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  1. Found a cockroach running around my LBK that was in a cooler on day 4 of fermentation; forgot to close the drain on the cooler. Is the beer is still okay/sanitary to drink? I was only running around the bottom of it, I think.
  2. Is it necessary to clean any small overflowing out of the LBK during fermentation? If so, what's the best way (i.e. what kind of cloth should I use and what should I use to sanitize the cloth with besides the No Rinse sanitizer?)
  3. So add the hops before or after primary fermentation? As in like normal dry hopping?
  4. I don't have secondary fermentation set up. Can I just throw it in after a week for a total of 3 weeks in the LBK? Why does MB never suggest throwing spices after primary fermentation (i.e. like the Spiced X-mas Ale)? Here is an excerpt from the Spiced Xmas Ale instructions... 2. Place the mulling spices and the pellet hops packets into the hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess material. 3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring water to a boil, add in almond extract and the hop sack, then remove from heat.
  5. Yes, haerbob, I have been considering what my yeast is going to do prior to adding spices. And you're right, at only having made 3 batches, I don't want to tweek the recipe too much, just somewhat. Here is how the Trappist yeast is described... "produces classic clove, spice, pepper, and fruity flavors, and has a high alcohol tolerance." The mulling spices they suggest is a bit too general. Should they not be ground? I've read that pre-ground spices are not as good as using fresh spices and grinding them yourself. I guess I want to know what makes a normal Belgian Ale different from a Belgian Xmas ale?
  6. Also, is your suggested conditioning time of 6 months because of spices (along with high-ish ABV)?
  7. So after 6 weeks of conditioning my Diablo IPA with added 1.3 cups honey (ya, I know, not good to add that) is really tasting more like a nut brown ale (a lot like Newcastle). Really weird.
  8. I didn't say I would add apple cider. I meant the typical mulling spices used in apple cider. So what I'm asking is what spices are good in a x-mas belgian ale?
  9. :lumberjack: Any suggestions to make this recipe a Belgian X-mas ale? I'm assuming adding the usual spices I was thinking like using a mulled spice bad one would use for apple cider or just making one myself. Either way I was thinking of putting it in the boil with the brown sugar and leaving it in the fermenter. RECIPE INCLUDES: 2 Cans of Oktoberfest Lager HME 1 Packet Trappist HG Liquid Yeast 1 Packet Saaz Pellet Hops YOU PROVIDE: 1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar, packed
  10. Well, I meant for aroma or flavor.
  11. I'm planning on making an all malt porter, here's my simple recipe... 1 can American Porter HME 1 LME - Robust Vanilla Extract or ground cardamom seeds (added to only some of the bottles, just to experiment) Should I add hops to this for aroma/flavor? If so, any suggestions?
  12. I put together an IPA recipe using the following ingredients... Diablo IPA HME 1.3 cups of Kona coffee blossom honey 2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger I wish I didn't add honey. After almost week 5 of conditioning I still think it has some strange (not necessarily bad) taste. Some comments I've gotten... "This is is an IPA? Tastes more like nut brown ale." "ABV is high but tastes watery." (I'm blaming the honey on that) "Tastes like the ingredients haven't come together." The color is more brown looking that bronze like I'm used to seeing in IPA's. This one I tried around week 5 had a pretty generous head to it compared to the prior ones I've opened.
  13. :freeze: :lumberjack: Any suggestions to make this recipe a Belgian X-mas ale? I'm assuming adding the usual spices I was thinking like using a mulled spice bad one would use for apple cider or just making one myself. Either way I was thinking of putting it in the boil with the brown sugar and leaving it in the fermenter. RECIPE INCLUDES: 2 Cans of Oktoberfest Lager HME 1 Packet Trappist HG Liquid Yeast 1 Packet Saaz Pellet Hops 1 Muslin Hop Sack 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser YOU PROVIDE: 1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar, packed
  14. Ok, I definitely don't feel like that when I have my IPA. All this info is making me feel like my beer isn't infected.
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