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  1. beer wars

    probably 1/2 ounce tettnang @ 60 min. and 1/2 ounce cluster for aroma @ 10 min. depends too on the extra grain additives, would they be in ounces or pound? i'm assuming ounces? or you cud do halleratau @ 60 min., Tettnang @ 20 min. and cluster @ 5 min.
  2. since I have the mr. beer sparkling ale in bottles waiting ever so patiently for them to be ready to be consumed, I've been indulging myself into the Coopers brand sparkling ale, and very surprised how great tasting this beer is!. even on the label it reads there's a fine sediment at the bottom of the bottles and after chilled it won't hamper flavor, but it seems to add character and remind me of the sediment I have in my bottles, so I feel right at home with this beer!
  3. this might work since i'm a non smoker, I don't have to worry about blowing myself up drinking a beer
  4. I use a sawz all but make sure you're not drunk, u may mess up some of the bottles, plus use protective gear to protect the plastic bottles from further damage
  5. beer wars

    throw in some tettnang and cluster hops ( favorite in Mexican cervezas and lagers ) and do a White Labs Mexican lager starter
  6. when I use the LBK's, I just refrigerate 2 gallons of tap water the day before
  7. I was suppose to have a sampling session this last saturday but no one showed up, so I drank all of it! at least I can get 100% positive feedback that way
  8. No! I haven't!!! I wish I would have thought of that! Maybe its where the " cidery" taste can be coming from too? And all this time I was thinking my ABV was around 5-7 % and with that fuel adjunct added it could have been around at least 7-10 %!!!
  9. I basically did a small hopped up northwest pale ale. turned out pretty mild, but I didn't want to turn it into a wacky ipa, which isn't hard to do. and did use the wyeast northwest pale ale yeast, and quite frankly really didn't notice a huge change in flavor profile like I was hoping. next time i'll save a few bucks and just use under the lid yeast
  10. I use whatever I can find in the shed, 3/8" rubber fuel line works but only if you like " rubbery" flavored beer like me! besides that, u may want to use something else
  11. I opened one of my LBK's once and accidently an untrimmed nose hair fell in, fortunately, the beer came out perfect! I was wondering if maybe the yeast ate it and transformed it into some unique flavor, because it did have an odd taste to it now that I remember
  12. Is this really a word? Anthony!!!
  13. what if you were to use real maple tree sap? maybe soak it with the tree bark. I dnt have a maple tree but I do have a one of those ginkgo biloba trees, maybe extract the sap, soak it in the tree bark and add it to the LBK. not looking for flavor, instead wanting to improve my memory loss while drinking many beers
  14. i do have 2 recipes for a Scottish ale, but i'd like to wait and see what Mr Joshbeer comes up ?
  15. i always add a wee bit of peated malt to all of my Scottish ales! if you plan on brewing in a 2 gallon LBK, i recommend no more than 1 ounce, it can easily take over ALL of the flavor. you want just a touch of the stuff to blend and make it taste the traditional way it's suppose to.
  16. I use cooking oil and gasoline mixture to clear out the clumps, seems to work for, but I only recommend it if you do not live in Michigan
  17. legacy recipe

    exposing those bananas to the oranges below! How dare you!
  18. Poor Dale, he was just looking for some honest advice from experienced serious minded brewers, and look where the direction this thread lead too.............. It's all about the BOOSTERS!!!!!
  19. why even put in in an LBK? mix it up in the blender and serve it to the inlaws!
  20. use the aztecka HME, along with 5 Robust LME's, 4 ounces of falconer's flight hops, 9 shots of everclear, and bottle condition for 3 days!! it'll be your landmark creation!!!
  21. legacy recipe

    so you could test ur beer, and send me some! i'll be the lab rat
  22. always thought of snorting a little booster and see what it does for me
  23. legacy recipe

    and beginning a yeast starter is easy as heating a can of soup!!! I prefer to have a stir plate so I dnt have to swirl the thing from time to time, but it's not necessary. the stir plate I have was inexpensive, compared to the fancy ones out there, and it basically does about the same job, swirls the yeast
  24. legacy recipe

    Bon, I love using liquid yeast and try so more than dry. And since I have so many of the White Labs and Wyeast packs and some are getting more outdated, I've been combining the two for more effect and seems to have worked quite well. Of course, I make sure they're compatible, Like a recent Octoberfest I brewed using WL octoberfest and Wyeast octoberfest strains and blended them together. the dates were early 2016 on both and with the yeast starter, the fermentation took off within 5 hours of pitching and blowing like a steam engine!! I have found out though, if you begin a starter no later than 48 hours before your brew time, the yeast will be a bulldozer! I've done starters a week in advance and had less results. So i'm still learning
  25. and better, you made your OWN beer! Awesome!!! and it turned out Great!!!