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  2. kedogn

    Brewing with Coconut

    You are, basically, making your own coconut extract ("Tincuture") is what you are doing. I used to do this with cocoa nibs for my chocolate porter. Toast, soak, toss. However, what I have learned as a 'professional' now is that this isn't allowed unless you get TTB approval prior. Putting anything that isn't Reinheitsgebot approved, basically, needs TTB approval. Most certainly liquor. So, to me, a good coconut extract is the way to go.... keyword: good. Not some cheap ass extract, it's gotta to be a good, true flavor. Again, the biggest factor for me is, this allows us to control the flavor profile. We can add to the fermenter or we can add it just to the keg as we are kegging and we will always get the right amount of flavor we are looking for.
  3. kedogn

    Brewing with Coconut

    I have yes. I have done it with toasting my own coconut and tossing it straight in... that was a HUGE nightmare. I have done with toasting and putting it in a sack and DH'n with it. The problem I see is that what you really want is the oils that come with toasting and a couple of things happen here: 1) It takes a boatload to get a decent coconut flavor and 2) These oils reduce head retention and basically make the beer look flat and IMO, almost unappealing when it is poured. I like a good, chocolaty, head on my porters when poured. The way around this is coconut extract. Using extract does at least 3 things for you: 1) No toasting, no mess! 2) Easier to control flavor profile & be consistent with it and 3) Gives you head!
  4. Jdub

    Star San

    it will not hurt anything. it is pretty foamy stuff. when i bottle, i just pour the solution out the best i can. ignore the bubbles and let them overflow when bottling to the proper level ( i use a bottling wand). you don't need to rinse it. after i cap a bottle i run it under the sink and rinse off the outside of the bottle, but that's it.
  5. pborder

    Star San

    I am using Star San for the first time and I know that I read not to worry about the bubbles but when I sanitized the bottles that I plan on filling today there are a lot of bubbles left behind when I poured out the liquid. Will the bubbles dissipate on there own or do I need to rinse the bottles out? Will what is left hurt my beer? Thanks, Pat
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  7. gophers6

    Brewing with Coconut

    Yes, Mr B American Porter HME. Josh told me soaking the coconut in vodka would bring out more flavor.
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  9. McSquirrely

    Brewing with Coconut

    The 'beer as usual' must have been a porter. MRB American Porter? Also, I was a bit surprised you added both the coconut and the vodka. Pouring booze into the lbk seems....odd. But I don't imagine it was very much, just enough to cover the raw coconut? Thanks! If I can come up with something that comes even remotely close to what Santiam Brewing has concocted I will be happy. AG brewing would probably be better - but I'm not there yet.
  10. gophers6

    Brewing with Coconut

    I made a Coconut Porter a while back. I got my advice from Josh at MB. Here's my notes: 1.Made the beer as usual 2.After 7 days put 7 oz of unsweetened shredded coconut on a cookie sheet and toasted it in the oven till brown. 3. Put the toasted coconut in a bowl and cover with vodka for 3 days. 4. On day 10 poured the bowl of coconut + vodka into lbk 5. Ferment another 10 days Turned out great. Maybe my best brew ever!
  11. Creeps McLane

    Brewing with Coconut

    @kedogn makes a coconut porter right? the last session podcast had maui brewing company on it. He talked alot about using coconut in his brewery. No extracts, no short cuts, the real thing will always taste the best. For his porter he uses a hop back full of coconut chips after fermentation. But for an LBK, id toast them in the over to kill any bugs, then DH with it. You need to toast every side of the coconut. Thats where the real flavor comes from. You can get them at Trader Joes
  12. D Kristof

    Brewing with Coconut

    Sever
  13. McSquirrely

    Brewing with Coconut

    Since tasting my 1st really good beer with coconut flavoring (Santiam Brewing's Pirate Stout) I'm decided I need to try making one. I don't find an MRB recipe so I'm scouring the internet for an easy one for extract brewing. Wondering if anyone here has brewed a coconut beer with success (or not) and if they would be willing to share their experience?
  14. Nickfixit

    Schwarzbier

    Yeah I was not pleased with mine so far. I preferred the Chromos beer recipe.
  15. Last week
  16. McSquirrely

    Muntons vs MRB?

    Day 6 Brix reading on the 'Wild Coyote' this morning was 9.0, down from an initial 16.5 at kegging. I was concerned because this recipe (pitched with the Munton proprietary yeast) did not seem to exhibit much of a 'high krausen' - at least not like my previous 11 MRB recipes did. But already the alcohol in solution is pretty high given just one week. This will require careful watching to see how much more (if any) brix and gravity changes from here on out. It's still very cloudy, to be expected at day 7, but wow (!) did the gravity fall on this one!
  17. The reason I suggested early June was to ensure people would have enough time to request off of work, find a hotel and make other travel arrangements. Is there a weekend which is better for you?
  18. My current job status makes June almost impossible. I may or may not be working at that time so money will be tight.
  19. I'd been considering coming this year to meet some of my forum friends but will the knee replacement, it's too iffy.
  20. Agree with you in general, but if somebody voted for Cincy but can't make the dates chosen... could be the difference between a gathering of 5 or more of us or the alternative of only 2.
  21. bpgreen

    Root Beer Smell

    I'm going to disagree with the consensus on this for the simple reason that I've been successful in getting rid of the root beer smell from bottles. I never tried it with an LBK. I used to buy root beer in PET bottles and use them for beer back when I was bottling in PET. I preferred them to other soda bottles because they're amber. If you've already rinsed them in warm or hot water, you're probably out of luck. If not, rinse them in COLD water several times, then fill with cold water and a small amount of unscented Oxiclean and cap. Leave them for several days (watch for bulging and vent if necessary). Rinse in cold water again. Let them air dry for a few days. Repeat if necessary. You may need to do it a few times, but the smell will go away.
  22. McSquirrely

    Wheat beer info

    aww...shucks...I guess I had to post the 'good news' somewhere.....
  23. It really shouldn't matter who voted for which place. As long as we now know it might be in Cincinnati it doesn't matter if someone voted for a different location, all are welcomed
  24. @hotrod3539, @scouterbill, @BDawg62, I am trying to figure out who voted, who didn't and for which destination. I'm also trying to establish a time frame. Miniyoda has suggested a Thursday through Sunday in early June. I tagged the three of you because you're my first guesses for 2 of the Cincy votes and 1 Louisville.
  25. Shrike

    Wheat beer info

    "Wheat Beer Info"....?
  26. McSquirrely

    Wheat beer info

    Great news for homebrewers! According to Space.com: Our Milky Way galaxy will survive in its current form a bit longer than some astronomers had thought, a new study suggests. The monster collision between our Milky Way and fellow spiral galaxy Andromeda will occur about 4.5 billion years from now, according to the new research, which is based on observations made by Europe's Gaia spacecraft. Some prominent previous estimates had predicted the crash would happen significantly sooner, in about 3.9 billion years. This should insure we have plenty of time to 'age' our most age-benefitting beers! Whew - 😎
  27. All I can tell is how many voted for Cincy, but not who voted. Neither do I know who voted for Louisville. I could guess.
  28. irlb

    Root Beer Smell

    Oh well. Thanks guys. Brew and learn. The root beer was awful, kids wouldn't drink it. New bottles for Fathers Day?
  29. MRB Rick

    Root Beer Smell

    that root beer smell will be there forever. Never mix your rootbeer bottles with the beer. Keep them separate as it will affect the beer.
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