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Old 02-13-2008, 01:59 AM   #1
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i want to try cheesehead's ccva and I am wondering what the heck is the lactose that you use and where can you get it, brand names and things, and also is the caramel 60l the same as crystal 60L i think it is. Also, Is is too hard of a beer to do if it is only my 4th or 5th batch??? Thanks



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Old 02-13-2008, 02:06 AM   #2
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Lactose should be available at any homebrew supply shop.

I haven't brewed the CCVA, but I'm a vanilla nut, and I've been meaning to. I don't think it would be a difficult brew for you.



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Old 02-13-2008, 04:26 AM   #3
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I picked up everything Sat for mine at Beer Essentials kin Tacoma WA. Well, everything except the vanilla which my wife found at the darn dollar store. Only ingredients are alcohol and vanilla bean casings.

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I've brewed the VCCA. Unless you like REALLY sweet beer, cut the vanilla and lactose bottling additions by at least half. Lactose is an unfermentable sugar and is available at any HBS

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i want to try cheesehead's ccva and I am wondering what the heck is the lactose that you use and where can you get it, brand names and things, and also is the caramel 60l the same as crystal 60L i think it is. Also, Is is too hard of a beer to do if it is only my 4th or 5th batch??? Thanks

Lactose is an unfermentable milk based sugar, I get mine at NB

Caramel & Crystal are one in the same
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Old 02-13-2008, 04:44 PM   #6
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What about the hops? I have been ordering my stuff from AHS and they don't have any hops that i need. Does that northern brewer have all the hops they have listed or what??

Also, does everyone recommend using a secondary for his beer, or is it just personal preference like all others?? I am excited even my wife thinks it sounds good!!

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Old 02-13-2008, 04:46 PM   #7
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The hop shortage is affecting everyone, and NB might not have the hops you need. Contact them first.

You could substitue hops as well.
http://byo.com/referenceguide/hops/

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Old 02-14-2008, 12:08 AM   #8
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You are lucky, I have to brew this so often, I have created a shopping list for it.

Below are all the item numbers and quantity to order from Northern Brewer.


#20153 Briess Pilsen DME (Dry Malt Extract) 3.0#
#20143 Briess Wheat DME (Dry Malt Extract) 3.0#
#G013C Briess Caramel 60L CRUSHED 1.0#
#HP13 Cascade Pellets 1 oz.
#HP11 Saaz Pellets .5 oz
#HP09 German Tettnang Pellets .5 oz
#Y1007 Wyeast German Ale (1007) 1
#7316 Muslin Mesh Grain/Hop Bag 1
#20151 Briess Pilsen DME (Priming DME) 1.0#
#9037 Lactose 1 lb.
#7220 Plain Gold Caps - 144 ct 1
#7013 24 Beer Bottles 12 oz. 2


The only things not listed here are the vanilla and the water. Vanilla you can get at your local mega mart.

I know a lot of folks want to cut down on the lactose and the vanilla. Don't do it the first time you brew it. Do it the second if you need.


Hope this helps.


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What about the secondary issue????

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Default Well now

I think that is one of those classic issues that cause all kinds of consternation between home brewers.

Personally, I always use a secondary to clear. I like the results I get that way. That being said, a lot of people don't use secondaries and don't see a need.

I say this to you: Try it both ways. If the beer is clear enough for you without a secondary, then don't worry about it.

If you are asking me, I say use a secondary. I dare say you are not necessarily going to get a straight answer over the course of this thread, however.



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