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Old 05-20-2009, 07:24 PM   #1
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This just went into the kegerator after a month in the chamber. One week on the gas to carbonated perfection.

I gotta tell you...I didn't really know what this was going to turn out to be, but it is NICE. VERY light, very flavorful, and it HAMMERS. I didn't take a FG reading, mostly because I'm to a point where I don't care, I like beer, but I DO know that after 4 pints last night I fell asleep on the couch. And I'm not a lightweight.

Point is, it was very good. I've never used Vienna as a base or Sterling at all, and the combo is very nice indeed. I recommend!

Anybody else tried this?

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Old 05-20-2009, 09:27 PM   #2
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What was the recipe?

I have yet to use sterling. I'm curious as to how simular it is to saaz for flavor? Looks like a good FWH as it is also high in Alpha acids.

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I just got a sack of Belgian Pilsner and I have a half pound of sterling. I'm going to have to SMASH a lager soon. I like Sterling. I seem to get some flavor from it even with only a 60 minute addition. What yeast did you use?

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Oh, forgot to add. I use saaz with an all vienna base. So this should be simular.

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Sorry for the delay guys...here's what I did:

10 lb. Vienna
1.4 qt/lb = 14 qt mash in
mash at 154
Sparge; 4.7 gallons @ 175

Hops schedule:
.5 oz Sterling 8.7% FWH
.75 oz Sterling 8.7% @ 20 min
.75 oz Sterling 8.7% @ 5 min
Wirfiloc @ 15 min

Notty yeast, no starter

My OG was 1.044

No word on FG...don't really care.

It's really bright and refreshing. I'm happy with the result.

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Sterling is comparable to Saaz, but with a higher alpha acid level. I've used it in wheat beers mostly, but this sounds good!

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