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Beer Recipes / Re: Vanilla Rum Raisin Stout - Amounts?
« on: November 21, 2011, 04:42:18 PM »
Wow!  This is awesome!  That was my rum raisin stout I served at the hotel party with the hopheads that you enjoyed.  I'm so glad you enjoyed it.  I could give you the full recipe if you want.  But it seems you already have the stout base you want and just want to know how I added the rum and raisin.  Take a big mason jar and pack it full of raisins then cover it with dark rum.  Not spiced rum, just dark rum.  One mason jar of those raisins soaking for a week or so, then throw em in a blender.  Put that in a hop bag and add to secondary and also pour all the rum from the mason jar in the 5 gallon batch too.  So, one mason jar of rum soaked raisins per 5 gallons.  

I attempted on another batch to add rum soaked oak chips and this really made the beer less desireable.  As for the vanilla, one scraped bean to the secondary will be plenty.  You are on the right track with the special B in your recipe.  My stout was simpler and started with a base of Marris Otter.  It had roast, chocolate, special B, crystal 40, oatmeal and lactose.  

Glad you enjoyed my stout and what I said above with the mason jar alongside the special B should give you that dark fruit/raisin and rum flavor I had in mine.  Jay

Thanks for sharing your technique with the rum and raisins, Jay! I'm looking forward to trying this!

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Wood/Casks / Re: my new barrel
« on: November 21, 2011, 12:59:46 PM »
Well, ain't you just one luck son of a gun! Nice!  :)

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Beer Recipes / Re: Vanilla Rum Raisin Stout - Amounts?
« on: November 21, 2011, 08:43:56 AM »
It sounds like a tasty idea. I have brewed with raisins before and I got the idea from denny to caramelize them on a pan before adding to the secondary. I can not recall the amounts at this time but probably around a half pound per gallon would be my guess.

As far as adding rum flavor that is going to be a bit more tricky because just soaking the raisins in rum probably won't give you much rum character. I would think the best way to achieve rum character would be aging the beer in a rum barrel though that may not be feasible on the 5 or 10 gallon level. You can also always add rum to the beer itself, which may be the route you will need to go in this instance. I'm not a rum drinker so I'm not sure what to recommend as far as brands - make it an expensive dark rum.

As far as the vanilla goes, the common practice has been to buy actual beans and scrape the pod and add the beans and the pub to the secondary rather than using plain extract. You will get much more natural and pronounced vanilla flavor this way. I'm not sure what to recommend for amounts as I have never brewed with vanilla bean before. Maybe do a  search for "Denny's BVIP" (bourbon vanilla imperial porter) and see what he recommends for that recipe.

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Going Pro / Re: Show you goods
« on: November 20, 2011, 02:40:39 PM »
Congrats man! I will post some pron here in the next month or two. I'm in the middle of a major expansion.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Westy in the US!
« on: November 20, 2011, 12:19:12 AM »
No, I mean I really think it's a great beer.  But the hype . . . it makes me crazy.  It's like Dark Lord - if I ever get to try a bottle I'm sure I'll say "that is a damn fine stout" and that still won't be as good as the hype.  :-\

In both cases the marketing is spot on rockin' in the free world though.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WL029
« on: November 19, 2011, 02:02:15 PM »
I tried it several times in an alt and never quite cared for it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Westy in the US!
« on: November 18, 2011, 05:54:09 PM »
Another thought: The way the beer is hyped up it is bound to be a disappointment. Perhaps no beer can live up to that type of hype.
Exactly

Very true.  No beer is worth the price that many "rare" beers go for, IMO. It's beer!  Wonderful, delicious, and never worth $40 a bottle!

My westy was pretty delicious at free.  ;D

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: November 18, 2011, 03:54:43 PM »
Tebow DENVER WINS!! Also, the Jets suck  ;D

Fixed that for ya!  ;) No doubt Tebow was a big part of that win - but the Denver defense and the Jets PREVENT defense was probably the biggest part of the victory.

This team reminds me of the Dolphins running the wildcat offense a couple years ago. They beat the Pats outa nowhere and then continued to play well until teams started to get enough film to figure out how to beat them.

Anyway, I hate the J-E-T-S and can't tolerate their fans so congrats Denver and Tebow!  ;D

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WL029
« on: November 18, 2011, 03:31:15 PM »
Everytime I hear about people who use this strain successfully in other beer styles I am left scratching my head and wondering what possibly I could be doing wrong. One thing: I find it is a temperamental strain, unlike chico which is a super hero.

I don't want to discourage you from experimenting though!  ;)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WL029
« on: November 18, 2011, 03:18:18 PM »
I've had mixed results with this strain in other beers. I known some breweries that use this strain as their house strain but find it can do odd things and throw odd flavors. I do like it for a kolsch but for some reason I don't ever seem to have luck with it for other beer styles. And I've used it a lot. YMMV.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Westy in the US!
« on: November 18, 2011, 12:40:22 AM »
I had the privilege of trying one a few years ago (hooked up by Brandon from Nashville, thanks dude!) and while I agree it was not "orgasmic" it was still very good, and I'm very thankful I got to try one (if for no other reason than to say I have  ;)). Since I only had one ever I can't comment on the consistency. I'd pick one up if the price wasn't too outrageous.

Another thought: The way the beer is hyped up it is bound to be a disappointment. Perhaps no beer can live up to that type of hype.

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: November 17, 2011, 08:04:07 PM »
Tebow is the anti Lawrence Phillips.  ;)

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: November 17, 2011, 04:43:09 PM »
 More importantly, expecting a guy who hasn't gotten laid to win a superbowl is violating like 20 man laws  :)

I missed this part first time around. Too damn funny!  :D

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: November 17, 2011, 04:08:06 PM »
My bad. I don't know where I got that from, though I don't really pay much attention to the draft. I thought he went #1 over all for some reason. Guess I shoudl have looked that sh!t up, right?  ;)

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The Pub / Re: Got Wood?
« on: November 17, 2011, 02:28:53 PM »

Post a picture of your chimney when you've got a good coal fire going.   ;D
You got it!!....
Pic about mid november

What you got Wyoming?  Still a bit balmy?










I went up just below snow line and scabbed some more wood today;  some old growth western juniper.






What the heck was going on back..oh say.... 300 freaking years ago? 
yep this tree was starting out.
Sort of weird, thinking about burning some three hundred year old wood.

Plants grow slow out here in the the dry inter-mountain west. :o



Sure smells good.  I will be burning with reverence.  Cheer to old man winter.

Come to think of it.....I guess that coal has some serious history.
 8)


That's some beautiful looking wood. Pretty awesome! I'll be burning an old growth shagbark hickory this year that fell on my property over the summer. But it ain't that old!

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