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Chumley
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Username: Chumley

Post Number: 5704
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 63.118.227.254
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2008 - 04:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have been providing the beer for our company's annual Christmas Open House for the last several years. Tonight I am serving four kegs:

1. Timothy Taylor Landlord Bitter clone - Challenger for bittering, EKGs and Styrians for flavor/aroma, a touch of dark crystal and biscuit malt, Tim Taylor yeast, 4.3% alcohol. I will set this keg in its own bucket with little ice so that it will be slightly warmer than the other beers, which I fill fit 3 kegs into a cooler.

2. Kolsch. Effective OG 1.047 (I diluted it from a primary fermentation of 1.054). 100% Kolsch malt from NB, Spalt for bittering, Mittelfrueh for flavor/aroma, 2565 yeast fermented at 58F. The pale yellow fizzy beer for the swill drinkers. For some reason this beer has an outstanding head to it. 4.5% alcohol by volume.

3. A 1.065 IPA. Maris Otter, a touch of extra-dark crystal malt, a bit of Munich....Centennial FWH, Chinook for bittering, Simcoe at knockout, and dry hopped with homegrown Cascades. Fermented with WY1728 Scottish at 60F. 6.7% alcohol by volume.

and last, but not least.....

4. Okocim Porter clone. Following the specifciations for Okocim that Michael Jackson posted on his website, lots of munich, dark malts, Polish hops (Maryncha and Lublin). Fermented with S-189 yeast. Brewed in May, this beer lagered for four months before I jumpered it into a fresh keg and set it aside in the 60F cellar to make room in my fridge. It is pretty spot on for an Okocim Porter clone, which may intimidate most of the open house attendees. 9% alcohol by volume.
 

Marc Rehfuss
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Username: Marc_rehfuss

Post Number: 78
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 199.133.212.134
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2008 - 05:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sounds fantastic. It seems your company has great amenities. You guys hiring? Need a microbiologist?

Mind posting the recipe for your Okocim Porter clone? That is a fine beer, although I have had it for couple years. Haven't done a true baltic porter yet.
 

The Jolly Brewer
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Username: Matfink

Post Number: 2114
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2008 - 08:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I wish I was at your party. Beers sounds AMAZING!
 

Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 6338
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 208.102.245.115
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2008 - 08:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I first say Okocim at the old Oldenburg Beer Camp. I thought,"Polish porter, right . . ." then I smelled it. WOW!
 

Chumley
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Username: Chumley

Post Number: 5707
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 63.118.227.254
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2008 - 08:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Recipe's on my home PC, Marc....I will post it when I can.

I moved the kegs from the cellar to my garage at lunch today, which is about 28F right now. In an hour I will go get them. My only screwup thus far: I forgot to order CO2 cartridges for my portable dispenser. 4 kegs, and I have a 3-way manifold. Oh well, think I will leave the porter keg off line, and migrate CO2 temporarily from another keg when requested.
 

Bierview
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Username: Bierview

Post Number: 447
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 67.81.178.93
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2008 - 10:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chumley,

What's your address again?
 

Kevin Kowalczyk
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Username: Itsfunbrewingbeer

Post Number: 364
Registered: 10-2007
Posted From: 12.165.82.136
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2008 - 10:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chumley,

Does your portable dispenser take the 16 oz cartridges? I have a bunch that I bought in error. (Mine only takes the 12's). I can't get them to you tonight, but I can send them for future use.
 

Mike
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Username: Macker

Post Number: 517
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2008 - 10:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My only regret is that I have to miss the party this year. I went last year, and the beer was amazing. Chumley is a damn good brewer.
 

Tom Fries
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Username: Tfries

Post Number: 80
Registered: 12-2003
Posted From: 208.83.194.89
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2008 - 05:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I volunteered to provide homebrew for our company dinner on the 12th. I was told that there will be 100 adults. Chumley, how many drinking adults were you serving with the 4 kegs you brought. I was thinking of bringing two, although I have 5 or 6 available.
 

