+(more pics added)
« on: June 27, 2011, 12:40:53 PM »
Yeah, the vanilla is the first thing to fade.  I don't really like aging this beer.  I think it's best maybe 6 weeks-2 months after brewing.

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