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    Help with a bourbon barrel aged imperial oatmeal stout recipe

    You didn't specify a yeast, but I'm assuming you're looking at using a higher attenuating strain like American Ale yeast. With a target ABV of 11% it looks like you're shooting for an FG of 1.026ish for an apprent attentuation of 76.4%. With all that malt, I wouldn't be afraid of mashing even...
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    Chocolate Beers Saw this online today. Could be worth checking out...when its available next year. Timing is nice because I'd been considering trying a chocolate stout using cocoa powder of cacao nibs, guess this will eventually give us a third option.
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    Honey Malt in place of crystal?

    8 oz in a 1.070 gravity batch will leave plenty of sweetness. I used a half lb in an IPA that fermented from 1.075 down to 1.012 and it balanced out the bitterness pretty nicely in my opinion. Of course that's subjective. I submitted that IPA to a competition and a judge commented that I...
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    Breweries / Brewpubs / Beer Bars in the Minneapolis area

    Cool! thanks for all the suggestions. Should be enough to keep me busy when I'm up there. Hopefully I'm on a tour at Surly in 6 days.
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    LBHS in Cleveland?

    JW Dover (Westlake) on Detroit between Clague and Columbia is a great store. Lots of grains, extracts, and equipment. The owner is friendly and will take time to bullsh*t with you. Rozi's (Lakewood) has some stuff, from talking to one of their sales guys it sounds like they're trying to...
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    Strong Golden Ale

    1388 will give you all the apple and pear that you want. Keep it cool (around 68 F) for the first few days then let it ramp up.
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    Breweries / Brewpubs / Beer Bars in the Minneapolis area

    So I'm going to Minneapolis for a month for work. Where do I have to go while I'm in town? I've heard of Surly, but that's about it.
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    Lager Yeast Starter

    For a lager with a starting gravity in the mid 50s I would make a half gal starter with 2 packs MINIMUM. If you have to brew tomorrow, get another 2 smack packs. If you can't get them in time, you should seriously consider putting off brewing until you can grow an appropriate amount of yeast...
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    Need a good English IPA recipe for local competition

    Look up the CYBI Firestone Walker Union Jack recipe. As British IPAs go, it can't be beat.
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    question about Wyeast 3068

    Only way to tell for sure is to take a reading. Some German and Belgian ale strains are pretty powdery and will maintain an inch or so of krausen after fermentation is complete. You could try swirling your carboy to knock the remaining krausen down into the beer. If it builds back up...
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    Copper immersion chiller in iodophor

    I rinse my chiller off in the sink to get rid of dust then dunk it in a bucket of iodophor until I'm done boiling. Never had a problem with the beers or the chiller. The main reason I started doing it was to keep my hoses away from the burner.
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    Laser/Infrared Thermometers

    I have that I bought on Amazon awhile back (think it's the one Alton Brown uses occassionally on Good Eats). I had mixed results with it and stuck with my dial thermometer. I played around with it during a brew, but when I tried to shoot a temp from my mash tun it read 130-something. I tried...
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    Wyeast Trappist Yeast

    Compared to some strains this yeast can be kinda slow, but it sounds like you should be close to finishing up. I had to check my notes, but I brew a Triple in October and pitch this yeast with an OG of 1.080. 16 days later I was down to 1.007. When I racked into secondary 5 days later it had...
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    the more yeast the better?

    For most beers, you'll be fine with one packet of dry yeast. Anything over 1.060-1.065 might require more. Be sure to check out the aforemention yeast calculator. From personal experience, pitching 2 packets of Notty into a batch resulted in a tremendous amount of blowoff that I did not...
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    Why Bother Brewing with Lager Yeast?

    For the challenge. I've been doing ales for 3 years. They have become almost easy. Lagers are that final frontier I haven't conquered yet. BCS Bohemian Pilsner fermenting as we speak with Wyeast 2124. I feel pretty good about it so far.
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    High Attenuation

    Moto nailed it. Mashing at 150 favors beta amylase which will leave you with more short chain dextrins for the yeast to ferment. You might want to check the temp of the mash after the hour as well. Just because you started at 150 doesn't mean you ended there. If you lose a couple of degrees...
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    Pitching two different styles of yeast

    Yes. You will get characteristics from both yeasts in the resulting beer. By pitching 04 and 05 you would get some of the estery profile of the 04 and perhaps a bit better attenuation from the 05. It would probably clear pretty well due to British yeast's flocculation habits. That's not to say...
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    Online Ordering of yeast during winter months

    It'd be better to order yeast in the winter months as opposed to the summer months. In the summer you need to worry about blazing hot temps frying the yeast during transit whereas in the winter you could expect better vitality from the yeast you received in the mail.
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    Great Lakes Christmas Ale Clone Spice Addittions

    According to one of Great Lakes tasting sheets they use Hallertau for flavoring and Cascade for aroma. Regarding spices, 20 grams of fresh grated Ginger at 10 minutes and a half tsp Cinnamon at flameout. This is for a 6 gal batch. I've got that tasting sheet somewhere, I'll post back...
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    Anyone brewed a good Alt lately?

    I came up with this recipe back in April. I was inspired by an episode of Can You Brew It (Eight Mile Alt) and wanted to try one, but was put off by Jamil’s description of Spalt hops as “soapy.” I wound up creating a grain bill that was a cross between the Eight Mile Alt and the Dusseldorf Alt...