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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-30-2013, 02:09 AM
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Posted By Mario_B
Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin Oatmeal Stout

So, Firestone Walker Brewery has 2 similar stouts (links provided), the Velvet Merlin (http://www.firestonebeer.com/beers/products/velvet-merlin-fall-and-winter) and the Velvet Merkin...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-08-2012, 12:17 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,738
Posted By Mario_B
My own super citrusy American IPA. If I'm out...

My own super citrusy American IPA. If I'm out then Firestone Union Jack which is what I modeled it after.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-01-2012, 03:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,185
Posted By Mario_B
You are quite right. I guess I could have...

You are quite right. I guess I could have elaborated a bit more. They used to be the same beer. I didn't know what a "Merkin" was until I had the beer and someone told me. Quite funny imo. I as well...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-30-2012, 04:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,185
Posted By Mario_B
Please refer to my above post. I lived a mile...

Please refer to my above post. I lived a mile from Firestone Brewery for 5 years :)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-29-2012, 03:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 202
Posted By Mario_B
Thanks. Definitely gonna make the time changes to...

Thanks. Definitely gonna make the time changes to match IBU'S.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-29-2012, 03:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 202
Posted By Mario_B
Quick hop question

I'm making a second honey blond using 2oz of Willamette. Hop schedule is 1oz at 60, .5 at 15 and .5 at 10. I'm trying to make it exactly like my last batch. Thing is my LHBS only had 1oz of...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-03-2012, 02:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 468
Posted By Mario_B
By the way, turns out the keg is NOT noticeably...

By the way, turns out the keg is NOT noticeably heavier after kegging. Just me being lame, or one too many home brews :)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-03-2012, 02:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 709
Posted By Mario_B
Do most people chill right after kegging? If I...

Do most people chill right after kegging? If I just let it sit at room temp with CO2 on it for a couple weeks it seems like that's secondary and kegging to me, just without carbonating. It just seems...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-02-2012, 06:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 709
Posted By Mario_B
Secondary and cold crashing in a keg

Is there any con to doing a secondary in a keg? Also, if I were to transfer from primary to keg, purge the O2, leave a couple pounds of CO2 head pressure and keep it at room temp for a week or 2 or...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-25-2012, 03:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,185
Posted By Mario_B
Just want to clear up that Merlin and Merkin are...

Just want to clear up that Merlin and Merkin are indeed two different beers. The Merkin is the Merlin with higher abv % and has been aged in bourbon barrels. Merkin is only available on tap. I can...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-05-2012, 04:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 468
Posted By Mario_B
So I ended up using the 5' lines. Put it at 10psi...

So I ended up using the 5' lines. Put it at 10psi serving pressure. Worked perfect. Totally carbed up and perfect pours. Thanks guys!
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-03-2012, 09:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 468
Posted By Mario_B
Thanks will do. I hope to sample this weekend!

Thanks will do. I hope to sample this weekend!
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-03-2012, 04:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 468
Posted By Mario_B
Sounds good. I'll bump up the pressure tonight. ...

Sounds good. I'll bump up the pressure tonight. I expect to start chilling tomorrow night so I'll readjust then. Thanks for the help. Also, I have a 5' serving line already cut and hooked up. I...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-03-2012, 03:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 468
Posted By Mario_B
Thanks for the help. That actually helps quite a...

Thanks for the help. That actually helps quite a bit. So would 4 or 5 days of carbing be enough? Then chill, adjust pressure and serve?

About the heavier keg, I dunno man, maybe it's just me, but...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-03-2012, 01:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 468
Posted By Mario_B
Am I going to over carb?

So this is my first time kegging. I used this chart. (http://www.kegerators.com/carbonation-table.php) I'm just finishing up my kegerator so I'm carbing this up at room temp ~65F. So I hopes of...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-26-2012, 03:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 495
Posted By Mario_B
Ok sounds good. I'll get a couple packs of...

Ok sounds good. I'll get a couple packs of yeast. Gonna brew this Saturday :)
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-23-2012, 10:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 495
Posted By Mario_B
Thanks for replying. So I'll use Pale LME then....

Thanks for replying. So I'll use Pale LME then. So you think 2 weeks for primary and then 1 week dry hop would be good? Or 3 week primary 1 week dry hop? I'll cold crash it for sure. Just bought a...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-23-2012, 05:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 495
Posted By Mario_B
Stone XI/SSR 5gal Extract Recipe

So I searched and searched and I could not find a 5gal extract recipe for this. I'm still a beginner (this will be my 4th brew) I did some research of all the various threads on this beer (read all...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2012, 06:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 360
Posted By Mario_B
Thank you very much. That explains quite a bit...

Thank you very much. That explains quite a bit and helped me understand a bit more. :mug:



Oh they didn't call theirs a Belgian IPA. I am calling mine a Belgian IPA. I used Stone's recipe...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-28-2012, 05:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 360
Posted By Mario_B
Yeast strain affect on FG

I am currently fermenting a Belgian IPA. I used Stone's IPA extract recipe and it called for WLP002 English Ale Yeast. Instead I decided to use WLP550 Belgian Ale Yeast. Will this change affect my...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-22-2012, 04:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 390
Posted By Mario_B
Thanks for the replies everyone. I made a mistake...

Thanks for the replies everyone. I made a mistake up there. I meant to type AIPA not APA.



I didn't transfer to a secondary for dry hopping. Just threw the hops right in. Does that make a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-22-2012, 01:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 390
Posted By Mario_B
Just getting started. Couple quick questions...

Hey everyone, I just recently started brewing. Been stalking the threads here recently trying to soak up some knowledge. I brewed an APA about 5 weeks ago. Did 2 wks of fermenting in the carboy +1...
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