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ChriSto
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Username: Christo

Post Number: 847
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 216.176.226.154
Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 08:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It seems I usually start a thread about what folks are planning to brew in the new year. Well here it is again.

I'll be brewing a Doppelbock/Eisbock tomorrow to ring in the new year weekend. After that I have 4 lagers to go to brew all the BJCP non-sour styles - Lt & Amer Std Lager, Dunkel, and Dark Amer Lager. I have a pellicled flask of yeast as well that will be used to kick out the final lambics as well this year though I don't expect them to be ready until probably next year. Then I'll be done with my 5 (ok maybe 6) year quest . . . but what to do then?

I'm also in the middle of making 8-9 hydromel meads from the varietal honeys we tried during our BJCP Mead Judge class. Using various yeasts and SNA techniques on each small batch. Will get the class back together in a few months to sample (everyone passed the exam! - 11 out of 11)

My only other plans are to use up the pound of Summit hops I have and to help with my share of our club's whiskey barrel RIS project.

What do you guys/gals have planned?
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 2202
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 08:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've got my homemade dark candi sugar standing by for a Rochefort 8 clone next week. I'll make yeast starters tomorrow or Saturday.

After that, an English ESB, now that Wyeast 1469 is available year round (I'll have to bug my LHBS to stock it)

After that, I haven't the foggiest. Likely a St Chuck's porter will be on the list someplace

My ABC will need to get bottled sometime in late winter.
 

Paul Hayslett
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Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 2977
Registered: 02-2002
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Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 09:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I was just trying to decide that.

My ABC needs bottling as well, and I'll probably start another.

I want to try some of the new hop varieties, so I'll probably make a few single-hop APAs and IPAs.

After that? No idea. Waiting for inspiration to hit. Open to suggestion.
 

dhacker
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Username: Dhacker

Post Number: 2447
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 99.117.36.145
Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 09:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Seems my brewing revolves around the Cigar and Brewfest event these days. I brew like a madman to some sort of theme, then enjoy the left overs until the next festival, then do it all again . . I guess that is why I'll have 17 beers on tap at this year's Super Bowl Party!

I'm thinking a "Best Of" series this coming year with my beers that have received the most positive accolades. Somewhere in all of that I'm making it a goal to work on a replication of La Fin Du Monde. I know it's been tried and many claim to be close with their recipes. I'd like to work on a ringer for it by doing a number of small test batches. I suppose the worst that can happen is that I have to do even more tasting "Research"!
 

Jonathan White
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Username: Jonathanwhite

Post Number: 83
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 74.182.33.208
Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 11:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This is what I have on deck:

(1) I am presently building up some yeast for a Classic American Pilsner which I hope to brew early next week. Falstaff clone? Eh, Bill? By the way, in your very enjoyable article, you left out one of their mottos: "Time out for a Falstaff, Podnuh!"

(2) This weekend, I'm brewing my "house" ESB. 89% pale, 8% Crystal, 5% Biscuit. OG 1.052, IBU 40.

(3) With the yeast from the CAP, I'm going to do a Bohemian Pilsener, basically the recipe in Palmer's book. I'll call it: The "Pilsener from U.N.C.L.E."

(4) I'll then have enough pale malt left to do my Dry Stout.

After that, it's buy another bag of malt and reboot.
 

Steve Ruch
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Username: Rookie

Post Number: 303
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Friday, December 30, 2011 - 12:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

New year's day I'm brewing my house beer, lemon-rosemary blonde.
Early in february a dry stout for St. Patrick's day.
In march a best bitter.
 

Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 2832
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Posted on Friday, December 30, 2011 - 12:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I was just thinking about this the other day. Here's a working idea (sorry for the formatting, cut-and-pasted from my spreadsheet):

Bohemian Pilsner 1/1/2012
Flanders Red 4/15/2012
Lambic base 5/1/2012
(fruit lambic)
(gueuze)
IPA 1/15/2012
Golden Strong/Tripel 2/7/2012
German Pilsner 3/21/2012
APA 3/1/2012

Kolsch/Malt Liquor 6/1/2012
N. English Brown/Dunkel 6/15/2012
Cream Ale/Am. Lager 7/15/2012
Oatmeal Stout
APA 7/1/2012
ESB 8/1/2012

I've got the starters for the BoPils going right now - I'll split 10 gallons between WY2000 Budvar and WY2278 Czech Pils.
 

ChriSto
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Username: Christo

Post Number: 848
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 74.217.37.5
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2011 - 02:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Steve R - what is your amount of lemon (zest?) and rosemary you use? I have 200+ sweet lemons on the tree and need to figure some brews to use it in this year. I have two 3-gal batches of cider going at the mo and I plan to put some lemon zest in half when I backsweeten a bit. I'm probably going to make a Saison at some point with lemon zest as well.

