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Old 12-05-2008, 04:54 PM   #1
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Ok, I know what you're thinking... A friend of mine is having a birthday coming up and she is a bit of a harry potter nut (at this age, yeah, I know, it's unhealthy). So I thought, why not make something that's related to this series. well, as a brewer, some homebrew make total sense, and so spawns Butterbeer! Described as sweet, caramely, and buttery I set out to make something that might turn out ok. I started with a cream ale mixed with a braggot, and went from there. this is a 5gallon batch but I'm going to probably scale it in half, as it might turn out horrible. 65% eff, 90min boil.

2.5# Pilsner (UK)
10oz Carapils
10oz Crystal 10L
10oz Crystal 20L
5oz lactose
5# clover honey
4oz pure vanilla extract (trader joes)
.25oz EKG @90

yeast is the ringwood strain, fermented higher (74) to get some diacetyl for the butter

OG: 1.057
FG: 1.016

Thoughts? comments? I'm kinda in new territory here so I'm not quite sure on some of the lighter crystals, I usually use darker ones.

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Old 12-05-2008, 04:57 PM   #2
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Maybe worth a read?:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/harry-potter-butterbeer-28094/

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Hey waitaminute!!! Wait a dayum minute. Harry Potter fanhood is universal....I know, I am one.




Mmmmm butterbeer.

Hope this turns out.

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Hey waitaminute!!! Wait a dayum minute. Harry Potter fanhood is universal....I know, I am one.




Mmmmm butterbeer.

Hope this turns out.

I'll be brewin it when an extra fermenter opens up, probably in 2 weeks once finals are over
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If this were me I might go just a bit darker (40 or 60?) on the crystal to get a bit more caramel flavor into the beer. You just might want to watch the SRMs if you start going with 60L. This experiment sounds excellent, please report back.

Here is some description of malts by lovibond rating:
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i like the idea of diacetyl instead of using some kind of extract. diacetyl is tricky tho, you have to do it right.

my irish rye stout recipe (in my pulldown) has a fair amount of diacetyl in it that really compliments the brew. it was a wonderful accident

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If this were me I might go just a bit darker (40 or 60?) on the crystal to get a bit more caramel flavor into the beer. You just might want to watch the SRMs if you start going with 60L. This experiment sounds excellent, please report back.

Here is some description of malts by lovibond rating:
The Foampage - Malts
So more like:
2.5# pilsner
10oz carapils
10oz Crystal 20L
5oz Crystal 40L

sound better?
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So more like:
2.5# pilsner
10oz carapils
10oz Crystal 20L
5oz Crystal 40L

sound better?
I suppose it kind of depends on how much caramel flavor you're shooting for in the beer. That is probably more like what I would put together though. Either way, let me know how it turns out... Sounds like a cool idea.

edit:
Is ringwood yeast known for producing Diacetyl at higher temperatures? I'm not too familiar with ringwood and thought higher temps usually led to esther production.
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Ringwood will form diacetyl at any temperature. Famous for it. You don't need to ferment it warmer; it'll throw off diacetyl all by its lonesome! What you can do is rack it off the cake just as primary fermentation ceases, before it has a chance to go through a diacetyl rest. That should cause the flavor to remain.

Ringwood is a Yorkshire strain, right alongside strains in use by breweries which I will not name but whose initials start with Samuel Smith's and Theakston's. The "stone square" method tends to develop powdery strains that emphasize malt and diacetyl.

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Update on this:

I bottled this today, using this recipe (one gallon batch):

1# honey
10oz 6-row
3oz carapils
2oz crystal 20
2oz crystal 40
1oz british ranged crystal (70, approx)
Yeast: WLP005 (ringwood strain)

Mashed at 155 for 60 mins, sparged, brought to boil then cooled (no hops, so no real reason to do a prolonged boil that I could see). Racked @ day five onto 1.5TBS pure vanilla extract and 1oz lactose. Bottled today, after fermentation rested at 1.028 for a bit. from the hydrometer sample, it's darn sweet, just on the edge of cloying, like an Italian soda or something, not too much butter though, I'll have to experiment with that some more.

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