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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #45 on: January 02, 2011, 09:32:35 PM »
I've got a Dortmunder lagering (first lager for me) and will use its yeast slurry for a Helles Bock. I plan to brew it in 3 weeks. 

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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #46 on: January 02, 2011, 11:57:27 PM »
Looks like I have to make a last minute switch.  I will be brewing a Barleywine this week rather than starting a Braggot.

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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #47 on: January 03, 2011, 06:40:55 AM »
Something with Rye.  Either a Terrapin PA clone, a Red Rye Ale, or a Rye IPA (the latter two will use columbus hops, which I hear great things about).  Probably going to do 2.5 gallon batches and do full boils.

I also have a witbier that I want to tweak, but the first batch will be something rye. 
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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #48 on: January 03, 2011, 06:46:18 AM »
I have an American IPA in the secondary....just waiting to bottle.

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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #49 on: January 03, 2011, 07:03:35 AM »
Pecan rauchbier first, then a kolsch.
I'd really just rather be brewing in sunny Carlsbad New Mexico

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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #50 on: January 03, 2011, 07:42:12 AM »
My first brew for 2011 is going to be what I had planned to be my last of 2010 until life and weather pushed it back - a Belgian Pale (reminiscent of De Konick).  After that, I dunno.  I'm thinking of doing a Kolsch or a Pils.  I really want to conquer this lighter beer mountain!

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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #51 on: January 03, 2011, 08:07:59 AM »
SNCA clone.  Brewed this for the first time on 12/5/2010.  Modified the recipe by adding 2 lbs of dark brown sugar with 15 min left in the boil.  Not a clone anymore but it resulted in a deliciously high alcohol beer that is going down quite fast.  Plan to brew it again this weekend and this time I will stick to the recipe!

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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #52 on: January 03, 2011, 08:19:55 AM »
On Saturday I brewed an Oktoberfest and a schwarzbier.
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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #53 on: January 03, 2011, 09:54:34 AM »
Hey, Al, is that Knucklehead?
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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #54 on: January 03, 2011, 10:20:07 AM »
I brewed a basic APA yesterday. Hoppy New Year!

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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #55 on: January 03, 2011, 10:53:09 AM »
Doing a low gravity Altbier then using the yeast in a regular altbier.

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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #56 on: January 03, 2011, 12:13:32 PM »
What does everyone out there have planned for their first brew of 2011?  I'm planning to kick off 2011 with a big Tripel and hoping to use the yeast cake from that to brew a quad...
FYI, many recommend against using yeast from any higher gravity beer (>1.060) to brew another beer. The high alcohol stresses the yeast, and they usually struggle in the second batch. I tried it once - never again.

For what it's worth, I've been re-using the yeast cakes from 'big' beers for many years without any issues.  I think a lot of it depends on how long you wait to re-use it...but in the last 20 years, I haven't had any issues with going back and forth from bigger to smaller beers, and back again (and then, back again). 
Perhaps the choice of yeast strain matters  as well.

I could see that potentially being an issue but a little bit of stress on a Belgian yeast might encourage it to produce more "Belgian" flavors.  The tripel is fermenting away.  Now I need to figure out when I will have any free time again for doing the quad....

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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #57 on: January 03, 2011, 12:27:13 PM »
I brewed my Boxwood Barleywine 2011 yesterday. I got 71% efficiency using a three hour boil to get to my target volume of 5.5gal. OG=1.112. It tasted awesome out of the hydrometer tube. It's sitting comfortably in my cellar at 61F slowly bubbling right now.
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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #58 on: January 03, 2011, 01:33:37 PM »
A nice British bitter.  The kind I can brew with my eyes closed.

1.048 OG

95% maris otter
5% crystal 60°L

1 oz. Northern Brewer 60 minutes
1 oz. EKGs 15 minutes
1 oz. Styrian Goldings 0 minutes

Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire yeast starter.

I will brew this tonight when I get home from work.  Let it sit in my 0°F garage overnight to cool, then dump in a primary and pitch the yeast tomorrow morning.

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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #59 on: January 03, 2011, 03:10:06 PM »
I figured you'd be heavy into lagers at this time of year, chumley.
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