Man, what a beautiful day to brew! It was 34F this morning and the sun is warming things up nicely now. Hit 152F in the mash. It's going to be a good day.

Brewer: ChriSto
Beer: Doppelbock/Eisbock
Style: Doppelbock
Type: All grain
Size: 5 gallons
Color: 34 HCU (~17 SRM)
Bitterness: 22 IBU
OG: 1.079
FG: 1.022
Alcohol: 7.3% v/v (5.7% w/w)

Grain:
5.5 lb. German Pilsner
0.5 lb. Belgian CaraMunich
5.5 lb. German Munich
0.75 lb. Belgian aromatic
4.0 oz. Belgian Special B

Mash: 75% efficiency
152F for 2 hours

Boil: 75 minutes SG 1.063 6.2 gallons
1 lb. Light dry malt extract
SuperMoss @ 15 min.

Hops:
36.3g Hallertauer (4.25% AA, 60 min.)
14g Hallertauer (4.25% AA, 30 min.)

Yeast: WY Bavarian Lager

After the doppel is complete, I'm going to take 2.5 gallons of it and freeze down to 2 gallons for an Eisbock. Ought to be fun.
 

Steve Haun
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Username: Stevehaun

Post Number: 423
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 12:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My five standard recipes:
Pale Ale
India Pale Ale
Pilsener
Vienna lager
Dunkel
I will also brew a CAP and an oktoberfest for a little variety.
 

Steve Ruch
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Username: Rookie

Post Number: 305
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 12:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Christo,
I use the zest of a large lemon and one teaspoon of rosemary in a three gallon batch. I bruise the rosemary first.
 

Tony Legge
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Username: Boo_boo

Post Number: 553
Registered: 05-2005
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Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 12:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm mashing for an APA on New years Eve morning to bump up my house ale stock that is running dangerously low.

Then I have more APA to make.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 13475
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.150.49.181
Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 04:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I change my mind somewhat frequently about future beers, but I recently acquired a vial of White Labs WLP515 and I'm planning a Belgian pale ale, one of the few styles I've yet to brew.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 13476
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Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 04:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Those of you who use rosemary in your beer, at what point do you add it, and do you use fresh or dried rosemary?
 

ChriSto
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Username: Christo

Post Number: 849
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 74.217.37.5
Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 01:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have made a Rosemary IPA and American Amber. I added with 5 minutes in the boil and then in secondary with a vodka tincture in the Amber. With the IPA I just added at 5 min mark and tended to like better. Not sure if the tincture did something to the rosemary, but it came out kind of licorice tasting. Wasn't bad, just not really rosemary.
 

Dave Witt
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Username: Davew

Post Number: 1626
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 02:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just did my last batch of beer for '11, APA, 20 gal. I plan on doing a 5 gal Tripel in the next few weeks, but my brewing partner is having hernia surgery soon, so I may not brew any big batches for a couple months. Typically, we would be coming into lager season, doing 4-5 lagers between now and April.
 

Steve Ruch
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Post Number: 306
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Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 03:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill,
I've used both fresh and dry, either will work. I put it in at flame out and steep 20-30 minutes.
 

Andy Hancock
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Username: Ahancbrew1

Post Number: 331
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 192.55.54.40
Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - 11:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My brew year starts in October when the weather cools a bit.
Brewed so far
10/23/11 SNPA Clone
11/06/11 Amarillo Cascade Pale Ale
11/27/11 Sister Star of Sun
12/18/11 Dennyís Rye IPA
For 2012
01/08/12 Scottish Light (from Noonan)
01/29/12 Bull & Bladder Bitter (from Noonan)
02/19/12 Warsteiner (Clonebrews)
03/11/12 Munich Dunkel
04/01/12 Octoberfest

The weather may push back some of these dates. Iíll be asking for recipe suggestions when itís time for the Octoberfest
 

ChriSto
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Username: Christo

Post Number: 850
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 216.176.226.154
Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - 04:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Andy, your post reminds me that I have wanted for years to brew a number of the B&V "standards" such as SSS and Denny's IPA/Alt. Finishing up my "quest" should open up time to do so. Also will likely make BP's St. Chuck's Porter at some point again this year.
 

Andy Hancock
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Username: Ahancbrew1

Post Number: 336
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 192.55.54.42
Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - 05:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

ChriSto, I've been a member of this board for over 10 years now and I just brewed Denny's Rye IPA for the first time. Shame on me!

I brewed one of his Alts a few years back, an all Munich and Spalt beer. It sure was tasty.
 

