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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Building up an old WLP vial
« on: October 01, 2011, 04:41:22 AM »
I would suggest starting with a smaller starter such as 200mL.  Last time I used some old yeast I started with a 200mL starter then built it up from there into a larger starter.  It worked very well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Test your beer smarts!
« on: September 29, 2011, 11:10:10 PM »
That was fun!  14/15.  Also fooled by the canadians.   :P

Pimp My System / Re: PMS question
« on: September 29, 2011, 11:01:50 PM »
That looks like a fun project!   ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wet hop IPA (or fresh if you're Tom)
« on: September 28, 2011, 05:33:37 PM »
That sounds delicious!  I have an American IPA and a black IPA that I need to dry hop yet.  I used lots of amarillo, cascade, and centennial in my American IPA.  yum.

The Pub / Re: 2012 Apocalypse Beers
« on: September 11, 2011, 11:13:14 AM »
If I knew I could get it ( I live in Wisconsin ) I would have a DFH Olde School Barleywine.  Otherwise, I would grab a homebrew.

Ingredients / Re: Coffee in a porter recipe
« on: September 11, 2011, 10:42:57 AM »
I really enjoy african coffee so I tend to use those in my coffee porter.  I roast my coffee city+ to full city+ depending on the variety.  This allows the varietal character to shine more so than the roast character.  I don't really like the more acrid notes you can get with a very dark roasted coffee, even when blended with beer.

Ingredients / Re: Just a comment on seasonal ingredients.
« on: September 11, 2011, 10:38:01 AM »
I guess I never realized it until you said something about it.  You would be correct, they do seem to flow with the seasons.  My assumption, as well, would be Christmas spice beers will be next.  Not sure if I will be making a Christmas spice beer this year.  I think the pumpkin spice beer will be enough spice beer for the year.  Are you planning on making a Christmas spice beer?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/9 Edition
« on: September 11, 2011, 08:33:23 AM »
I decided to brew yesterday.  Unfortunately, I didn't start until 2pm.  I ended up brewing an American IPA, American Barleywine, and a black IPA.  The Black IPA was actually a bonus since I had plenty of good wort left from the barleywine mash to make another IPA.  Since I hadn't ever brewed one I figured "what the heck".  What is rather amusing is... I am not a huge fan of black IPA's.  I do have to admit though, the wort tastes awesome!  I guess we'll see how it turns out.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pumpkin Beer
« on: September 11, 2011, 08:28:42 AM »

It does seem that either you love'em or you hate'em with the spices being the sticking point. The cinnamon is what kills me. Its fine as long as its just a hint since that stuff can over whelm it easily.

I'll be brewing up one as soon as the store gets in some pumpkins which probably wont be until a couple weeks from now. Next year I plan on growing my own pumpkins so I wont have to wait on them.

I can definitely understand how too much cinnamon would be unpleasant.  What I tend to find is that most examples, including commercial ones, have too much clove.  Even in a pumpkin pie too much clove, or cinnamon, is not pleasant.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Kitchen sink - is simple better
« on: September 10, 2011, 06:41:01 AM »
I agree with Narvin.  I don't think your recipe is necessarily overly complex due to the use of different types of similar malts.  Your recipe sounds quite tasty!  I have learned over time that simpler recipes, in many circumstances, tends to be better.  However, there are times when more complex recipes are needed to get the complexity you want in your beer.  And, of course, if it tastes good then go with it.  :)


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pumpkin Beer
« on: September 10, 2011, 06:31:55 AM »
My wife & I will be brewing one next weekend.  I don't think adding the pumpkin to the beer is such a bad thing as it really doesn't add much flavor.  What usually turns people off to pumpkin beers are the spices.  I personally like pumpkin beers this time of the year.  I guess it just goes with autumn.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/2 Edition
« on: September 06, 2011, 05:30:47 AM »
Brewed up 10gal. of Octoberfest (yeah, I know it is rather late to start this) yesterday.  It was the second time doing a decoction mash.  Had it into the fermentor and cleaned up within 8 hours!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pumpkin spice Ale!
« on: September 04, 2011, 06:59:42 AM »
Your recipe sounds good. It makes me want to brew a pumpkin spice ale!   :)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pumpkin spice Ale!
« on: September 04, 2011, 06:56:30 AM »
Looks good.  I might suggest not putting the pumpkin in the mash though, it would make the run off problematic, I think.  Put it in at the end of the boil, say 15 minutes from the end.  And the spices can be put in at flameout, that will impart plenty of flavor and aroma.  Good luck!

+1 to this advice. I recently helped a friend brew a pumpkin spice ale using canned pumpkin. We kept getting a stuck run off because of the pumpkin in the mash. He even used rice hulls to help prevent that situation. If you want to add pumpkin to the mash get a fresh pumpkin and bake it in the oven. Fresh baked pumpkin doesn't become such a terrible gelatinous mass like canned pumpkin.

Happy brewing,

Beer Travel / Re: Local beer recommendations - MI, MN, WI, SD, ND
« on: September 01, 2011, 04:02:32 PM »
Wisconsin has a bunch of small breweries that are putting out some great stuff. I've had good beers from Ale Asylum, Central Waters, and O'so, to name a few. Lakefront in Milwaukee has a great coffee stout and their brewery tour is a lot of fun.

+1 to all of these.  I would also add Red Eye and Bull Falls in Wausau.

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