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Michael
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Username: Michaelg

Post Number: 140
Registered: 02-2004
Posted on Saturday, January 01, 2005 - 10:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm making a stout based fairly closely on the recipe for Usher's 1885 stout in Brewing Old British Beers. I'm making a somewhat larger batch than I normally do (i.e., 6 gallons) to simplify the conversion from the recipe.

Anyway, what do I do when I transfer the wort into the kettle? I leave the damn spigot open. At least two gallons of wort on the floor.
 

Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 26
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, January 01, 2005 - 11:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Don't be so hard on yourself, Michael! You are not an idiot, you are merely a bumbling oaf.




I once left the ball valve open on my mash/lauter tun after collecting the first runnings. The sparge water gave my kitchen floor a nice, sweet wort bath when I poured it in. The spousal unit was not amused.
 

Michael
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Username: Michaelg

Post Number: 141
Registered: 02-2004
Posted on Saturday, January 01, 2005 - 11:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The irony is that my efficiency was better than expected and I was trying to figure out what to do with the extra wort. I did it as a no sparge recipe, and my efficiency tends to be more variable.

The good news is that I should hit my OG and have a normal 5-gallon batch left over, and after I mopped it the floor is now very clean.
--Everyone's Favorite Bumbling Oaf
 

Jim O'Conner
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Username: Roguejim

Post Number: 398
Registered: 06-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 02, 2005 - 12:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

That's one of the recipes that was recommended to me by one the Durden Park bunch. But, after seeing that it calls for 5oz of black patent for 1 Imperial gallon, I balked. Did you make your own pale amber malt?
Jim
 

Michael
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Username: Michaelg

Post Number: 142
Registered: 02-2004
Posted on Sunday, January 02, 2005 - 12:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I made pale amber, amber and brown malt.

5 ounces of black patent malt works out to be 30 ounces in a six gallon batch and 25 in a 5 gallon batch. That's more than I'd use otherwise, but there is no chocolate malt or roasted barley. Also, I didn't sparge so I think that should lower the effects somewhat. (It doesn't look to me like this recipe used sparging.)

I imagine it might need a fair amount of aging; the Durden Park folks recommend 2-3 months. We'll see how it turns out.
 

robert rulmyr
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Username: Wacobob

Post Number: 442
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 02, 2005 - 01:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

That's a tiny mistake, let me tell you about my first wife...

WacoBob
 

Jim O'Conner
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Username: Roguejim

Post Number: 399
Registered: 06-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 02, 2005 - 10:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I was told that the combination of a lot of black patent with brown malt for some reason works really well. I hope you can remember to post back in a few months on the results.
Jim
 

Michael
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Username: Michaelg

Post Number: 144
Registered: 02-2004
Posted on Sunday, January 02, 2005 - 06:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If I don't remember, just remind me. There are a number of recipes in the book I want to try.

Of course, bumbling oaf that I am, now I can't find the book.
 

David Woods
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Username: Beericon

Post Number: 465
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Monday, January 03, 2005 - 05:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hmmm...Bumbling Oaf Brewery...Could make a cool looking label with a name like that!

David
 

Busted Still Brewery
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Username: Brewlabs

Post Number: 581
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Monday, January 03, 2005 - 06:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

i once was draining from mash to boil and left the boil valve open...ironically, i had left my prechiller bucket (full of ice right under the valve. On top of that, the valve has 2 outputs to facilitate filling 2 carboys at the same time...and the wort STILL made it into the bucket without spilling on the floor.

this was for my burbon vanilla porter, i can only imagine how good it would of tasted had the wort not been diluted. That's right, i still poured it into the kettle and sparged and got a pretty damn good beer.

oh yeah...I live in Virginia too

(Message edited by brewlabs on January 03, 2005)