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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by levain, Jan 19, 2009.
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Extract brewing 5 gallon batches. Filled 2 fermenting buckets in 2 days. An IPA and a mild.
Before I was a student I had a horrible aged-Belgian problem and a bulk discount at a local beer store. I see a stack of corked bottles in my future.
Try a mini-mash (aka partial grain) recipe. Still fairly easy but it has more steps and makes you feel like more of a brewmaster.
They weren't kits. I used some grain and steeped at 150ish, I just don't have real mashing technology to control temps so it doesn't make sense to go all grain. I am working up a pumpkin ale recipe that will need more of a real mash to break down the pumpkin, so we'll see how that goes.
Tennessee likker makin' machine!! RIP
Not much technology needed.
My all grain set up for 10 years consisted of 2 SS pots (5&8gal), a bunch of hoses, a 5 gal. bucket wrapped with a thrift store blanket for insulation (I used 2 full rolls of duct tape on it, and, it never leaked), and, a insulated box that the 5 gal. pot went in for the mash. $150 total. maybe.
mashing is as easy or as difficult as you want to make it. Crush grains. Add 165ishF water. Stabilize at 150ish, and, keep it there as best possible (mash in 5gal pot, which then goes in insulated box, or, if inside, put it in an oven-works well too). Run liquid off. Run 170F water through it to collect 6gal. and, from there on out, it's the same as a full boil extract batch.
popcorn sutton. RIP.
I smoked 2.5 pounds of malt over applewood and brewed a smoky porter yesterday. Never drank one or even heard of one. It just sounded fun and interesting. I'll give it a sample in about 2 months.
Try Alaskan Smoked Porter. It's the best example I've had that was fairly easy to find: http://www.alaskanbeer.com/porter.html
Definitely on my list of styles to try.
Bah! You were right. I partial mashed a stout yesterday (came out like very well-used motor oil) and it worked great. Tomorrow I try another on a pumpkin ale.
well, almost! Thanks to Craigslist, I have a new circa 1973 bar. Now to get serious about cleaning up my corner of the basement. Temps. down there are in the mid/high 50's, so, I finally am able to have two cask beers on at one time!!!!!!!!!!!
I currently have an APA, a Porter and two different cask conditioned best bitters on tap!
A guy normally doesn't see one of those bars with a beer engine on it! And two, count 'em, TWO best bitters?
Ive been so busy with my biz that I haven't brewed in.....never mind. I gotta get things moving again.
It's a fun hobby and real ale is definitely my passion. Were starting to see more cask beer popping up in the states but it's never done right. Never low alcohol session beer that works best in that format.
If you're ever in the area stop by for a couple pints!
Agreed. I like drinking mostly bitters and pales; I like hops but I'm not really into the hop-contest that West Coast beers have become.
We have a few local breweries and at least one of 'em is a standout, but nobody's doing cask-conditioned stuff.
Anyway, I'll hopefully be able to post up some brewing news of my own.....one of these days.
Moved my setup to the other part of my basement. My daughter likes the christmas lights
edit: Brewed an ALT bier this weekend, and used an immersion cooler to chill the wort. Cost me ~$25 for material and cut the cooling time to practically nuthin'! Surprised I hadn't done it before now.
Immersion coolers are better than the counterflow types, I think. Simple and very effective.
add a pump to it for a whirlpool and they're even more effective! I switched to that a year ago and won't ever go back.
I'd forgotten about this thread.
The imperial stout didn't last long ..... It's all gone and now I'm trying to figure out what to brew next.
I got all excited and bought a counterflow. I could cool from turning off of the boil to pitching temp in the amount of time it took to just drain out through the cooler.
But I always fought that fucking thing. Hard to keep it clean, I'd run boiling water through it etc, but I always suspected that thing affected my beer, I don't think I had one batch through it that didn't have some kind of problem.