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Old 08-08-2012, 08:33 PM   #871
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One it would have to be around -15, not 32. Two, holy oxidation batman.
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I have been on this site for a year and never came across this thread. This thread is epic and really entertaining, read it all.

I'm going very soon for a high ABV beer. Shooting for only a touch over 20%. I don't have the capacity to freeze it but after reading this, I wish i did. I will also boil it for a long time to reduce about 80 liters into 25. Then add it little by little to the fermenter. Will see if I get better luck to bring down the gravity.

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Old 08-09-2012, 01:53 PM   #873
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I have been on this site for a year and never came across this thread. This thread is epic and really entertaining, read it all.

I'm going very soon for a high ABV beer. Shooting for only a touch over 20%. I don't have the capacity to freeze it but after reading this, I wish i did. I will also boil it for a long time to reduce about 80 liters into 25. Then add it little by little to the fermenter. Will see if I get better luck to bring down the gravity.
Really? This thread will kill more brain cells than a keg o' beer!
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Old 08-09-2012, 03:52 PM   #874
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Don't worry I have started my own thread for this one.

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Old 08-09-2012, 03:59 PM   #875
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Subscribed! Being a fan of penguin's "Sink The Bismarck"... I have a few bottles.... I've had many of discussions of "partial freezing" over some home brew.

Good luck!.. and Sink the BIZmark..

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Very cool! No, I didn't know they were doing that. That's cool! I am going to have to look into it.
So have you ever finished this project, or you too busy playing with your stinky finger?
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:32 PM   #879
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I think I've taken the beer as far as its going to go and it is currently aging. My best guess is that it ended up in the low 30's in terms of ABV but I really should get off my butt and have it tested to confirm.

It developed a lot of "soy sauce" flavor and I'm not 100% positive on how that developed (open to feedback on that).

i have dropped some oak chips into it to see if i can fight off some of the soy sauce flavor and we'll see.

It's funny you bumped the thread because I have been seriously thinking about trying it again given some of the things I learned with the first go around.

What I would do differently is;

- first and foremost... I wouldn't go crazy trying to hit the hightest OG possible out of the gates. Since I am going to freeze concentrate it anyway, there was no reason to shoot that high out of the gates.
- I would probably add at least some candy sugar to the grain bill as the current beer is a bit think and syrupy on the palate.
- I would still come out of the gates with a large cake of US-05, and then go 099... and then still probably go with a distiller's turbo yeast to try to get it to dry out as much as possible.
- i would cut WAY back on the oxygen shots I was giving it and probably not add any oxygen at all after the US-05 had chooped through a good chunk of what it will eat
- still would mash really low for a really long mash

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I think I've taken the beer as far as its going to go
The toilet? Ahh well, at least it was cheap to brew.
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