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  • Started homebrewing in about 1963.. before it became legal. Not much in good supplies available. Pabst Blue Ribbon Hop Flavored Malt Extract, Corn Sugar and garbage yeast. Got happy but the beer wasn't very good. Got real happy when it became legal and better ingredients became available. Haven't brewed in about 10 years and am JUST getting back into it.

    Love IPA's for the most part. Once in awhile I like a lager or pils.
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  • Posted in thread: stout recipe ideas on 08-30-2014 at 06:38 PM
    Might be pretty high percentage Dark Chocolate. I've heard of 6% at a higher end.. but, this is
    double that. Others will weigh in.

  • Posted in thread: Carafa- HELP on 08-30-2014 at 05:28 AM
    Just going by what the brewer at Firestone Walker said re the Roasted Barley. Looking at the
    press info for the Velvet MerKin.. they mention Carafa.. I don't know if it's in Velvet MerLin
    or not. But ...

  • Posted in thread: Carafa- HELP on 08-30-2014 at 01:40 AM
    I'm going to be brewing a smooth oatmeal stout ala Velvet Merlin. One of the grains I had
    planned on using would be Carafa.I had planned on using Carafa Special III as I thought the
    husk-less would be...

  • Posted in thread: Mixing Cider with Stout on 08-26-2014 at 08:16 PM
    Never had it with stout.. Cider and Lager mix well.

  • Posted in thread: Last HomeBrewTalk Swag Giveaway for the Summer - Open to All! on 08-26-2014 at 04:29 PM

  • Posted in thread: Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout Clone on 08-24-2014 at 04:15 AM
    Def WAY lower.. I think I worked with Jamil's McQuakers OMS.. IIRC, it was about 8%. I know
    that would make a huge difference.. but I was really afraid of a stuck sparge and kept it low.

  • Posted in thread: Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout Clone on 08-23-2014 at 05:00 PM
    I've been wanting to do a VMerlin clone.. I make a pretty nice oatmeal stout.. but, it does not
    have the silkiness that Merlin has. Mine may need to have a higher level of oatmeal added.Any
    other clue...

  • Posted in thread: Braumeister starter kit on 08-22-2014 at 06:44 PM
    What???? That is not what the link shows

  • Posted in thread: Smoked oats or barley for stout on 08-22-2014 at 01:49 AM
    Yes, but it is VERY easy to over toast the oats. I only toasted mine for about 12 minutes and..

  • Posted in thread: Aluminum Vs. Stainless brew kettles on 08-22-2014 at 01:38 AM
    I can NOT believe how many times this question has been answered. Does not anyone read the

Cheers, Bill