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  1. What do you guys think is the best way to boost abv in, say, a pilsner or IPA without resorting to the mrb booster packs?
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    Boosting abv without MRB booster?

    LOL Mic promises not to hold Stretch liable for any explosions, implosions, extrusions or contusions which arise from this advice. Er...I mean Lucy.
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    Boosting abv without MRB booster?

    UPS and Fed-Ex, though sometimes the UPS driver won't drive up the mountain (his truck is a lot bigger) and hands things off to friends and neighbors in town. I was going to finish up this last can of extract, buy 2 more to brew a couple of 'bud-beer like' batches, then take a break for awhile. I've batched 18 kegs in just under 7 months. I finally have my pipeline near full with three full 'archive' boxes of 12 bottles each, 3 each from 12 different batches, the best of the best. When I fill archive box #4 it's time to sit back and start taste-testing one beer at a time and enjoy a different beer each night, rating each one individually. Can't wait -
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    Boosting abv without MRB booster?

    Yes, that's my worry so I've got to counter that. Maybe a bit (½ pound) of pilsner DME AND a cup of cane sugar to the CAL recipe? They both liked my 'Wild Coyote' which I made with half a can of Munton's Lager, some amber DME, two booster packs and some agave nectar, but it was still a bit too malty and too strong at 7.0% abv. They would have liked it better they said if it were less malty, less taste of alcohol. The wife thought it one of my best batches yet.
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    Boosting abv without MRB booster?

    Because I don't have any. LOL That was a great answer to my question Shrike, and is what I have been seeing (tasting) in several of my brews when I added DMEs. What I want to do is make my son-in-laws a good batch of beer like their favorites (Bud and/or Miller) but kick the abvs up just a bit, > than 3.7-ish. I'm out of boosters (finally!) and do not want to change the flavor of the CAL recipe, just boost it some. Was thinking of adding a cup of cane sugar or two. 5 abv would be a good point.
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    Boosting abv without MRB booster?

    Thanks Bonsai, but have you used anything other than what you can only get from mrb (or thru the mail)?
  7. All this talk of 'whirlpooling' got my curiosity up so I did google it just to see what you dudes were talking about. Very interesting. But then, there's this: "Whirlpool trivia: Some tea drinkers who use loose tea and no tea ball separate the tea leaves by stirring their tea after the leaves sink to the bottom of the cup to cause the leaves to migrate to the center of the cup. Albert Einstein thought this phenomenon was pretty nifty. He developed a general explanation, called the Teacup Effect, of why pressure changes cause solids to migrate to the center instead of to the perimeter, where it seems like they should migrate. Molson Breweries in Canada is credited with first using the whirlpool in commercial brewing." - Courtesy of Brew Your Own Homebrew magazine. Next cup of tea I brew, I'm trying this out to see if Einstein knew what he was talking about!!
  8. 1st I've heard of it (whirlpooling). Just wanted to say that (so far) my best luck (taste-wise and ease of method) has been to dry hop using a 'hop tea' added either to the keg 5 days before the crash or (even better) straight into the bottle at charging time. So far, ALL the batches I've done this on have turned out well. The two times I hopped the wort in a wort sack, well...let's just say it was less than satisfactory. I know this doesn't exactly answer your specific question, but what I've learned is: do what you think works best, easiest and/or tastiest. It's your beer. 😘
  9. Upcoming schedules are forcing me to decide: a) do I let the wort ferment the full 21 days and crash for 2 days, or b) do I ferment for 20 days and crash for 3? I need to bottle on Wednesday of next week or miss bottling for another week. Don't want to wait so I'm asking which you guys think is more important. One factor might be the yeast: Safale S-04. It's supposed to be a fast-fermenting yeast with high flocculation rates. I'm thinking go 20 days and crash for 3. Any thoughts?
  10. After cold crashing 14 times (I've batched 16 kegs and still have two working) I can tell you that you may not see a perfectly clear beer after 3 days (or longer?). But, that's ok, the beer will still taste good if you did the other things right and you can take comfort in knowing that "hazy beers" are now all the current rage in the craft beer industry. Seems customers are not only content with the haze, but expect it over the crystal clear domestic mass-produced beers. Also, there will still be a little more 'cleanup' going on when the beer has been bottled and set aside to carbonate and/or condition. Be cheerful. Brew On! 😎
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    Advice for Brewing "That Voodoo....."

    Hearing from others about the taste effects of brown sugar, esp the dark, and some research on the net led me to try subbing one cup of agave nectar for the bs. My batch turned out good, not one of my best, but good. I think I might try this again, with the brown sugar, just to see what the difference might be. Good luck and do let us know how yours turns out. P.S. Don't worry about where you posted your question, as long as it gets seen by others. There's a lot of experienced brewers lurking around the forum (not me, I'm new like you) and you can learn a lot by following the threads and asking questions. Brew On!
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    Advice for Brewing "That Voodoo....."

