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All Grain Brewing / I am back!
« on: November 22, 2012, 02:39:05 PM »
This will need to move to another forum I am sure but... I am back!  I have two 2L starters going with Wyeast 1214 and 1762... will be making a 10 gallon batch of Belgian Strong from "Brewing Classic Styles".  My first all grain (any brewing) since my cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy!!! If feels good.  Happy Thanksgiving all!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Sanitize Vanilla Beans
« on: September 10, 2011, 07:57:14 AM »
Will be doing Denny's Vanilla Bourbon Imperial Porter next month.  A local homebrew shop mentioned sanitizing the beans in grain alcohol.  Does anyone know if this is necessary?  Thanks.

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Beer Recipes / Questions on Denny's BOURBON VANILLA IMPERIAL PORTER
« on: August 20, 2011, 12:52:37 PM »
Am planning on doing this recipe in September for a holiday time consumption.  I emailed this to a fellow brewer here in town that recommended changing the brown malt to black malt and adjusting otherwise for color.  He didn't expand on the topic so I am asking you for your opinion.  Thanks. (5 gallon batch size)


BOURBON VANILLA IMPERIAL PORTER

11.00 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row)              America        
1.50 lbs.   Brown Malt                    Great Britain    
0.50 lbs. Crystal 40L                     America          
2.50 lbs. Munich Malt (Durst)         Germany        
1.00 lbs. Crystal 120L                   America          
1.25 lbs. Chocolate Malt                America      

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Beer Recipes / Biere de L’Amitie Recipe
« on: July 31, 2011, 09:26:58 AM »
Hello All:

Went to a great Belgian Beer Tap House in Portland, OR last weekend called Bazi (http://bazipdx.com).  Incredible selection.

I loved the Green Flash and  Brasserie St. Feuillien collaboration.  Does anyone have a recipe for this?

Thanks,

Bill

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Kegging and Bottling / Keg Leak
« on: December 13, 2010, 09:08:10 AM »
Quick question,  I have a corny keg that is not holding its carbonation.  I now realize that I need to put some "petrol-gel" on the lid O ring. Is there an infection risk to release the pressure, taking the lid off, put the gel on the O ring and then recarbonating?

Thanks.

Bill

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Yeast and Fermentation / Starter Blowout
« on: November 26, 2010, 07:15:25 AM »
I would appreciate your input on this.  Yesterday I created a 2L starter for my WYeast 1469.  200gms to total of 2L, added 1/8tsp of yeast nutrient, some oxygen placed onto a stir plate (with aluminum foil) and off to bed.  I woke up this morning to find a mess.  It had erupted.  I doesn't appear that I lost much liquid volume but there was good amount of  krausen on the sides of the flask and stir plate.  I placed a stanitized stopper and airlock, sprayed the top with star sans and then wiped everything done.  Also, the aluminum foil cover had never been pushed off, just raised.

So, should I risk pitching this yeast?  Are there other things to be concerned about.  I actually made two starters (doing a 10 gallon batch of Timothy Taylor's Landlord with an estimated OG of 1.047 to 1.050

Thanks

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Yeast and Fermentation / WYeast 1469
« on: November 18, 2010, 06:28:30 PM »
I am planning on brewing a batch of Timothy Taylor Landlord.  I have been able to get WYeast 1469 and am curious to hear/read other's experience with this yeast or this recipe.  I hear that some feel that it will need regular rousing.  Does that mean simple shaking of the fermentor?  I plan on making a starter for this yeast.  Regarding the recipe, and perhaps I should create a separate post under recipe, but has anyone else tried  to make this beer? 

Thanks

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Beer Recipes / Tasty's Celebration Ale Clone
« on: November 05, 2010, 09:21:54 AM »
Hello all:  I am considering brewing a batch of Tasty's Celebration Ale Clone.  I cannot quite make out the instructions for the first hop additions.  It is calls for Chinook addition in the mash.  Is this to be added to the mash or first wort hopping? 

http://beerdujour.com/Recipes/SN_Celebration_Ale_-2008_NHC_3rd_Place_2nd_round.html

Thanks.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast on Stir Plate, Brewing Delayed
« on: October 30, 2010, 10:24:49 AM »
Okay, here is a followup to my earlier thread.  Brewing is postponed one day-till tomorrow Sunday.  Two yeast starters created on Thursday night (1600 ml to 160 grams DME).  Any problem with delaying a day? 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Forgot to add yeast nutrient
« on: October 29, 2010, 06:06:59 AM »
Last night I made two starters (1600 ml water. 160 gm DME).  I boiled for 15/20 mins with aluminum foil on flasks.  I cooled and pitched at 70 degrees and promptly placed them on my stir plates.  I forgot to add yeast nutrient or oxygen.  This morning, things look good-active fermentation underway. Should I be concerned?  Also, do you cover the flasks to protect for sunlight or does it not matter with a starter?

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Equipment and Software / Denny's Mash Tun
« on: October 21, 2010, 08:13:59 AM »
I had a large group brew at the house a couple of weeks ago.  As a result, a couple of neighbors have decided to get into the hobby.  We have decided to build Denny's mash tun.  My question is this:  since we are going to be using a coleman Xtreme 70qt cooler and focus on 10 gallon batches, we want to make sure that the stainless steel braid can hold up to the pressure of 25 to 34 lbs of grain (and the strike water).  Any concerns?

Thanks.

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Beer Recipes / Laurelwood's Organic Deranger
« on: October 20, 2010, 12:02:32 PM »
I just tasted Laurelwood's Imperial IPA (out of Portland, OR).  It was very good.  Does anyone have an all grain recipe for this?

Thanks,

Bill

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Equipment and Software / Cooler Warping
« on: October 04, 2010, 08:45:24 AM »
Has anyone else had a problem with their rectangular cooler/mash tun warping; i.e. the lid not fitting quite tight, the walls a bit pushed out?  I have Coleman 70qt Xtreme.  I have done 5 ten gallon batches and am beginning to notice it.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Starter Question
« on: October 01, 2010, 04:33:55 PM »
Okay, paranoia check.  I have a 2L starter going on a stirplate.  Got home and found that the aluminum foil cap had been lifted off with the flask opening very slightly visible.  Should I be worried about contamination or while the stirplate action be blowing out the baddies?

Thanks

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Okay- I am having a brewfest at the house on Oct 2nd-  Several brewers, multiple styles.  At the end, I am planning on fermenting a California Common/Steam Beer using Wyeast California Lager 2112 and an Oatmeal Stout using Wyeast London ESB 1968.  I have a fridge with a controller heat/cool.  My concern is that the steam recommends 60 and the stout recommends 68 degrees for fermentation.  Is there as a safe medium or should I reconfigure the brew day for beers that ferment at the same temps?

Thanks,

Bill

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