Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - mudman

Pages: 1 [2] 3 4
16
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2 questions
« on: December 18, 2012, 11:39:46 AM »
I have never (and likely, will never) use Ovaltine in a beer but I did make a Grape Nut Brown Ale once.  It turned out pretty well.  I really couldn't pickup much from the Grape Nuts but the novelty got people to try it.   :)

Paul
Yes, after mashing the oats, wheat, and Grape Nuts the wort looked and smelled excellent.  I should have stopped there. :P

17
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2 questions
« on: December 18, 2012, 11:38:22 AM »
Ok, I did the Ovaltine brew and... yuck!!!  The stuff smelled alright when boiling, with the malty cocoa-like flavor mixing with the orange peels, but now that it is fermenting it just smells like something awful.  I will let it ferment and then try it, and then I will probably just dump it.  And by the way, this brew was probably more expensive than just using DME.  Oh well, I wasn't planning on anything spectacular, I just like messing around to see what I can, and can not do.   ;)

I didn't say it would be good! did you use the plane ovaltine or the chocolate? I am curious to hear how it actually turns out!
I did use the plain malt Ovaltine, but it still has a sort of cocoa taste and smell to it.

18
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2 questions
« on: December 17, 2012, 08:45:28 PM »
Ok, I did the Ovaltine brew and... yuck!!!  The stuff smelled alright when boiling, with the malty cocoa-like flavor mixing with the orange peels, but now that it is fermenting it just smells like something awful.  I will let it ferment and then try it, and then I will probably just dump it.  And by the way, this brew was probably more expensive than just using DME.  Oh well, I wasn't planning on anything spectacular, I just like messing around to see what I can, and can not do.   ;)

19
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: brewhouse photo
« on: December 10, 2012, 08:41:39 PM »
Most pictures you find will be copyrighted and you would need permission from the photographer to use them.  I have seen many people get in trouble for that sort of thing.  I suggest you take your own picture or make sure you have permission to use the one you find.

20
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2 questions
« on: December 07, 2012, 07:50:31 PM »
I've said it before. And It's possible I will say it again... ovaltine!!!!! the plane flavour is just DME with a little anti clumping agent and maybe some kind of surfactant. perfect for making a grocery store brew.

Excellent!   :D  Thanks for the recommendation.  I will definitely include some Ovaltine in the recipe.  And I really hate anything citrus in my food, but my beer is another story so I will probably bitter with orange peel.

21
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2 questions
« on: December 06, 2012, 08:30:50 PM »
Thanks for all the useful info so far.  I want to brew soon, so spruce is out of the question since it is winter (I think).  Orange peel sounds like it may work.  What I am going to do is try to brew a batch out of just common ingredients that I can get at the store or find.  I am looking at Grape Nuts as a grain option because one of the ingredients in it is malted barley.   I am still wondering about things like flax seed, wheat germ, and other kinds of cereals.

22
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2 questions
« on: December 06, 2012, 11:46:58 AM »
So I am leaning towards trying spruce tips, any tips? :P

23
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Using Oak Cubes
« on: December 04, 2012, 08:34:21 PM »
I haven't done it but the ones I have tasted that are nice with the oak flavoring have been big dark beers like Imperial Stouts and Barley Wines.

24
General Homebrew Discussion / 2 questions
« on: December 04, 2012, 08:27:13 PM »
I am going to do another experimental small batch now that my sourdough one is done but I need some information before proceeding.  How much wheat can you use in a recipe and do you need a percentage of malted barley?   What would you use for bittering a beer if you couldn't use hops?

25
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hit FG but still lots of activity.
« on: December 04, 2012, 08:21:15 PM »
Kind of depends on the recipe. pretty low but if it's all grain mashed low with a low OG it's not that low. s-05 is a workhorse for sure not like a belgian saison yeast but still a pretty good chugger.
So here is the recipe (don't laugh, I am a noob and made it up) :D

6 lbs  Amber LME
.75 lbs Wheat berries
1 lbs 2 row
.25 lbs Rolled oats
.5 lbs Wild rice
1.5 lbs Honey

2 oz Hallertau pellet hops

1st cereal mashed the wild rice and wheat berries, then mashed all the grains at 155 for 70 minutes. 

26
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hit FG but still lots of activity.
« on: December 04, 2012, 06:51:59 PM »
Thanks guys, will do.  Is 1.005 really low, or is that normal for 05?  This is my first time using it.

27
General Homebrew Discussion / Hit FG but still lots of activity.
« on: December 04, 2012, 06:34:58 PM »
I have a red pitched with US-05 that has been fermenting for nearly a month.  OG was 1.053 and I have had 3 readings in the last 10 days at 1.005.   I kicked up the heat in the room a couple days ago and it started bubbling like mad.  It has had yeast and bubbles on top all along but the gravity is not changing.  Can I bottle?  The beer tastes great btw.

28
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sourdough brew experiment
« on: December 02, 2012, 07:38:20 PM »
Just a side note that I forgot to mention.  The blogger cited above said he had flocculation issues.  I could see the haze of yeast near the top of the bottles for some time but after about 4 weeks in the bottle they cleared and I had no haze in the finished beer, so the yeast does settle when you give it time.

29
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sourdough brew experiment
« on: November 30, 2012, 09:59:44 PM »
So I cracked a bottle open tonight and my wife and I had a tasting.  She has better taste buds than I but we both had trouble describing the taste.  She says it has a slight pear taste with a clean bread aroma and a slightly sour aftertaste.  It is different from anything I have tasted, the yeast seems to be very up front in the flavor, with some definite funk and slight sourness at the end.  Has a strong aroma also.  Overall I would say it is a good beer, I wish I had a few more.  I will make sure to keep one for a while and see how the taste changes.  If you are curious I would try it out on a small batch first and see how it works.  I may do a split recipe in the future so that I have a control to compare it to.

30
Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How hot for 3711
« on: November 21, 2012, 11:09:06 PM »
When I did my 1st Saison I bought a kit from NB and the guy at the checkout said it was his favorite beer and he recommended starting in the 70s but ramping right up into the 80s with it to get that peppery taste.  I didn't but I just thought I would throw that out there.

Pages: 1 [2] 3 4