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Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-19-2011, 04:13 PM
Replies: 19
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Posted By DarinB
I entered two brews..... an Amber ale, and a...

I entered two brews..... an Amber ale, and a Russian Imperial Stout.

Don't have the sheets with me, but the overall for the Amber was a 28, and the RIS scored 36.3, and was checked as having made...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-24-2008, 04:09 AM
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Posted By DarinB
No doubt..whatcha kegging? As luck would...

No doubt..whatcha kegging?

As luck would have it, I finished converting a little chest freezer this morning, and filled my first keg this evening (SNPA clone). Have it sitting at about 13 lbs of...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 08-23-2008, 12:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 361
Posted By DarinB
Kegerator build question

If I missed an answer somewhere in searching, my apologies...

I have a very small chest freezer (big enough for 2 cornies) that I am converting. I decided to use a 2x8 to build a collar to add...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-15-2007, 08:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,628
Posted By DarinB
Well.... if I watch the weather patterns for...

Well.... if I watch the weather patterns for temps, I may be able to find a 1-2 week window where we're above freezing - out in the garage would be a few degrees warmer than that (maybe 38 - 40F). ...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-14-2007, 04:20 PM
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Views: 2,628
Posted By DarinB
Thanks all for the suggestions!!! ...

Thanks all for the suggestions!!!

Revised...hops would all be pellet. changed to dark LME for color reasons only (want this very dark, but smooth) - if there's a better way, I'm all ears... ;o)...
Forum: Label Display & Discussion 12-14-2007, 03:50 AM
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Posted By DarinB
After a lot of pondering bear-themed names, I...

After a lot of pondering bear-themed names, I decided to stick with the Potowatami indian name for the town I live in...so, Mequanego Brewing Co.

Mequanego = generally, place of the bear, or...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-14-2007, 02:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,628
Posted By DarinB
Will have to check with the LHBS...never have...

Will have to check with the LHBS...never have used carafa before, so that would be interesting for sure. What I'm hoping for is a relatively smooth black beer with a slight bite to it (which I...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-14-2007, 01:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,628
Posted By DarinB
Thinking about a black lager...

Ok - specifically thinking about Sprecher Black Bavarian. Here's the main problem I have - no suitable lager fermenting temps...about the best I can do is a steady 62 degrees. So, since I did a...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-11-2007, 02:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,194
Posted By DarinB
Nothing wrong with steeping in a muslin bag -...

Nothing wrong with steeping in a muslin bag - I've been doing it that way since I started, and have had fabulous results (grains in bag, bag in cold water, turn on heat and remove grains just before...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-06-2007, 03:44 AM
Replies: 284
Views: 43,259
Posted By DarinB
Did a little more research tonight...

Both JRR Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were members of a group known as the Inklings. According to Wiki - this was a literary discussion group, and amongst their first readings was The Lord of the Rings,...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-05-2007, 09:25 PM
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Views: 43,259
Posted By DarinB
Confession: didn't read this entire thread..

But, hoping to add a little anyways...

quote from Gimli: Soon Master Elf, you will enjoy the fabled hospitality of the dwarves. Roaring fires, malt beer, red meat off the bone.


I'm also...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-21-2007, 02:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 610
Posted By DarinB
Don't know how useful/helpful this will be, but...

Don't know how useful/helpful this will be, but this is my LHBS's extract/steeped recipe I use a LOT for a SNPA clone - it's very good at roughly 4 to 4.1% abv. depending on attenuation...



6#...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-12-2007, 09:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,824
Posted By DarinB
I think it's pretty well done - airlock activity...

I think it's pretty well done - airlock activity is very slight, and the gravity seems to be stable at 1.020. I had thought it may come down a bit more, but I think that'll do. It's getting to the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-12-2007, 09:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,619
Posted By DarinB
Anywhere from 6 to 12 hours prior to need. Last...

Anywhere from 6 to 12 hours prior to need. Last batch was a Cali-common using Wyeast 2112 - I don't have a wort chiller, and I was skeered to pitch too soon, so I let the carboy sit overnight in a...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-11-2007, 04:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,824
Posted By DarinB
I did - 3/4 oz each of amarillo and simcoe... ...

I did - 3/4 oz each of amarillo and simcoe...

at the moment, the gravity seems to be stuck at about 1.020 - which is about 75% attenuation... me thinks it must be pretty close to done, but I...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-08-2007, 06:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,824
Posted By DarinB
My initial thought was to add a gallon of water...

My initial thought was to add a gallon of water to the bottling bucket, then siphon from the carboy as normal.

I say 'was' because I've since changed my mind...I'm going to not fiddle with what...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-07-2007, 02:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,824
Posted By DarinB
I've always considered myself a pretty mellow...

I've always considered myself a pretty mellow guy, but this thing I have in my basement is making me re-ponder all kinds of stuff. For all the brews I've brewed over the years, I've never really...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-07-2007, 01:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,824
Posted By DarinB
The primary/secondary thing I wasn't terribly...

The primary/secondary thing I wasn't terribly sure about...I thought that it was ok once fermentation had slowed - guess that's what I get for thinking, and not reading/inquiring. ;o(
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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-06-2007, 05:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,824
Posted By DarinB
Updates...questions...

I wound up leaving this one in the primary for 18 days, then racked to secondary. Starting gravity was 1.080, at the time of racking it was 1.032, and now after 11 days in secondary, the gravity is...
Forum: General Techniques 10-19-2007, 12:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,282
Posted By DarinB
15 bucks for an IPA... umm... you suck! I...

15 bucks for an IPA... umm... you suck!

I think with the turkey fryer burner, I could get by with a bigger brew pot - which is part of the problem - I don't (yet anyways) want to spend the money...
Forum: General Techniques 10-18-2007, 06:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,282
Posted By DarinB
With a partial mash, you would still need to add...

With a partial mash, you would still need to add LME or DME, right? That's what I *think* I want to avoid (I should have explained that better...sorry!)
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-18-2007, 06:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,103
Posted By DarinB
For my porter, I use Wyeast 1028 (London Ale) ...

For my porter, I use Wyeast 1028 (London Ale)


Only thing I would add is that the quality of my brew went up rather significantly when I switched from dry to liquid yeasts... ;o)
Forum: General Techniques 10-18-2007, 06:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,282
Posted By DarinB
AG technique(s)?

I've been doing some ponderation over whether or not to make the switch from my current (and very successful I might add) extract/steeping grains method of brewing. I've come to a few conclusions......
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-18-2007, 03:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,824
Posted By DarinB
progress update: 9 days in primary, gravity...

progress update:

9 days in primary, gravity reading is 1.042 - aside from the sample being rather sweet tasting at this point, I can taste a hint of what the finished product should be, and my...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-17-2007, 02:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
Posted By DarinB
Ok... the idea of doing a partial mash (that I...

Ok... the idea of doing a partial mash (that I don't exactly get how to do yet) vs. steeping (which I do with every batch) is intriguing as hell.

I was hoping to avoid embarrassing myself for at...
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