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    American Burleywine

    I started a thread over in Advanced recipes about American Burleywine a while back. I mixed a batch up last night and I can see it really does not qualify as "Advanced", my apologies. It'll be interesting to see how it develops over time. I have a 2nd kit here for American Burleywine because they were on sale. And suggestions for changing up the next batch? I really don't want to wait 6-12 months to start the next round. thanks
  2. 76shovel

    Wild Wheat variation

    3 weeks ago I started a 2.25 gallon batch of Wild Wheat. I also steeped 4 oz of Chateau Special B grains at 160F and added it to the wort just because I had it sitting around. Not sure what the hell I made but the aroma coming off of it was fantastic. Bottled it last night, I thought the sample was pretty good even without carb/conditioning. It's going to be an impatient 3-6 week wait now.
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    A lesson in patience...

    Since I adopted a 2 month minimum for ferment, carbonate, and condition things got better. IPAs and Wheats are short term, Lagers are a couple months longer but I have heavy hitter Stouts I am TRYING to leave sit for a year.
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    American Burleywine

    Well Shrike based on your recommendation and with the current sale on I ordered another American Burleywine. For some reason my tastes have gone to the long term conditioning bold brews like Lock Stock and Barrel and a couple of variations thereof. My basement shelves are filling up! 2019 might be a little fuzzy, 😉
  5. 76shovel

    American Burleywine

    I've done some long term brews but never tried this recipe. American Burleywine. I know zero about it and don't believe I've even had a barleywine before. Any good or bad experience out there?
  6. 76shovel

    Caramel Stout

    Interesting question. From what I have read here fermentation eats up the sweet. I like my stouts so I'll be watching this.
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    Brewmax 2 gallon fermenter

    I have a slightly taller dorm fridge for cold crashing, I control it with an Inkbird controller. I can do two LBKs in it but when I remove the shelves the brewmax fermenter just fits. During the initial week of fermentation I tape the probe of the Inkbird to the fermenter below the fluid line and set it at the desired fermentation temp . My basement is 65-68 so after high Krausen I put the fermenter on a shelf (unless it's a lager I need to keep colder).
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    3 days worth chillin'

    I found I have some rather old, like 6-7 months old, ThunderBay IPAs so I've been slowly using those up. I have an American Hazy batch chilled and another Thunder Bay conditioning. I have no plans to brew more IPAs until those are dwindled. The top level of my basement fridge is IPAs and Wheats, The bottom is all Lagers, the racks next to the fridge are all stouts doing their time and some Ales I'm just not sure about yet.
  9. 76shovel

    3 days worth chillin'

    I often read "only chill what you'll drink in 3 days" Why? Is it to allow your beer to (possibly) develop more or are you doing it harm by long term refrigeration? I assume this is in reference to the ales because I also read I should keep the lagers cold. Mark
  10. I have a slightly taller dorm fridge I can take shelves out of, it works for the above fermenter if I very carefully remove the krausen extension ring. You don't need the extension ring past high krausen anyhow.
  11. 76shovel

    Thunder Bay IPA Reloaded

    Has anyone here seen a Mr Beer recipe go longer than 3 weeks (at the recommended temps) for complete fermentation?
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    Lock Stock and Barrel III

    To use up my leftovers I did Lock Stock IV this weekend, or maybe I should say Captain's Barrel II. Followed the pattern above but this time I got the Cocao nibs included in the late boil.
  13. 76shovel

    Starting to think about HME and LME

    Did nights for a several years and there were plenty of morning beers...... but I was a lot younger. These days the shift alone would kill me.
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    Starting to think about HME and LME

    My Sir Kenneth tonight seems a bit twangy I just tried the dash of salt It works!
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    Thunder Bay IPA Reloaded

    Bottled my 3rd Thunder Bay this morning. At 1 1/2 years into this hobby I still don't own a hydrometer. I figure that way I'm not disappointed.