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Old 02-20-2013, 06:51 AM   #271
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I brewed a batch of this several months ago, and due to a variety of equipment-related and other factors, didn't get around to to tapping the (primed and naturally carbonated) keg until just now. I tried to tap it last night, but I had a leak under the QD caused by an old O-ring in terrible shape, diagnosed by a little Googling. I'm sipping my first pint right now as I type this, and it is *excellent*. I'd been really looking forward to it based on how good the hydrometer sample tasted, and this just knocks my socks off.

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Old 02-20-2013, 04:25 PM   #272
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I brewed a batch of this several months ago, and due to a variety of equipment-related and other factors, didn't get around to to tapping the (primed and naturally carbonated) keg until just now. I tried to tap it last night, but I had a leak under the QD caused by an old O-ring in terrible shape, diagnosed by a little Googling. I'm sipping my first pint right now as I type this, and it is *excellent*. I'd been really looking forward to it based on how good the hydrometer sample tasted, and this just knocks my socks off.

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Old 02-21-2013, 09:19 PM   #273
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You know, I just realized that the other beer I have on tap right now is your Nierra Sevada, and I've got all the ingredients together for the Centennial Blonde, which is in my pipeline. You rock!

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I did this a couple of months ago. I aged it for about 3 weeks in the keg at cellar temps then put it on tap. At first I was ok. Just sort of blah. To be honest I like really roasty porters/stouts better, but should've known that this Porter wasn't that. It was my first dark beer I brewed btw.

So it's been about 2 months now, and I've got to say this one is turning out really nice. The sweetness is coming out along with the Chocolate malt. The aroma is getting better too.

My wife didn't think much of this at first, but the last couple of nights she has poured herself a few pints. She really likes it now.

Lesson for me is to definitely be patient with dark brews. At least a couple of months in the cellar and this beer would've been great from the start.

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Old 03-18-2013, 04:45 PM   #275
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I've been doing nothing but kits until now. Just brewed this yesterday as my first All-Grain. Wow, smelled great, tasted great, can't wait to try this once it's done!

Once I'm ready for the secondary I'm going to split this up into 2 separate buckets and put coffee into one of them. Thinking of putting 16 oz of cold pressed dark roast in for 3 gallons of brew. Then I'll just leave the other 2 gallons.

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:19 PM   #276
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Just picked up the grain bill for this last night, looking forward to it.

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Old 04-19-2013, 03:46 PM   #277
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I brewed this as my 1st porter ever & did a few substitutions. I used a cheap specialty coffee I've never had before since I've never had vanilla. The beer turned out sharp & tart, overwhelmed by this coffee. The beer underneath is very good but it's an afterthought after you get by the bitter coffee.

I took it to my beer club last night for a casual taste testing. It took 3rd place! There were 50 judges/members there. I was amazed! I'm a coffee nut & this stuff tastes like a bitter frappuccino, not a porter. They were impressed it was my 1st batch of porter. That's testament to BM's recipe, not my choice of ingredients.

So I'm going to brew this again but cut the coffee in half & use something I really like & have used before! If I must have vanilla, I'll simply just add REAL vanilla I picked up in Mexico. I've used that before in other beer & it's excellent.

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I brewed this as my 1st porter ever & did a few substitutions. I used a cheap specialty coffee I've never had before since I've never had vanilla. The beer turned out sharp & tart, overwhelmed by this coffee. The beer underneath is very good but it's an afterthought after you get by the bitter coffee.

I took it to my beer club last night for a casual taste testing. It took 3rd place! There were 50 judges/members there. I was amazed! I'm a coffee nut & this stuff tastes like a bitter frappuccino, not a porter. They were impressed it was my 1st batch of porter. That's testament to BM's recipe, not my choice of ingredients.

So I'm going to brew this again but cut the coffee in half & use something I really like & have used before! If I must have vanilla, I'll simply just add REAL vanilla I picked up in Mexico. I've used that before in other beer & it's excellent.
I added a half cup of coarsely ground Eight O'Clock Vanilla Bean Coffee...into the secondary for 5 days, then added another 1/4 cup of the same for two more days. It was SPECTACULAR!!
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I brewed this on Sunday. I did not make a starter...well, sort of. I split the batch into two carboys. I direct pitched the London Ale yeast into the primary at 60°. On Monday, about 26 hours after pitching, there was the beginning of krausen, so I poured the remaining batch into the primary. This morning the krausen had not reformed but the blow off tube was bubbling and there was definite movement in the primary. So I basically did make a starter out of 2½ gallons of wort, then added the remaining wort.

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HEY........................ just put some more time on the keg................... the coffee is mellowing out............. this stuff is getting GOOD! It smells REAL GOOD. The main reason I brought it to the beer club was to blast thru the keg, since I didn't really like it. I know what good beer tastes like, I don't need anybody else telling me what to think. But, Wow.................... now I'm gonna have to start hoarding this stuff. It still tastes like a frappuccino, but now it's real smooth.

If I brought the beer tasting like it does now to the meeting, they would have taken me out on their shoulders! The beer that took 1st place couldn't hold a candle to this baby. I'm not a big porter fan, just thought I'd experiment & expand my taste buds. THIS beer is INCREADIBLE. I've had a few porters at the fancy pub, but THIS beer is much better than all of them. I'd take this again to next months meeting............................. but I can guarantee it ain't gonna last that long. It's all we're drinking now.

I guess what Revvy says is true. Beer really does improve with age!

Thanks BM. I'm brewing this AGAIN.

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