Kevin Caffrey

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Kevin Caffrey last won the day on November 2 2015

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  1. Does not look infected to me. Have seen similar in my brews w/o ever a problem. Good luck. Kevin
  2. From the album Brews

    So this is just the Czech Pilsner refill, but I added 1oz Hallertau hops at boil. I forgot to add the booster so the ABV % is not that high, but the extra hallartau hops did improve the taste in my opinion from the regular refill which I felt was underwhelming when I brewed it last year. Good head and lacing on it for a "standard" refill. Not my favorite, but not bad.
  3. Not a downside at all.
  4. Anyone see any downside to adding booster to the Northwest Pale Ale refill? Have extra so looking to use it next week when I brew the NPA. Kevin
  5. Looks fine. Kevin
  6. This sounds normal to me. Most of my brews have this thin layer after initial fermentation has peaked. You'll likely know if it's truly bad once you taste a sample before bottling. Good luck! Kevin
  7. Excited about the brew I made last night. Used the american porter refill plus 1 cup brown sugar and 1 oz of toasted coconut flakes (in a hop sack). Going to add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract in one week. It's basically a makeshift version of the Nilla Porter recipe just adding some coconut flakes. I did this same recipe without the coconut a few months ago and the beer was very good -- if anything, it just lacked a little flavor. Hoping the coconut helps this out. Kevin
  8. You've convinced me - I'm gonna do it! Thanks! Kevin
  9. I believe you! I had my first one at 6 weeks and it was very good. At 7 weeks I also tasted a slight improvement. This is a delicious, malty beer! Not sure if I'll have the patience to let one age a full year though! Kevin
  10. Mine came out great! Definitely at the top of the different recipes I've brewed these past few y ears. I think your recipe above sounds like it would come out very good. Not sure if the vanilla extract may make it *too* sweet, but why not find out! My next brew is going to be a Vanilla Coconut Porter (Nilla Porter recipe basically with 1 oz of toasted shredded coconut added to the LBK). Kevin
  11. Nearly any other brew I make is fine as far as clarity, but the pumpkin recipes with the puree -- that's another story. Also, if you're going commando with your hops, I'd highly recommend CC as well. Kevin
  12. For the last two years I've brewed the Punkin Lager recipe and a variation of the Punkin Lager recipe and unfortunately, always had some small chunks in most of the bottles. Just brewed the Pumpkin Weissbier recipe and decided to cold crash for 48 hours. Did wonders. Every single bottle came out clear. Kevin
  13. I've had the foam layer dissipate after 4 or 5 days, and I've had it kinda hang around the entire duration of fermentation. 25+ brews in, have never had an issue. Kevin
  14. Sounds about right. As others point out, most extracts do not have a lot of head to them. If you like BAA, I'd recommend trying the Howling Red Ale recipe. Kevin
  15. Sorry I didn't see this earlier. I fermented for 20 days. How'd everything go? Guess you're almost ready to try it?