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Forum: Porter 07-01-2012, 02:36 PM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
Wow - that's awesome! Great recipe + good...

Wow - that's awesome!

Great recipe + good techniques = mighty tasty brew!
Forum: English Brown Ale 07-01-2012, 02:30 PM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
Sweet! Well done!

Sweet! Well done!
Forum: Porter 02-21-2012, 12:59 AM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
Depends on how carbonated you want it. I usually...

Depends on how carbonated you want it. I usually prime a batch with 4-4.5 oz of sugar, depending on the final volume.
Forum: Porter 02-07-2012, 02:42 AM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
There's a beersmith recipe file in the original...

There's a beersmith recipe file in the original post. I input the style as robust porter.
Forum: Belgian and French Ale 12-28-2011, 11:51 AM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
That should sub fine

That should sub fine
Forum: English Brown Ale 12-24-2011, 01:32 PM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
It's not real dark, but it's not an amber. It...

It's not real dark, but it's not an amber. It definitely has the color and taste of a nut brown.
Forum: Porter 11-23-2011, 04:53 PM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
raise your mash temp 2 degrees

raise your mash temp 2 degrees
Forum: Porter 11-23-2011, 04:53 PM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
Sounds like you have things about right, although...

Sounds like you have things about right, although I've never sparged by moving grains in a bag from one pot to another. I think your OG would definitely be low if you did a no-sparge. What is your...
Forum: Porter 11-23-2011, 04:48 PM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
I'm not an extract brewer, but Beersmith converts...

I'm not an extract brewer, but Beersmith converts 9 lbs of 2-row (65% eff) to 5 lbs of DME, so I think you definitely need more fermentables. I'd recommend more 2-row, but it depends on if you have...
Forum: Porter 11-21-2011, 11:13 AM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
I'd probably go w/ a couple pkts of dry yeast...

I'd probably go w/ a couple pkts of dry yeast (maybe Notty?) instead of more liquid yeast. Yeast count should be higher that way. I'd also suggest keeping the fermenter agitated - swirl, not aerate...
Forum: Porter 11-20-2011, 07:59 PM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
That's too high. I'd get a good yeast starter...

That's too high. I'd get a good yeast starter going and repitch.
Forum: English Brown Ale 11-20-2011, 07:52 PM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
Who knows. You definitely don't need 2 pkgs of...

Who knows. You definitely don't need 2 pkgs of yeast for a 5 gal batch if the yeast is good and pitched properly. Maybe they put 2 in there in case one doesn't take off - happens sometimes.
Forum: English Brown Ale 09-25-2011, 05:34 AM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
Lots of debate there, but I say it'll be fine. ...

Lots of debate there, but I say it'll be fine. Just leave it long enough to clear good.
Forum: Stout 08-27-2011, 03:46 AM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
You need the barley, because it has the enzymes...

You need the barley, because it has the enzymes needed to convert the oat's starch to sugar. The barley won't affect the flavor, since it's the same as your base extract, you'll just need to use...
Forum: Belgian and French Ale 08-24-2011, 07:37 PM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
disregard, repeat Q

disregard, repeat Q
Forum: English Brown Ale 07-31-2011, 05:29 PM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
You're welcome. Glad it turned out like you were...

You're welcome. Glad it turned out like you were hoping!
Forum: Porter 07-24-2011, 04:19 AM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
I'd definitely secondary this one. Don't know on...

I'd definitely secondary this one. Don't know on Q2 - why would you want to vs bottling/kegging? You don't need extra priming sugar.
Forum: Stout 07-17-2011, 10:26 AM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
Probably something in the 1.010-1.015 range

Probably something in the 1.010-1.015 range
Forum: English Brown Ale 06-23-2011, 06:03 PM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
I've read that green apple taste probably means...

I've read that green apple taste probably means there's some Acetaldehyde. Could be that your beer didn't fully finish fermenting, or that it's young. How long did you secondary to let the yeast...
Forum: Porter 06-04-2011, 12:15 PM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
That's it.

That's it.
Forum: Porter 05-24-2011, 06:34 PM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
Congrats! Don't drink it before the wedding -...

Congrats! Don't drink it before the wedding - you'll want it all ready then anyway, right? Let it be a wedding gift to yourself. ;)
Forum: Porter 05-23-2011, 01:15 PM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
Short answer - I don't think it matters. ...

Short answer - I don't think it matters.

But just the porter recipe w/out any bourbon or vanilla will take longer than 3 wks to mature. It's a big complex beer - you can't rush it too much. ...
Forum: Porter 05-22-2011, 04:59 AM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
As long as the fermentation is complete, you're...

As long as the fermentation is complete, you're good.
Forum: English Brown Ale 05-15-2011, 10:32 AM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
Oh, and welcome to the forum. I just noticed...

Oh, and welcome to the forum. I just noticed this was your first post. Cheers :mug:
Forum: English Brown Ale 05-15-2011, 10:30 AM
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Posted By Lil' Sparky
I don't really know TBH, probably slightly...

I don't really know TBH, probably slightly different, but I'm sure you'll still greatly enjoy the end result. The oats are just to add a little mouthfeel and "creaminess". I've never really used...
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