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Old 02-21-2014, 06:57 PM   #21
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:09 PM   #22
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Brew day coming soon!!
Well, it took longer than expected, but this baby is brewed as of yesterday!!

A few minor brew-day adjustments:

10.5 lb Maris Otter LME
1.00 lb Belgian CaraMunich
0.75 lb Belgian Caramel Pils
1.00 lb Belgian Biscuit
0.50 lb English Chocolate
0.25 lb Caramel 120
0.75 lb Molasses

2.00 oz Galena (15.5% AA) @ 60 min
0.50 oz Nugget (13.5% AA) @ 60 min
0.50 oz Fuggles (4.4% AA) @ 30 min
0.50 oz Nugget (13.5% AA) @ 30 min
0.50 oz Fuggles (4.4% AA) @ 10 min

1.00 tsp Irish moss @ 10 min

1.50 oz American oak cubes, M+ toast, with 1.5 cups Knob Creek smoked maple bourbon @ secondary (will test starting at 2 weeks)

The original gravity measured at 1.100.
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Racked to secondary on top of oak & liquor tea yesterday.

Final gravity measurement: 1.016... definitely a little thinner & boozier than I had hoped for (~11%), but the color & clarity definitely look spot-on; a darker Curmudgeon, for sure. The tasting sample was definitely forward on the biscuit malt & molasses; not too chocolately or sweet yet... and clearly nowhere's near the final result, without the oak/liquor addition.

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Bottled last Sunday! Oak cubes spent two weeks in liquor, plus four weeks in secondary, for a total of six weeks of flavor extraction.

Taste test before bottling was spot-on to what I was looking for: flavors of wood, vanilla, maple & bourbon are all subtle yet noticeable, and balance nicely on top of a solid roasty, malty, chocolate backbone.

Got a half-bottle I'll be cracking open in a few weeks, the rest I'm gonna (try to) age for at least two months.

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