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Old 07-06-2011, 04:55 PM   #1
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Just ordered the Apocalypso extract kit, any of you guys have that one under your belt and can comment on the taste, smell or whatever else?

I know i'll like it for the summer with it's low IBU's but i've only got 3 brews through my system so i'm not whiz at looking at the ingredients and know what it'll be like before i actually raise the glass to my lips.

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Old 07-12-2011, 08:14 PM   #2
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Can you post the recipe?

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Old 07-12-2011, 08:17 PM   #3
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I looked up description http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...ducts_id=12971

56 IBU's is pretty bitter for a 1.048 beer.

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Here are the comments that other people posted about it:

"Comment by Brendan M on Wednesday 29 June, 2011
I agree with previous review, this gets better with time, I'm at 2.5 weeks bottle, it drinks like a fresh pale ale. Bitter for sure, but that should simmer with time. I plan on getting this kit again but adding 1lb rye and 2lbs 2 row to up gravity and simmer down the bitter. I think the Cylipso hops do have a fruit flavor, can't pin it down, but I think they would meld well with a rye spice.....I'll post how it turns out. All in all anouther great kit from you guys, rarely get a complaint from this guy...
Comment by Scott W on Wednesday 22 June, 2011
I bought the partial-mash kit, and used Nottingham. Kegged at 1 month. To be honest, it's not bad. The hops came on a bit strong for me, although my friends (who love hoppy beers like IPA's) loved it. It definitely got better as I drank it over a period of 2 weeks. Very drinkable."

You could pick up a pound or two of extract to add to the boil to tone down the bitterness if you want.

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Old 07-25-2011, 05:03 AM   #5
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Just bottled mine today. It is a little hoppy, but not to a IPA level. Tasted good without carbing.

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Old 07-25-2011, 06:10 PM   #6
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just kegged mine last night, seemed a little shallow in body...

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I've had mine in the keg for a few weeks now. I haven't touched it in a week, but the last I had it was still pretty hoppy, but the hop has a great flavor. If I did this again, I might prefer to reduce the bitterness to make the hop flavor stand out. Bittering for this was magnum. Not sure how calypso would have been as a bittering hop...

I think I might try to brew a go-to blonde that I normally get from my local HBS, but using the calypso for flavoring and dry hop. I do like the AHS recipe, but now want to experiment with that hop!

BTW, I went with Nottingham yeast. I don't know how much the yeast would impact the flavor.

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Old 07-25-2011, 08:31 PM   #8
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I just ordered this extract kit because it was so darn cheap. I might reduce the bittering hops as I'm not a huge hop head and 56 ibu's sounds pretty high to me.

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It's actually not that high, around average for a standard APA (at least in my head). What really makes the hops stand out is the light body flavor from the malt. It's only 7lbs of LME and (i think) .5lb Maltodextrin for a bit more body.

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I got an IBU of 72 when I put it in to Beersmith. That seems WAY high. That is with a full boil which I always do. I can't believe it increased the IBUs that much. I guess I'll have to scale it back.

Also, I was surprised about the simplicity of the recipe too. Just 7 lbs of LME and 8 oz of malto dextrin and thats it. Perhaps that is why it appears so bitter, because there are any specialty grains added?

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