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Old 04-23-2014, 06:14 PM   #61
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So I did brew this on Saturday as planned. My garage smelled like heaven during the hop stand. If it tastes half as good as it smells, I'll be happy.

Hit 70% efficiency for a 1.084 SG.

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Old 04-23-2014, 07:29 PM   #62
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So I did brew this on Saturday as planned. My garage smelled like heaven during the hop stand. If it tastes half as good as it smells, I'll be happy.

Hit 70% efficiency for a 1.084 SG.
Nice! Good luck.

I opened all of mine last night and dropped in priming tablets. It's my last resort, but I think it could work. Won't be as fresh unfortunately, but it's better than a wasted batch!

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Old 05-02-2014, 08:25 PM   #63
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Mine was sitting at 1.018 last night. Pretty sure that's all I am going to get out of it. I think I will be dry hopping tomorrow. The hydro sample tasted and smelled amazing, I can't imagine what 10 days of dry hopping is going to add to it. Definitely pleased with this so far although I feel mine came out slightly more bitter than I anticipated I think due to the hop stand.

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Old 05-13-2014, 02:09 PM   #64
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Kegged last night. Finished at 1.017 for a final ABV of 8.7%. May mash at 148 next time to eek out some more fermentables. Although I'm not sure how close I came to actually cloning Hop Ranch, it definitely has the same aroma and is pretty damn tasty.

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Old 05-13-2014, 04:09 PM   #65
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Kegged last night. Finished at 1.017 for a final ABV of 8.7%. May mash at 148 next time to eek out some more fermentables. Although I'm not sure how close I came to actually cloning Hop Ranch, it definitely has the same aroma and is pretty damn tasty.
Awesome! How is your bitterness?

I finally had a carbed up version last night - it's been in the bottle for 7 weeks at this point! I had major issues with carbonation and potential oxidation.

Mine finished at 1.014. It smells and tastes just like mango juice. The one I tried last night had been chilled for just over 24 hours - I was impatient! I normally wait three days. Anyway, it's still hoppy, but not the hop bomb it would have been a month ago. It seemed a bit too sweet - it's a little more like a tropical barleywine at this point. However, it's possible that as more CO2 gets absorbed into solution this week, it will mask some of that malt sweetness.

In general, it tasted good, but I can't even recall what Hop Ranch tasted like! Damn seasonal. If I do this one over, I think I'll increase my 60 min addition by at least 15 ibu.

On the plus side, it's very quaffable for a 9% beer - no hint of booziness.

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Awesome! How is your bitterness?

I finally had a carbed up version last night - it's been in the bottle for 7 weeks at this point! I had major issues with carbonation and potential oxidation.

Mine finished at 1.014. It smells and tastes just like mango juice. The one I tried last night had been chilled for just over 24 hours - I was impatient! I normally wait three days. Anyway, it's still hoppy, but not the hop bomb it would have been a month ago. It seemed a bit too sweet - it's a little more like a tropical barleywine at this point. However, it's possible that as more CO2 gets absorbed into solution this week, it will mask some of that malt sweetness.

In general, it tasted good, but I can't even recall what Hop Ranch tasted like! Damn seasonal. If I do this one over, I think I'll increase my 60 min addition by at least 15 ibu.

On the plus side, it's very quaffable for a 9% beer - no hint of booziness.

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Funny you mention mango juice. That was the exact same first reaction I had and I don't recall Hop Ranch having that. My bitterness actually turned out a little higher than I expected. Could be due to the extended hopstand or me not using the hopshot properly.
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Mine is all carbed and has been getting gulped up quickly. I can't believe how tasty this is. I've had multiple people comment to me that this is the best beer that I have ever made (some of whom know good beer). I will definitely be adding this to my rotation. I think I am going to try this hop combo with different grain bills as well.

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