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Old 09-20-2010, 04:18 PM   #21
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Thinking about using WLP002, how big a starter did you guys make?

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Old 09-21-2010, 01:42 AM   #22
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what style of base beer does this fall into? RIS, porter ? I can't decide which kit to brew, the NB bourbon barrel porter or the Midwest Bourbon barrel old ale... decisions decisions.

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Old 09-21-2010, 02:15 AM   #23
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In my readings of late out of The Brew-Masters Bible I think it would be classified under Old Ale due to the long secondary fermentation or aging. A real porters are just a combination of "the more costly old ale and the more affordable mild ale."

The starter that I made was 1/2 cup of Light DME with 2 cups water at the boil. Then I topped off my flask to 800ml

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Old 09-21-2010, 02:57 PM   #24
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I've always been lazy about it and never get around to making starters. Probably the reason I've switched over to dry yeast...

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Old 09-30-2010, 02:19 AM   #25
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Just started to soak my oak cubes in Makers with a vanilla bean. Did you guys strain out your cubes before adding them to the secondary? What was your process?

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Old 09-30-2010, 02:55 AM   #26
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You don't want to strain out the oak cubes they still have flavor and that oak essence to give to your beer. You just want to add the oak cubes the makers and the vanilla bean to the secondary and then rack ontop of that.

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Old 09-30-2010, 02:58 AM   #27
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Has anyone used Jim Beam in the ale and how many vanilla beans would be too much for a five gallon batch? Dont know the potency on these things and am curious?

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Old 09-30-2010, 01:46 PM   #28
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I've used two beans with great success. Not overpowering at all.

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If I were to add an additional pound of light DME and 22oz of honey I believe my OG would be around 1.090, maybe a bit higher. Could someone run this and lemme know for sure? Is WLP002 able to withstand this much alcohol?

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If I were to add an additional pound of light DME and 22oz of honey I believe my OG would be around 1.090, maybe a bit higher. Could someone run this and lemme know for sure? Is WLP002 able to withstand this much alcohol?
You could go on http://www.beertools.com/html/recipes.php and put your recipe in and see what your OG will be. There are plenty more online tools out there to do the same thing (my extract old ale is on there with the name honilla old ale I think)

My first time brewing this I added extra DME and over a cup of honey and hit 1.105. The yeast handled it beautifully and my FG was 1.018.
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