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Ingredients / Re: Old LME - To use or not?
« on: February 26, 2016, 08:36:49 AM »
Save it for starters only.

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Beer Recipes / Re: 1st American Stout Recipe Help
« on: February 26, 2016, 06:21:11 AM »
I like to kill stuff in the high alcohol of vodka.  Then add just a little of the tincture at a time until it tastes right.  I use this for all sorts of stuff, from jalapenos to spices to herbs to citrus peels.  It works great.

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Beer Recipes / Re: 1st American Stout Recipe Help
« on: February 24, 2016, 11:28:35 AM »
Vanilla extract often contains sugar but it should contain so little sugar for the amount you are adding that it will be an inconsequential amount of sugar.

It does?  Not from what I have seen.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: yeast starter from dry yeast
« on: February 24, 2016, 11:11:32 AM »
Well yes of course.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: yeast starter from dry yeast
« on: February 24, 2016, 09:56:17 AM »
The one time when I would advise it is for krausening to get rid of diacetyl or the finishing gravity being too high.  Sprinkling dry yeast on either of those would likely be fruitless.  But for initial pitch, you never need a starter for that with dry yeast.  It's the big advantage.

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Beer Recipes / Re: 1st American Stout Recipe Help
« on: February 24, 2016, 09:21:16 AM »
No, not at all.

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Beer Recipes / Re: 1st American Stout Recipe Help
« on: February 24, 2016, 09:06:30 AM »
how much vanilla extract would you use in the bottling bucket?

Start with about 2 teaspoons, then mix and taste.  If you need more, add it about one teaspoon at a time until it tastes good.  Probably won't need more than 3 or 4 teaspoons in 5 gallons but it's totally up to your own sense of taste.

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Beer Recipes / Re: 1st American Stout Recipe Help
« on: February 24, 2016, 08:43:42 AM »
Yes, absolutely, the light extracts will work just fine for this recipe.

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Beer Recipes / Re: 1st American Stout Recipe Help
« on: February 24, 2016, 08:34:22 AM »
I think that's a great start to a recipe -- vanilla and all!  I don't have brewing software with me (at work) but off the top of my head I think those types and amounts of specialty grains seem pretty good.  Assuming 5 gallon batch size, probably need around 6 pounds of extract to go with it -- any type is fine but "light" would be the standard since you're adding all your own specialty grains anyway.

Cascade and Cent are great hops as well.  You might want to bitter to around 40-50 IBUs to start out.  As a swag, I think you'll need roughly 1.5 to 2 oz Cascade for bittering (boil for 45 to 60 minutes), then charge with another 1.5 to 2 oz Centennial in the last 5 minutes of the boil for flavor and aroma, something like that.

Yeast doesn't matter a whole lot.  US-05/001/1056 would be the standard, but use anything you think you might like or have on hand, it really isn't a big player here.

Add your vanilla on bottling/kegging day.  Get some good quality vanilla extract (from Mexico or Caribbean seems to be good a lot of times) or try using a couple real vanilla beans soaked in a little vodka for a few days just before bottling/kegging, then just add the flavored vodka to the finished beer.  Don't add any to the boil, it would just be a waste I think.

Good luck!

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Ingredients / Re: Malts malts malts
« on: February 24, 2016, 06:28:12 AM »
Randy Mosher has a lot of info. on malts in, Mastering Homebrew: The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer. He also gets into recipe formulation in a very interesting way.

+1.  I have not read this book at length yet but it is obviously an encyclopedia with millions of bits of useful data.  An unbelievable amount of research went into this one book.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: BJCP Guidelines - pH
« on: February 23, 2016, 05:48:41 PM »
IMO the BJCP should never have specified common ingredients in the guidelines.  Just stick with taste and the known quantifiable parameters of the final product.  Hell... OG probably shouldn't even be in there.  ABV, yes.  OG, no.

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Seriously, I'm sure you'd fit right in with the Traveling Wilburys.  ;D

Aren't they dead?  ;)

Only 2/5 of them (George and Roy).

Dylan ain't dead yet?  Guess I'm more of a Jakob Dylan kind of guy.

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Zymurgy / Re: Vote now in the 2016 Zymurgy Best Beers in America survey!
« on: February 22, 2016, 06:45:55 PM »
Submitted my votes for 20 beers, 15 of which are of the more malty side of things.  Don't forget, there's more to life than hops!  Though even I had to bow to the almighty hop for 5 of the 20.

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I think they still got one guy.  And you, if you wanted to join.

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Seriously, I'm sure you'd fit right in with the Traveling Wilburys.  ;D

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