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tampa911 03-08-2013 02:38 AM

Magic Hat #9
Has anyone tried the Magic Hat #9 extract kit from Austin Homebrew Supply?

I am thinking about ordering this for my second kit, as I have a taste for #9 and have a bunch of friends that love it.

How close was the kit to the real deal following the instructions to the letter? Did you choose any options (different yeast, extra alcohol, etc)

Any recomendations to improve on the recipe?

Adrenaline-Junkie 03-10-2013 01:10 AM

I was thinking about getting that kit as well. I love #9 and would like to brew it at some point. For the most part the recipes review seems positive. The biggest problem i see is just about everyone has different tastes and it seems like everyone brews a little different. That being said opinions and results vary. You kinda just have to try it and see how it goes and tweak the recipe form there.

mgr_stl 03-10-2013 05:14 AM

I recently bought this kit and will be brewing next weekend. I'd also appreciate feedback from anyone who has brewed this kit. I'll add the recipe based on the contents of the kit when I have a minute so you can comment even if you haven't made this yourself, but have some suggestions.

tampa911 03-12-2013 12:51 AM

Placed my order tonight. I opted for the Wyeast, Yeast fuel, and the 1% alcohol bootst. Hoping it makes it here for this weekend as I am itching for my 2nd brew day.

mgr_stl 03-13-2013 02:17 AM

So here's the recipe. I will be steeping the grains in a 5 gallon paint strainer bag, doing a full boil, adding 1/3 of the LME at boil and 2/3 with 15 minutes left, adding Irish moss with 10 minutes left, and otherwise following the printed recipe.

I ended up buying US-05 yeast for my kit.

1/2 lb Crystal 60L Malt
1/2 lb 2-Row Malt

Malt Extract:
7 lbs Extra Pale LME

Bittering - 3/4 oz Cascade (60 minutes)
Flavor - 1/2 oz Cascade (15 minutes)
Aroma - 1/2 oz Cascade (5 minutes)

They sent me 2 oz of Cascade, and was thinking about using the extra 1/4 oz at some point in the process. Probably aroma since I don't really want this to be more bitter.

3 oz apricot flavoring (added before bottling)

I'd appreciate any input you have.

tampa911 04-01-2013 11:51 PM

Ok so I brewed this last Saturday (9 days ago) and first impressions were that it turned out pretty good. I ordered the kit with the 1% Alcohol boost, and the Wort was a bit sweeter than I would have expected. The beer finished up with an OG of 1.063 vs the anticipated 1.051 (not sure if this is due to the alcohol boost, or failure to completely mix the top off water before the reading was taken.)

The fermentation kicked off a little over 24 hours after moving to the primary and was moderately active for the first week. The fermentation has slowed to about a bubble every 45 seconds or so with the krausen all settling out. I am thinking about racking to a secondary in the next day or two, but had a question about the recipe.

The kit came with 3oz of Apricot Flavoring, and calls for the addition before bottling. Should this be added with the priming sugar or when racking to the secondary? The instructions lead me to belive it is to be added with the priming sugar as they include instructions to rack to a secondary, and then later have a section titled "flavoring to add before bottling".

Adrenaline-Junkie 04-01-2013 11:58 PM

You add the flavoring when you bottle or keg.

tampa911 04-02-2013 01:32 AM

Thanks Adrenalin....

Should I boil the additive with my priming sugar, boil it seperate, or just add it to the bottling bucket with the priming sugar?

Adrenaline-Junkie 04-02-2013 02:11 AM

I just add flavoring like that by itself w/o boiling and havnt had any problems.

tampa911 04-03-2013 03:08 AM

OK so I racked to a secondary tonight after 10 days and took a gravity reading. The beer was at 1.013 (which is the final gravity specified in the recipe). Beer was pretty tasty. The sweetness has subsided quite a bit, but it is still quite cloudy. I will give it another week and a half to two weeks in the secondary and see how things go. I am contemplating a cold crash as my first brew is making some SERIOUS yeast cakes in the bottom of the bottles.

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