    I made this beer back in December (27th) and instead of the brown sugar I subbed one cup of agave nectar. I don't know how to tell you how it was different from the recipe because I have only made this one batch - but it was good. lol That's about the limit of my descriptions...good/bad...dark/light...sweet/bitter....hoppy/not... but I think the agave was a better choice than what the brown sugar might have been. Low abv, tho. Just under 6.0%. Drinking the last of it (except for my 3 archived bottles) now.
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    Coastal Mts of Western Oregon. Our snow, when we get it, is full of water - blue snow they call it. Very, very heavy. It took down power lines in three surrounding counties and where we live is just about at the very tip end of the power grid. Only two houses past ours for the next 40+ miles with power. This beats a record long standing. Day 16 and counting....
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    Tomorrow it will be 14 days without power - most of the snow is gone, but not all. I'm supposed to crash my next batch tomorrow - thankfully it's still in the mid to low 30's outside so I'll just set the lbk in the snow patch, cover it with a towel and let it crash. Bottling is easily done with melted snow water and takes no power so I don't even need to run the generator. On Wednesday it's back to the camp stove as I attempt my clone of Santiam Brewing's Pirate Stout. I have all the necessary ingredients save the English Admiral hops and those I may need to substitute with the 'mystery' hops already on hand. The brewing goes on (as does the delightful consumption of some of the earlier efforts!). 😋
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    Day 9 of the Power Outage. Time to brew the next batch. No problem: Extract on the wood stove to warm before adding to kettle. Water for wort brought to boil on the gas camp stove outside, along with 1 cup of agave and 1 pack MRB booster; brought to boil, shutdown, (Long Play) extract added to the wort, into the LBK on top of 1 gallon of snow-cooled water. Vigorously stirred w/more snow-cooled water added to +2 gallon mark. Std MRB yeast pitched, placed into kegging room - 66F. I'm calling this batch 'Sno-Play IPA'. 16.3 initial brix. 35F outside with 8” snow, No sign of power restoration anytime soon...no problem. Life goes on.
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    Black Beer'd porter

    I've not had this problem specifically, but I don't really like how they've changed their website - makes it harder to find the things I want, like 50% off bottle recipes. You have to remember which ones (like 'Nilla Porter) that used to qualify. 'Nilla still does, but I have a batch conditioning - don't really want another. I found better bottle prices on Amazon, alas.
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    Brewing with Coconut

    Still on topic, my wife unearthed a 1# package of coconut palm sugar (pure coconut flower blossom nectar) from the pantry. As I build my recipe for making coconut beer I'm intrigued by this as a possible adjunct. Wondering if anyone here as used this in a recipe? (Note: Coconut sugar comes from the sap of the cut flowers of the coconut palm. It does not contain the actual coconut fruit....)
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    Brewing with Coconut

    Since tasting my 1st really good beer with coconut flavoring (Santiam Brewing's Pirate Stout) I'm decided I need to try making one. I don't find an MRB recipe so I'm scouring the internet for an easy one for extract brewing. Wondering if anyone here has brewed a coconut beer with success (or not) and if they would be willing to share their experience?
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    Brewing with Coconut

    ps: If that amazing pipeline of beer you have starts to get overwhelming, B, I'm here for ya!
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    Brewing with Coconut

    Santiam Brewery's Pirate Stout that I tried (the outstanding coconut porter that started all this) was, indeed, aged in Rum barrels from the Rogue River Brewery in Newport. So you may well be on to something there, B. My 'laundry' list of liquors is growing...
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    Brewing with Coconut

    And we all know - having good head is a very important thing! Oh gosh, now I have at least 3 methods of approach to this coconut thing. Maybe I need to make three different batches, three different ways and find out what works best. ? What I do know is that done right, coconut beer is mighty tasty and I'd be very happy to concoct something that tastes good no matter how I did it. Thanks everyone who took the time to weigh in. I guess I'm still open to suggestions...why not?
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    Brewing with Coconut

    I guess that could be method 'c', adding a small amount (to be determined) to each bottle at bottling time. Perhaps 2 teaspoons? That would be easy enough, I suppose. Since there are 6 tsp per ounce, (a shot glass is ~1 oz) I'd need to figure out a way to measure out the 2 tsp accurately, 12 times. Or, drop 12 x 2 tsps. (4 ounces) into the LBK a week before crash. It so happens the wife does have a 4 oz bottle of the extract - IF I can talk her out of it.
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    Brewing with Coconut

    So, I have two widely different methods to consider here: a) using toasted coconut in a hop sack at mid-ferment point (give or take) OR b) use a coconut extract like I did when I made my variant of MRB's 'Nilla Porter. I tasted a young bottle of my 'Nilla variant last night and it was what you'd expect of a porter drank too young - except that the vanilla flavor was almost impossible to detect. I had used a bit more than the recipe had called for (2+ tablespoons) because I always add extra water to the LBK to make sure I fill 12 bottles full (740 ml). But without knowing the recipe called for vanilla extract (McCormicks, a top brand) I'd been hard-pressed to know it was in there. If coconut extract is the same, it must take a good amount for even just 2 gallons. Thanks for responding, k
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    Brewing with Coconut

    Rick had advised me last week to store the bottom half of my large can of Muntons extract with vodka on top, under plastic wrap, in the fridge. I had the plastic but not the vodka. It's 28 miles to the nearest liquor store. I've been reading as much as I can on beers with coconut and I think I just have to do this, sooner rather than later - thanks for responding, g
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    Brewing with Coconut

    The 'beer as usual' must have been a porter. MRB American Porter? Also, I was a bit surprised you added both the coconut and the vodka. Pouring booze into the lbk seems....odd. But I don't imagine it was very much, just enough to cover the raw coconut? Thanks! If I can come up with something that comes even remotely close to what Santiam Brewing has concocted I will be happy. AG brewing would probably be better - but I'm not there yet.
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