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Re: Homebrewing Notes/Thoughts
« Reply #45 on: January 10, 2013, 01:21:51 PM »

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My latest batch was my first real IPA and it actually came out really well, despite rushing through the recipe so I could drive home.  Even the case that went for an 1100 mile drive the day after it was bottled came out well.  The stuff that stayed home is even better though.

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« Reply #46 on: January 10, 2013, 01:56:32 PM »

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Frustration: I'd been saving a sixer of my IPA letting it even out. It's about 2.5 months from brew day.

Of the 6, I've tried 2. Over carbonated with off-flavors. Extremely annoyed.

Sorry to hear it. What kind of off-flavors? Not that it would mean much to me, since I've got nowhere near that kind of experience diagnosing off-flavors. Kind of curious.

It was really weird. An oniony flavor on the back of the tongue. It went with over-carbonation, so maybe it was related. I don't really know what caused it, I've found some sources that say summit or simcoe hops if over-boiled (which I tend to do) can create those off-flavors, but you'd think the whole batch would taste like that then.

And it doesn't..so...?

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« Reply #47 on: January 10, 2013, 02:24:09 PM »

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It was really weird. An oniony flavor on the back of the tongue. It went with over-carbonation, so maybe it was related. I don't really know what caused it, I've found some sources that say summit or simcoe hops if over-boiled (which I tend to do) can create those off-flavors, but you'd think the whole batch would taste like that then.

And it doesn't..so...?

That is weird. Sounds a little like my first attempt at dry-hopping a pale ale, which resulted in oxidation. Coupled with overcarbonation, my ale had a prevalent off-flavor that might be described as oniony (though maybe not quite as sharp).

Strange how it would only manifest in a few beers, and not the whole batch, though.
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« Reply #48 on: January 10, 2013, 03:32:58 PM »

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Re: Homebrewing Notes/Thoughts
« Reply #49 on: January 22, 2013, 03:44:20 PM »

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I'm gearing up to make a bourbon porter in a couple of weeks.  I've never made anything with bourbon/other liquor before; anyone have any tips or things to be wary of?

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« Reply #50 on: January 22, 2013, 03:47:38 PM »

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I'm gearing up to make a bourbon porter in a couple of weeks.  I've never made anything with bourbon/other liquor before; anyone have any tips or things to be wary of?

Drinking too much of the bourbon before, during, and after the brew process.
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I'm gearing up to make a bourbon porter in a couple of weeks.  I've never made anything with bourbon/other liquor before; anyone have any tips or things to be wary of?

Are you using the NB extract kit?

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I'm gearing up to make a bourbon porter in a couple of weeks.  I've never made anything with bourbon/other liquor before; anyone have any tips or things to be wary of?

Are you using the NB extract kit?

Yes.  I'm slowly trying to move toward some custom tweaking but that's one I plan on mostly doing by the book.


Drinking too much of the bourbon before, during, and after the brew process.

Ok, what if I just drink exactly enough then?

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I'm gearing up to make a bourbon porter in a couple of weeks.  I've never made anything with bourbon/other liquor before; anyone have any tips or things to be wary of?

Are you using the NB extract kit?

Yes.  I'm slowly trying to move toward some custom tweaking but that's one I plan on mostly doing by the book.

No input other than keep us posted!

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Re: Homebrewing Notes/Thoughts
« Reply #55 on: January 29, 2013, 01:44:47 AM »

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http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/karls-ninety-90-shilling-extract-kit.html

Made this. Bottled, 6 days later full carbonation.

Of the flurry of kits I've made, Id rank it like this:

1) Dead Ringer IPA
2) 90 Shilling
3) Big Stout
4) White House Porter

The 90 Shilling was a departure for me. I love hops, love them. En masse.

But the 90 shilling is a new pleasure I won't forget. Well, I might, cuz it's huge and boozy as all get out. Sweet, but not overly so. Very malty. A deceiver this one, but don't underestimate it's ability to put you on your back. The reviews tell the story, highly recomended.

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« Reply #56 on: January 29, 2013, 01:47:36 AM »

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http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/karls-ninety-90-shilling-extract-kit.html

Made this. Bottled, 6 days later full carbonation.

Of the flurry of kits I've made, Id rank it like this:

1) Dead Ringer IPA
2) 90 Shilling
3) Big Stout
4) White House Porter

The 90 Shilling was a departure for me. I love hops, love them. En masse.

But the 90 shilling is a new pleasure I won't forget. Well, I might, cuz it's huge and boozy as all get out. Sweet, but not overly so. Very malty. A deceiver this one, but don't underestimate it's ability to put you on your back. The reviews tell the story, highly recomended.

just be4 anything happens the beer have a secret air science like the wine?
i mean as in decant and air
I declare myself a bad beer drinker but a good wine one.
just because i learned one and sport the other.
any light on this one??
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Re: Homebrewing Notes/Thoughts
« Reply #57 on: January 29, 2013, 12:05:46 PM »

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http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/karls-ninety-90-shilling-extract-kit.html

Made this. Bottled, 6 days later full carbonation.

Of the flurry of kits I've made, Id rank it like this:

1) Dead Ringer IPA
2) 90 Shilling
3) Big Stout
4) White House Porter

The 90 Shilling was a departure for me. I love hops, love them. En masse.

But the 90 shilling is a new pleasure I won't forget. Well, I might, cuz it's huge and boozy as all get out. Sweet, but not overly so. Very malty. A deceiver this one, but don't underestimate it's ability to put you on your back. The reviews tell the story, highly recomended.

just be4 anything happens the beer have a secret air science like the wine?
i mean as in decant and air
I declare myself a bad beer drinker but a good wine one.
just because i learned one and sport the other.
any light on this one??

Actually, homebrews do need to 'breathe'. You shouldn't drink them from the bottle, you should pour them into a pint glass, not roughly ir through an aerator or anything, but not too carefully either; you want the head to form, you want the beer to breathe.

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Re: Homebrewing Notes/Thoughts
« Reply #58 on: January 30, 2013, 11:27:37 AM »

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Brewed up a black IPA (NB kit) this weekend - very curious to see how it comes out.  Made my first yeast starter to go with it, but didn't really see much difference in the fermentation process.  Also got to use my new wort chiller and bottle washer, which was fun.

Will start the bourbon porter up either this weekend or next.

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« Reply #59 on: January 30, 2013, 11:38:58 AM »

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Brewed up a black IPA (NB kit) this weekend - very curious to see how it comes out.  Made my first yeast starter to go with it, but didn't really see much difference in the fermentation process.  Also got to use my new wort chiller and bottle washer, which was fun.

Will start the bourbon porter up either this weekend or next.

I did a black IPA a while back, did not come out well.  It's a hit-or-miss style for me, I've had some wonderful ones and a few that were atrocious (like mine, and one from Element Brewing).  I was trying to do more of an English version of the style (doing an English version of an American beer that's a ****ization of an English style; it worked better in theory).  Just too much chocolately malts, not enough *sharp* hop character, and kind of a weird malt sweetness.  Hope that yours comes out better than mine!

 

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