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Forum: Porter 03-14-2014, 06:33 PM
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Posted By cottagebrews
I try to ferment most ales around the yeast's...

I try to ferment most ales around the yeast's lower limit, usually about 63-65º F.
Forum: Extract Brewing 01-21-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 28
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Posted By cottagebrews
Your FG sounds a little high to me given what you...

Your FG sounds a little high to me given what you started at. Try to bring up the temperature to about 70º F for a few days just to make sure your yeast has finished everything off. The last thing...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-20-2014, 11:58 AM
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Posted By cottagebrews
UPDATE: I did a gravity reading and stole a...

UPDATE:

I did a gravity reading and stole a taste two weeks in a row. The first one had a *lot* of fruity esters, so I decided to hold off on bottling and further coffee additions. One week...
Forum: Extract Brewing 01-20-2014, 11:44 AM
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Posted By cottagebrews
Your hop additions, both during the boil and for...

Your hop additions, both during the boil and for dry hopping, look good to me. In full disclosure, however, I think too many IPAs completely wreck your palate, and prefer a more balanced ale. If...
Forum: Extract Brewing 12-30-2013, 12:18 AM
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Posted By cottagebrews
No, hydrometer.

No, hydrometer.
Forum: Extract Brewing 12-29-2013, 07:53 PM
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Posted By cottagebrews
I'm an extract brewer. I have no idea how I get...

I'm an extract brewer. I have no idea how I get my FG that low, but I do. And I've done the recipe twice, so it isn't a fluke.

Apart from keeping it cool, the only thing I can think may help it...
Forum: Extract Brewing 12-29-2013, 02:32 AM
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Posted By cottagebrews
I use Warrior as the bittering hop for my IPA,...

I use Warrior as the bittering hop for my IPA, then use a blend of Centennial and Simcoe for flavor and aroma. It's always turned out well. 1 oz. of it is plenty.

Add a bit of gypsum to your...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-29-2013, 01:49 AM
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Posted By cottagebrews
I haven't had any comments on this beer, but a...

I haven't had any comments on this beer, but a lot of people have looked at the recipe. For the sake of those who are interested, here's a brief update.

I brewed this as above on 12/13, but upped...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-06-2013, 11:28 PM
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Views: 267
Posted By cottagebrews
Recipe Help - Café au Lait Stout

Hey all,

I recently moved to New Orleans and I'd like to brew something that brings together three of this city's great loves: café au lait, coffee with chicory, and alcohol. I've devised a...
Forum: Porter 06-03-2013, 12:55 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 35,530
Posted By cottagebrews
My first batch took a *long* time to carb up, but...

My first batch took a *long* time to carb up, but it was also pretty cold in my apartment during April. It was fine after a few extra weeks. I'm hoping the batch I just bottled for my wedding will...
Forum: Porter 05-29-2013, 05:59 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 35,530
Posted By cottagebrews
Not sure about a chemical or biological reason...

Not sure about a chemical or biological reason why you can't, but the beer will clarify a lot more if you put it into secondary.

The chief practical advantage I see is being able to let the beer...
Forum: Porter 04-09-2013, 12:02 PM
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Posted By cottagebrews
DME = Dry Malt Extract. LME = Liquid Malt...

DME = Dry Malt Extract.
LME = Liquid Malt Extract.

The difference here is analogous to the difference between dehydrated milk and condensed milk. Both are preserved forms of "milk" that take up...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-10-2013, 04:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 722
Posted By cottagebrews
Thanks. My only hunch on the color is that the...

Thanks. My only hunch on the color is that the DME caramelized during the boil. I think I've read somewhere that this can happen.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-08-2013, 03:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 722
Posted By cottagebrews
FG actually came in at 1.009. Carbonated with...

FG actually came in at 1.009. Carbonated with 4.5 oz. table sugar for est. 2.5 volumes CO2. This is hands down the best thing I've brewed, and easily beats my favorite commercial recipes. A strong...
Forum: Porter 02-22-2013, 02:00 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 35,530
Posted By cottagebrews
Quick question: when I've entered this into a...

Quick question: when I've entered this into a recipe calculator, it's coming out much darker than a "normal" porter. I'm happy to make a non-conforming beer, but I wanted to make sure this was right...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-09-2013, 02:50 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By cottagebrews
Another update: Final gravity ended up at...

Another update:

Final gravity ended up at 1.010, for an estimated ABV of 7.88% before bottle priming. The hop flavor is nice right now, and it should be even better once the dry hopping does its...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-27-2013, 10:30 PM
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Posted By cottagebrews
Brew day went fine for the most part, but my OG...

Brew day went fine for the most part, but my OG was off the charts when I first measured it. I had to bring the total to 6 gallons before I hit my target of 1.070.

To those with questions: yes, I...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-22-2013, 08:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 722
Posted By cottagebrews
Bob- Thanks for your input! Adding the dry...

Bob-

Thanks for your input! Adding the dry hops directly to the primary is something I had wondered about. Glad to see it's not an unreasonable way to proceed.

Two questions:

What's your...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-22-2013, 02:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 722
Posted By cottagebrews
Thanks for the advice. I picked up my...

Thanks for the advice. I picked up my ingredients and will be brewing next weekend. Will begin a yeast starter tonight. Hopefully this will be good to drink in six weeks' time--way better than the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-21-2013, 04:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 722
Posted By cottagebrews
IPA Extract Recipe Help

All,

I'm trying to make an IPA that falls somewhere between a Bell's Two Hearted and a DFH 60-Minute. I've come up with the following, and would love an extra few sets of eyes to make sure I...
Forum: Stout 12-19-2012, 06:40 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,543
Posted By cottagebrews
I'd recommend racking this to secondary for a...

I'd recommend racking this to secondary for a little while to make sure the oatmeal proteins and yeast can settle out. I had a lot of that stuff coagulate in the bottle, and it was a pain to explain...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-04-2012, 06:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 365
Posted By cottagebrews
Two weeks into fermentation and the gravity is at...

Two weeks into fermentation and the gravity is at 1.014. That's slightly higher than anticipated (1.012), but I think I've bottomed out. Even though the temperature is a tad cold, I've had no...
Forum: Stout 10-22-2012, 05:52 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,543
Posted By cottagebrews
UPDATE: My batch of this has been in the...

UPDATE:

My batch of this has been in the bottle for a month, and I've been pulling a few bottles to test the results. Over the course of the last week it's gotten a lot better, but it still...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-21-2012, 01:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 365
Posted By cottagebrews
Final recipe: .75 lbs 2-Row Caramel Malt...

Final recipe:

.75 lbs 2-Row Caramel Malt 60L; Briess info
3.3 lbs Liquid Light; Muntons info
3.3 lbs Liquid Amber; Muntons info
1 lbs Honey info
.5 lbs Oats Flaked info
.5 oz Willamette...
Forum: Stout 10-03-2012, 02:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,543
Posted By cottagebrews
I can confirm that you want to toast those oats. ...

I can confirm that you want to toast those oats. I wasn't able to do it--my homebrew store crushed the oats along with the other specialty grains--and it tasted like something was missing when I put...
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