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Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottle question
« on: December 30, 2009, 01:53:06 PM »
Been using them for lagers the last couple of years with no problems so far (I like to see what's going on with the yeast 8)).  Still use buckets for ales.

All Things Food / Re: What's cookin' for the Holidays folks?
« on: December 30, 2009, 01:37:10 PM »
What, no seafood? I was thinking you lived on a boat or something.  ;)

We eat seafood 2 or 3 times a week normally.  I think I've had it everyday since Christmas eve. :P  New Years Day is all about fresh pork and black-eyed peas.  Don't forget to burn your bayberry candle down on New Years Eve. ;D

My first ten gallon batch based on my house Special Bitter recipe

Lantern Yard Premium Bitter II
Special/Best/Premium Bitter

Type: All Grain
Date: 1/9/2010
Batch Size: 10.50 gal
Brewer: Jim Rosenkranz
Boil Size: 12.00 gal Asst Brewer: 
Boil Time: 60 min  Equipment: Brew Pot (15 Gal) and Igloo/Gott Cooler (10 Gal) for 5 gallon batch 
Brewhouse Efficiency: 73.00
Amount Item Type % or IBU
14.00 lb Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 76.48 %
2.00 lb Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 10.93 %
1.80 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM) Grain 9.83 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 2.76 %
1.00 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %] (60 min) Hops 14.5 IBU
1.00 oz Fuggles [4.50 %] (60 min) Hops 6.9 IBU
2.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (15 min) Hops 10.6 IBU
1.00 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min) Misc 
WLP002 Slurry

Most interesting and best beer.  Hopbursted Rye IPA.  Came out great.  Went real fast.  Scotch ale is always a hit as well.  Brewed my first AG DIPAs this year.  Many different hop combos, all good.

All Things Food / Re: What's cookin' for the Holidays folks?
« on: December 30, 2009, 07:59:07 AM »
Our traditional New Year's Day meal is a fresh ham (not smoked), mashed taters w/ dark pork gravy made from the ham (stuff of the gods I tell ya) and black-eyed pea salad (blackeyed peas, carrots, red and green peppers, onions, in a sweet/sour vinaigrette.

All Things Food / Re: What's cookin' for the Holidays folks?
« on: December 29, 2009, 11:18:56 AM »
Christmas eve was 16 oz. lobster tails, asparagus, green beans, twice baked potatoes, and Poully-Fuisse for drink.  Christmas was lamb roast, smoked ham, carrot salad, Amish style potato filling, various other vegetable matter, cheesecake, carrot cake and chocolate cream pie.  My birthday was halfshell oystewrs, crabcakes, stuffed oysters, crab imperial, and crab au gratin, twice baked taters (again), coleslaw, broiled scallops, washed down with a couple DFH 60 minute IPAs.  I think I gained 7 pounds. :o

The Pub / Re: Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye?
« on: December 29, 2009, 10:59:19 AM »
I prefer Irish whiskey, but can handle a good bourbon or Scotch.  I use the cheap stuff for cleaning. ;)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: S23 Lager Yeast from Fermentis
« on: December 29, 2009, 06:52:46 AM »
I've used it a couple of times, never as a true lager though.  I made a decent BMC type ale using S23.  Fermented it at the low end of ale temperatures, 58 to 60 degrees.  I didn't notice any fruitiness in that at all...

This is my experience as well.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: S-189 Dry Lager Yeast from Fermentis
« on: December 29, 2009, 06:51:01 AM »
Don't have any experience with the S-189, but the W34/70 makes a pretty good lager when used at lager temps (~50F).  Must do a diacetyl rest though.  The S-23 works best in the high 50s - low 60s.  I don't know why it works, but I've made pretty good beers with it in that temp range.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Gun or Conditioning with priming sugar?
« on: December 29, 2009, 06:46:00 AM »
If I'm going to bottle a complete batch, I will usually prime with sugar and then bottle.  I don't like doing it, but doing a whole batch with a counter-pressure filler like I have, does waste quite a bit of beer, which in turn I must drink immediately. ;)  For small numbers of bottles (a case or less), the bottle filler is the way to go.  This is the way I do it, I'm sure others have their methods as well.

The Pub / Re: What's everyone drinking for Christmas
« on: December 23, 2009, 10:52:04 AM »
Premium bitter, Imperial Amber, BVIP, Dubbel and maybe 1988 Opus One (if I decide to open it.)

The Pub / Re: I like turtles
« on: December 23, 2009, 08:28:04 AM »
I'll eat a turtle, but.................

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What kind of yeast do you use for a Wee Heavy
« on: December 22, 2009, 01:19:43 PM »
Ron,  Looks good.  Had to take back my comments.  Looked at one of my recipes 30 IBU will be OK with age.  still don't really want any hop flavor though IMHO.

The Pub / Re: merry christmas folks
« on: December 21, 2009, 08:30:13 AM »
Happy Christmas all!  Eat, drink and be merry!  Tis the season of excess!

The Pub / Re: hey Pinnah we are finally getting hammered
« on: December 21, 2009, 08:27:51 AM »
Got about 2 foot here as well.  MDDOT takes pretty good care of the roads.  My driveway is clear and dry.  The dogs are having a blast in this, except for the rathound, the snow is about 4X his height :o

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