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« on: February 27, 2014, 03:06:10 PM »

Good time of the year to be fermenting stuff.  I've got a Southern English Brown Comp coming up in about 7 weeks.  I made one last weekend that has fermented out and will be racked to a secondary on Sat.  I have the grain weighted out for a 2nd one that will be brewed that day and Fermented from the harvested yeast from last weekend.  The 2nd brown is getting a cup of roasted black walnuts in the mash.   This is a brown secret that has  payed off with a 1st place in the past
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2014, 02:13:11 PM »

Vance you have to be making something
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2014, 07:05:17 AM »

I have 10 gal of beer ready to bottle and three more batches to brew.
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2014, 07:55:41 AM »

I will brew my competition nut brown today.  Outside temp is finally in the high teens so working in the garage will be tolerable
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2014, 12:28:36 AM »

I've made a few ales without much luck.  Either to much carbonation or not very palatable.  I think our very hard water adds to the bad taste.  I think I will try a mead next.  Have you ever made a batch?
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2014, 08:37:03 AM »

I've made a few ales without much luck.  Either to much carbonation or not very palatable.  I think our very hard water adds to the bad taste.  I think I will try a mead next.  Have you ever made a batch?
Have you tried the ale kits.  Hard to mess up.  I keg my beer and most are force carbonated except the comp beers have to be in unmarked bottles.  I have made a lot of meads.   My wife and I are dry wine drinkers both red and white.  Personally I think mead tastes bad when made dry so I make it sweet and give it to friends
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2014, 03:58:00 PM »

I tried an American Pale kit and it was drinkable.  Nothing to really brag about though.  I'd really like to clone Sierra Nevadas' IPA.  I love that beer.  I don't force carbonate, I've just used priming sugar.  Also I've only used liquid malt extract.  I would like to learn to malt my own grain. I've heard it makes a better beer.  What's your thought on this?  Thanks for the heads up on the dry mead.
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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2014, 06:54:36 PM »

I tried an American Pale kit and it was drinkable.  Nothing to really brag about though.  I'd really like to clone Sierra Nevadas' IPA.  I love that beer.  I don't force carbonate, I've just used priming sugar.  Also I've only used liquid malt extract.  I would like to learn to malt my own grain. I've heard it makes a better beer.  What's your thought on this?  Thanks for the heads up on the dry mead.
You can make better beer with all grain but I buy it already malted.   Malting is not that hard but I leave that job for the malters.  I buy grain in 50 pound bags. 
Extract makes really good beer as long as it's not old.  Dry malt extract has a longer shelf life.  Down load Beer Smith.  It has a free trial. Then it's about 25.00 for life.  It's a great brewing tool. 
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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2014, 08:48:41 PM »

O.K.  Thanks danno.
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2014, 09:10:14 PM »

http://www.beertools.com/html/recipes.php

This is a good home brewing site also.
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« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2014, 05:52:55 PM »

Fermenting yes, brewing no. Have a number different meads put up, and a cherry melomel. Going to try a peach melomel next.

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« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2014, 07:34:40 PM »

I drank half a bottle of a peach melomel that is a year and a half old.  It is very good but I flocculated up and should have made sure that it was really thru settling out.  I have three different meads that I am ashamed to give away or serve to many guests because of sediment.   I need to have a big party and get rid of most of it. 
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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2014, 08:50:20 PM »

I have two comps. coming up.  First is a oaked brew that ill be making a oaked maple porter.  The 2nd is a anything goes open comp with none brewer judges.   For this one I will be making a peanut butter porter
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« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2014, 12:48:08 PM »

Hey Vance, did you have the peaches in at the start of fermentation, or did you add them in towards the end?

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« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2014, 05:23:38 PM »

Since December I made 70 gal of Yuengling larger clone, will be bottling the last batch tonight.  I think I am ready for summer.
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« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2014, 07:53:16 PM »

Hey Vance, did you have the peaches in at the start of fermentation, or did you add them in towards the end?

I added them to a KIV 16% ABV must that worked out in three days!  It wasn't supposed to go that fast but it warmed up in my brewspace.  I am going to make another batch as it turned out well.  The sediment is because of the damnfool who bottled it too quick.

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« Reply #16 on: June 30, 2014, 08:00:34 AM »

nella
only if the moose would stop by or the chickens you'd have a party
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« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2014, 08:08:08 AM »

I have a peanut butter porter about ready for a July 19 completion.  And a oaked maple porter ready for a Aug Competion
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« Reply #18 on: July 03, 2014, 10:39:28 AM »

I have fallen on to the wagon.  I have so darn much put up now I can't justify too many projects.  I still have probably 40 gallons aging in  carboys.  I do need to get a couple projects done before it gets hot.  I have a lot of fruit in the freezer that needs used.  I like KIV-1116 for melomels.  It finishes the primary fast at 70F and then the fruit goes on for ten days to two weeks and then a long rest in an airlocked carboy.  It is time to get a bag of cornmeal though.     
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« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2014, 12:18:16 PM »

Vance    I just use cracked corn instead of corn meal.   
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