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Old 11-15-2010, 08:58 PM   #101
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Not perfect is right. I used BRS as my base for the double chocolate beers I am messing around with. To these I've added Dark Candi sugar and blackstrap molasses. That should give it some other flavors and might help it, but we will see.
Merriment is BRS, Dark Candi, Honey, and a bunch of spices including coffee. It's carbing up, let you know how it comes out in a week or so. Initial taste was pretty coffee strong, but I was drinking the trub.
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Old 11-19-2010, 06:49 PM   #102
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Bottled the BRS SMaSH last night. The test batch added up to a smidgen over a six pack. I'll let you know how it tastes in a couple of weeks once it's had a chance to carb up. Going in it actually wasn't too bad(considering what it is). Tasted a bit like a flat Michelob maybe with a bit of that biscquick flavor others have described. Surprisingly beer like. Although to be honest I'm not a fan of Mich(or anything in that range), I'm just impressed with the BRS's ability to fall within a beer like taste range..

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Old 11-19-2010, 07:33 PM   #103
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Bottled the BRS SMaSH last night. The test batch added up to a smidgen over a six pack. I'll let you know how it tastes in a couple of weeks once it's had a chance to carb up. Going in it actually wasn't too bad(considering what it is). Tasted a bit like a flat Michelob maybe with a bit of that biscquick flavor others have described. Surprisingly beer like. Although to be honest I'm not a fan of Mich(or anything in that range), I'm just impressed with the BRS's ability to fall within a beer like taste range..
Its probably very similar to what they actually use for a good portion of the adjuncts in Michelob. Probably just white rice instead.
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Old 11-25-2010, 01:41 AM   #104
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Bottled the dark agave nectar SMaSH this evening. Not particularly liking it going into the bottle. Kind of a cross between a lawnmower beer and a mead. Quite a bit of residual sweetness. Based on how meadlike it came out I would say that it would work as an alternative to honey in a recipe. I'll let you know how it tastes in a couple of weeks after it's had a chance to carb.

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Old 11-25-2010, 02:49 AM   #105
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brewed the Barbados molasses SMaSH tonight. OG=1.054

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Old 11-26-2010, 05:18 PM   #106
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brewed the blackstrap molasses SMaSH OG=1.042

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Old 11-26-2010, 06:28 PM   #107
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What hop are you using? What's the IBU?

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PS- I've found that making about .85 gallons I get 8-9 (12 oz.) bottles.

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I've been using Saaz pellets(that's what I had a bunch of) 3.9% I was following your lead and using .1oz@60 @30 and @5min. I probably should have up the amount to account for the lower AA because I don't think I'll be able to taste the hops except on the BRS batch. I was only getting 6.5 12oz bottles out of mine because I wasn't starting with enough water to account for boil off. The blackstrap I did better but it does mean I have to watch the boil like a hawk because the pot is so close to be full. Life is full of compromises right

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You're doing <1 gallon batches, right? The brew pot I am using holds just under 3 gallons, you can get them cheap. In fact, I think I have a total of 5 of these brew kettles and I only use them for small batches like this.

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