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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A nice little sour surprise
« on: February 26, 2014, 02:58:59 AM »
cool idea! so did you just fill the jolly pupkin bottle from the tap and recap? cause if you did that's an awesome idea!
That's exactly what I did on a whim. I needed the keg for another beer and I thought it would be an easy experiment without losing a lot of beer if it turned out bad. I think I'm going to wait awhile longer before cracking the next one to see what happens.

General Homebrew Discussion / A nice little sour surprise
« on: February 26, 2014, 02:47:58 AM »
A couple of months ago I started saving the dregs from various Jolly Pumpkin beers for future sour beers. At this time, I was also near the end of a BVIP keg. So, I decided to fill two of the JP bottles with the BVIP to see what would happen. I thought it could work because I mashed high (160) and FG was around 1.020. Today I opened one of the bottles and it is very nice. The aroma has a nice funky, fruity smell with a touch of cocao. The flavor is rich dark chocolate and some brett accompanied with some dark fruit. There is little to no vanilla flavor left, but there is plenty of other things going on that make this a pleasurable drinking experience. It's amazing how much this beer has changed in just a short time.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Found good buy on bulk malt storage bin at Costco
« on: February 20, 2014, 03:34:48 AM »
I've used one of those for a couple of years now and it works great.

Beer Recipes / Re: dubbel feedback
« on: February 18, 2014, 12:44:53 PM »
so you've convinced me to cut out a lot of the specialty grains and try the candy syrup, but now i just need suggestions on how much syrup.  are you guys just adding 1 pound, or more?  i've seen some people suggesting 2 pounds … that sounds like a lot!

and 90 or 180?  or both???

thanks again
I use 1 lb of D-90 for my dubbel, but either 90 or 180 would be fine. Just remember the 180 might make it too dark for the style guidelines (if that matters to you). I just made a Belgian Dark Strong and I added 2 lbs of 180 and it's very dark, but smells fantastic.

Beer Recipes / Re: dubbel feedback
« on: February 17, 2014, 11:52:51 PM »
My last dubbel which I'm drinkin' right now has Pils malt, Munich, touch of Special B, and Candisyrup D-90. I don't think it'll last long. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carboy Disaster
« on: February 17, 2014, 11:44:31 PM »
My buddy broke a carboy awhile ago and sliced his hand I have his 7 carboys and only use them occasionally like my blueberry wine and my first sour.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 2/16/14
« on: February 16, 2014, 11:39:08 PM »
Brewed a Belgian Dark Strong (1.100).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Malt head?
« on: February 09, 2014, 01:52:44 AM »
I've made a lot of malty beers lately becauses this is the time of year that I make lagers and my basement has been perfect this year. I do see a hoppy beer in the near future after making 3 lagers and 2 Belgians. My beer ADD prevents me from focusing on one style for too long ???

Beer Recipes / Re: Does a BoPils have to include Saaz hops?
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:46:57 PM »
My problem is that I haven't had too many examples of the stlye to really know if mine is a good example. I think I should maybe do a little research and buy some commercial samples. Any suggestions for some that I should try? I've already tried Pilsner Urquell and Czech Rebel.

Beer Recipes / Does a BoPils have to include Saaz hops?
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:24:16 PM »
I made a BoPils with Hersbrucker instead of Saaz for flavor. This beer is tasting very nice right now out of the keg. I was thinking of entering it into a competiton as a BoPils and was wondering if it would get dinged badly for not having Saaz flavor and aroma?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: fixing diacetyl in keg?
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:16:48 PM »
That should be fine. Last year I made a Vienna Lager that had a lot of diacetyl. I didn't degass the keg, but simply warmed it up to about 65-68 for about a week. I was glad I didn't dump the batch because it turned out great.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP037 - Yorkshire Square
« on: February 02, 2014, 04:59:17 PM »
I don't know anything about that yeast strain. A guy in my club open ferments all of his beers by covering the fermentor loosely with plastic wrap. His beers are top notch, in fact, he won a gold in the NHC in 2003. He got the idea of open fermentation after visiting Jolly Pumpkin and checking out their facility.

Ingredients / Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« on: February 01, 2014, 10:21:20 PM »
I've tasted my German Pils only a week in the keg and I'm very pleased.

I'm going to keg mine Tuesday or Wednesday and begin the lagering process. I really have nothing to compare it to since this is my first pilsner that I've brewed that wasn't a kit.
I think it is similar to Best. I also have used the Avangard Munich in a Munich Dunkel which is still fermenting and the aroma was nice. The few grains I chewed on were tasty. I plan on making another lager soon with 100% of the Pils to really get an idea of the flavor.

Ingredients / Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« on: February 01, 2014, 07:25:51 PM »
I've tasted my German Pils only a week in the keg and I'm very pleased.

The Pub / Re: This is where...
« on: January 31, 2014, 09:38:01 PM »
Good for you! That looks fantastic.

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