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Old 02-05-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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Default St patricks day is only 40days away

dont forget to brew a drystout within the next couple weeks to be read for st patricks day

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Old 02-05-2012, 09:15 PM   #2
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Bubbling away as we speak, about 4 days in. Hope it finishes and carbs a little in time for the big day.

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Old 02-05-2012, 09:44 PM   #3
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Put a irish red in bottles last night.

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Old 02-05-2012, 09:53 PM   #4
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Ingredients for mine will be here Tuesday. Basically a Guinness draught clone with some crystal added in.

7# pale malt
1# C90
1# flaked barley
1# roast

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Old 02-06-2012, 04:16 AM   #5
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I happen to brew an Irish red to try it, not having brewed one before. That was last week, only afterward did i realize my fortuitous timing.

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Didn't think about it. Maybe I'll dye my smash green.

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Just over 5 weeks, right? If I can brew one night this week, do you think this is enough time to be drinkable but St. Pats? I need to bottle condition (new brewer, no draft equipment yet )... So, about 2 weeks in primary and 3 in the bottles.

Whatdaya guys think?

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Ingredients for mine will be here Tuesday. Basically a Guinness draught clone with some crystal added in.

7# pale malt
1# C90
1# flaked barley
1# roast
I brewed this same beer over the weekend. Bubbling away in my closet as we speak. The last couple times I made it, it turned out excellent. Even the swmbo likes it. Cheers!
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Just over 5 weeks, right? If I can brew one night this week, do you think this is enough time to be drinkable but St. Pats? I need to bottle condition (new brewer, no draft equipment yet )... So, about 2 weeks in primary and 3 in the bottles.

Whatdaya guys think?
As long as its a fairly low gravity beer with some healthy yeast, you'll be pretty close. I'd age them a little warmer than 70 if I was you.
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Just over 5 weeks, right? If I can brew one night this week, do you think this is enough time to be drinkable but St. Pats? I need to bottle condition (new brewer, no draft equipment yet )... So, about 2 weeks in primary and 3 in the bottles.

Whatdaya guys think?
For a low gravity beer like that, I'd think it was plenty of time. With kegging, I wouldn't hesitate to brew a low gravity English/Irish beer two weeks before consumption. Depending on the beer and yeast strain, I could even argue a week to ten days. Those low gravity British ales are meant to be turned around quickly and consumed young.

I saw a feature on some small Irish brewery on TV a few years ago, and they said they were "grain to glass" in 14 days. On another show, I saw that Boddington's goes from yeast pitch to cask in 3 days. Now, bear in mind that those are professional breweries.

I know most of the HBT forum favors a 3 week primary, but I'd personally say that's extremely excessive for a low gravity beer using most British yeast strains.

As for bottling, I've not done it in a LONG time. However, you don't want high carbonation with this style anyway, so you would add a reduced amount of sugar. I'd think three weeks would work fine.

-Brew a traditional gravity stout (in the low to mid 1.040s)
-Use a high floccing British strain
-Make a starter to ensure a healthy pitch or repitch from a previous batch
-Aerate well
-The bulk of fermentation should be done in 3-4 days.
-After terminal gravity is reached, allow a few extra days in primary for yeast to clean up and clear - perhaps raise the temp a few degrees to help
-Cold crash (if possible)
-Transfer and/or bottle
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