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Old 09-17-2010, 08:02 PM   #61
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I think the best BH mod I did so far was the munich dark lager with 500grams black patent malt, 2 Tbsp crushed black pepper, and a full sized pot of coffee on the dark side. That was something.
Where did you get the idea for the pepper, and what effect does it have on flavour. I'm asking because I'm starting my first BH mdl next week.


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Old 09-17-2010, 09:03 PM   #62
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I tried some at a local homebrewing club that used 2Tbsp and it was good. It was a lighter beer so the pepper showed just right, but with the mdl I made you had to look for it bc of the other additions. If you've never had it before you could try it as is, or just add some crystal malt, roasted malt, etc at about 500grams. I sometimes just see whats listed on their grain bill and add more of one to bring that flavour out more.


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Old 09-17-2010, 09:53 PM   #63
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Thx.
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Old 10-10-2010, 01:17 AM   #64
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Thought I'd keep this thread alive for those interested, as my IPA mod turned out way better than I thought. I've had many of their standard IPA's, but this one turned out with perfect carbonation, head, aroma and taste. The only problem was it was gone with 2 weeks of being finished.

600 gr. Carapils
Hop sock
3 oz Zeus (12%?AA)
1 oz Centennial
3 cups LME or DME (yes I'm very scientific)
Nottingham dry yeast
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FG=1020 or 6.9%abv
Ferment temps=20-22 C

Steep Carapils in hop sock in one gallon water at 162 for an hour (using an oven preheated to 160 helps if you feel the need to tea bag or stir in during this time). Start boil after extracting as much of whats in the sock as you can, squeeze and run some new hot water through it. Boil for 1.5 hours, add 1 oz zues at 60 min left, another at 30 min left along with the LME, another oz at 20 min. Cool in sink to pitch temp under 20 min by running hot water, use some ice too. If cooling too slow just add clean cold water directly to the kettle, but keep it under 2 canadian gallons.

Rack when slowed down, I did at day 5, and add that 1 oz centennial

Cold Crash at day 15 in fridge or balcony

Bottle at day 16

Put 25% of batch in fridge at day 23, start drinking at day 30
Put remainder of batch in fridge at day 30, at start drinking at day 37

I have to admit that I learned pretty late in the game about proper aging in bottles and then the fridge. The difference in quality is night and day. I could not believe how similar this was to some of the best locals IPA's out there.

I'm going to keep this recipe and try adding more Carapils in the future, say 4 lbs, using a teaspoon of irish moss at the last 10 min of the boil to get all that crap coagulated. Obviously just changing the hops too leads to enough variation.
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Old 10-10-2010, 01:17 PM   #65
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I have used 3 of the Festa kits last summer and have to say they were excellent. I haven't used Brewhouse in over 5 years now, but am going to give them a try later today if I can get what I want at my LHBS.
When I first tried them, I wasn't too fussy about the taste and after I tried the Barrons kits, found them to be a little better.

Later on when Festa seasonal, Czech Pils, comes back on the market, I'll be picking up 3 or 4. Man were they ever good.
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I wish I could try Festa here on the west coast. Seems like shipping across the whole country is quite pricey though.
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Have done a number of BH and FB...although I am now doing AG there are a few kits that I really like and can see myself doing many times over. Probably my favourite is the FB double oatmeal stout. Had a few tonight from my most recent batch and they are just marvelous--highly recommended! Also really liked the FB Brown Ale; it took some time to develop but when it did...great beer. Won a gold medal with that one this year.
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Any ideas for a BH barley wine? Maybe the Pale Ale with no water, and some extra DME?
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Alright, well I havn't posted in awhile, almost ever actually! But I do brew with these kits all the time, and have some feedback. All of these kits were +- a week in primary and +- two weeks in secondary before batch prime with dextrose and bottled 500ml and 1L EZ cap bottles.

1. Cream Ale, my first kit of Brewhouse.. full 23L top up with the included Coopers DIY yeast. Turned out great, a nice light balanced ale. Nothing special, but good drinking for the average ale guy.

2.Honey blonde, full 23 L top up with included Coopers yeast. This was good beer too, a little estery how it turned out, but good for spring/summer. Not my fav.

3. IPA , FULL 23L top up and included yeast. This was basically a pale ale, a decent one, but not hoppy enough for IPA. Would reccomend topping up to 19L or dry-hopping. Very forgettable, but to the layman it was a good pale ale.

4. Winterfest, topped up to 22L, again using the standard included Coopers yeast. Substituted dark brown sugar for 25% of prime sugar. Came out great after carbing, but turned delicious after 2+ months in bottle and still amazing at 4 months. Still 4 bottles in my private reserve! Spicy and sweet.

5. Oktoberfest, topped up to a full 23L, included Coopers yeast. Fiance did this one side by side with me and my Winterfest. After 4 weeks carbing it was okay, just didn't seem quite ready. We decided after the first bottle to keep this until next year, to give it a nice long bottle condition as it is a darker beer and that worked well for the Winterfest.

