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Old 02-14-2008, 01:19 AM   #11
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I understand what you are saying. I am going to be doing a stout before this brew, and I guess i need to buy a carboy anyway, so I guess I will just buy one.

Here is another question, If i used all Light DME , instead of 3 of light and 3 of Wheat, would it be a clearer beer?? And what would it do to the taste???? Also, what if you used a light crystal would that affect the caramel taste???

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Old 02-14-2008, 01:54 AM   #12
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Where I'd bet the "over" and guess there'll be at least two straight answers -- polar opposite, but straight answers each.



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Old 02-14-2008, 01:58 AM   #13
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I understand what you are saying. I am going to be doing a stout before this brew, and I guess i need to buy a carboy anyway, so I guess I will just buy one.

Here is another question, If i used all Light DME , instead of 3 of light and 3 of Wheat, would it be a clearer beer?? And what would it do to the taste???? Also, what if you used a light crystal would that affect the caramel taste???
Well, if you use DME instead of wheat DME, it might be clearer, but then it won't be a beer with wheat in it. So it will change the taste, the look, and the texture a bit. A lighter crystal will also affect the taste some.
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:15 AM   #14
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I am not trying to be difficult I am just trying to get a grasp on all of the different ingredients, because I would like to try to make something that is my own and get away from the extracts!!

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I am not trying to be difficult I am just trying to get a grasp on all of the different ingredients, because I would like to try to make something that is my own and get away from the extracts!!
There is an all-grain recipe posted, too, if you don't want to do an extract batch.
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Making something of your own is all well and good, but you started the thread saying you wanted to try a particular recipe. If you change it dramatically it won't be that recipe anymore, so you won't be trying that recipe. Swapping out the wheat will change it dramatically.

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Not sure how swapping the wheat for light DME gets you away from extracts. A common path would be to move to a partial mash (what I intend to do down the road) then go all grain.

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Old 02-25-2008, 12:32 AM   #17
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I recommend this vanilla:
http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penzeysdoublestrengthvanilla.html

It's double strength, so you can use half as much. It's not cheap, but it's the good stuff. You can spend less to get a container of single-strength or a smaller bottle, but we make a lot of VCCA...so I got the big bottle.

Also if you bake between batches of homebrew, this vanilla is delightful for that as well.

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I put 10 gallons of this in secondary this afternoon. Looks wonderful with a final gravity of 1.014. I used the vanilla from Costco. It was about 6 or 8 bucks for a full 16 ounces - 35% alcohol as well. Same ingredients as the bottle my wife got from the dollar store, I just trust Costco quality better than Dollar Tree.

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