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  1. Stauffbier

    Man, I love Apfelwein

    I chimed in on this thread 10 years ago to announce that I had made my first batch of this Apfelwein. I decided to age a few bottles. About 5 years ago, I was down to 2 bottles. I drank one and decided to age the other to the 10 year point and drink it for the new year. Fast forward to today...
  2. Stauffbier

    Easy Bottle Pasteurization in a Cooler

    Look at my photo above. The water does touch the bottles as it fills. As long as they aren't real cold, there really isn't any thermal shock issues. I probably should have put the other lid partially on just to be safe, as the hot water could indeed cause an over carbed bottle to pop. Luckily I...
  3. Stauffbier

    Show us your Mead in a photo!!!

    It's been a long minute since I posted in this thread. This is my 2 year old Balcones Blue Corn barrel aged Cherry Melomel. 15% ABV.. On the very low end of semi-sweet. A very faint note of tartness from the cherry concentrate that I used from Seaquist Orchards out of WI. The barrel character is...
  4. Stauffbier

    RIS with LalBrew Voss Kveik

    It did a fantastic job. Very clean. No hot alcohol. Just tapped the keg a few days ago.
  5. Stauffbier

    RIS with LalBrew Voss Kveik

    Thanks! I have done my fair share of experimenting in years passed, and I have dumped a lot of beer over the years, too. I am not in the mindset that I should drink my failures. Life is too short to drink beer I don't enjoy. I have no reservations about dumping if needed. I usually don't take...
  6. Stauffbier

    RIS with LalBrew Voss Kveik

    Funny, I have met a few El Paso brewers on this forum over the years. One guy, who became a close friend, ended up opening Ode brewing, which is unfortunately now closed. Yeah, this beer is called Mystical Beast, because of the grain bill and all the work involved with brewing it. I have...
  7. Stauffbier

    RIS with LalBrew Voss Kveik

    So this bottomed out at 1.039, which isn’t bad. I was expecting 1.035, so not far off. That is most certainly recipe driven and not a yeast issue. I went heavy on roast this year. Surprisingly, it’s not overly sweet. The hop bitterness and heavy amount of roasted malts have balanced it out very...
  8. Stauffbier

    RIS with LalBrew Voss Kveik

    I decided to go check on it.... 3 hours since I pitched, and it is already blowing off! Wow!
  9. Stauffbier

    RIS with LalBrew Voss Kveik

    Yeah, I have a blow-off rigged up, as I expect a volcano. Also, I ended up pitching 2 packs. With that gravity, I was a little nervous to go with just one. This yeast really does go against everything I have ever known or learned in 10 years of brewing!
  10. Stauffbier

    RIS with LalBrew Voss Kveik

    Well, brew day is done, and the voss is pitched. It's all in the yeast's hands now. I got my best efficiency ever on a beer this big. My expected gravity was 1.119, and I ended up at 1.123.. Hopefully the Voss can chew it down to a good FG, so it doesn't end up too sweet. I pitched at 93F, and I...
  11. Stauffbier

    RIS with LalBrew Voss Kveik

    I think my biggest concern has been getting fusel alcohols with a gravity that high at such high fermentation temps. I'm not even sure why I want to try making a RIS with kveik, but I'm doing it. Tomorrow is brew day. Here's to hoping I don't waste 33lbs of grain and all the time involved...
  12. Stauffbier

    RIS with LalBrew Voss Kveik

    I'll be going about 1.120... I'm not sure if I can hold 95F. I may have to rig a heat source in my fermentation chamber. In El Paso, we generally don't need to heat a fermentation so much as cool one down.. I only have a single stage controller, but I figure I can use a heat pad inside, and just...
  13. Stauffbier

    RIS with LalBrew Voss Kveik

    Have any of you fermented a big RIS with LalBrew Voss Kveik? Any info on flavor profiles, alcohol tolerance, and fermentation temps would be appreciated..
  14. Stauffbier

    I like this time at night on HBT

    Oh, and Dan... The keezer is looking great, my friend!
  15. Stauffbier

    I like this time at night on HBT

    Wow! I can't believe this thread is still going! I haven't been here in over a year or two. Good to see you folks. I hope you have all been well.
  16. Stauffbier

    Dogs

    From today's brew.. She gets a little scoop of spent grains every time I brew, and she loves it. She's so smart, she knows when the sparge is almost finished, and she starts to beg for it at that point...
  17. Stauffbier

    Lebkuchen

    I guess I missed this post. Did you make them? My batch this year was my best to date. After many years of baking them and tweaking things, I think I have finally perfected the recipe and process.. I still have about a dozen left. Like a good high ABV beer, these get better with a little age on...
  18. Stauffbier

    Crooked bottle caps

    I re-capped them all with different caps. I tossed the bag of caps in question, and I never had problems ever again..
  19. Stauffbier

    I like this time at night on HBT

    Oh... and.. Hi friends :)
  20. Stauffbier

    I like this time at night on HBT

    Beersmith has cloud, too...
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