Paul Hayslett
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Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 2984
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Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - 06:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I haven't brewed enough of the thread "Classics" either. I've brewed Denny's Rye IPA and Skot's B-52 several times each and they've always been winners. I finally made my first ABC last year (still in secondary), my first SSOS this fall (see other thread), and my first Holltrop Roch 8 clone in December (still in secondary). Maybe it's finally time to brew Bill's Fin du Monde clone? Or a Renner-ish CAP?
 

Chumley
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Username: Chumley

Post Number: 6397
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 63.118.227.254
Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - 11:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Its lager season for me, so today I smacked a pack of Budvar yeast. Already have a pils made with Staropramen yeast on tap, and a maibock brewed with staropramen yeast lagering away right now.

Besides the lagers, I'm think I need to work through all the expired smack packs and vials in my fridge, and brew two beers with each one of them: (1) a 1.040 - 1.060 table beer, and (2) a 1.080- - 1.100+ big beer on the yeast cake. I have Yorkshire Square, Flemish Ale, Fullers, Scottish, and French Saison yeast for those purposes.
 

Dave Witt
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Username: Davew

Post Number: 1629
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Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2012 - 12:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

ChriSto, you reminded me. I have a whisky barrel beer to brew in a week and a half. A friend got a bourbon barrel from Goose Island that had Bourbon County Stout in it. Now we have to fill it with RIS!

(Message edited by davew on January 04, 2012)
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 4256
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Posted From: 76.122.104.54
Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2012 - 01:05 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Got dopplebock and maibock in primary. About time to rack and lager. Mixed up a batch of ABC last week. Basement smells like apples when I roust the yeast. Almost blew the lid off first time I did.

Making starters of WY 1338 and WLP036 tonight to brew Denny's Milo's Alt this weekend. I have a rosemary tree so maybe a little in the next IPA @ KO. I have citra, simcoe, chinook, columbus, and cenntenial in the freezer so some IPA's in the future.
 

gregory gettman
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Username: Gregman

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Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2012 - 05:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

1/3/12 Did a brown ale with the dreaded Ring wood strain. Going to rack a single malt Maris Otter barley wine on the cake. Both of those are new attempts in our brew house.

Might try some new hops as well and a few more lagers this year.
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 2207
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 76.240.206.52
Posted on Thursday, January 05, 2012 - 09:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My Rochefort 8 clone got brewed today and is now in primary.

The SNCA clone is ready to be tapped tonight.

It may be warm enough here to get out for a bicycle ride tomorrow, too. Weird, considering the winter we had last year. By this time we'd had over 16 inches of snow. So far this season, we've had a couple of inches

Life is good
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 13488
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Posted on Thursday, January 05, 2012 - 09:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I racked my cider to secondary today. There's not as much residual sweetness as I would like, but it's not bone dry, so I'll call it a success. After a month or so, I'll fine and bottle it.

Yes, so far it's been almost entirely the "great brown and grey (Canuck spelling) north" here. Perhaps I can convince my wife to go bike riding Saturday. She's a bit of a wuss about temperatures below 40 F, but that's close to the forecast here.
 

ChriSto
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Username: Christo

Post Number: 853
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 216.176.226.154
Posted on Thursday, January 05, 2012 - 10:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

OK, have my list/schedule together:

1/14 - two hydromel single varietal meads
1/28 - RIS for group whiskey barrel project
2/21 - Summit/Cascade Pale Ale
3/3 - Ed Fitz or St. Chuck's Porter
3/17 - two more hydromel meads
Apr - Lt. Amer Lager & Std. Amer Lager
May - Lambic Base & Flanders Red
Jun - SSoS
Jul - Dk Amer Lager
Aug - Dunkel
Sept - Milo's Alt
Nov - Denny's Rye IPA
Dec - a new Bock

. . . and 2-3 others that fit in on an idle day.
Most likely my usual 15 or so batches.
 

Steve Ruch
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Username: Rookie

Post Number: 307
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 66.96.79.211
Posted on Saturday, January 07, 2012 - 12:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I bought several hops I've never used before to try in an IPA or double IPA. Warrior, aurora and glacier.
 

Dave Witt
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Username: Davew

Post Number: 1631
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Posted on Saturday, January 07, 2012 - 04:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Steve, don't count on getting flavor and aroma from Glacier. I used to grow it and made several pale ales w/hefty flavor and aroma additions and even dry hopping with little effect. That said, it does have a nice bitterness, possibly the lowest cohumulone of any hop.
 

Steve Ruch
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Posted on Saturday, January 07, 2012 - 05:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dave,
Good info. I had it in a beer at a beerfest over the summer and liked the beer. I thought it was a bit like cascade.