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  1. AMessenger

    Bob Ross Sour(?) Imperial Stout

    Impossible to say what impact that much headspace will have (good or bad). Also impossible to say what that top up would do (good or bad). OP, I would let it ride as is. I think you’re safer with an unperturbed and fully fermented beer with some extra headspace than one topped up with...
  2. AMessenger

    IPA - No Carb and Sweet

    I would bet it’ll carb given more time (although would think 2 weeks would have been enough). You would think 66F to 70 F would also be warm enough but it couldn’t hurt to move somewhere warmer. There is definitely an element of unpredictability with yeast. I’ve had a few that never carb’d...
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    Bourbon County Stout clone attempt

    I guess I feel pretty safe with a year but will probably take some samples to make sure I don't over do it. Per Homedistiller.org, a 5 gal barrel has like 3x the surface area of a 53 gal barrel. A shorter time with oak would seem like a major concern with that much more exposure. There are so...
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    Bourbon County Stout clone attempt

    A side by side comparison with BCBS can be a very illuminating test. Before I tried my previous attempts next to BCBS I was thinking they were fairly close to the real thing with some assertive whisky character cutting through. The real thing was a whole different level.
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    Bourbon County Stout clone attempt

    Follow up on a version I made last year (see post #308): This was my second attempt at a clone. I toasted and charred my own White Oak for this batch. After my first attempt, aged with about 4 oz of oak which had previously been soaked in 45% ABV Makers Mark Whiskey, didn't have anywhere near...
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    East Coast v. West Coast IPA recipe needed

    How about 2, 1 gal malt only beers, fermented with each of these. It won’t necessarily be something you’d want to drink much of but will make any differences between the two clear
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    Odd Homegrown Cascade Flavor

    Thank you for that insight on the color and what that likely means in regards to issues wth harvesting/processing of the hops. I can confirm they are greener than commercial leaf hops and seem to have a bit more moisture. The beer I made with them was kegged a week ago with 2 more oz of the...
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    Odd Homegrown Cascade Flavor

    Got some homegrown Cascade from a friend. They have a sort of an odd aroma that I want to call plastic-like. When I pull them apart there appears to be quite a bit of lupulin and when rub one between my hands and break it up it has a nice cascade aroma. Based on this, I figured it would make...
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    Off flavor - cannot figure it out

    Has somebody else tried the beer and noticed this? A sanity check from others could be helpful for making sense of things. Beer is a complicated and complex thing. From personal experience, I’ve had times where I’ve become fixated on a particular ”off flavor” and then with time come to...
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    Any Lambic/gueuze blending tips & tricks?

    Congrats on the patience to collect that many blending options. I understand the lambic brewers use a fairly high % of their young beer to provide the food for bottle carbonation. I typically just choose whatever beers are most interesting (regardless of age) and blend in % that I think with...
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    Can you Brew It recipe for Stone Arrogant Bastard

    Very interesting that you make so little note of hop aroma and flavor in your comparison. To me those are the ultimate defining character of Arrogant Bastard in its current form and the major difference between this clone recipe and the real thing. i would say Arrogant bastard is heavier on...
  12. AMessenger

    First Flanders Red - Not "Bretty" Enough?

    Depending on your cultures, you could continue to see development of Brett character years into bottling. I was recently surprised to find a Flanders Red that had been bottled in 2016 had evolved from a fairly fruity beer (like you’d expect a Flanders Red to be) to a much more earthy and...
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    Can you Brew It recipe for Stone Arrogant Bastard

    I recently brewed up this clone using post 845 as the basis. There were a few minor mods - my recipe for 6 gal was as follows: Grain: 15 lb Pale Ale Malt 2.25 lb CaraAroma Malt 3 oz Acid Malt Hops: 3 oz Chinook (Leaf, 12.2% AA) at 60 min 1 oz Chinook (Leaf, 12.2% AA) at 20 min 1 oz Chinook...
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    Bourbon County Stout clone attempt

    Status update from Posts #271 and #286: I brewed up a Clone of BCBS in January 2018 and then aged it for 8 months on White Oak that I had toasted at 450 F, Charred, and then soaked for several months in Makers Mark Whiskey. I started out with 2 oz of this oak and then increased this to 4 oz...
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    WLP655 vs The Yeast bay Mélange

    I brewed a Flanders Red with the Melange blend back in 2015 (link to my blog post on the batch). Here are some tasting notes after 2 years of aging: Bold earthy aroma mixed with dark fruit Dark red and clear - very nice looking beer No sourness has developed. There is a bit of interesting...
  16. AMessenger

    Dry hopping a fruited sour?

    I think it depends a lot on what fruit and how much fruit you use. I would say if you're doing something on the order of 2 lb/gal of a bold flavored fruit like raspberries that would not be worth hopping.
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    What to pitch for a Flanders Red Soleria

    Really neat project and interesting approach. Would be interested to see a picture of that fermenter. Are you considering setting up additional, smaller, tiers of solera? I would think that could help with getting a wider variety of flavors in your beers which you could use in blending. Just...
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    Why RIMS/HERMS when Igloos are so stable?

    No argument with your points but dealing with a heavy and awkward bag dripping hot sticky wort is what kills me about BIAB. Usually felt like I needed to jump in the shower after moving it. Cleanup is a pain with the mash tun but is a whole lot less messy.
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    Why RIMS/HERMS when Igloos are so stable?

    My first mash tun was a rectangular cooler and my current is the SS Brewtech 10 gal mash tun. They hold temperature well but I still like my RIMS for a couple reasons: 1. If I screw up on my strike water temperature calculations it is easy to adjust. For me, this means a less stressful...
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    Bourbon County Stout clone attempt

    That is a question I've been asking myself as well. After two months of aging with 2 oz of oak at cellar temps (low 60s) the beer has extracted little oak/bourbon character (follow-on to my previous post #271). I also opted to move the beer to a 70-80 F room. I'm hoping a bit more heat will...