Eric's Latest Mistake

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  1. Makes for a happy Hoppy!
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    First bottle of my Oktoberfest beer. Still a bit cloudy, though I always open my last bottle (bottom of the LBK) first. Good malty flavor.
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    My final of the Star Wars trio. First bottle is still a bit raw but crisp. I'll just need to bide my time, because I think it is going to turn out quite well.
  4. Just bottled: Imperial Pilsner, Noche del Lobo Mexican Amber

    Fermenting: nothing yet - still too cold for the Smitten Bovine

    Conditioning: St. Brigid Blonde, Schwarzbier, Ludwig's Marzen

    Drinking: Peanut Butter Porter, Wild Wheat, Cowgirl Honey Blonde, Shade Tree Kolsch

    1. Bonsai & Brew

      Bonsai & Brew

      Brew a lager.  Just sayin'?

    2. Eric's Latest Mistake

      Eric's Latest Mistake

      No time like the present.  Thus my current conditioning condition. B)

  5. Not too bad. I still have a few left that will welcome a warm spell. They have a nice crispness. Good luck on yours and post your recipe if it turns out well. I'm still mostly extract, especially if my wife has any opinion.
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    The Shade Tree Kolsch was ready just in time to enjoy before the weather cooled.
  7. Just bottled: Ludwig's Marzen - I should tell my wife I CAN get something done early ;-)

    Fermenting: Imperial Pilsner, Noche del Lobo Mexican Amber

    Conditioning: St. Brigid Blonde, Schwarzbier

    Next up: ? Smitten Bovine? POTUS Porter (or is it now Prior POTUS Porter)? 

    Drinking / Defusing: ensuring "inventory rotation" but still require a splash guard with my lager. Maybe I label it "best enjoyed outdoors"

  8. This really sounds interesting, especially after having had a Xocoveza last week. A few years back I roasted some serrano peppers to kick up some of the Cerveza. Good idea, bad execution. The heat was too "forward." This sounds like the heat would be an undercurrent. Also, I had not thought about the physics of packing the hopsacks. Every brewing experience is a learning experience.
  9. Looks like a happy day in your future. My batch of cold-fermented Baltic porter didn't last long enough to probably reach its true potential. I may have to steal back the ones sitting in my coworkers' fridge. I'll leave him an IPA or a witbier instead. Its been there for months, taunting me. I've not done the barrel thing yet. I'm not a bourbon fan but a clean barrel would impart some oak or smoke to it, wouldn't it? Of course I'd have to wait even longer enjoy it.
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    Inspired by Listermann's Nut Case, recipe pulled from various discussions on the forums here. Just had my first bottle. The oils from the peanut butter powder cut the head quite a bit but the flavor is nice. The peanuts are just a hint in the nose, and balance well with the light chocolate from the nibs and the base porter HME.
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    For the love of God, open a window! Or at least light a candle! Mrs. Mistake doesn't like the smell of boiling English Dark Crystal, Carastan, and Pale Chocolate malts, or Magnum and Goldings hops. You might not either. Not my problem. It actually turned out quite smooth, despite her opinion of the house on brew day.
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    I wrestled when I bottled this, as I had the orange peel and coriander loose in the keg. It kept clogging the nozzle but the first bottles of it have really been nice. I will definitely brew this again, though maybe with a hopsack.
  13. Just bottled: Shade Tree Kolsch, Belgian Blanc

    Fermenting: chocolate peanut butter porter

    Just brewed: St. Brigid Blonde

    Next up: ? dunkelweizen? Vienna lager?

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    ... and none of you sleep until I find out who peed on the floor! Turns out it was the Chewbeerca, so plenty of Belgian funk. Maybe I can blame it on the rabbit.
  15. Just bottled: Shade Tree Kolsch

    Fermenting: Belgian Blanc

    just brewed: chocolate peanut butter porter

    next up: St. Brigid Blonde

  16. That recipe sounds like something to try or tweak, with one of my surplus Bavarians (Rural King closeout ). I do appreciate the tip to wrap THE BEER in paper towel (saved an awkward conversation with Mrs. Mistake...) So there's no BJCP category for Franken-beers? Here There Be Wheat Dragons? Abandon all Hop, Ye who go here? Seriuosly, thanks to all for hints, tips, tweaks, and FtLoGDDT!s
  17. I use the Avery software/online tool (depending on what machine I'm on) and the small removable labels (4 x 8 to a sheet.) They stand up well to moisture and are easy to peel off when done. One sheet per LBK batch, with enough blanks that I can get my fourth batch or backs from the leftovers. Not that I'm cheap or anything . I like the idea of labeling the outside of the box, as mine are generally by batch with some overflow.
  18. Hoppy, you've got to make sure you plant them adhesive side up
  19. My basement brew room stays reasonably cool (fermenting 68-70-ish) through the summer and turns over to lagers come winter. If I move an LBK to our garage or barn, I'll certainly get more heat but will the fluctuation through the day stress the yeast and give the "flop-sweat" esters / cat urine smell? Hey, if some of you more adventurous types use that as an adjunct, I won't judge... I've run a couple of saison batches to reasonable success (at least to me) but wondered if I was playing too safe with the temps. Thanks, all, for the education and overall collaborative/coaching vibe of the community!
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    Honor guard for a fallen comrade
  21. Just bottled: Brickwarmer Red Ale, Wild Wheat, Cowgirl Honey Light (my timing bunched up a bit)

    Fermenting: Shade Tree Kolsch

    Next up: Belgian Blanc and a peanut butter porter

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    My first bottle of the Chewbeerca recipe. Brewed 5/15, bottled 6/5. Tasty, but really looking forward to another month of maturing.
  23. Still pretty basic but a little color does wonders.
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    Basically the Saison du Miele recipe with Robust LME and Saaz hops. A little bigger than the original but still with that Belgian taste. Very enjoyable.
  25. It's clear you all have had some fun with this. I may have to dig in a bit. I've been very "just the facts, ma'am" with some small Avery labels. As a plus, they are easily removable and even pulled off some of the remaining original label that I fought with. They stand up to coolers, etc. and I can get at least a batch of fronts or backs (focused on ingredients and character) from a sheet. Maybe it's time I let the dogs run, so to speak. After all, my wife DID dub the next batch to bottle "Satan's @sscrack." Not a fan of boiling hops, is she?