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I might get around to a Rye IPA.  My LHBS finally got in some Rye Malt.

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Equipment and Software / Re: oxygenation
« on: November 30, 2011, 03:20:45 PM »
I use a MixStir to aerate (not oxygenate) my beer...



Under $20 and in my unscientific survey as effective as O2 or an aquarium pump.
I also use a mix stir and it works great for making mead and wine too.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2 Golds
« on: November 23, 2011, 08:08:55 PM »
Great news! 

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Ingredients / Re: Malt Knowledge
« on: November 23, 2011, 08:06:19 PM »
I would say that after another 50 batches you should have a better idea (that's about how long it took me to somewhat understand specialty grains).   Seriously, I experimented a lot by using a standard base malt recipe for a certain recipe like APA, IPA, etc. and interchanged specialty grains.  This is basically trial and error, but after awhile I've come up with some good recipes.  Some I am still experimenting with and trying to make better and some I now leave alone.  Getting there, for me, is half the fun.

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Making an IPA for when my brothers come into town in December.  I couldn't find anything better to do on Black Friday than brew beer.

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Ingredients / Re: Flaked Oats vs. Old Fashioned Oats
« on: November 22, 2011, 07:01:30 PM »
I am tasting this Oatmeal Stout today from the keg and I have to say that this is probably the smoothest stout that I have ever made.  I used 1.25 lbs of Old Fashioned Quaker Oats and I had no ploblem with the sparge.  I think I might up the amount of oats next time and try the toasting method.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping a porter
« on: November 16, 2011, 02:44:08 PM »
Sooooo, I didn't dry hop the porter. I wasn't able make it work but in the end, the porter ended up being an extra stout at 6.8%. Has a nice flavor but is going to need some time to condition.  I need to get another vessel to dry hop.
You could always try dry hopping in your primary fermenter, maybe after initial fermentation has taken place.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping a porter
« on: November 16, 2011, 02:37:47 PM »
 ;D ;D
"Noonan!  Nnnnnnnnnnnnoooooonan!!!!" 

"Top notch Danny! Top notch!"

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The Pub / Re: Happy Nigel Tufnel Day!
« on: November 11, 2011, 10:24:42 AM »
"What's wrong with being sexy?"

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I think I might finally get around to brewing a Munich Belgain Ale.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping a porter
« on: November 08, 2011, 02:14:19 PM »
I don't think Williamette hops will clash with the roastiness.  In my experience, I have found that citrusy hops clash with roasted malts and I don't get any citrus flavor from Williamette hops.  

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Chocolate flavor in Porter
« on: November 07, 2011, 04:46:47 PM »
Cocoa nibs from a health food store will add great Chocolate flavor. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Camping
« on: November 06, 2011, 05:14:06 PM »
Nice pics and I am also jealous ;)

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Ingredients / Re: Flaked Oats vs. Old Fashioned Oats
« on: November 04, 2011, 05:30:57 PM »
Yes, add them to the mash. Beware of stuck sparges, tho, I recommend using some rice hulls to ameliorate this problem. I use 1 to 1 1/2 lbs of oats in my stouts, and add 1/4 lb of rice hulls.  I usually used quick oats, or rolled oats, though flaked is good too. Just depends on whats available to me. They have all come out good.
That's exactly what I was thinking and I was staring at the rice hulls - got distracted and forgot to buy them.  I have used rye quite a bit and have never had a stuck sparge, so maybe I'll be OK.

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Ingredients / Flaked Oats vs. Old Fashioned Oats
« on: November 04, 2011, 05:05:18 PM »
I plan on making my first Oatmeal Stout tomorrow and my LHBS was out of Flaked Oats.  Can I just use Old Fashioned Oats and get the same results?  Also, should I just add them in the mash?

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