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Mithranbeer 10-03-2012 08:11 AM

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This July I brewed a 90/- Scottish ale kit from Northern Brewer that turned out to be my best beer yet. I've only been brewing since January - 8 all-grain batches - and this was the first time I pitched more than just a smack pack - I pitched two. I was also meticulous about changing out the ice in the swamp cooler, and I think it shows. When I loved the hydrometer sample after bottling, I knew this was going to be special. I don't have a ton of commercial examples to compare it to, but it turned out a beautiful dark amber to red color with a perfect head. The taste is clean, malty, with a hint of smokiness from the yeast - no peated or smoked malt was used.

(The image was from bottling day, thus no head.)


Brewcrew02 10-09-2012 06:58 AM

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Bottled my first CDA/Black IPA (also first full size all grain!) on Friday after 3 weeks primary. I can't effing wait. Everyone so far has liked my extra pale 2 gal extract batch, hybrid pale wheat, and most recently, my second 5 gal. batch ever which I call Cinnister Punkin Ale.

Used AHS Amer. Brown Ale session series (cuz I needed homebrew while waiting for the CDA!), but added some unspiced and 1 large can pumpkin pie filling. Added an extra teaspoon of cinnamon at 5 min left in boil for a kick and next time will add some to secondary. Still can't believe the turnaround time. 10 days tops primary, and like another 10 to carb. Carbed well for such little time due to a slight over-prime. Main bullet-point of this story is, if I make beer better than this, I will always be a happy man. And so will my family and friends!

Next up, American Black Wheat. Harvester of Sorrow Black Wheat or BuckWheat Black Wheat? Inappropriate labels?


Brewcrew02 10-09-2012 06:58 AM

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Bottled my first CDA/Black IPA (also first full size all grain!) on Friday after 3 weeks primary. I can't effing wait. Everyone so far has liked my extra pale 2 gal extract batch, hybrid pale wheat, and most recently, my second 5 gal. batch ever which I call Cinnister Punkin Ale.

Used AHS Amer. Brown Ale session series (cuz I needed homebrew while waiting for the CDA!), but added some unspiced and 1 large can pumpkin pie filling. Added an extra teaspoon of cinnamon at 5 min left in boil for a kick and next time will add some to secondary. Still can't believe the turnaround time. 10 days tops primary, and like another 10 to carb. Carbed well for such little time due to a slight over-prime. Main bullet-point of this story is, if I make beer better than this, I will always be a happy man. And so will my family and friends!

Next up, American Black Wheat. Harvester of Sorrow Black Wheat or BuckWheat Black Wheat? Inappropriate labels?


Brewcrew02 10-09-2012 06:58 AM

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Bottled my first CDA/Black IPA (also first full size all grain!) on Friday after 3 weeks primary. I can't effing wait. Everyone so far has liked my extra pale 2 gal extract batch, hybrid pale wheat, and most recently, my second 5 gal. batch ever which I call Cinnister Punkin Ale.

Used AHS Amer. Brown Ale session series (cuz I needed homebrew while waiting for the CDA!), but added some unspiced and 1 large can pumpkin pie filling. Added an extra teaspoon of cinnamon at 5 min left in boil for a kick and next time will add some to secondary. Still can't believe the turnaround time. 10 days tops primary, and like another 10 to carb. Carbed well for such little time due to a slight over-prime. Main bullet-point of this story is, if I make beer better than this, I will always be a happy man. And so will my family and friends!

Next up, American Black Wheat. Harvester of Sorrow Black Wheat or BuckWheat Black Wheat? Inappropriate labels?



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