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Old 12-10-2009, 02:56 PM   #11
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Grats on your brew Bopper. I tell ya, waiting that long to tap that keg is EPIC! Some day I'll be able to hold out that long.



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Old 12-10-2009, 02:58 PM   #12
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Grats on your brew Bopper. I tell ya, waiting that long to tap that keg is EPIC! Some day I'll be able to hold out that long.
Thanks! It's easy to wait once you get a solid pipeline going. It's nearly impossible at the beginning!


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Old 12-10-2009, 03:56 PM   #13
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I'm working on my pipline. Next week when I get home I'll be bottling two batches, and throwing another into secondary. Then I'm going to try to crank out three more brews, one of which is the Bourbon barrel porter and then a couple of Brown ales. I haven't even started these batches and the wheels are turnin to think of what I'm going to brew after those! This is one sick obsession! Thankfully the SWMBO loves it too.

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Old 12-10-2009, 04:59 PM   #14
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This beer's a winner. I made it several years ago, and I think I still have a few bottles left.

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I'm working on my pipline. Next week when I get home I'll be bottling two batches, and throwing another into secondary. Then I'm going to try to crank out three more brews, one of which is the Bourbon barrel porter and then a couple of Brown ales. I haven't even started these batches and the wheels are turnin to think of what I'm going to brew after those! This is one sick obsession! Thankfully the SWMBO loves it too.
Having SWMBO's support is very helpful!
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@Headcase
Thanks much will be brewing this along with an experimental mango wine and possibly another experimental mead. Time will tell.

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Damn those sound good! Keep me posted.

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Will do Headcase, didn't get a chance to brew them tonight as I seem to be missing some drilled stoppers and air-locks.

Well, just brewed the porter, we'll see.

Does anyone have any experience with bourbons other than makers mark?
While I do not have a particular dis-like of MM I have a fondness for Woodford Reserve.

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I made an all grain batch last January using 16 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Personally, I thought it was way too much Bourbon at that time so I cellared it. I just broke into the stash, and it is delicious now!

So if you want to drink it shortly, I personally would decrease the bourbon to probably 8-12 oz. If you want to wait a year 16 oz is great! Maybe add 8 oz to the secondary and then adjust to taste in the bottling bucket?

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I made this with Knob Creek bourbon which I figure is about as good or better than Maker's. Some things I did differently - I let the oak chips soak in the bourbon longer than most people, over a month I'd say. I hope this doesn't dull the oak flavor too much but I figure that it isn't such a bad thing.

I also let this one sit in primary for about 5 weeks before transferring to secondary with the oak/bourbon where it is now. The big question is how long to keep it in secondary. Seems like a month seems right - any suggestions?

I'm hoping that all this aging in primary and secondary will produce a nice, smooth beer as soon as it's bottle carbed.



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