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  1. arover

    Adding color to a dry stout without touching flavor.

    Hey guys, I'll be brewing a classic dry Irish stout recipe tonight (Jamil's recipe from BCS, 10/20/70 roasted/flaked barley/2 row, never fails me) but the LHBS only has 300L roasted barley. This seems very light to me, and I really enjoy that jet black color in my dry stout. Without modifying...
  2. arover

    Cola Beer

    I recently stumbled onto an old recipe for Coca-Cola as well as "OpenCola" and it got me thinking, has anyone tried a brew with any combination of these flavors (being the "flavor extract" for Cola): Orange Oil Lemon (/Lime) Oil Nutmeg Oil Corriander Oil Neroli Oil Cinnamon Oil Lavender oil...
  3. arover

    A small piece of homebrew history to remind us...

    That everyone has to start somewhere. Note: Due to link redirects from HBT, it won't jump directly to the thread, so copy and paste this if you want to be scrolled down automatically: http://hbd.org/hbd/archive/1192.html#1192-6 Found this on Reddit, thought I'd share with HBT. :mug:
  4. arover

    Advice on adding malt extract post-boil.

    Quick question for ya guys, I did a Founder's Breakfast Stout clone yesterday and ran into two problems I never had before- stuck sparge, and undershooting the target gravity. Needless to say, after a very long brew day of boiling off a lot of water, I still managed to miss my target gravity...
  5. arover

    Results from '10 Berkeley World Cup (of beer) winners?

    Sorry if this is :off: for this forum, but I was wondering if anyone still had the spreadsheet from the 2010 Bay Area Mashers World Cup of Beer results? It's one of the larger comps we have over on the west coast and I just realized the beers are due in 2 months :cross: and I'd like to take a...
  6. arover

    Substitutes for hazelnut extract?

    Can anyone think of any substitutes for hazelnut extract? I'm on a short time frame to get this chocolate hazelnut porter from keg to bottle and these "Flavorganics" hazelnut extract bottles aren't cutting it, I've already doubled to 4 oz and after letting it sit I'm still hardly getting any...
  7. arover

    Just took a sip of Anchor's 2010 Christmas Ale.

    My God, I wish I hadn't just gotten a single bottle of this. It's the first Christmas Ale I've tried from Anchor Brewing. The pine aroma they've achieved is simply amazing, if I close my eyes and smell it I feel like there's a Douglas Fur right next to me, with a pumpkin pie nearby. The taste is...
  8. arover

    Need some advice with Chocolate Porter.

    Hey guys, I don't have much experience with doing chocolate beers so I figured I'd ask around and get some opinions =) I'm doing a Chocolate Hazelnut Porter, it's about 8 days in the primary right now--The chocolate added was 8oz cocoa powder at boilout. I just did a gravity check and took a...
  9. arover

    Brewing Papazian's Imperial Porter

    Well, I finally decided to take the plunge and go for what will be the most expensive (and anticipated) batch I've done next to a (extremely delicious) Pliny clone. I've never actually had the luxury of getting my hands on a Baltic Porter, but this beer would best be related to one, even though...
  10. arover

    Bottle conditioned microbrews with same yeast?

    I've been curious about this for a while. Every time I drink a bottle-conditioned microbrew, I wonder if the yeast in there is the same yeast used for fermentation, or a secondary yeast (such as the champaign yeasts Vinnie uses for a lot of Russian River brews). Has anyone ever bothered to make...
  11. arover

    What to brew next with what I have...

    Hey guys, Was wondering if anyone could toss a good, tried and true recipe my way. I have massive amounts of the following, but can get some specialty grains/other hops: English Pale Ale malt Pilsner malt Cascade/Cluster/Williamette. A fresh 1056 yeast cake waiting to have something...
  12. arover

    Headed to the DC area in a few weeks.. recommendations?

    So I'll be headed to stay with a friend in Bethesda, MD for a few weeks to check out a few grad schools and explore a bit (only been to the east coast once). I'll also be staying with some folks in NY for a day or two, but I plan on spending a lot of time in the DC area (along with parts of MD)...
  13. arover

    Cracked open my first Belgian today...AHS Trappist Trippel

    And, being the last beer I brewed since going to AG about 4 months ago, it's the best beer I've ever done. Hands down. I don't think I've ever brewed more of a beautiful, complex, to-style beer. 9% ABV. I mean, It's only my 15th batch, but still. The fruitiness is perfectly balanced with the...
  14. arover

    Anyone seen Papazian's "Black Samba" recipe in the latest Zymurgy?

    What a tasty sounding recipe. A lagered Imperial/"Baltic" Porter. I'm wondering if anyone else is thinking of giving this sucker a go? I think I may take it on as my 3rd ever AG batch / first ever lagering of a beer. It looks creative, interesting, and challenging- the 3 things I love to have in...
  15. arover

    What wheat needs a cereal mash?

    I hate to double post in forums, but I'm looking to order ingredients soon and would like to figure this out. I'm looking to do Radical Brewing's Tangerine Porter, and it calls for "unmalted soft red wheat flakes". It then calls to combine the unmalted grains with some 6-row and throw into a...
  16. arover

    Radical Brewing's "Tangerine (Wheat) Porter"

    Alright, so I'm planning my second all grain endeavor...and this one is looking like probably one of the ambitious brews I've done yet. I have a few questions though-- I don't want to post the whole recipe as I believe everyone should buy this beautiful book to get their hands on it, but I can...
  17. arover

    Beer not carbonating in keg..

    I'm having a bit of trouble carbonating my latest dunkel. I initially set it to roughly 38PSI for about 24 hours, then let it sit around 15PSI for 9 days as of today. There's very little carbonation on that thing, at least in the samples I've tried thus far (after the loads of foam has settled)...
  18. arover

    A nicely done Beer Flavor Wheel.

    I'll simply post the link since the image is quite large. I saw one of these a while back but nowhere near as colorful as this one :D Honestly I wouldn't know what to really do with this thing, as I feel there could be much more specific flavors than the ones listed, but I'll be damned if it...
  19. arover

    Possible bottle bombs?

    I was talking to a friend who split a batch of Porters we just did. He was saying the two bottles he's had straight from the box (ie no time in the fridge) overflowed a bit when uncapping. We're not talking like foam flying...just gushing a little. However, I've only had mine from the fridge and...
  20. arover

    They didn't steal any brewing equipment...except my picnic taps.

    Well, since I can't tap open any of my kegs, I guess I'll entertain you all with this. Myself and my 3 other housemates left town for a few days for spring break, during which time our house was broken into. I'll spare you mostly with what was stolen, aside from the fact that they took half a...
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