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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Scotch Ale - Strongish
« on: November 20, 2013, 07:21:14 PM »
Let this beer sit at your fermentation temperature for 3 weeks then bottle. In another 8 weeks it will be drinking well.
...and in another 8 weeks after that it will be even better.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IPA's
« on: November 18, 2013, 09:35:35 PM »
This is exactly the reason why I heavily hop my American Barley wine every year. It starts to balance nicely after a year.

That's my philosophy with my own IPA.  Traditional IPA is of course aged for months.  I massively hop the brew since it will age for 8 months to a year...thus,  it is quite hoppy (and still aromatic) when I start consuming it.  I brew it a few times a year to make sure I always have some that is properly aged.

Typical American IPA is a different story... and honestly,  I just don't like most of them because all seem to I get from them are green and immature flavors.  The big exception is SN Celebration which I feel is a beautifully made IPA;  to me, it's the best one out there in both flavor and balance.  Most of the other IPAs on the store shelves these days are one-note and (as much as I despise the term) 'boring'.
Others' mileage/opinions will vary.

The Pub / Re: I don't use the word "awesome" very often....
« on: November 18, 2013, 08:46:47 AM »
I used the recipe from this page and made the fermented version.  It is excellent!

That does look good...and the article accompanying that recipe was interesting as well.
As soon as I can score some peppers of the right type, I'm gonna give the fermented version a try.

The Pub / Re: I don't use the word "awesome" very often....
« on: November 15, 2013, 11:55:30 PM »
Until recently I actually though "Sriracha" was a brand name. Apparently it is named after a region/location just like pilsner.

 There's an interesting article in the NY Daily News about Sriracha sauce, and a recipe for making the stuff at home.
go here:

The Pub / Re: I don't use the word "awesome" very often....
« on: November 14, 2013, 05:53:10 PM »
mmmmm....gonna HAVE to seek these things out.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ageing different styles of beer.
« on: November 12, 2013, 05:10:56 PM »
Right on the money. Don't deliberately age an AIPA/IIPA on purpose ...

LOL.  I routinely bulk age my IPA for 8-12 months.
The commercial example I was weaned on many years ago got a full year of aging in wood before being bottled.  And it still  had more clean hop character than any IPA made today ;D

IPA was of course traditionally an aged beer.
Some current day commercial examples are quite good when consumed young, while others are vastly improved with some age.   As is the case with many aspects of brewing, there are simply no hard/fast rules.
Except for one: "Drink it how you like it"!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What is this!
« on: November 10, 2013, 01:57:46 PM »
More info is necessary.   
How long has it been fermenting? When did you pitch the yeast (and what type of yeast...or is is a wild ferment with no added yeast?)
Did you start with unpasteurized juice or was it pasteurized?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Founder's Porter?
« on: November 06, 2013, 08:46:14 PM »
There's The Professor, the professor, professor, professor, professorbrew, and hillbillyprofessor
Only The Professor and the professor have any posts.
You might try logging out as the professor and logging in as The Professor.
Also, if you write professor enough times it starts to look weird.

LOL.  That was strange.  Not sure how that happened, or why the system logged me in with the lower case name (with my regular password, no less!)  I don't recall ever setting up a second ID.

If you are able to, you can go ahead and delete the one that is all lower case ("the professor")...I won't be using it. I don't even know I wound up posting under that to begin with!!

In any case, thanks Tom!

Beer Recipes / Re: Christmas Vacation Ale
« on: November 01, 2013, 08:04:38 AM »
I personally think 2lb of caramel 60 will be too much. I'd cut it in half for a warmer. Let us know how it turns out.

Not just depends on how you define 'winter warmer'.  2lbs of caramel/crystal malts will make it very porter-like and it's not too much by any means.  I've done strong porters will well over 15% crystal/caramel malt and the brews don't even turn out overly sweet...but they do turn out rich as hell!
Winter warmer is (or should be) simply a strong, chewy can be light or dark, it can be malty or hoppy.  It can be spiced or not spiced.

I think the recipe looks fine.  The only thing it lacks (for me, anyway) is adequate aging time...I would have started the brew sometime in April or May to allow for the good things that happen over time  after the fermentation is complete.  But that's just my own bias (albeit one definitely based in tradition).

But other than that, your proposed brew looks pretty tasty to me. I'll look forward to your reports as to how it turns out.

The Pub / Re: RIP Lou Reed
« on: October 28, 2013, 07:56:57 AM »
A true original.
I saw the VU back in the day. 

Events / Re: Conan has insult dog at GABF skit
« on: October 23, 2013, 08:15:43 PM »
Now THAT was pretty damned funny.
At least Triumph's victims (for the most part) seemed to have a sense of humor about the whole thing.

Actually, some of the viewer comments were just as funny (and just as spot on) as the video clip. 8)

I'd say Pumpkin and spice beers are the most difficult to get right.  Most of the time they are awful and over spiced
+1 to spiced beers in general.  But Pumpkin is hard.
Gee...I find that most Pumpkin beers are awful because of lame-ass spicing.  Everyone's afraid to give it flavor.

I hate most of them because they're over-spiced.
Different strokes!   ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Best ale yeast for lagers
« on: October 23, 2013, 03:38:22 PM »
Get yourself some of EAST COAST YEAST's "Old Newark Beer" strain (as opposed to their "Old Newark Ale" strain).
It purports to be the same yeast that the Ballantine Brewery (Newark, NJ) used for their "lager" beers (including their bock beer).
It is actually an ale strain, but a very neutral one.
It's a terrific yeast.

Available periodically from Princeton Homebrew (in Trenton, NJ) as well as Love2Brew (North Brunswick, NJ)
Both shops do mail order.

disclaimer:  I don't work for any of these companies.

Beer Recipes / Re: American Mild
« on: October 21, 2013, 08:48:00 AM »
let's remember, Mild is the opposite of Old not the opposite of strong. so in that sense, given that we are still a pretty young nation I would say that an American mild is perfectly appropriate.

RIGHT!!  Good point.
Historically, the term "mild" has nothing whatsoever to do with ABV or hopping rate.

Beer Recipes / Re: American Mild
« on: October 20, 2013, 08:31:42 PM »
American mild is an oxymoron! That's just not how 'merica does things!...

You mean "that's not how 'merica overdoes things."   ;D
Seriously though, I think the recipe looks great (it's actually quite similar to a brew I do once in a while).

I really wouldn't change any of the ingredients or ratios.  I agree that it would probably be better though with a yeast other than S-05.
If you're using dry yeast, I'd be more inclined towards something like S-04. 
It'll still be an "American Mild" because you made it in America.  8)

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