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Old 10-16-2012, 03:05 PM   #31
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I'm thinking of brewing this up as a partigyle. I'll steep the dark crystal and add to the second runnings (with a little first runnings mixed in) and try to hit 1.045ish. I started a thread about it here. The first runnings will be an American IPA. Any help is appreciated.

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Old 10-16-2012, 11:13 PM   #32
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Brewed this up today, no sparge (except for holding back 2 gallons of the 8 needed total as a boiling mashout/attempt infusion) and hit 88% efficiency... I realize this is probably something not to whine about, but my low gravity beers are killing me. I wanted 1.040 and got 1.046... I'm running of 7 gallons to boil down to 5.5 in an hour. Frustrating

.. Anyway, went with first gold for flavor and aroma as mentioned on the blog belonging to the OP, and they did smell like sweet oranges. Pitched a 1.5l starter of wlp006 and gave it 60 sec. of pure O2. Set ferment temp to 64. Can't wait.

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Old 12-05-2012, 11:06 PM   #33
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Posting my results as I enjoy a pint of this.

After first getting it into the keg I didn't care for this beer at all. Tasted harsh, overly hoppy and tannic like. Fast forward to time in the keg and now it pours beautifully clear, brite and the first gold hops have calmed down to lend a nice orange candy marmalade like character to the beer.

Overall a very nice beer, and I might give wlp006 a shot again in the future, but so far out of my meager British ale yeast trials of wyeast 1968, wlp002 (same yeast), so4, Nottingham, and wyeast 1469 - 1469 is the hands down winner at this point. Either way, these first gold hops have some serious potential in other beers as well... I'm thinking American IPA.

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Old 12-07-2012, 02:55 AM   #34
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Glad to hear it turned out well for you in the end. Wlp006 can be a tricky yeast, as it does require some time in the keg for it to settle out and mature. It's a lot like the Marstons' yeast in that regard; tastes great one day, the next you're like "WTF happened?" and then right when you've given up all hope, the heavens part and the beer sings like no other. Wy1469 is a nice yeast too, a bit stone-fruity for my tastes but it has a lovely malt character when fermented cool.

First Gold hops are certainly one worth keeping around. Great for golden ales, bitters, and they'd probably make a nice hoppy saison or APA.

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Old 04-16-2013, 10:47 PM   #35
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Just finished a 6 day primary using wyeast 1028 London Ale yeast. Taste great straight from the primary, hydrometer sample went bottoms up.

I can't wait to taste it after the 5 day dry hop and a bit of cold conditioning / carbonating.

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Old 01-28-2014, 06:52 PM   #36
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Finishing a keg of that, it's pretty tasty, I wanted something different than the Common Room ESB as I got a pound of EKG earlier this year, it's quite a good brew.

Will brew again.

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