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New Brewer Intro and "Hi!"
« on: June 28, 2015, 08:36:26 PM »
Hi all!  Long time lurker, newer member, first time poster.  I've been home brewing in all-grain mini-batches (1 to 2 gallons at a time) for about a year.  I've made a couple of wheats, several stouts, and a number of porters. I tend to like heavy, dry or semisweet beers at about midrange in the IBUs. And sours, but for some reasons, I treat those as a guilty pleasure :)

I just poured a test glass (read: too impatient to wait any longer) of my first shot at a Peanut Butter Porter.  In another 2-4 weeks or so, it will be a really nice brew; just a little sharp after 2 weeks in the bottle.  I used real, organic peanut butter instead of powder. It made a beer that is definitely not pretty - greasy haze on the top, no stable head, and a fair amount of peanut butter sediment, but the oil in the peanut butter actual creates a really nice, just a bit sweet, finish that hangs, almost like the aftertaste of a Reese's peanut butter cup.  It's sitting at just a hair over 6% ABV.  I'm pretty pleased with something I wasn't sure was going to turn out. I'm trying out a few weeks of cold conditioning to see if I can get the PB dregs to settle more.

I also have what I'm calling a Thanksgiving Stout (cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice on a milk stout base) in the primary right now.  My next plan is some sort of savory or herb ale, so if anyone has a recipe they like, I'm all ears!

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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2015, 08:38:57 PM »






Not a pretty beer... But it's going to be tasty!  The hubby is quite artistic, so he made me these labels!  :D
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2015, 09:36:34 PM »
Welcome aboard!

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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2015, 09:46:02 PM »
Savory or herb ale?  I've got a recipe for clam chowder saison...yes, really!  And welcome!
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2015, 10:51:10 PM »
Howdy and cool labels!
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2015, 11:17:58 PM »
Welcome !
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Re: New Brewer Intro and "Hi!"
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2015, 12:47:24 AM »
Welcome.
I wonder if the oils from the peanut butter will make it hard for a head to form. you'll find out soon enough. I like the Thanksgiving Stout idea. Stouts are not filling and the roast bitterness should act as a digestive as will the spices. I could see adding a shot of Fernet to it post dinner.
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2015, 03:10:11 AM »
Welcome.
I wonder if the oils from the peanut butter will make it hard for a head to form. you'll find out soon enough. I like the Thanksgiving Stout idea. Stouts are not filling and the roast bitterness should act as a digestive as will the spices. I could see adding a shot of Fernet to it post dinner.
I suspect it's the oil.  It had a nice carbonation level, but the carbonation had a sharp mouth feel - more like a soda than a beer.  I'm hoping that will mellow as well.

I like the fernet idea for the stout!

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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2015, 03:23:04 AM »
Thanks, all!  I learn so much reading through others questions and past posts here. So far, nothing had been undrinkable (fingers crossed, haha), but most importantly, I'm having a good time!

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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2015, 05:30:11 AM »
Welcome aboard, you have gotten a lot more creative than I did in my first year of brewing
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« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2015, 06:20:03 PM »
Hello!  Welcome to the best homebrewing forum out there!  Just don't do a maple bacon Porter like I did unless you like salty beer.  BTW, nice Bully Smokestack tulip glass.
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New Brewer Intro and "Hi!"
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2015, 05:21:36 AM »
Welcome! Looks only matter so much, if it tastes good, that's key!

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I kid. The Saison wasn't nearly as horrendous as I expected.

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« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2015, 06:14:50 AM »
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« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2015, 12:00:37 PM »
Hello!  Welcome to the best homebrewing forum out there!  Just don't do a maple bacon Porter like I did unless you like salty beer.  BTW, nice Bully Smokestack tulip glass.
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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2015, 04:03:52 PM »
I kid. The Saison wasn't nearly as horrendous as I expected.

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