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Ingredients / Re: When should I add this Candi Syrup?
« on: April 02, 2012, 12:26:00 PM »
I wouldn't worry too much about the difference between 60 and 90.  Adding it earlier will probably cause a very slight darkening.  Personally I wouldn't worry about it, but if you are, add it later.

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Let's hope this year's vote goes better than last year!

Fingers crossed....

Ingredients / Re: Barleywine question.
« on: April 02, 2012, 08:49:50 AM »
Hmmmm...what other BWs have you had that you;re comparing it to?  IMO, Bigfoot is a classic Am. style BW.  I don't find it at all like an IIPA since it has so much more body.

Ingredients / Re: Rahr 2 Row Attenuation
« on: April 02, 2012, 08:38:53 AM »
I use the 2 row pale malt.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermenting in a corny keg
« on: April 02, 2012, 08:35:01 AM »
Has anyone that uses a quick connect to attach a blowoff hose ever had any clogging problems?  I was thinking this could be an issue so I was thinking of removing the poppet from the IN port and just attaching some silicone tubing to that with a pinch clamp.

Nope, never.  But you certainly could remove the poppet to be safe.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermenting in a corny keg
« on: April 02, 2012, 08:34:26 AM »
So you are fermenting in cornies now?

I still don't understand how you'd get the yeast out of there for repitching if pushing it out doesn't work well.  I would think dumping it from the opening of the keg would be risky.

Sometimes.  If I make a batch larger than 5 gal., I use a 10 gal. corny to ferment in.  I just pour the leftover yeast out.

All Grain Brewing / Re: AG jalapeno brew
« on: April 02, 2012, 08:33:03 AM »
I agree with both of Lennie's comments...roast the jalapenos.  No need for 6 row.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Imperial Stout brewing questions
« on: April 01, 2012, 02:09:21 PM »

Oxygenation for such a strong beer - how to do it?

A Mix Stir is inexpensive and very effective.  I'm totally pleased with mine...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermenting in a corny keg
« on: April 01, 2012, 12:10:31 PM »
I gotta agree, euge.  His points don't make sense to me, either.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Problems with Single Decoction mash
« on: April 01, 2012, 09:10:25 AM »
The biggest problem that I saw with Denny's experiment was that it wasn't comparing the most appropriate use of decoction (undermodified malts) with an appropriate alternative to decoction (like adding some amount of melanoidin malt).

That would presuppose that decoction makes a flavor difference.  I wanted to use decocted vs. nondecocted versions of the same recipe to evaluate if there really is a difference.  If there was, then your experiment suggestion could be used next.  The total of votes for nondecocted plus no preference was greater than the number who preferred the decocted versions.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Honey IPA - when to add
« on: April 01, 2012, 09:03:13 AM »
Just add it to the secondary.

Ingredients / Re: Flaconers Flight Blend
« on: April 01, 2012, 09:02:14 AM »
Love it!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermenting in a corny keg
« on: April 01, 2012, 09:01:47 AM »
Instead of an airlock, I use a blowoff hose.  It's just a length of tubing connected to the gas post of the keg with the other end in a jar of sanitizer.

After trying a few things, I've also settled on that method as the easiest, most straight forward way.

All Things Food / Re: French Boule advice?
« on: April 01, 2012, 08:59:45 AM »
The thing that has improved my bread more than anything (except repeated trials) is the book "The Bread Bakers Apprentice".  Highly recommended.

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