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The Pub / Re: Finally....
« on: July 01, 2016, 05:25:31 AM »
Wow! rough year. glad to hear things are turning around.

It's been a while since I've had to do an interview and I always hated it but I never had to do a two day interview. way to go.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Liquid Yeast by Mail Now?
« on: June 29, 2016, 07:37:16 AM »
if you make a starter it really shouldn't matter than much. true, a couple days at higher than fridge temps will accelerate the yeasts decline but with ice packs and a starter it should still be fine. remember, horseshoes, Hand grenades, Thermo-nuclear warfare, and yeast pitch numbers... close counts.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: !st brew
« on: June 28, 2016, 11:01:17 AM »
congrats and welcome to the obsession.

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Ingredients / Re: Lovibond Squared
« on: June 22, 2016, 10:57:20 AM »
My favorite beers are in the brown ales to stout spectrum.  If I can get the sweetness balanced, I probably will be satisfied with the results.

There's all sorts of beers you could make with a combination of darker malts but throwing them all together and hoping for the best is one of the best ways to make a recipe that tastes like brown rather than something you really want to drink.

I think what is meant is that the beer will taste muddy rather than like a brown ale.

A brown ale is mostly base malt with ~10%-15% crystal/color malts for color and flavor.

The other thing to think about is that crystal malts add unfermentable sugars to your brew so the extraction isn't the only thing to be concerned with. at 45% you might well end up with a lower attenuation than you would like.

But that said, it's your beer.

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Ingredients / Re: MIld Malt for Historic Recipes
« on: June 22, 2016, 04:53:47 AM »
I started out by toasting some pale malt to get a couple extra lovibond. that was okay. and tasty. but mostly I use a mix of pale and munich. no idea how accurate it is to historical mild malt but it makes a wonderful barley wine.

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: June 21, 2016, 07:09:59 AM »
it actually hit 102 in Burlington VT yesterday.

Giant thunderstorms last night cooled things off a bit though for today. back to normal mid 70s

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The Pub / Re: Farewell for now
« on: June 20, 2016, 05:58:24 AM »
good luck!

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Ingredients / Re: Valley Malt
« on: June 13, 2016, 09:20:15 AM »
Naturally Acidulated Biscuit sounds like someone screwed up, either in the steep tank or more likely the kiln.

I'd be curious to try the Malted Maize, Vienna, and Maple Smoked along with some pilsner in an American/new England take on a Rouchebier. you could color correct with some of the chocolate maize

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Nightmare
« on: June 08, 2016, 05:17:17 AM »
Greetings!

First time poster, long time reader here.

I've been brewing for nearly five years now and I've encountered my first major issue with yeast.

To cut a long story short, I'm making 30 bottles of chardonnay wine and I think I've got my primary fermentation mixture far too hot and I think it may have killed the yeast as after two and a half days nothing is happening.

Can I add more wine yeast to the mixture to get it going again or will this significantly affect the taste?

Any advice would be great!

We're experiencing some unseasonably hot weather here in the UK and that with my heat belt was a recipe for disaster...

Cheers!

has to get pretty hot to kill yeast, but if that happened then you can try adding new yeast. if the alcohol isn't too high and the pH isn't too low they should be okay.

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if it tastes good still going into the bottle it is almost certainly fine.

It's not going to grow anything that will hurt you anyway.

If it had been in the fermenter too long it would have smelled/tasted brothy or meaty. this is from the yeast cells exploding and dumping their Umami filled guts in your beer (their beer really).

Did the airlock go dry? if not there is hardly any chance of contamination with undesirable organisms from the age alone.

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Memorial Day afternoon and I am having the last of the beers that Morticai sent my way.  This one is marked "2012 Maple Barleywine". 
It pours with very low foam, very clear dark amber color with constant effervescence. 
The maple aroma is a bit stronger in this than the newer sample he sent.  There is significant alcohol presence, in aroma, flavor and mouthfeel, but it is not hot or off-putting.  Aroma has a big caramel and dark bread aspect, but also has a fairly strong dark fruit side - plums maybe.  Very low to no hop aroma.  It smells clean and strong and is balanced to malt.
The flavor is similar to the aroma with dark bread and maple, but it is followed by a good dose of fruit, reminding me of brûléed dates or figs.  Hop flavor is strong, but stays in the background behind the malt and esters.  Finish is well balanced with enough hop bitterness to balance the malt sweetness.
Man, what a nice beer.  Thanks for sharing!
glad you enjoyed it! I've been really enjoying the 2012 lately. I think it's approaching it's peak but I'll hang on to a few bottles just to be sure.

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I am enjoying another of Morticai's beers.  This one is marked "2 year and 1 year mixed ferment aged in oak".
It poured with little to no head, has a medium copper or dark gold color and is very clear.  Almost no legs or foam.
Aroma is honey and herbal, like an Indian spice, similar to coriander, but hard to pinpoint.
Oak is very apparent in the initial sip, then it kind of reminds me of the flavor of cream soda - not so much the sweetness as much as a honey/birch flavor.  It has a light sour finish, more lactic than acetic, not puckering, but leaving a little slickness in the finish.
More CO2 would definitely change this beer for the better - I think he transferred this from a keg and may have lost some carbonation in the process.
As I said, I am enjoying this beer and I think it would be fantastic with more CO2.

yeah the bottling from the keg is killing me.

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Ingredients / Re: Valley Malt
« on: May 20, 2016, 06:33:50 AM »
I would love to join. I think about it every year. course now we have a local maltster here in VT too so maybe I won't have to.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Adjusting IBU's
« on: May 20, 2016, 06:07:55 AM »
http://www.bayspec.com/spectroscopy/portable-mass-spectrometer/

just putting this out there as an option  ::)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Adjusting IBU's
« on: May 18, 2016, 10:47:28 AM »
for what it's worth, it wouldn't have actually been 49.9 even if you have hit your numbers exactly. There are too many system assumptions for even complex calculations to be really accurate.

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