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Old 12-01-2008, 07:01 AM   #21
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I'm gonna brew this recipe this week. The only problem is that the LHBS was out of WLP002, so I got WLP005 -- any thoughts from anyone.

And, actually, it's not my LHBS; I just happened to be in Phx and hit the LHBS - I was gonna ask Chuck if 002 could be substituted with 005, but they were busy and I was in a hurry.

Anyways, I'll post the results, and would be willing to send a couple bottles of the finished product to any Moose Drool lovers to see how you think it compares...

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Old 12-01-2008, 07:43 AM   #22
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The WLP005 should be fine. I heard once that the actual house strain they use is Wyeast 1968 London ESB Ale yeast.

My American Brown recipe started as a Moose Drool clone, and is similar to that, but I only use Crystal 80 instead of 60/20. Also, I use the debittered carafa special instead of the black patent to cut down on the roasty flavor but maintain the dark color, and I like to toast the oats before adding them to the mash.

Hop schedule is about the same as yours, and I use the 1968 ESB yeast. The recipe you have should serve as a great beer, and at worst a good starting point for a clone of that one.

I'm always game for a side by side comparison.

I was thinking about adding some hazlenut extract to the keg when I brew another brown, might have to do that sooner than later.

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Old 12-01-2008, 08:01 AM   #23
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I'm always game for a side by side comparison.
alright - you're first! Maybe we should get a Moose-Drool-ish swap going?

I'll send you a few bottles once it's done...
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Old 12-04-2008, 03:02 AM   #24
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Here's my recipe that I want to brew...

My Moose Drool Clone...

8.74 lbs. American 2-row info
1.65 lbs. American Caramel 40°L info
0.42 lbs. American Chocolate Malt info
0.33 lbs. American Black Patent info
2.0 oz. Liberty (Pellets, 4.00 %AA) boiled 60 min. info
0.50 oz. East Kent Goldings (Pellets, 5.00 %AA) boiled 15 min. info
0.50 oz. Willamette (Pellets, 5.00 %AA) boiled 1 min. info
Yeast : WYeast 1028 London Ale info

I would like to get my hands on a sixer. Anyone up for trading? WE have a great Bourbon Barrel Stout here in KY.

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Old 12-04-2008, 04:08 AM   #25
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so I brewed this last night - and man did the yeast starter smell like banana's??
I don't use liquid yeast much - let alone British/English ale yeast - but I'm assuming it's okay?

j - I'd be interested in the difference between our two recipes! swap?

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Moose Drool ain't bad, but it's way overpriced for what it is. Big sky used to make a stout that wasn't too bad, they called it "Slow Elk" but I haven't seen it in the stores for a couple of years, it was a bit overpriced too. Regard, GF.

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Moose Drool ain't bad, but it's way overpriced for what it is. Big sky used to make a stout that wasn't too bad, they called it "Slow Elk" but I haven't seen it in the stores for a couple of years, it was a bit overpriced too. Regard, GF.

For real? Overpriced? It's the same price on tap as anything else, at least last summer; bottle, too, as I recall. Plus, you get it for like $3.00 a pint at Missoula Ospreys games. Now that's hard to beat.
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AZ - I'm interested in a swap, but the only thing is that I won't have time to brew this until after the first of the year. I'll keep you posted.

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For real? Overpriced? It's the same price on tap as anything else, at least last summer; bottle, too, as I recall. Plus, you get it for like $3.00 a pint at Missoula Ospreys games. Now that's hard to beat.
Its -11 F here in Wisconsin and you're reminding me of wiling away my college summer days with a pint of Moosedrool at an Osprey game. That's just not fair.
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I really like their brown (Moose Drool), ale (Trout Slayer), but I DON'T like their IPA (Big Sky - Pronghorn or something). and this is coming from an IPA guy! Any other's wanna weigh in on the Big Sky IPA? Just doesn't do it for me -- but Moose Drool and Trout Slayer are grrrrrrrreeeeaaaaaatttt!
I really dig the Big Sky IPA. Very pleasant hop aroma with a solid citrusy bitterness. Nice malt character and good head retention/lacing also. This is good stuff, IMO.
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