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Yeast and Fermentation / Stuck Fermentation Help
« on: July 07, 2012, 05:01:03 AM »
You might consider giving it a bit of o2, as well. One of the things I heard that was interesting at NHC is that if you are not below 50% aa o2 on stuck high gravity beers is OK.

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Beer Recipes / Rough draft of a recipe
« on: July 06, 2012, 09:52:11 PM »
The main thing that is out of place here is the black patent. You need to go with a huskless malt such as carafa special II or III.

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Beer Recipes / How do you step up an IPA to Double IPA?
« on: July 04, 2012, 07:30:40 AM »
It's not just as simple as bumping up the hops and malt. You will want to really add a lot of late hops (hop bursting) in the last 10 minutes and more dry hops then you would think necessary. Also, the key to a good IIPA (IMO) is to have a fairly dry, uncomplicated malt bill. Use 5-10% of sugar and a mirroring amount of crystal malt to give the beer some background "sweetness" while drying the beer out so that it will not be too cloying. A good IIPA should be a showcase for the hops with the malt playing a supporting role to hold up the balance of the beer so that it doesn't become harshly bitter. I keep my BUs down around 80 with the largest hop burst going in a WP and then an equally large addition added at dry hop.

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The Pub / Re: Read any good book lately?
« on: July 03, 2012, 11:42:23 AM »
Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove.

The best western ever written, and one of my favorite novels of all time.  I've heard mixed reviews of his other books from the series, so I've avoided them.  I don't want anything to tarnish my Lonesome Dove!   ;)



You have to read "Comanche Moon" - almost as good as "Lonesome Dove", which is in my top 5 novels of all time. One hell of a yarn.
Oh dude, it was as good as! They all were. Read them in order. Lonesome Dove, Comanche Moon, Dead Mans Walk, Streets Of Laredo. I will say all the movies besides Lonesome Dove sucked. But the books, just great.

I didn't love SoL, it was "OK" but by far my least favorite. Lonesome Dove is a masterpiece IMO. Comanche Moon is great, but not a solid home run for me. To each his own.

But seriously, if you like LD you should check out the "Richard Sharpe" series mentioned above. Short novels, but they draw you into total absorption.

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The Pub / Read any good book lately?
« on: July 03, 2012, 06:46:44 AM »
I'm reading his (Jeff Shaara) newest one right now, "A Blaze of Glory:  A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh".  I've read all of his books, love em all!

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I'm a big Shaara fan, still working through his WWII series (have the last one to read still). Saw that one on Shiloh the other day and definitely looking forward to it.

In fact, his father's book "Killer Angels" is probably in my top 10 favorite books.

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The Pub / Read any good book lately?
« on: July 03, 2012, 06:44:36 AM »
Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove.

The best western ever written, and one of my favorite novels of all time.  I've heard mixed reviews of his other books from the series, so I've avoided them.  I don't want anything to tarnish my Lonesome Dove!   ;)

You have to read "Comanche Moon" - almost as good as "Lonesome Dove", which is in my top 5 novels of all time. One hell of a yarn.

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The Pub / Read any good book lately?
« on: July 02, 2012, 11:43:34 AM »
I've been reading the "Richard Sharpe" series by Bernard Cornwell. Great history epics! Filled with violence and sex set in the time of Napoleon.

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Beer Recipes / What makes a good Saison?
« on: July 02, 2012, 05:40:33 AM »
Certainly rye is a nice addition, but you can go as simple as all pils. Mash long and low and be patient with fermentation. Mainly what you are going for is the yeast character from whatever strain you are using. You will want to experiment with pitching rates, aeration time and temp, but I agree to still keep temp restrained, especially the first couple days. You may try starting off at 64, or 68 or even 72. But I wouldn't ramp up much more that 78-82.

As was mentioned, low gravity is going to be more traditional, but you can some nice 1.080ish saisons as well with second or third gen to put down for a few months. On those I tend to approach more like a tripel and will add some sugar to help with attenuation. Incremental feeding is a technique that can give you some interesting flavors as well and really help dry the beer out.

Saison is like the "Impressionist" equivalent of the beer world. Lots of fun, very colorful and room for lots of experimentation. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / how are you using maris otter?
« on: July 02, 2012, 05:27:17 AM »
+3 - except I use pilsner because it is what I have on hand. I do enjoy all MO in my English style beers though.

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Classifieds / Re: Mega Hop Sale
« on: June 30, 2012, 03:35:23 PM »
There are commercial breweries out there that could not get centennial this year. The market on all hops was really tight.

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All Grain Brewing / melanoidin in an amber?
« on: June 29, 2012, 09:14:07 AM »
I had Alaskan Amber at the airport waiting to catch my red eye back to the deep south and, while I thought it was a tasty beer, I didn't think it tasted much like an alt.

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Pimp My System / My home bar build
« on: June 28, 2012, 07:40:16 AM »
Very, very, very cool. I have a pub room in my basement that I'm pretty proud of but you have me beat by a longshot!

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Events / Re: Forum Member NHC ID
« on: June 28, 2012, 06:43:16 AM »
Ron, I enjoyed meeting your friend, David. Glad to see he medalled, too. Super guy. He needs to be on the forum.

I am.

Huh? Guess I missed that. Nice dog.

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The Pub / Re: My city is burning...
« on: June 27, 2012, 04:10:58 PM »
Just terrible. Stay safe.

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Agree, thoise two strains will produce the most banana type esters. You probably want to start fermentation off around 64 degrees and then raise it to 68 around day # 3 to get the most banana esters while keeping it clean.

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