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Old 11-11-2012, 08:56 PM   #211
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i'll tell you what tho, i've never been more nervous about brewing a beer knowing 11 other people who do this are gonna be drinking it
I feel you on this! I've been cold crashing/force carbing the Saffron Tripel for 3 weeks, and it had pretty fierce alcohol aromatics at first. Seems to be calming down, though, thank goodness--it was beautiful prior to carbing.

On the half that I fermented with French Saison yeast, I'd say it's definitely moving towards a Strong Saison--love it!

Also nervous about the Brett Golden Strong. Bottling tomorrow to make sure it has at least a month before Christmas.

All-in-all, though, I think you guys will really enjoy these beers. Can't wait to try all the others
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:40 AM   #212
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It's probably about time to look at shipping. If we have collected all addresses, I might suggest a final check in from all parties to confirm participation before shipping. Hopefully this helps a little bit to eliminate free loaders. I've got everything bottled and have a goal to have everything boxed up before Thanksgiving.

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Old 11-15-2012, 11:56 AM   #213
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I just PM'd MasterJeem and Pint_destroyer yesterday as they are the last two I don't have addresses from. I also asked them to check in here on the thread so we know everyone is "in." I think the plan will be to ship the week after Thanksgiving...I plan to start boxing up between now and Thanksgiving, and probably hit the UPS store just before the end of Nov (probably the 30th, as I'm off that day...)

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Old 11-16-2012, 02:21 AM   #214
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The fruitcake old ale has been kegged for months now, and carbing is just finishing up. I will be bottling Thanksgiving weekend.

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Old 11-19-2012, 05:38 PM   #215
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I bottled the lambic this weekend. It shouldn't need too long bottle conditioning. It really just needed the time on the B. Brett which I was able to give it. Sample was good - tart and a little fruity. I imagine the tartness will mellow over time.

I'll be ready to ship the first week of December.

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Old 11-20-2012, 10:11 PM   #216
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thanks for setting this all up bio... are you gonna shoot out all the addressees to us via PM?

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Old 11-21-2012, 12:57 AM   #217
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Yes, I will PM the addresses in the next week. There is still one MIA (MasterJeem). I received Pint_destroyer's a couple days ago. He included the following note to me:

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Hey sorry for the delay in responding. Unfortunately the Cherry Spice Dubbel did not turn out well. I brewed the darn thing 3 times and it frankly was terrible, however I did brew the standard version (cherryless) and its bottled and ready to ship in place of the cherry version. This was my first time brewing with fruit. The first two versions became infected after adding the fruit, and the last version I tried to soften my water and tweak a few other variables and it came out like a cheap Sherry. Anyway I would like to ship the standard dubbel instead.
While it's a bummer he had so much trouble with the cherry (triple dubbel trouble?), I'm OK with his "regular" one if that's the best one in his opinion...Just wanted to give everyone else a chance to weigh in too...

I'm going to PM MasterJeem again, but if we don't hear from him in the next week, I'm going to consider him out, and we'll unfortunately just have 11 beers of Christmas...
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[QUOTE="biochemedic"...Just wanted to give everyone else a chance to weigh in too...

I appreciate his/her honesty. I'm game for whatever they think is best.

I'm going to PM MasterJeem again, but if we don't hear from him in the next week, I'm going to consider him out, and we'll unfortunately just have 11 beers of Christmas...[/QUOTE]

Better than sending a beer out and not getting one in return.

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Better than sending a beer out and not getting one in return.
I agree, especially after last year...at this point though we don't even have an address to send to...

I did look up his profile, and he hasn't posted since 07-18-2012...I expect it's one of those "life happens" scenarios...I think next year I may suggest that if you volunteer for the project, e-mail addresses should be shared early on, so there's a more reliable way to contact people in situations like this...
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I ...I think next year I may suggest that if you volunteer for the project, e-mail addresses should be shared early on, so there's a more reliable way to contact people in situations like this...
that's fair. But you're right. Life does happen. Remember the guy from last year where guys siphoned his beer out of the carboy and stole it???
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