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Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-28-2012, 09:12 PM
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Originally, porter was a mix of the beers on tap....

Originally, porter was a mix of the beers on tap. The style we call porter was probably an approximation of that flavor. However, stout and ipa sounds might specific (and not quite right).
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-28-2012, 07:45 PM
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
Yeah, I realized that after posting. The same...

Yeah, I realized that after posting. The same concerns hold, though. As long as you hit a high enough mash-out temp, you shouldn't have to worry about the mash continuing overnight, and if ambient...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-28-2012, 02:24 AM
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
A few things must have gone wrong. The low mash...

A few things must have gone wrong. The low mash temp would only increase the fermentability (and thus yield), so that's not a problem. You probably overextracted from one part of the mash and missed...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-28-2012, 02:05 AM
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
I've brewed dozens of batches with ambient...

I've brewed dozens of batches with ambient cooling (i.e. letting it sit covered overnight). Never had an infection or an off flavor (though I'll be honest, I don't know what they taste like fast...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-28-2012, 12:13 AM
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
Toilet dump, it'll taste awful. You could harvest...

Toilet dump, it'll taste awful. You could harvest some yeast but unless you're using a very expensive yeast it's not worth the trouble (in my oh so humble opinion). The Brits use it to make Marmite,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-28-2012, 12:06 AM
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
When I use Windsor, it usually stops bubbling...

When I use Windsor, it usually stops bubbling after three days, tops, after which I give it two weeks to settle. I realize it continues fermenting slowly, but as a beginning brewer I thought I had...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-28-2012, 12:02 AM
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
I usually check one after a week, and they're...

I usually check one after a week, and they're almost always fully carbed, but they won't taste the best then. For a beer like that i'd wait at least two weeks, if not a month, before bothering to...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-27-2012, 11:43 PM
Replies: 46
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
I'm talking on the scale of decades/centuries for...

I'm talking on the scale of decades/centuries for properly handled bottles, but no bottle is flawless. The eventual degradation of the plastic on a crown cap, for example, provides an avenue for...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-27-2012, 10:50 PM
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
I never lose more than a bottle or two of my own...

I never lose more than a bottle or two of my own beer (which, being extremely kind here, I made and I can do whatever the hell I want with). I've had beers which I thought peaked that actually got...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-27-2012, 10:38 PM
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
That's my whole point. Every beer has a lifespan,...

That's my whole point. Every beer has a lifespan, whether it's six months or twenty years, and every beer has a peek moment when it tastes the best. And whether it's a miniscule contamination at...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-27-2012, 10:28 PM
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
Yes. But take a low ABV, low hop beer and try...

Yes. But take a low ABV, low hop beer and try aging it in my slightly above room temperature laundry room for a year, and see how it tastes. We're talking apples and oranges, here.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-27-2012, 10:27 PM
Replies: 46
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
It's a slight alteration in the flavor; I'm not...

It's a slight alteration in the flavor; I'm not saying that it turns into lambic.

I don't know whether it's alpha acid breakdown or bacteria, but in either case my low-abv (3-4%) beers lose their...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-27-2012, 10:21 PM
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
Forgot to mention that alpha acid breakdown can...

Forgot to mention that alpha acid breakdown can taste sour, even if there's not one bacterium present.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-27-2012, 10:14 PM
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
Pretty much any beer will eventually go sour....

Pretty much any beer will eventually go sour. Even the best sanitation is not sterilization, but the alcohol and hops keep whatever tiny amount of bacteria survives reproducing very slowly. Improper...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-27-2012, 09:12 PM
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
That makes sense, then. I've heard people rave...

That makes sense, then. I've heard people rave about them and I've always been confused. I guess I'll give them another try, then.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-27-2012, 06:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 375
Posted By charliefoxtrot
May I ask, though, why you would pick a light...

May I ask, though, why you would pick a light beer with no known mash schedule for your first all-grain batch? Light beers are extremely touchy and difficult to make good, even for experienced...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-27-2012, 06:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 375
Posted By charliefoxtrot
Single infusion mash, fly sparge if you're...

Single infusion mash, fly sparge if you're equipped for it. No need to complicate things. If you're trying to make a really light beer, 140 f for an hour or two will completely destroy any complex...
Forum: Gluten Free Brewing 12-27-2012, 06:18 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
Carrots, quinoa and rice?

I received the Brooklyn BrewShop's Beer Making Book for Christmas this year. It's definitely aimed at beginning brewers (all science is scrubbed from the process, but I have other books for that),...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-27-2012, 06:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,295
Posted By charliefoxtrot
They should be safe in the can, but even the act...

They should be safe in the can, but even the act of opening the can can introduce bacteria, so you should probably boil your puree before adding it. As for the syrup, it will have picked up a lot of...
Forum: Extract Brewing 12-27-2012, 05:54 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
I wouldn't add any more hops. The dark specialty...

I wouldn't add any more hops. The dark specialty malts don't add much in the way of sugar so you shouldn't have to worry about decreasing the bitterness by adding them.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-27-2012, 05:49 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
If you're doing a partial boil, covering it is...

If you're doing a partial boil, covering it is about the worst thing you could do, unless you like scalding hot napalm all over.

For a full batch (especially in a wide pot) I cover to get it up to...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-27-2012, 05:38 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,653
Posted By charliefoxtrot
With new recipes I develop a drinking schedule....

With new recipes I develop a drinking schedule. The higher the ABV the longer I let it last, but I'll drink one or two bottles a week of a new brew until it starts tasting pretty good; then I drink...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-27-2012, 05:33 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
Malt freshness isn't as important as hops...

Malt freshness isn't as important as hops freshness, in my opinion. The enzymes aren't doing much if it's dry and at room temperature. If it's gone rancid you'll be able to tell by the horrible...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-27-2012, 05:24 PM
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
My mother, who is an avid beer and gin drinker...

My mother, who is an avid beer and gin drinker despite her ignorance, has told me that she doesn't like hops, and then proceeded to drink a pint of Fuller's ESB.

What the general public doesn't...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-27-2012, 05:18 PM
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Posted By charliefoxtrot
People who have never drunk homebrew are wary to...

People who have never drunk homebrew are wary to taste mine until I assure them they won't go blind. I've tried explaining the physics of distillation and the politics of prohibition, but they...
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