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  1. Just wondering if anyone has paired the St. Pat's Irish Stout w/a pale UME? I was asked by family members to try something dark but not too bitter. I was hoping this might cut into the bitterness. Opinions are not only welcomed but needed! Thanks!
  2. jsouza

    Hops Question

    I only used 1/2 oz of hops recently (1 month). Still have 1/2 oz in package in refrigerator. Is it still good or does it go bad?
  3. Thanks to everyone for the help. I ended up using only 1 tsp. of the cinnamon (hope it is still not too much). Planned on opening this up near Thanksgiving or mid Dec.. Hopefully by then the spices will have blended well. If my track record holds true it won't make it past October.
  4. Here it is: Englishman's Nut Brown Ale Mellow Amber UME 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp nutmeg Thinking about carbing with either honey (dry finish) or light brown sugar. Opinions please.
  5. jsouza


    Do you really have to use the pumpkin? all recipes seem to use it. just had bad experiences when brewing with fruits really want to try it though :woohoo:
  6. jsouza


    Very interesting ideas. Could you use a pumpkin pie spice?, rather than risking the canned pumpkin. Hate to ruin a batch because of canned fruit. Thanks, in advance, for any and all help. :chug:
  7. jsouza

    Advice on Wheat Recipe

    I was thinking 1 - 1.5 teaspoons sound OK?
  8. jsouza

    Advice on Wheat Recipe

    I was thinking about the following recipe: 2 cans Whispering Wheat 1 lb. Wheat DME 1 cup honey 1 oz. Amarillo hops lemon zest (in boil?) Figure a whopping 7.5 or so ABV! :woohoo: Any and all advice is more than welcomed
  9. jsouza

    english brown ale ferment????

    Just a couple of questions: What temp is your keg at? Did you use the standard yeast pack? If so, it needs to be around 68-72. Is there any krausen on the sides? Sometimes fermentation happens quickly and seems to end just as fast. I would suggest wrapping that keg up in a nice warm blanket (with warm water bottles near it). See how that works. Good Luck.
  10. jsouza

    canadian draft/ extra abv

    1 lb. of DME is roughly the same as 1 can of UME
  11. yankeedag- thanks for the tip. DME, while very fun and worth while, has been very tricky for me.
  12. vtgroff- do not feel bad. first, the fact that you are branching out is a good thing. DME can be a little tricky. You must watch it carefully. While bringing it to a boil you will notice that it will foam up 3-4 times. You should remove it from the heat each time and stir it well. After a bit it reaches its breaking point and will just continue on in a rolling boil. It adds body and flavor; far better than booster. Keep experimenting!!! :cheers:
  13. Thanks for the input thus far
  14. I recently brewed the following: 1 can HCCD 1 lb. dark DME 1 cup honey Just wondering if I missed anything (additional DME, honey, HME etc.). I wanted to try this first batch without added hops to see the complexity. Everyone has been talking about how great the HCCD is as a base. Like in the title opinions are very much welcomed.