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  1. UnderThePorchBrewing

    SG for Port?

    I did not stop the wine in time and it fermented out so my only option is to back sweeten. per your advise will probably use a juice. next time will be more vigilent with when to fortify and stop it.
  2. UnderThePorchBrewing

    SG for Port?

    thank you this is what I thought but decided to check beofre the weekend when I commit myself. as a brewer before wine I was going to use corn sugar but I have also read that grape juice and grape juice concentrate can be used. any thoughts? Ben
  3. UnderThePorchBrewing

    SG for Port?

    this might be a stupid question to ask now but hope somebody can help. I am making my first true port and will be fortifying it soon. are there any general guidelines for back sweetening the wine to a certain gravity either before or after fortifying it? or go by taste? or should I buy a port I...
  4. UnderThePorchBrewing

    Favorite Rye Whiskey

    Dad's Hat a western PA style rye distilled in a craft Eastern PA distillery in the tradition of the old PA ryes. very good Knob creek for an easy to find rye. read a lot about Angel Envy a kentucky rye aged in carribien rum barrels but have not been able to get it here in PA so have tasked a...
  5. UnderThePorchBrewing

    Small Batch Fermentation Container

    3 gallon better bottles are great or this for 2.5 gallons brewdemon conical fermentor can be pushed to 3 gallons but it is close they are a little expensive but work great http://www.brewdemon.com/equipment/all-equipment/fermetation-equipment/conical-fermenting-system.html
  6. UnderThePorchBrewing

    Shelf life of an open bag of hops

    So i am cleaning my beer fridge and have a giant bag of hops varying from 4 oz fuggles purchased in 09 never opened to centennial 2 oz purchased in 11 resealed in the mylar. To a scattering of 0.5 to 1.5 resealed packs in both mylar and foodsaver. All have been in the freezer in a sealed ziplock...
  7. UnderThePorchBrewing

    Belgian golden ale with cocoa nibs

    just enough to give a light chocolate pleasant aftertaste so will probably go with one oz in 2.5 gallons as you said earlier I can always add to taste
  8. UnderThePorchBrewing

    Belgian golden ale with cocoa nibs

    it will be a golden chocolate ale will leave out the belgian. if its gold.
  9. UnderThePorchBrewing

    Belgian golden ale with cocoa nibs

    had some brewed by someone else last year and was fantastic had asked twice for the recipe but no go and I do not want to be a pest so am using Northern Brewers kit for the base I want a little more than a hint of chocolate to finish but not too much so I may use 1 oz then can check the...
  10. UnderThePorchBrewing

    Belgian golden ale with cocoa nibs

    am planning on a belgian golden ale with nibs in secondary for Christmas. it is a 2.5 Gallon batch . I have 4 oz nibs but was thinking 2 oz. and save the other two for a stout or porter. or would it be more appropriate to use 1 oz for the style? any suggestions for those who have used nibs? this...
  11. UnderThePorchBrewing

    chocolate nibs

    same question but different style beer. am planning on a belgian golden ale with nibs in secondary for Christmas. it is a 2.5 Gallon batch . I have 4 oz nibs but was thinking 2 oz. and save the other two for a stout or porter. or would it be more appropriate to use 1 oz for the style? any...
  12. UnderThePorchBrewing

    English Barleywine John's Red (English Barleywine)

    reread the original recipe. does sound like add at end of mash. I read it as add with 10 min left in boil. went back to my notes. did it that way the first time. second time was reading about long boils with maltier beers and melanoidin (sp?) production so did one at 90 min boil and one at...
  13. UnderThePorchBrewing

    English Barleywine John's Red (English Barleywine)

    for this I usually add the DME at the beginning of the boil to the boil pot. DME is already converted no need to mash
  14. UnderThePorchBrewing

    Advanced extract brewing

    Great Thread! Very good post as is the OP's. I've been brewing for 5 and a half years. started all extract then shifted and did a few partial/mini mashes then went to all grain. After 5 years I now do all three depending on the beer, the time I have, and how simple or complicated I want the...
  15. UnderThePorchBrewing

    Making Traditional rice Wine. Cheap, Fun, and Different

    a little less than 1.5 to 1 cup rice was in the container for 4 weeks but when sampled at 2 weeks had the same flavor. alcohol was good level and it did not sour at all until bottled for a month plus
  16. UnderThePorchBrewing

    Making Traditional rice Wine. Cheap, Fun, and Different

    had almost decided to not try again until reading recent posts. I had used glutinous rice from asiansupermarket365.com and their Shanghai Rice Cakes (Yeast Balls) has a very flowery asian aroma and was sweet. the final product was much too much asian flower taste for my and my wife's...
  17. UnderThePorchBrewing

    English Barleywine John's Red (English Barleywine)

    6 months is usually when I drink it. it is young but very good. always save some to age. I have some (4 to 6)from each yearly batch in June '09, '10, '11, '12, and am waiting until the Holidays next year ('13) so have 5 yrs worth to sample a flight with friends
  18. UnderThePorchBrewing

    Port wine question?

    I love port in the winter and have made one port kit 3 yrs ago which I am now down to the last 3 bottles. after reading a lot on net searches I want to create my own port using official grapes and did find a company that has 5 gallon frozen Tempranillo juice that I will eventually order in once...
  19. UnderThePorchBrewing

    English Barleywine John's Red (English Barleywine)

    7 days is not quite ideal but secondary for a month or so should be ok then bottle. there should be enough yeast in suspension with only a week to finish off the beer well. if there is a layer of yeast in the secondary after a few days it is ok. I usually do 2 weeks then the secondary for a...
  20. UnderThePorchBrewing

    1-Gallon Brewers UNITE!

    Right now I use White labs vials. I found it difficult and wasted the wyeast packs trying to save and keep it sterile Depending on 1 gallon vs 2 I use 1/3 to 1/2 of a vial I'll also go from a lighter "milder" brew to a darker "stronger" recipe and pitch on my yeast cake if I plan right esp if...
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