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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bourbon barrel porter
« on: June 05, 2013, 07:02:51 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.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 2 yeast strain advice
« on: June 05, 2013, 06:33:57 PM »
...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!
-J.K.L.

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

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bourbon barrel porter
« on: June 05, 2013, 06:25:15 PM »
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.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bourbon barrel porter
« on: June 05, 2013, 06:22:33 PM »
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.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash temp calculation
« on: June 05, 2013, 06:18:21 PM »
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

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast producing a 'peachy' flavor?
« on: June 05, 2013, 06:14:23 PM »
I think S-05 has a faint peach aroma for a clean strain.

Agreed

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

Low 60s

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: All grain jump
« on: June 05, 2013, 06:12:59 PM »

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

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All Grain Brewing / Mash temp calculation
« on: June 05, 2013, 04:43:28 AM »
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.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Questions on feedback and competition
« on: June 05, 2013, 04:41:35 AM »
Sure.  Let me know when you're ready.  At least you won't have to ship too far.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Terminal Gravity Brewery / IPA
« on: June 05, 2013, 03:39:32 AM »
TG has been one of my favorites for years.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast producing a 'peachy' flavor?
« on: June 05, 2013, 03:39:04 AM »
I think S-05 has a faint peach aroma for a clean strain.

Agreed

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All Grain Brewing / barley crusher gap settings ?
« on: June 05, 2013, 03:37:39 AM »
That sort of poor attitude will keep you in intermediate brewer status forever, Denny.
It's as if he's afraid he might learn something.

I actively and proudly maintain my ignorance!

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All Grain Brewing / barley crusher gap settings ?
« on: June 05, 2013, 03:36:40 AM »
I have no idea what my mill is set to and I don't care.  As long as I get the crush I want it doesn't matter.
I read you said recently that it was something like .028.

My gap is set to .032. I normally get around 75%, not great, but it's pretty consistent, so that's all that matters. I typically use some rice hulls in my mash as well, just a couple hands full. Using a bazooka screen, it tends to gum up sometimes.

If I said that, I must have been drunk.  I've never measured the gap.

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All Grain Brewing / barley crusher gap settings ?
« on: June 05, 2013, 03:36:04 AM »
I have no idea what my mill is set to and I don't care.  As long as I get the crush I want it doesn't matter.

hey as a side note .... I posted a thread !! ( this goes back to our PM's on the other forum )

Good on ya!

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