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Old 09-13-2012, 08:00 PM   #61
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I made an extract honey cream ale way back when.(It used honey in the boil, but not sure why I named it a honey cream)
It was the first time I actually shared a 6 pack with anyone (this guy was the first person to ask for some)
Anyways, my notes say that at bottling time, it wasn't very tasty, and I recall not liking it after a few weeks of carbing,
but it was the only beer I had ready when my coworker asked if he could have some. apparently, an extra month in the bottle fixed it,
and we both agreed it was delicious!

Have not been able to repeat brew, even though I have the recipe written down. sigh.
I've made drinkable beers, but that one was very notable. And at least one non-brewer knows that homebrew can be great.

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Old 09-13-2012, 09:36 PM   #62
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Ditto. I like an IPA/DIPA that's on the sweeter side and it seems the only way to get it is to brew it yourself. Every commercial I have tried lately has been way too dry for my taste.
I agree and I have to say this one does it for me. Between the high mash temp and the liquid candi sugar it rounds the beers flavor out better and gives more of a backbone behind the hops adding to the complexity.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:43 PM   #63
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i have to change mine, i just made an oktoberfest for a friends wedding called herr that was awesome!

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Old 10-02-2012, 10:07 PM   #64
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Double decoction Maibock, only 5 left in the bottle for competition in November and March, lol!!

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Old 10-02-2012, 10:21 PM   #65
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My Kate the Great Clone

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Old 10-02-2012, 10:35 PM   #66
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:43 AM   #67
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My best so far is the Oktoberfest I made last March. Creatively lagered by moving the fermenter around my garage. Finally opened a bottle around the same time they were tapping the kegs in Munich.

Next year it's going to be better. Decocted, and I'm going with 70% Munich, 30% Vienna this time. The current batch used 30% 2-row because that's what I had.

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Old 10-03-2012, 07:11 AM   #68
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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.)

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Old 10-09-2012, 05:58 AM   #69
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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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Old 10-16-2012, 12:45 AM   #70
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the BuckWheat Black Wheat is hilarious!

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