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Questions about the forum? / Main Page Glitch
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:45:29 PM »
Apparently it was a caching glitch that's been fixed now.

General Homebrew Discussion / All grain jump
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:43:39 PM »
Check out the video Gary Glass made about the Cheap'n'Easy system...
Awesome videos! Thanks for the links...of course this opens up 100 more questions! BTW, nice that your recipe made it into the vid  ;)

My recipe, my equipment design, my methods.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: All grain jump
« on: June 05, 2013, 12:32:41 PM »
All grain ingredients are cheaper. But the path you follow may lead to Blichmann brew kettles, march pumps, kegerators, a brew shed...
But it doesn't have to be expensive.

THIS^^^^ is what I was gonna say!  I've stuck with the Cheap'n'Easy method for 15+ years and 437 batches so far and I have no intention of changing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bourbon barrel porter
« on: June 05, 2013, 12:02:51 PM »
Being too lazy to go look for the recipe, I'll just go ahead and ask.

Do you adjust the hops to account for the additional sweetness?  Or are you going for a sweeter beer?

When I do my vanilla porter, I'm going for big vanilla so I don't hop increase the hops.  Sometimes I add bourbon, sometimes not.

Well, that's kind of a hard question to answer.  I brewed maybe 4-5 test batches before I got the balance of hops right.  So they are what they are and don't get adjusted.  Or maybe it's more correct to say they've already been adjusted.  The beer does have a reasonable amount of sweetness to it, but it's not overly sweet.  I want the porter, bourbon, and vanilla to balance and complement each other.  One component should not be more prevalent than others in that recipe.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 2 yeast strain advice
« on: June 05, 2013, 11:33:57 AM »
...btw, Denny thats a great idea! I wish i'd thought of that. I could have pitched the 3711 @ room temp and used the fermentation chamber for the 565. Maybe next time? Thx!

It's much more controllable to do it that way.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bourbon barrel porter
« on: June 05, 2013, 11:25:15 AM »
I've always been surprised by the amount of bourbon that Denny says he uses in his BVIP.  There are other threads if you search for them.

It really depends on the beer you add it to.  That's why I recommend people do a test and determine it for themselves.  Even with my 375 ml. of bourbon for 5 gal., the bourbon flavor is well integrated and not overwhelming.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bourbon barrel porter
« on: June 05, 2013, 11:22:33 AM »
Thankyou for your replies. I have been reading differing views on how much bourbon to use. They range from a cup and a half to a pint. I love Shlafly's imperial stout which is a bourbon barrel stout. To me the balance of that beer is absolutely perfect. It is what I am looking for in mine. I am going to brew it this weekend or the following weekend so it will be ready this winter.

Don't take someone else's recommendations.  Do an experiment and figure it out for yourself.  When you're ready to add bourbon, pour 4 2 oz. samples of the beer.  Dose each with different, measured amount of bourbon.  Decide which you like best and scale that amount up to your batch size.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash temp calculation
« on: June 05, 2013, 11:18:21 AM »
I do think that some of your ranges are extreme on both sides.  145 would be too low... and 160 is too high.  147 to 158 would be a tad safer.

I dunno.  Although those temps are at the outside of the range, there's nothing wrong with them.  I would recommend extending the mash to 90 min. for lower temps, though

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast producing a 'peachy' flavor?
« on: June 05, 2013, 11:14:23 AM »
I think S-05 has a faint peach aroma for a clean strain.


What temp are you guys fermenting at to get the peach?

Low 60s

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: All grain jump
« on: June 05, 2013, 11:12:59 AM »

Questions about the forum? / Re: Main Page Glitch
« on: June 05, 2013, 10:22:48 AM »
Damn...almost hate to say it, but it works fine for me.

All Grain Brewing / Mash temp calculation
« on: June 04, 2013, 09:43:28 PM »
Is there a good rule of thumb source for choosing mash temps? I know lower for drier and that higher gravity effects it too, but is there some chart or simple calculation to aid in choosing the appropriate temp?

It's your beer, YOU decide!  You've got the basic idea, so think about what the style is (maybe look at the BJCP guidelines if you're making a style you're not familiar with) and what you want it to be like in terms of body.  Then make an educated guess.

General Homebrew Discussion / Questions on feedback and competition
« on: June 04, 2013, 09:41:35 PM »
Sure.  Let me know when you're ready.  At least you won't have to ship too far.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Terminal Gravity Brewery / IPA
« on: June 04, 2013, 08:39:32 PM »
TG has been one of my favorites for years.

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast producing a 'peachy' flavor?
« on: June 04, 2013, 08:39:04 PM »
I think S-05 has a faint peach aroma for a clean strain.


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