6. Prairie Wheat, done up to 23L and included yeast. I added a pound of blueberries that i cooked with a cup of water, filtered the juice and added. This turned out okay, but wasn't my favorite. It seemed a little plain to me actually and I was drinking it in the summer time. I found a slight estery quality to it that wasn't quite right. I blame the basic yeast I used. It was okay, but not the best Brewhouse kit by itself. That being said...see #7

7. Prairie Wheat HEFEWEIZEN, this was my hack on the Prairie wheat. Topped up to 22L, and used Weihenstephaner weizen yeast 3068. This went 3 weeks in primary solely, and was primed with the kits sugar and an extra TBSP or so of dextrose to get it extra bubbly and account for my high altitude in Calgary (something I never adjusted for previously. That being said I forgot to adjust that my wort was only topped to 22L. In the end, the beer was beautifully carbed!) This beer turned out great! But it needed 3.5 weeks in the bottle before it hit its peak. I gave some out at work, and the responses have been phenomenal! It is hitting the banana notes now that I wanted but were apsent when it was young. The other spicy notes are there now as well. Beleive it or not, I dropped a lemon wedge in and it just enhanced the falvor, something I was wary to try. The large foamy head reduced to a creamy cap until the very end. You should try this hack, its easy! The only thing I would have changed is that the Prairie wheat kit is pre-hopped with Perle, a german noble hop, and a Hefe should be Hallertau from my experience.

8. Brewhouse Stout. Just started this last night, I topped it up to 21L, and used two packs of the Coopers DIY, in a ignorant attempt to over pitch into the slightly higher OG. Not sure if it will help any, but it seemed right at the time. Very dark, and a definate expresso tang in there when I drank my measuring sample. Then I spilled it all over the floor by hitting the spiggot on my Thief.

So overall, these kits produce great beer, but I reccomend reducing the water intakes, or in the very least try out a liquid yeast. Some beers just need a specific yeast, like the hefeweizen to name one. That being said, alot of these kits were good with the basic yeast. If you like IPA, try the kit but you have to hack it, because the majority says it is grossly under-hopped!
Well thats what I've done so far lads.
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Alright, well I havn't posted in awhile, almost ever actually! But I do brew with these kits all the time, and have some feedback. All of these kits were +- a week in primary and +- two weeks in secondary before batch prime with dextrose and bottled 500ml and 1L EZ cap bottles.

1. Cream Ale, my first kit of Brewhouse.. full 23L top up with the included Coopers DIY yeast. Turned out great, a nice light balanced ale. Nothing special, but good drinking for the average ale guy.

2.Honey blonde, full 23 L top up with included Coopers yeast. This was good beer too, a little estery how it turned out, but good for spring/summer. Not my fav.

3. IPA , FULL 23L top up and included yeast. This was basically a pale ale, a decent one, but not hoppy enough for IPA. Would reccomend topping up to 19L or dry-hopping. Very forgettable, but to the layman it was a good pale ale.

4. Winterfest, topped up to 22L, again using the standard included Coopers yeast. Substituted dark brown sugar for 25% of prime sugar. Came out great after carbing, but turned delicious after 2+ months in bottle and still amazing at 4 months. Still 4 bottles in my private reserve! Spicy and sweet.

5. Oktoberfest, topped up to a full 23L, included Coopers yeast. Fiance did this one side by side with me and my Winterfest. After 4 weeks carbing it was okay, just didn't seem quite ready. We decided after the first bottle to keep this until next year, to give it a nice long bottle condition as it is a darker beer and that worked well for the Winterfest.

6. Prairie Wheat, done up to 23L and included yeast. I added a pound of blueberries that i cooked with a cup of water, filtered the juice and added. This turned out okay, but wasn't my favorite. It seemed a little plain to me actually and I was drinking it in the summer time. I found a slight estery quality to it that wasn't quite right. I blame the basic yeast I used. It was okay, but not the best Brewhouse kit by itself. That being said...see #7

7. Prairie Wheat HEFEWEIZEN, this was my hack on the Prairie wheat. Topped up to 22L, and used Weihenstephaner weizen yeast 3068. This went 3 weeks in primary solely, and was primed with the kits sugar and an extra TBSP or so of dextrose to get it extra bubbly and account for my high altitude in Calgary (something I never adjusted for previously. That being said I forgot to adjust that my wort was only topped to 22L. In the end, the beer was beautifully carbed!) This beer turned out great! But it needed 3.5 weeks in the bottle before it hit its peak. I gave some out at work, and the responses have been phenomenal! It is hitting the banana notes now that I wanted but were apsent when it was young. The other spicy notes are there now as well. Beleive it or not, I dropped a lemon wedge in and it just enhanced the falvor, something I was wary to try. The large foamy head reduced to a creamy cap until the very end. You should try this hack, its easy! The only thing I would have changed is that the Prairie wheat kit is pre-hopped with Perle, a german noble hop, and a Hefe should be Hallertau from my experience.

8. Brewhouse Stout. Just started this last night, I topped it up to 21L, and used two packs of the Coopers DIY, in a ignorant attempt to over pitch into the slightly higher OG. Not sure if it will help any, but it seemed right at the time. Very dark, and a definate expresso tang in there when I drank my measuring sample. Then I spilled it all over the floor by hitting the spiggot on my Thief.

So overall, these kits produce great beer, but I reccomend reducing the water intakes, or in the very least try out a liquid yeast. Some beers just need a specific yeast, like the hefeweizen to name one. That being said, alot of these kits were good with the basic yeast. If you like IPA, try the kit but you have to hack it, because the majority says it is grossly under-hopped!
Well thats what I've done so far lads.
Nice reviews! I myself am on my second BH kit. First one was the BH Pilsner. Topped up to 23L, and just bottled last Thursday. Going to leave it to condition for at least another week or two. Sample I had at bottling was nice...quite bitter but I'm sure that will mellow with age.

Second batch that is currently in my primary is the BH IPA. I topped it up to 19L, used the WLP008 East Coast Ale liquid yeast. O.G. was 1.068 and when I tested the SG yesterday it was 1.028. Still has a ways to go but I'm looking forward to the higher abv%! I'm also going to dry hop with 1oz of "7 c's" hops once I transfer to the secondary.


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