Patrick C.
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Username: Patrickc

Post Number: 847
Registered: 01-2001
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Posted on Friday, December 05, 2008 - 06:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

More variety is always a good thing. If everyone averages one beer that will wipe out 2 kegs.

If they are all good beers, I'd take as many as you can hook up and serve.

Or as many as you want to haul around...
 

dhacker
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Username: Dhacker

Post Number: 1554
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 74.177.60.114
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2008 - 02:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Okay Chumster . . let's hear the rave reviews from the masses!

I wish I had that kind of inventory to take to our kick off party after the first. . ain't happenin' this year.
 

Chumley
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Username: Chumley

Post Number: 5708
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 63.118.227.254
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2008 - 06:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well, we had a great turnout, as word of my beers has got around town. Four years ago, I brought three kegs to the party, and ended up taking two home that still had beer - one, a Bavarian weissbier that was nearly full (weissbier must be an acquired taste).

This year, the party started at 4:00 p.m.....and all four kegs were gone at 6:30 p.m. Last year the 4 kegs kicked the bucket at 7:30, which was perfect timing as the party is supposed to last until 8:00. 6:30, however, is a little early, so we are going to have to figure out something (and I dunno if I want to brew more beer). We did have bottles of imports and micros to serve until 8:00.

The first keg to go was the kolsch. It got rave reviews. I urge all of you kolsch fans to try brewing a 100% kolsch malt beer with that malt availble from Norther Brewer.

The Baltic Porter and IPA kegs followed a bit later nearly at the same time. The British bitter went last. I think the drinkers were not used to warm flat beer. ( to Jolly).

Macker, too bad you couldn't make it. Last year Mike brought some killer homemade wines to the open house.

So, I ended up getting around my lack of 12 g CO2 cartridges (I have the same dispenser you do, Kevin) by buying some el cheapo paint ball ones labeled "not fit for human consumption". and using those. I figured since the keg was going to be used up in a couple of hours, there was no chance for any off flavors to develop or be detected, especially in a big fat beer like the Baltic Porter. And I haven't heard of anyone getting sick yet.

Now the Okocim Porter recipe. I thought that this beer might be a little too much, but there are a lot of fans of big fat strong black beers out there, evidently. This beer was a huge hit, even though we had signs up warning people of its alcohol content.

Okocim Porter clone

OB 1.080 FG 1.012 36 IBUs. Black as the ace of spades.

12 lbs. two-row
2.5 lbs. munich light
0.5 lbs. aromatic
1 lb. brown malt
1 lb. caramunich
1 lb. carafa special
0.5 lbs. Special B

Mash at 150F for 90 min. I added a tablespoon of calcium carbonate to the mash.

1 oz. Maryncha 6.5% 60 min
2 oz. Lublin 4.2% 30 min
1/3 stick brewer's licorice 15 min

S-189 yeast fermented for 3 weeks at 56F, followed by 3 months lagering
 

Chumley
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Username: Chumley

Post Number: 5709
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Friday, December 05, 2008 - 06:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Tom, I would go with four. Using Patrick's math, that is only 2 beers per person. But figure a lot of the wimmen folk will probably drink wine.
 

davidw
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Username: Davidw

Post Number: 1896
Registered: 03-2001
Posted From: 65.163.6.62
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2008 - 06:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Never under estimate the power of free beer.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 9653
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.150.192.193
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2008 - 06:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've always said that anyone who brews decent beer will never lack for friends.

That looks like a great recipe, Chumster. I put it in my database and will brew it one of these days. They occasionally have Okocim Porter at the provincial liquor monopoly here in Ontario. I pick up some whenever I see it.

By the way, what was your source for the Polish hops?
 

Chumley
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Username: Chumley

Post Number: 5710
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 63.118.227.254
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2008 - 07:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill, I got the Marynka (I see I have been misspelling it) at Northern Brewer, and the Lublin at Austin Homebrew Supply. Taking a quick look, I see that NB still has Marynka in stock, but I don't see any Lublin at AHS.
 

