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Old 09-27-2007, 06:44 PM   #1
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Default Scarlet Dragon - 6 Months in the Making

So, i finally bottled my Gulden Draak clone. It's been in carboys for six months...i racked it twice to repitch cuz the damn thing just wouldn't drop in gravity. It was my fault originally, i didn't make quite a big enough starter and i racked too early.

when i tasted it a month ago, it was pretty good...very fruity. now i think it got some fusel alcohols from the final pitch and sitting at high temperatures...it's still fruity but has an almost bourbon taste to it.

anyway, now it's bottled. i think i'm going to wrap it up in garbage bags and bury it under the dirt in my friends basement, than open it in a year or so. it's at about 10.5% alcohol and i think with that sharp alcoholic bite it will definitely be a sipping beer, but i think a year will help to blend and mellow it a bit...and if not, what have i got to lose?

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Old 09-27-2007, 08:54 PM   #2
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Sweet name. I think you should drink one bottle a month to note how the flavor changes over time. Might be a fun experiment !

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good call...i have four 12 oz and the rest are 22 oz. i'm going to keep the 12 oz around and drink them quarterly over the next year

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My Aventinus clone is only about 8% and it had an alcohol bite to it. Its in the bottle about 6 weeks now and I had one tonight and it was pretty good. The alcohol taste has really mellowed. I think in another month this stuff is going to be really good.

I thought this stuff was destined to be paint thinner so I'm thrilled. I'm sure yours will mellow out as well.

What is the ABV for commercial Gulden Draak? Sounds Barley Winish.

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10.5% It's a dark strong ale

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