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Ingredients / Re: When do you add honey?
« on: October 09, 2016, 12:38:07 PM »
I add it to the primary when fermentation slows down.

I think this is a good name for a bluegrass tune. Just saying.
Or polka!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: local flabby and banana ridden saisons
« on: September 27, 2016, 10:24:54 AM »
A few local breweries have saison offerings and both of them miss the mark... by quite a lot, IMO. I asked the assistant brewer of one what yeast they were using and he mentioned a mix of saison and wit yeasts. That might explain the overriding banana I get out of theirs which I consider a fault in a saison. The other brewery has one that is not sharp/dry at all - just a flabby and sweet mess in which the dry hopping does nothing to cover the mistakes.

Is this the norm or am I just having bad luck with local saisons?

On the first one, if they used a mix of saison and wit yeast, and you get mostly banana flavor, they shouldn't call it a saison. Or, at least indicate they used two different yeast on their menu.
On the second one, saison are highly attenuated and dry. My last one had a final gravity around 1.002. So it shouldn't be sweet at all. Or, at least have very little sweetness. It looks like that beer stalled in the fermentation and they didn't raise the temperature to help it finish. Saison yeast can be fickle that way. Perhaps you can ask them if that is what has happened.
Well, that's just my opinion. I hope it helps.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How long is your brew day?
« on: September 26, 2016, 05:52:25 AM »
5 hours from start to end of clean up.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing today after a year off.
« on: September 18, 2016, 10:01:28 AM »
Good luck and God bless. Action is a good thing to do to get out of a funk. Please let us know how it went.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: No more bubbles
« on: September 13, 2016, 04:50:19 PM »
+1. Welcome! This is a great place to post questions.

Beer Recipes / Re: Shut up about Barclay Perkins 1923 Courage Stout
« on: August 30, 2016, 05:33:50 AM »
I haven't brewed that one. I have brewed several from his book with success using black patent. Have you tried contacting Mr. Pattinson? He has been prompt when I have contacted him with questions.
Hope this helps.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got Questions?
« on: August 22, 2016, 04:21:54 PM »
Thanks Denny! Just sent my question.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I feel like an olypian.
« on: August 12, 2016, 10:56:37 AM »
It's not bragging if you can do it. Congratulations and thanks for letting us know.

The Pub / Re: Maui - Hawaii Sea Spirits
« on: August 08, 2016, 04:14:52 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 6 Common Homebrew Myths
« on: August 08, 2016, 12:49:34 PM »
Thank you so much, Denny. I am making sure every one in our club reads it. Good information.

Beer Recipes / Re: Thinking about trying my first Lager....
« on: July 20, 2016, 11:02:49 AM »
I like the idea of the floor malted pils but you don't need any of that other malt. You will find recipes with other grains in them but I think they are unnecessary.

IBUs should be around 35-40.

Needs a lot more hops in the late boil. Should look closer to around an ounce at fifteen or twenty minutes and another ounce at flameout.

Czech pils also needs a soft water. Look at RO water with a small calcium addition if water chemistry is not something you are familiar with.

Good advice.
+1. I think lagers are amazing beers and an under appreciated style. When done right, they are very satisfying. I think you made an excellent choice with your first lager. God speed on this new adventure!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: fun senior momentness experiment
« on: July 10, 2016, 03:32:30 PM »
Some of the greatest inventions in history happened by accident, like viagra.  :)

All Things Food / Re: Crock Pot
« on: June 28, 2016, 12:39:11 PM »
I enjoy my crock pot. I love to make soups and stews with it in the winter time.
I also make my own poultry stock (using turkey and chicken bones) and beef stock (using beef marrow bones). Coming home to a home-made chicken noodle soup, or a beef-vegetable soup and a good home brew is heavenly. I like a porter with the beef-vegetable soup and a amber ale with the chicken noodle soup.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st brew
« on: June 28, 2016, 12:28:42 PM »
Congratulations on your first batch. True learning begins when you put into practice what you have studied. Please feel free to come back to this forum with your questions. There are a bunch of good guys here eager to help without any condemnation. I love this forum.
Enjoy you time brewing!

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