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Ingredients / Re: When should I add this Candi Syrup?
« on: September 12, 2011, 08:24:55 PM »
I add it around 60 minutes, and as late as 30.

Ingredients / Re: Saffron?
« on: September 11, 2011, 08:24:12 AM »
FYI sam Adams used some saffron in the "Kolsch" seasonal release. Wasn't a great beer but some of the saffron came through. A little goes a long way.

The Pub / Re: Where Were You on the Morning of 9/11/01?
« on: September 11, 2011, 04:42:40 AM »
I had the week off and had gone to a Monday Night Football game in Nashville the night before (Titans vs Dolphins). My wife called me and told me after the first tower was hit. I turned the TV on to see the second tower hit. Awful day. Went on a motorcycle trip the next day but just never really could enjoy myself with the image of those towers falling in the back of my mind.

Ingredients / Re: Saffron?
« on: September 11, 2011, 04:19:46 AM »
I have been thinking about using some in my fall saison. I would recommend making a tea and adding it after fermentation.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Large Starters
« on: September 10, 2011, 12:43:29 PM »
You can ferment the lager starter at room temp, you are growing yeast not making beer. If you have a stir plate or constant aeration you can make a smaller starter than if you only have a simple starter. Check the pitching calc at for an idea what size starter you will need. For a 1.050 lager 2 vials/smack packs in a 1 gallon simple starter would not be too much yeast. You could get by though with a 1 gallon simple starter with one vial. If the yeast os older you may want to start it off in a 1 qt starter and pitch that into a 1 gallons starter. ferment to completion, crash cool, decant spent starter beer and pitch only yeast, cold.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How long in the secondary?
« on: September 10, 2011, 10:18:56 AM »
Yeah, keep it cold and it will last a long time. I wouldn't secondary it at room temp. And an IPA should be consumed young so I really wouldn't recommend storing it any longer than necessary. Also, be sure to purge the head space with Co2.

Ingredients / Re: CaraPils alternatives (two?)
« on: September 10, 2011, 08:48:42 AM »
The thing about CaraPils in extract is that you can't control the mash in extract, so adding it in will give you more mouthfeel. The reason I feel carapils isn't really necessary is because you can mash higher with all grain and pretty much give you the same effect as if you mashed lower and added carapils.

That said, I do agree that carapils does give some flavor enhancement, so I take it back that it is completely worthless. I just don't ever really have a need for it in my brewery.

The Pub / Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
« on: September 09, 2011, 08:26:33 AM »
Congratulations and have fun - sounds like the easiest jump to pro brewer ever .... selling from your house??? WTF?  :D

Ingredients / Re: CaraPils alternatives (two?)
« on: September 08, 2011, 09:52:41 AM »
Have to say I kinda agree with Dave. I have not used it in years (I think the last time I used it was 7 years ago in a Pliny the Elder Clone, where I felt it was kind of a pointless addition even back then). I have no plans to ever use it in anything.

The Pub / Re: American Football
« on: September 08, 2011, 07:49:42 AM »
Titans fan here. But I like to watch football, college or pro, but especially pro. Just glad the season is officially here. Means I have to get the antenna rigged up again.

Ingredients / Re: CaraPils alternatives (two?)
« on: September 08, 2011, 07:47:16 AM »
but I'd be willing to bet "Pilsner Caramel" is another maltster's version of CaraPils.

I dunno Keith - 8-12L seems more like "Carahell" than Carapils/Carafoam/Dextrin which are 2-3L.

if that's the closest thing you can get, Phil, go with it, but its likely to contribute a bit of caramel sweetness

Yeah, you're right. I read that before my first cup of coffee today, missed the 8-12L.

Ingredients / Re: CaraPils alternatives (two?)
« on: September 08, 2011, 06:20:26 AM »
Obviously it is not Caramel Wheat, but I'd be willing to bet "Pilsner Caramel" is another maltster's version of CaraPils.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Isinglass
« on: September 07, 2011, 02:28:12 PM »
I'm not sure it has much effect on protein haze. Works well on yeast haze though.

The Pub / Re: Another One for Denny.
« on: September 06, 2011, 02:37:30 PM »
First saw that sign 3 or 4 years ago at The Shrimp Shack in Gulf Shores, AL.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: safale wb-06
« on: September 06, 2011, 02:16:02 PM »
Yeah, Denny and Tom. That's what I am saying, sounds like surfeit to me.  ;)

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