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Beer Recipes / SMaSH recipe
« on: November 08, 2010, 07:11:24 PM »
i've been reading about "SMaSH" recipies lately and have been considering doing something like that.  as usual, when i've got an idea in mind Zymurgy will have an article in the next addition.  with that article in mind, does anyone have any additional trial-and-error or success-story tips they'd care to share with a SMaSH recipe? 

i'm looking to highlight the grain with a mild hoppy accent rather than the other way around.  sounds like Marris Otter is a popular choice for lighter pale ales and ipa's, but without modifying any of the grain on my own, i'm wondering specifically what might work for a somewhat darker, sweeter ale (possibly even a lager - considering the cold michigan winters i've been enduring lately). 

thanks, in advance, for any input.

Ingredients / hot cocoa
« on: November 07, 2010, 02:18:58 PM »
i've been concocting a recipe for a chocolate porter with a rich chocolatey flavor profile, as a dessert beer, and all i see on any message board is the addition of cocoa nibs in the secondary (with a very wide variety of quantities and contact time). 

i was wondering if anyone has used an instant hot cocoa powder at any point in the brewing process whether it was during the boil, secondary or bottling process, to achieve a sweet chocolatey profile.  i'm speculating that the sweetness in those powders might be due to a fermentable sugar that doesn't translate to the finished brew.   (maybe it would help to add some lactose sugar in the boil?) 

any thoughts?

General Homebrew Discussion / brewing application etiquette
« on: September 08, 2010, 06:55:42 PM »
I'm strongly considering applying to a few local commercial breweries and am wondering if there is an etiquette regarding passing along a couple examples of what I'm capable of.  I LOVE sharing my beer with friends and family, but in a professional setting I don't want to be too overbearing.  My wife suggested I bring them and keep them in the car just in case you get to a point where they might be useful.

Any thoughts? 

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