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Old 01-05-2013, 07:27 AM   #41
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I screwed up the name but I've posted two reviews of this beer to my blog.

http://gfhomebrewing.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/dark-spires-black-lodge.html

Again. Hell of a beer.

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Old 01-08-2013, 11:40 PM   #42
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Bottled this last night after 2 weeks in the primary and a week in the secondary. The final partially filled bottle was so good I drank it warm and flat... This could turn out to be a very good beer; more to come.

Pretty easy; only did a 45 minute boil:
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45min - 3lb sorghum, 3lb rice syrup, 1lb D-180 Dark Candi, 8oz Blackstrap Molasses, 5oz Dextrose, .5oz Cascade, .5oz Northern, 8oz maltodextrin, 1tsp gypsum
22min - .25oz Cascade, .25oz Northern
15min - 1tsp irish moss, 0.5tsp Yeast Nutrient
5min - .25oz Cascade, .25oz Northern

OG - 1.056
FG - 1.010
ABV - 5.9
IBU - 35
SRM - 27
Ok I just brewed my first batch of beer the other day. So sorry for the newb questions. My wife wanted a gf beer as my first smelled amazing as I put it in to ferment. Should be ready to bottle in a couple days. I used a kit for this, it is irish stout. I was wondering on this recipe do you just start out warming the water then just before boiling point is reached, and I assume this is a soft boil? Then just add the first list of ingredients? Also when fermenting why and how to determine if you should double ferment? if I understand correctly it's to mature the flavor of the beer? thanks for answering my questions.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:12 PM   #43
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Ok I just brewed my first batch of beer the other day. So sorry for the newb questions. My wife wanted a gf beer as my first smelled amazing as I put it in to ferment. Should be ready to bottle in a couple days. I used a kit for this, it is irish stout. I was wondering on this recipe do you just start out warming the water then just before boiling point is reached, and I assume this is a soft boil? Then just add the first list of ingredients? Also when fermenting why and how to determine if you should double ferment? if I understand correctly it's to mature the flavor of the beer? thanks for answering my questions.
For the Dual Spires, here's how my boil went:
- Bring 4-5 gallons of water to a boil (been doing 4 gallon boils lately, then topping off to 5 gallons in the primary)
- Remove from heat and add all 45 minute additions EXCEPT the hops
- Return to heat, stir it up, bring it back to a boil, then add 45 minute hop addition and start the clock
- Along with the 15 minute additions I also add the wort chiller to make double sure it is sanitized.

As for your question on utilizing a secondary fermenter, if you search this site you are likely to find much debate on whether it's "really" needed or not. As part of my brewing process, I always use a secondary fermenter after initial fermentation in the primary is complete. I do it to help further clear the beer and to get it out of the trub left in the bottom of the primary. While a must if you want to dry hop, add fruit, etc., from what I understand, a secondary fermenter is not otherwise a must.

If you don't have a wort chiller, I would recommend buying (or building) one before buying a secondary. Hope this helps.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:22 PM   #44
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Great thanks for that. I just made my own wort chiller, pretty ready to do, soft copper hose clamps, house bib adapter, clear tubing, BAM. Thats a great top on the chiller putting it in the pot last fifteen minutes to double insure it's sanitary. Won't it give an off taste though?

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Old 01-10-2013, 05:07 PM   #45
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It's standard practice to put the immersion chiller in the boil kettle during the last 15 min.

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Old 01-11-2013, 02:30 PM   #46
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If you read my above comment you will see this is my first batch of beer, so nothing is standard yet

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Old 01-11-2013, 02:43 PM   #47
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Hope you didn't take my comment as negative. My comment was that its a standard practice and it had no bearing on whether its your 1st or not, just that you didn't know and I was trying to assure you that was the normal process. We all had questions like this at one point.

I feel like I'm starting over with the switch to GF brewing. Cheers :-)

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Old 01-13-2013, 12:52 PM   #48
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Bottled up a version of this last night...received the wrong hops ( no northern brewer) from an online order so subbed Columbus for the NB. Should still turn out good. I also dry hopped w 1 oz of cascade for 5 days....I'll report back in a month or so once it's ready.

how long before yours was drinkable? I am finding 1-2 months is when my beers start to get good

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Just bottled today. Tasted initial after I bottled from a cracked bottle that would carb. Tasted pretty good. Strong blackstrap molasses flavor with hobs undertone. Had a bit of effervescence on the nose but hoping that will mellow with age. Excited about this one. I will post when it has conditioned.


OG 1.070
FG 1.020
ABV 6.55

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Old 01-14-2013, 04:16 PM   #50
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Hope you didn't take my comment as negative. My comment was that its a standard practice and it had no bearing on whether its your 1st or not, just that you didn't know and I was trying to assure you that was the normal process. We all had questions like this at one point.

I feel like I'm starting over with the switch to GF brewing. Cheers :-)
No I didn't. Just saying that my standard is still chaotic until I brew more is all.
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