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HBF brew and swap thread!
  • scoobscoob
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    I figure we could post up ideas here, eventually get to the point of doing the beer brew and swap.

    So lets hear the ideas guys!
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    porters are a nicely varied style and they usually go well with unusual ingredients (chili, bourbon, chocolate mint, etc).
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    same for hefe's. you can add a decoction, fruit, spices and really transform the same grain bill into something completely different.
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  • jlwjlw
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    What about an RIS or Belgian, Saison, I also like the hefe idea
  • scoobscoob
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    I have a damned fine saison recipe
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  • jlwjlw
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    azscoob said:

    I have a damned fine saison recipe



    Me too but it is one of those styles that you can do a lot with or nothing and keep simple.
  • jlwjlw
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    I kind of like these threads for the historical beers.
  • scoobscoob
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    We could make the swap an ongoing thing, maybe every other month? Would sorta force us to brew more too
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  • scoobscoob
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    Start with fast turnaround beers, then see where it takes us?
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    azscoob said:

    We could make the swap an ongoing thing, maybe every other month? Would sorta force us to brew more too



    quarterly!
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  • jlwjlw
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    quarterly would cool
  • JerryJerry
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    Can I participate once a year and flake out the rest of the time?

    And can the first style be; whatever you've got kicking around?
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  • ThymThym
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    Can I participate once a year and flake out the rest of the time?

    And can the first style be; whatever you've got kicking around?



    seems reasonable to me. but im not organizing this one.
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  • scoobscoob
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    Can I participate once a year and flake out the rest of the time?

    And can the first style be; whatever you've got kicking around?



    Sounds perfect!

    I'm sending everyone empty stone IPA bottles!
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  • ThymThym
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    azscoob said:

    Can I participate once a year and flake out the rest of the time?

    And can the first style be; whatever you've got kicking around?



    Sounds perfect!

    I'm sending everyone empty stone IPA bottles!


    ha
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  • ThymThym
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    i have plenty of those
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  • scoobscoob
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    How about an English ordinary bitter? I can roll one out in a couple weeks time, malty, yet hoppy, and a fast grain to glass beer.
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  • jlwjlw
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    azscoob said:

    How about an English ordinary bitter? I can roll one out in a couple weeks time, malty, yet hoppy, and a fast grain to glass beer.



    This could be good. I'm not very familiar with the style so I would need to research and by research I mean drink a bunch of the stuff and do some reading.
  • jlwjlw
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    ESB?
  • jlwjlw
    Posts: 16,417
    Alt?
  • jlwjlw
    Posts: 16,417

    Can I participate once a year and flake out the rest of the time?

    And can the first style be; whatever you've got kicking around?


    That would be cool.
  • scoobscoob
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    jlw said:

    azscoob said:

    How about an English ordinary bitter? I can roll one out in a couple weeks time, malty, yet hoppy, and a fast grain to glass beer.



    This could be good. I'm not very familiar with the style so I would need to research and by research I mean drink a bunch of the stuff and do some reading.


    8A: Standard/Ordinary Bitter

    Aroma: The best examples have some malt aroma, often (but not always) with a caramel quality. Mild to moderate fruitiness is common. Hop aroma can range from moderate to none (UK varieties typically, although US varieties may be used). Generally no diacetyl, although very low levels are allowed.

    Appearance: Light yellow to light copper. Good to brilliant clarity. Low to moderate white to off-white head. May have very little head due to low carbonation.

    Flavor: Medium to high bitterness. Most have moderately low to moderately high fruity esters. Moderate to low hop flavor (earthy, resiny, and/or floral UK varieties typically, although US varieties may be used). Low to medium maltiness with a dry finish. Caramel flavors are common but not required. Balance is often decidedly bitter, although the bitterness should not completely overpower the malt flavor, esters and hop flavor. Generally no diacetyl, although very low levels are allowed.

    Mouthfeel: Light to medium-light body. Carbonation low, although bottled and canned examples can have moderate carbonation.

    Overall Impression: Low gravity, low alcohol levels and low carbonation make this an easy-drinking beer. Some examples can be more malt balanced, but this should not override the overall bitter impression. Drinkability is a critical component of the style; emphasis is still on the bittering hop addition as opposed to the aggressive middle and late hopping seen in American ales.

    Comments: The lightest of the bitters. Also known as just "bitter." Some modern variants are brewed exclusively with pale malt and are known as golden or summer bitters. Most bottled or kegged versions of UK-produced bitters are higher-alcohol versions of their cask (draught) products produced specifically for export. The IBU levels are often not adjusted, so the versions available in the US often do not directly correspond to their style subcategories in Britain. This style guideline reflects the "real ale" version of the style, not the export formulations of commercial products.

    History: Originally a draught ale served very fresh under no pressure (gravity or hand pump only) at cellar temperatures (i.e., "real ale"). Bitter was created as a draught alternative (i.e., running beer) to country-brewed pale ale around the start of the 20th century and became widespread once brewers understood how to "Burtonize" their water to successfully brew pale beers and to use crystal malts to add a fullness and roundness of palate.

    Ingredients: Pale ale, amber, and/or crystal malts, may use a touch of black malt for color adjustment. May use sugar adjuncts, corn or wheat. English hops most typical, although American and European varieties are becoming more common (particularly in the paler examples). Characterful English yeast. Often medium sulfate water is used.

    Vital Statistics:
    OG: 1.032 - 1.040
    FG: 1.007 - 1.011
    IBU: 25 - 35
    SRM: 4.0 - 14.0
    ABV: 3.2 - 3.8

    Commercial Examples: Fuller's Chiswick Bitter, Adnams Bitter, Young's Bitter, Greene King IPA, Oakham Jeffrey Hudson Bitter (JHB), Brains Bitter, Tetley’s Original Bitter, Brakspear Bitter, Boddington's Pub Draught
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  • scoobscoob
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    @JLW suggested a saison swap, I have been looking for an excuse to brew my saison again, think I just found it.
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  • jlwjlw
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    I like this as a swap idea. I won't brew mine until it starts getting hot. I like letting the ferm temp just go nuts.
  • scoobscoob
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    jlw said:

    I like this as a swap idea. I won't brew mine until it starts getting hot. I like letting the ferm temp just go nuts.



    Ok, I will brew mine soon enough, I ferment mine at 68 and let it free rise, that 3711 is the shit! No high temps needed!
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  • jlwjlw
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    I will probably not get to brew mine until May time frame.