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Beer Recipes / Re: sour IPA thoughts?
« on: August 18, 2015, 02:21:58 PM »
Hmm, this sounds rather interesting. My initial thoughts are that sour and high IBUs doesn't sound good together. However, I haven't had one either. It would be an interesting experiment. I say go ahead and give it a whirl. Perhaps do a small batch.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Berliner Weiss with Blackberry Syrup
« on: August 18, 2015, 02:06:23 PM »
Looks and sounds delicious! How did you sour it? Sour mash? lacto in the fermenter?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Things you wish breweries would figure out
« on: August 18, 2015, 02:01:18 PM »
If you want to charge significantly more for your imperial, high alcohol whatever, you should accordingly charge less for a session or lower strength brew

I definitely agree with many of the points previously, especially this one. Just because it is not in the typical lineup doesn't mean you have to charge a premium for a session beer.

Beer Recipes / Re: barleywine >20% ABV
« on: August 13, 2015, 09:56:47 PM »
Great ideas! I'll definitely check into these as well.

Beer Recipes / Re: Spicing for a pumpkin ale
« on: August 11, 2015, 04:32:10 PM »
I think the amount of spices you have listed sounds fine. I would definitely recommend adding a small amount and tasting to get the flavor where you want it. The one spice that comes through very easily is clove so keep that in the lower side of qty.

Beer Recipes / Re: barleywine >20% ABV
« on: August 11, 2015, 12:47:53 PM »
Thanks for the info. I will definitely check out the episode of "Can you brew it". This will be an interesting brew session.

Beer Recipes / barleywine >20% ABV
« on: August 10, 2015, 08:24:33 PM »
Hey all. I'm entertaining the idea of brewing a barleywine that is >20% ABV. I know there are some methods of achieving this. What are your thoughts on this?
Here is my recipe idea :

31lbs Maris Otter
2lbs dark candi syrup
200g Target hops at 90 min
28.3g Kent golding hops at 5 min

Large yeast starter of WY1056

Very long boil. Use pure oxygen to aerate.

Should I start with a lower OG and do staggered sugar additions?
Pitch a secondary yeast like WLP-099?
Add candi syrup as a staggered addition?
Other thoughts?


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Building body into a sour ale
« on: July 20, 2015, 07:34:33 AM »
I'm with Jim here. it's just not part of the style. you can create some body like mouthfeel with higher carbonation though.
I agree with this as well.

I never worried about botulism with old LME. I've made beer with old LME and it didn't taste very fresh. Using it for yeast starters is a good idea though. I think there is something to be said about using the freshest ingredients possible. If you want to use it to make some batches then I say go for it. Just my $0.02.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I received a bunch 10 year old hops
« on: June 01, 2015, 10:19:23 AM »
If the LME is as old as the hops I would throw it away. LME doesn't have a very good shelf life.

Other Fermentables / Re: Island Mist fruit wine kits
« on: May 30, 2015, 12:42:28 PM »
I have made a few of them. They are quite tasty for what they are. I would agree that they are similar to Boone's Farm, although I think they taste better. They end up around 6% ABV and are sweet. For the most part the base wine is not very good. The flavor pack that you add after fermentation is what gives them their sweet, fruity flavor. If I were making a melomel I would rather use good quality fruit or fruit juice for the fruit flavor. Hope this helps.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: State of home-brewing
« on: May 26, 2015, 11:42:03 AM »
I worked for the LHBS in my city until it closed a few months ago. I can definitely understand some of the things being said about good inventory control. I have a feeling that was one of the reasons it didn't make it. Sadly, the closest LHBS to me, now, is at least 40 minutes away. I do have an online retailer close by that has local pickup which is convenient and cheaper than paying for shipping.

Equipment and Software / Re: StPats Service
« on: May 07, 2015, 09:42:09 AM »
I've never dealt with them, fortunately. I'm baffled how a place like that stays in business :-/

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: doing a Kolsch style
« on: April 13, 2015, 10:03:50 PM »
I know the feeling. I brew as often as possible. I try to brew several different styles so I have plenty to choose from.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: doing a Kolsch style
« on: April 13, 2015, 09:52:13 PM »

You can carbonate at the same time as lagering.

Edit : The WY2565 can be lagered cooler than 45°F.

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