Denny Conn
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Post Number: 7084
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Posted on Friday, December 05, 2008 - 07:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chumley and Tom, I hope your coworkers appreciated not only the fine bevvies, but also the time and effort that went into them.
 

Marc Rehfuss
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Post Number: 79
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Posted on Friday, December 05, 2008 - 11:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sounds like good times at the party.

Thanks for the recipe, Chumley. Save the special B, it doesn't look too different from my current impy porter (ale) grain bill. Never used S-189 (or any dry lager strain) before. Descriptions have it as versatile and clean. I'll brew this up in January for spring enjoyment.

Happy weekend. Almost beer time.
 

PaulK
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Username: Paulk

Post Number: 730
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2008 - 12:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there a website where we can submit applications to your employer? I would like to attend next year's party.
 

Chumley
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Username: Chumley

Post Number: 5711
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2008 - 03:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You would be better served to go work for one of our clients, Paul. Those guys just show up to drink. Our employees have to work all night.

As we are a consulting civil/envirnomental engineering firm in Helena MT, if you can get a job with any of our clients or business prospects, you are in!

Denny, yes they do appreciate the work that goes into it. They pay for all my ingrdients, as well as a few doo-hickeys like 3-way manfolds, which works out well. Plus, I like to brew more than I drink (if I drank all I brewed I would be way fatter than I am), so this is a great way to justify brewing.
 

Bierview
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Username: Bierview

Post Number: 474
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2008 - 11:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was everyone on time for work the next day?
 

Chumley
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Username: Chumley

Post Number: 5712
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Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2008 - 05:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't know.....I didn't come in until 11:00.
 

Bierview
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Posted on Sunday, December 07, 2008 - 01:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Of course........you had to organize the kegs....
 

Tom Fries
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Post Number: 81
Registered: 12-2003
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Posted on Sunday, December 07, 2008 - 10:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chumley and Tom, I hope your coworkers appreciated not only the fine bevvies, but also the time and effort that went into them.

I'll find out on Friday. Not expecting any reimbursement, just praise and accolades
 

tim roth
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Username: Hopdude

Post Number: 705
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 10:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Congrats on your beers Chumley! cheers,tim
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 3517
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 74.7.7.66
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 - 08:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

We had a small party (30ish folks) Friday night and I had 10 kegs on tap. The only one that got finished off was JB's Bluebird Bitter clone. It probably only had 3-4 gal in it to start but was a big crowd favorite. Kegs that started with less in them didn't get finished. Of course lots of folks wanted to sample them all so the load got spread around to all the kegs instead of just a few.

The double up hop Toki's pale ale was probably the second favorite one. I got the double up Pliny tapped but the hops are so fresh and harsh still that it was a little much for most folks.

How'd yours turn out Tom?
 

Tom Fries
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Username: Tfries

Post Number: 82
Registered: 12-2003
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Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 - 09:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Vance,

I brought in a keg of Amarillo hopped Pale Ale, an American Brown Ale and a keg of Mike McDole's APA. The APA is really hoppy, close to an IPA, and I was worried that it was going to be too much, but I was wrong as they completely drained the APA. The Brown and Pale Ale were half way drained. Everyone was complimentary of the brews.
 

ChriSto
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Post Number: 483
Registered: 02-2006
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Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 - 10:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chumley -
Didn't realize you were also in the No.2 business as well. I tell folks the same thing - screw engineering, go work for our (very good) clients. Though with the economy, many of them (mainly large scale developers) are having a worse time of it than us at present.

Our neighborhood party last Friday had about 30-40 "wine drinkers" at it. I took 2 kegs - a full x-mas ale and 2 gals of Oktoberfest - that I watched sit idly by for the first hour while everyone sipped cheap Sutter Home et. al. swill. 5-6 folks who knew me came late, but went directly to the homebrew when they saw the kegs, stating they would have been there sooner if they knew I was coming. It took several hours of politicking to get the "wine drinkers" to sample some. Went thru all but a gallon of the x-mas ale over then next hour. So maybe I got a few converts out of it.