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  1. zinn

    Whoops - put spices directly in bottling bucket. Is it ruined?

    I was bottling a pumpkin stout last night and rather than making a tincture I poured two teaspoons of Penzey's pumpkin spice directly into the bottling bucket (I'm going to blame the COVID currently running through our household). I realized my mistake a few minutes later and added a tincture...
  2. zinn

    Pumpkin dry stout?

    For those interested (. . . crickets), I decided to go with this: English 2-row pale malt - 5 pounds Flaked barley – 2.8 pounds Roasted barley – 1 pound Carafoam – 0.5 Goldings hops – 2.5 ounces (60 minutes) Penzey's Pumpkin Spice mix (china cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, mace and cloves)...
  3. zinn

    Autumn Irish - how does it look?

    I'm trying to finalize a recipe for this fall. This year, I'm trying to create a dry stout with a nice earthy, fall mouthful. Thoughts on the following recipe? English 2-row pale malt - 5 pounds Flaked barley – 2.8 pounds Roasted barley – 1 pound Carafoam – 0.5 Fuggle hops – 2.5 ounces...
  4. zinn

    Pumpkin dry stout?

    I went with a pumpkin milk stout one year and it was really good! Looking for something a little different this year.
  5. zinn

    Pumpkin dry stout?

    Ha - Every year I get excited about brewing a pumpkin beer to enjoy and share with my family and friends, and every year I scroll through comments in my "pumpkin beer thread" about how disgusting pumpkin beer is. 🤷‍♂️
  6. zinn

    Pumpkin dry stout?

    I typically use spices plus pumpkin or just spices.
  7. zinn

    Pumpkin dry stout?

    It's that time of the year to start thinking about brewing a pumpkin beer for the fall. Last year I brewed a pumpkin ale, but didn't love it. The year before I brewed a pumpkin porter and thought it was pretty good. This year I'm thinking about a pumpkin dry stout. A dark, but light-bodied...
  8. zinn

    Bottling stinks - kegerator?

    I've brewed about a dozen homebrews and bottling is my least favorite part. I'm starting to wonder if a keg or kegerator would be worth it. I'm a little confused about them though. It takes me a while to get through a homebrew, so I like storing a bunch of bottles in my basement. How long...
  9. zinn

    Cream Ale - thoughts on this recipe?

    Thanks all. Some really good advice on this thread. I'm pretty new to all this, so just soaking things up. I'll modify the recipe based on some of these suggestions. If you're curious, this is the recipe I was basing mine off of...
  10. zinn

    Cream Ale - thoughts on this recipe?

    Hey all, Any thoughts on this recipe? How does it look? Pale 2-row - 5lb White wheat - 2lb 6-row - 1.5lb Flaked corn - .5 Crystal 20l - .5 Carapils - 1lb Flaked barley - .25lb Honey malt - .75 Cascade hops - 1oz Saaz - .5oz Lotus - 1oz I plan to add some vanilla extract (before bottling)...
  11. zinn

    Is this too much spice?

    Ah, I like these ideas. Thanks!
  12. zinn

    Is this too much spice?

    I'm bottling a Christmas porter tomorrow. I want to create a spice tea and add it to the bottling bucket. I'd like to taste the spices, but I want them to be pretty subtle (I've heard horror stories about a lot of these spices). What do you think about the amounts below? The plan would be to...
  13. zinn

    Nottingham High Performance Yeast - nothing after initial burst of activity

    Super helpful - along with all the other responses in this threat. Thanks for the response. I definitely didn't calibrate my hydrometer or stir my wort. Nor did I "spin" the hydrometer. I decided last second to test the OG and didn't really know what I was doing. I'll be better prepared next...
  14. zinn

    Nottingham High Performance Yeast - nothing after initial burst of activity

    Thanks for the reply! My original gravity was 1.070. That being said, I'm not 100% sure I took the reading correctly. According to my grain bill, my original gravity should be 1.058 and my final gravity should be 1.016. In the event that I'm at my final gravity, should I continue to let it...
  15. zinn

    Nottingham High Performance Yeast - nothing after initial burst of activity

    This is my second attempt at all-grain brewing. I used Nottingham High Performance Yeast for my all-grain porter. I pitched it at about 68 degrees and it's sitting in a carboy at about 64 degrees. Fermentation kicked off within roughly 24 hours. Good, solid krausen. However, when I checked the...
  16. zinn

    Christmas porter - thoughts on recipe?

    I'm planning on brewing a Christmas porter. I'm hoping for a smooth beer with a subtle vanilla licorice taste. Thoughts on this recipe? American 2-row (9.5) Chocolate malt (1.25) Black patent (.250) Weyermann CARAFA Type 1...
  17. zinn

    Experience with star anise and vanilla?

    Good tips. Thanks!
  18. zinn

    Experience with star anise and vanilla?

    I'm trying to decide on a winter porter. I'm leaning toward using star anise and vanilla. I ordered some cracked anise and vanilla extract from Penzey's Spices. Does anyone have experience using star anise and vanilla together? Any suggestions on how much to use? I'm hoping for a smooth and...
  19. zinn

    Anchor's 2017 Christmas Ale clone

    This is sort of specific, but does anyone have an all-grain clone recipe for Anchor's 2017 Christmas Ale? Or maybe someone wants to take a crack at it? Here's the description: This year’s Christmas Ale has a strong malt profile that is enhanced with wintry spices,” said Anchor Brewmaster Scott...
  20. zinn

    Auto siphon mistake - oxygen

    What do you use instead?
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