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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Black IPA underway
« on: December 08, 2009, 11:35:18 AM »
This recipe looks like the "60 minute IPA" where they add some hops every minute for full hour.
This thing is probably so bitter, one can't even feel any malt or even hops for that matter. IMO this much hops would just overwhelm each other and result in tasting like bitter over-boiled spinach.
That's just what I think, correct me if I'm wrong.

I would not go with spices in primary. You could get infections and such. Grind the cinnamon and throw it in the last 10 min of the boil and orange peels at the last minute. That'll give you plenty of cinnamon flavor and aroma as well as subtle orange aroma with none of the bitterness.

The Pub / Re: Been scarce, wife has cancer
« on: December 01, 2009, 11:20:55 PM »
Aw. I'm truly sorry to hear that. Hope your wife and your family get through this. Best wishes...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Type?
« on: December 01, 2009, 11:17:24 PM »
There is a beer in brown swing tops in my local store, but it costs 3 or 4 bucks a bottle... so I stick to buying plain pry off browns from them for 5 cents each.

Didn't get to brew Honey Brown last week, so I just finished it and pitched with WY1007 :)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast cake?
« on: November 29, 2009, 10:31:09 PM »
Saving cakes is a good thing and fermenting on them is quick and easy, not to mention all the yeast you can save for the future.
Right now I'm reviving a 4 month old cake of 1007 I saved in a jar and kept in the fridge. Revived a 4 month old 3333 last week and it is now happily eating away my hefe :)

Gonna brew a Honey Weizen tomorrow and Honey Brown on Saturday or Sunday.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How Not To Make a Starter
« on: November 25, 2009, 02:45:06 PM »
Funny! Really funny!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Crash Cooling
« on: November 24, 2009, 02:49:28 PM »
Sounds good. You're more experienced than I am, so I'll heed your advice :)

The Pub / Re: 1000th member
« on: November 24, 2009, 02:03:27 PM »
466... am I late?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Crash Cooling
« on: November 24, 2009, 02:02:49 PM »
I don't know. After keeping it cold for a week or two, I suck it out and the beer is clean and clear, however when the keg is about to kick, some yeast appears (guess they must be on the sides or something)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Crash Cooling
« on: November 24, 2009, 01:54:37 PM »
I cold crash in a keg and suck out the sediment.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dark stout slurry for pale ale?
« on: November 23, 2009, 02:09:19 PM »
I didn't even know there was this rule... I've been fermenting on slurry back and forth and sideways and never heard any complaints from the yeast or beer.
EDIT: Though I had wheat smell like pumpkin and cinnamon in primary, but it went away after secondary and fruit addition.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager Fermentation
« on: November 23, 2009, 02:05:13 PM »
I just pour the stuff thought a funnel with a screen, leaving the thrub behind, though I too have not seen any differences in taste between strained and unstrained batches.

The Pub / Re: Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye?
« on: November 21, 2009, 02:39:42 PM »
Well my pockets aren't wide enough to BUY good booze too. However, working in a wedding hall and private parties... Lets just say I would definitely never buy an imported scotch for 450 Pounds Sterling, but that doesn't mean I've never had one :) So I know what I prefer based on those experiences.

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