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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cocoa nibs vs. powder
« on: November 30, 2010, 06:25:01 AM »
This would be a good spurment to see what each can offer. I'd try the cocoa powder at the end of boil then if you're not satisfied with the overall charcater then you could always use the nibs after the beer is finished. I much prefer the cocoa nibs for their depth of character, but a good choco stout can be made with either or both. Either way, use the best cocoa money can buy.  ;)   

Ingredients / Re: Chipotle
« on: November 29, 2010, 11:20:28 PM »
I've used the Morita (purple) variety in both beers & meads. They add a light smoky, sweet spiciness to the finished product. I'd recommend adding them using the tea method.  Happy spicing! ;)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Any experience with Saison yeast WLP566?
« on: November 29, 2010, 11:03:33 PM »
I've used it on a couple of different occasions and found it to be a very strong attenuator. It's not as fruity & quite a bit spicier than the WLP565. I started cool (<65°F) then ramped all the way to (>76°F) during the secondary adding additional sugar(s). Great for bottle conditioning!  8)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Amber Malt
« on: November 29, 2010, 10:54:16 PM »
Baird brown malt is amber malt in disguise.

+1 What roguejim said.  :o

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping Beer
« on: November 29, 2010, 10:52:07 PM »
I prefer using FedEx for shipping beer. I have an account that allows me to be billed or pre-pay, print labels at the office or home. I ship beer all the time either to friends & family, contests or beer trading. No problems, so long as its packed well. Legality? Don't care.  :-X 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Coincidence?
« on: November 29, 2010, 10:45:13 PM »
Purely uncanny! I'll take brewing podcasts over Christmas music anyday.  :D

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Question on Black Patent
« on: November 01, 2010, 03:36:01 PM »
I'm going to hazard to guess that the stuff you got from your FiL is or is similar to Weyermann Sinamar. If that's the case then 1oz. is equivalent to 6SRM's of color according to JZ, so adjust accordingly. Here's the stats:

Weyermann Sinamar®;idmenue=37&sprache=2


All Grain Brewing / Re: Pre-sweetened Coconut as an ingredient
« on: November 01, 2010, 03:21:14 PM »
If you're going to use it, just make sure it hasn't been preserved using sulfites. I don't think Baker's does? Coconut milk might be an option for you as well? Good luck!  ;)

Ingredients / Re: Keffir Lime and Lemongrass Berliner Weisse
« on: October 14, 2010, 06:01:24 AM »
I use Kaffir lime leaves & lemongrass on a farely regular basis in both brewing & cooking. The flavors aren't really complimentary, so my suggestion is to choose one or the other for your Berliner Weiße. The dried leaves or grass can be added at the EOB/KO or the secondary as a tea. I've never had a problem using them as a "dry-spice" either.  ;) 

Equipment and Software / Re: lost siphon
« on: September 30, 2010, 06:31:00 AM »
For glass carboys, a person can use a cap, cane & tubing with a small amount (<5psi) of CO2 pressure to get flow started which also provides a nice blanket when racking. Just my 2-cents!  ;)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: filtering beer
« on: September 30, 2010, 06:24:29 AM »
I don't anymore, but I used to use a ceramic water filter (0.5 micron) for rough filtration. I also used to be able to get DE filters through the college lab or pool supply which worked great for bright beer in a hurry. I'd say yeast selection, refrigeration & time are your friends.  ;)   

Wood/Casks / Re: just so we all get on the same page
« on: September 30, 2010, 06:14:45 AM »
I always like looking through the bottom of a glass... well OK at least the side. Pretty color!  ;D

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Aging an oatmeal stout...
« on: September 30, 2010, 06:11:35 AM »
I'd just leave it in the primary until the fermentation slows then either transfer it to the secondary or bottle depending upon the gravity. People often make the mistake of bottling the beer when it's too "green" so let the gravity decide. Once it's bottled then you can expect between 2-4 weeks for it to be drinkable. Enjoy your efforts!  ;)   

Ingredients / Re: Nugget/Amarillo hop combo
« on: September 09, 2010, 05:55:31 PM »
Nugget is a fine bittering hop, but it can be slightly rough as an aroma/finishing. That being stated, I don't think a 1/2 oz. will affect the outcome much. Personally, I'd either just use the Amarillo or add some Willamette in place of the Nugget. Just my 2-cents!  ;)   

Other Fermentables / Re: Moonlight Meadery Article
« on: September 09, 2010, 05:47:49 PM »
I've been following his adventures in meadmaking on FB. Good to see him get some local press coverage. I'm in love with his Coffee In Bed mead!  ;)

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