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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2011, 04:15:31 PM »
A N. German Pilsner.  Maybe on Monday.  The 6L starter for 10.5 gallons is on the stir plate(s).
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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2011, 04:51:08 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

Happy New Year!

Just a Dubbel here

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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2011, 05:54:19 PM »
Chamomile Pale Ale.  I am also making an IPA, Old Ale, and Ordinary Bitter this weekend!   ;D

That Chamomile Pale Ale sounds pretty interesting.  Have you made it before?  What kinda hops?

This is the first time making it.  I had some extract and some homegrown hops that I wanted to use.  I am using homegrown Fuggles and Hallertau.  I steeped 10 chamomile tea bags in 1.5L of hot water for 5 minutes then added it to the wort after I removed it from the heat.  If you would like the recipe let me know and I will post it.
Not so much a recipe as some tasting notes.  Let us know how it turns out.  I've had some meads that used chamomile tea, but never a pale ale.

I can definitely do that.  It will be interesting to find out what type of flavor the chamomile adds to the beer.
I brewed the Wild Flower Wheat in Extreme Brewing which uses a bunch of whole chamomile flowers. I've brewed this one twice and it turned out great both times. Definitely adds an interesting flavor. I liked it and will brew it again.

As for the first beer for 2011...it will be a Celebration Ale clone to Celebrate the new Decade!!!!!
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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2011, 05:56:14 PM »
A N. German Pilsner.  Maybe on Monday.  The 6L starter for 10.5 gallons is on the stir plate(s).

What are the differences between a Northern and Southern German pils?  I'm curious because I'd really like to brew more German pils this year and am trying to learn more about the subtleties. 
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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2011, 07:33:39 PM »
A N. German Pilsner.  Maybe on Monday.  The 6L starter for 10.5 gallons is on the stir plate(s).

What are the differences between a Northern and Southern German pils?  I'm curious because I'd really like to brew more German pils this year and am trying to learn more about the subtleties. 
Would not a "Bitburger" be the Northern German Pils and Helles the southern pils?
Just a speculation on my part.
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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #20 on: January 01, 2011, 08:03:41 PM »
SNPA clone, tomorrow.
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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2011, 08:14:52 PM »
May have to do another extract + specialty grain APA to keep the tap flowing. By then the AG system will be done, and I'll do a house APA on it for calibration purposes. Then..... well... not sure but it will be good!
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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2011, 08:19:12 PM »
A south German Weizen for my Swabish wife. (She's from Stuttgart)
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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #23 on: January 01, 2011, 08:28:59 PM »
A south German Weizen for my Swabish wife. (She's from Stuttgart)

They accuse my Dutch of being a guttural disorder.......Schwäbisch is something else..... ;D
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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #24 on: January 01, 2011, 08:43:09 PM »
A south German Weizen for my Swabish wife. (She's from Stuttgart)

They accuse my Dutch of being a guttural disorder.......Schwäbisch is something else..... ;D

YIKES! I spelled it wrong! (please don't tell my wife)
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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2011, 05:43:45 AM »
A N. German Pilsner.  Maybe on Monday.  The 6L starter for 10.5 gallons is on the stir plate(s).

What are the differences between a Northern and Southern German pils?  I'm curious because I'd really like to brew more German pils this year and am trying to learn more about the subtleties. 
Would not a "Bitburger" be the Northern German Pils and Helles the southern pils?
Just a speculation on my part.
That is what I think of for a German Pils - the ones from the North.  If you look at the BJCP examples from Germany, the only one from the South is Spaten.  Helles is sort of a "Mild" Pils in my way of thinking.  The German beers in the South tend to be on the malty side and soft in the hop expresion.  In the North the Hops take over.  That is oposite of Britain.  Hops are grown in in the South in both countries.

This is from the the German Beer Institute website.  http://www.germanbeerinstitute.com/pils.html

"Characteristically, many Pils varieties made in northern Germany have a very strong, zesty, citrus-like, up-front hop-bitterness, in part because the water in northern Germany tends to be fairly hard. Hard water accentuates up-front hop-bitterness in the brewing process. In many parts of southern and southeastern Germany (as well as in the Czech Republic, incidentally) water tends to be moderately to extremely soft. Such water suppresses hop-bitternes. Because of Bavaria’s southern location, Bavarian Pils varieties tend to be more hop-aromatic than hop-pungent. They have a mellow hop-aroma instead of the more aggressive hop-bitterness found in some of the northern German Pils versions. "

I like to make something along the lines of Flensburger or Jever.  If you haven't had those, think Prima Pils.




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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2011, 07:43:59 AM »
Thanks for that info, hopfenundmalz!  I had forgotten about the German Beer Institute site.  I spent some time looking through it last night -- great site for learning about German styles.
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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #27 on: January 02, 2011, 07:53:22 AM »
A Belgian Wit. Was going to brew today, but the saints are on at 1. I'm off tomorrow too so Monday it is.
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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #28 on: January 02, 2011, 08:14:45 AM »
American Barleywine brewed today.  8)
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Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2011, 08:38:04 AM »
A south German Weizen for my Swabish wife. (She's from Stuttgart)

They accuse my Dutch of being a guttural disorder.......Schwäbisch is something else..... ;D

YIKES! I spelled it wrong! (please don't tell my wife)

I think that Swabish is a somewhat accepted American spelling.....
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