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Old 08-04-2012, 01:51 PM   #141
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Any suggestions, pros/cons on how long to boil the malt for this one? Might make a difference in the final carmelization/color.

For the pliny clone, the instructions mentioned 90min boil starting with hops, 60 min with malts, saving the 1lb corn sugar for 10min. However, with this kit there are no specifications/suggestions.
It don't think you get carmelization from a full boil, which I would guess you are doing if you are trying to make such an advanced style.

The first hop addition is @ 90min. I'd boil 10 or 15 mins more then that before adding those hops.
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:53 PM   #142
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It don't think you get carmelization from a full boil, which I would guess you are doing if you are trying to make such an advanced style.

The first hop addition is @ 90min. I'd boil 10 or 15 mins more then that before adding those hops.
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:25 AM   #143
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brewed this on july 8, hit 1.075

racked it to a keg today for coldcrash and the FG was 1.008. oops! will that be enough for the bugs or should i adjust this once they take hold?

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Old 08-07-2012, 04:50 AM   #144
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Just ordered one, hopefully will be brewing it this weekend. Has anyone tried pitching a bottle of consecration into it? I saw it suggested, just wondering if anyone tried it, if so... when did you pitch it and how did it turn out?

I get to give the kit to my wife for her birthday and hopefully the completed beer for Christmas, double win!

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Old 08-07-2012, 02:00 PM   #145
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I pitched the bottle dregs when i transferred to secondary.

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Old 08-08-2012, 12:06 AM   #146
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Just a head's up for anyone pitching dregs/bottles - Vinnie uses a wine yeast to carbonate/bottle condition. You will be picking up some of the bugs that are in that bottle of Consecration, but will probably also be getting some wine yeast as well. Not that this is a bad thing, but just something to keep in mind.

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Yes, you really want to let sacc do its thing before you pitch dregs.

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Old 08-28-2012, 07:40 PM   #148
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From an email from Vinnie to me:
"We actually [use] Zante currants. It is probably the barrels that is giving the rich flavor."
But, if you are providing the currants, they are probably zante anyway. Black currants are VERY hard to source in this country due to an unfortunate ban a long time ago. They are not banned any longer, so if anyone is looking for them www.currantc.com is one of the few places.
has anyone used black currants? i'd love to know the results.

i pitched about 25mL of roeselaire (the rest went into a kriek) and two weeks later there is a scattered formation that looks like a white-specked oil slick. give it a few months to root before pitching any currants?
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Old 08-29-2012, 05:01 PM   #149
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I'm getting a kit soon. I also scored some RR oak from Matt at NHC.
Anyone's thoughts on throwing the oak into a small starter for a month or two, and then pitching the entire thing into the carboy? At least that would answer the question on whether the bugs are living if gravity goes down and it tastes ok.

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Old 08-29-2012, 08:12 PM   #150
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I brewed this kit a few weeks ago, and I just racked to secondary on the currants and bugs. It looks pretty cool, so I thought I would share some pics.

Here is the first night. About 5 hours after racking. A lot of currants floated to the top:



This is 2 days later. Lots of foam, and it looks like the majority of currants have floated to the top:

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