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Old 01-30-2009, 11:10 PM   #1
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In preperation for St. Patty's Day I'm making an Irish Red and a Guiness Clone. Both recipes were taken from this forum because I can't make up my own to save my life. I brewed up the Red two weeks ago and am just not pleased. It's not bad by any means, but it's not Irish and it sure as hell ain't red. It's pretty much a pale ale, and at the moment, I don't need another batch of pale (I've got a case of IPA, 5 gal of Rye IPA waiting to be bottled, and an Ordinary Bitter bring kegged tonight).

Yes, I know, it's still young, and I can appreciate that fact. But it's not anywhere near what an Irish Red should be and time won't solve that. Sadly, scheduling does not permit me to brew up a "better" recipe in enough time for March 17th. I will never waste beer, so I will be giving it away in due time.

When looking at the recipe it didn't strike me much as an Irish Red, but it got good reviews from members who had made it themselves, and I thought it would be worth a shot. Should've stuck to my instincts. Should've looking at style guide and other recipes more carfuly. Lesson Learned.

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Old 01-30-2009, 11:58 PM   #2
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I've had that happen quite often. Recently I had a few friends over and mentioned that I was going to dump a couple of batches that I did not really like. Two of the guys each said that they would take one home. One of them loved the beer and the other soon found why I did not like it. Like you mentioned, see if you can pawn off this batch to some of your friends who might not know any better.

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Old 01-31-2009, 12:56 AM   #3
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where's the Guinness clone recipe you brewed? Just curious...I'd like to maybe give it a shot sometime

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Old 01-31-2009, 01:07 AM   #4
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You can ship it to me - I'm planning an Irish version of Cinco de Mayo It should be good and ready by then

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what irish red recipe?

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If I pull a recipe off of the web, I make certain that the creator is one highly respected on that particular website.

Too often people will post something that may not have been well thought out and tested.

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Could you Irish it up a little bit by adding something to it? Some Irish whiskey, or some green food colouring? Normally I'd think such things were terrible ideas, but if it's that or dumping it, it could be worth trying. Or take it to a catholic church and have it blessed by the priest so that it's holy beer. My Irish grandma would have loved that.

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This post is entirely useless if you don't tell us what recipe you are referring to.

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I don't reference the recipe because I didn't want to bring any undue heat to the creator. This was just my opinion on its outcome. And I have zero intention on dumping it, but I do intend to give it away.
As for the stout, I don't have the direct link, but here's the recipe:

Guiness Clone
6.75 lb Marris Otter
2.5 lb Flaked Barley
1.12 lb Roasted Barley
2 oz Acid Malt
2 oz East Kent Golding hops (60)

Anticipated OG 1.044
Anticipated FG 1.012
IBU 32
SRM 25

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Here's the Irish Red:

6.5 lb Marris Otter
1 lb Brown Sugar (10 min)
0.5 lb Dextrine
0.25 lb Chocolate malt
0.25 lb Flaked Oats
1 oz Challenger hops (60)

Anticipated OG 1.051
Anticipated FG 1.013
IBU 22
SRM 16

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