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Old 09-08-2012, 04:00 AM   #11
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Cool story bro!

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Old 09-09-2012, 10:19 PM   #12
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Well I roughly worked something out on beer smith using the info supplied on the website but without any ratios for the grainbill or the hop schedule this is going to require a lot of trial and error

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Old 09-10-2012, 05:54 AM   #13
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To me, Red Hoptober seemed way to thin. Decent hop character, but could use some more maltiness.

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Old 09-10-2012, 04:36 PM   #14
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I think NB is being sneaky on the ingredients. I taste chocolate malt in this. As a matter of fact, it tastes like a hoppy porter to me, very interesting.

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Old 09-10-2012, 04:42 PM   #15
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I sent them an email to see if they would like to be more helpful but as their site states its going to take a few weeks to get a response

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RainyDay I have to admit when I got your post on my smartphone I dismissed it summarily saying "His palette is waaayyy different from mine!!" But now I am retasting it in my Sam Adams Bostan Lager glass and I see what you're talking about! I definitely taste the chocolate malt!

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RainyDay I have to admit when I got your post on my smartphone I dismissed it summarily saying "His palette is waaayyy different from mine!!" But now I am retasting it in my Sam Adams Bostan Lager glass and I see what you're talking about! I definitely taste the chocolate malt!
Okay! I need to get some more and try it again, because I didn't notice the chocolate malt flavor. What shines for me are the El Dorado hops which are said to have a watermellon taste. I'm not sure if I tasted watermellon, but I definitely could taste the unique flavor of the El Dorado. A flavor I'm not used to..
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:38 AM   #18
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Thank you for not thinking im crazy! I mean I am, but I do taste it. This beer has actually been a point of discussion with another homebrewer friend of mine. Go through an entire sixer of it, you'll change your opinion one way or the other by the end. I think this is a more intriguing beer than most realize, only having one. It really takes the full six pack to at least appreciate what it is.

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I sent them an email to see if they would like to be more helpful but as their site states its going to take a few weeks to get a response
Definitely keep us informed, im very curious about their response. I detect a conspiracy.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:22 AM   #20
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Patrick,
We actually do not give out times, temperatures, and specific recipe information. But actually, our website contains quite a bit of information about all of our beers. I can tell you that we use a relatively neutral ale yeast in the Red Hoptober. Sorry I can't give you more specific information.
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Subject: [Question] Red Hoptober Recipe

I've just tried your Red Hoptober for the first time and it was fantastic! My friends and I are avid homebrewers and we would love to try to copy this beer for our own private consumption (no commercial purposes). You already have some wonderful info on your site about ingredients but I was just wondering if you could fill me in on a few minor details:
1. What is the percentage of base malt to crystal malt?
2. What mash temperatures do you use?
3. What type of commercially available yeast are you closest to using?

Any info you could give me would be much appreciated as I have limited time in my schedule to fit in brew days and it could take months for me to nail this recipe down. Thank you very much for just taking the time to read this lengthy e-mail!

Regards, Patrick

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