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Old 02-13-2010, 12:41 PM   #81
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Also, how's the head on this beer? I like a big creamy head on Irish Ale... like as close to a Guinness head as can be without nitrogen. Would the addition of a head retention grain be appropriate for this beer (and if so, maybe how much?) or is the head pretty good already?

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Old 02-19-2010, 02:59 PM   #82
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Hey, I am going to get the ingredients for this recipe today. My wife has really gotten into the beer I've been making and this will be her first attempt.

I'd like to convert this to a full boil. I tried an online calculator (I'm on a mac so I don't think I can use Beersmith) and this is as good as I could get:

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USE TIME OZ VARIETY FORM AA
boil 60 mins 0.75 Goldings, East Kent pellet 4.8
boil 1 min 1.0 Willamette pellet 5.0
Boil: 5.0 avg gallons for 60 minutes
Bitterness
3.6 HBU
15.0 IBU
ƒ: Tinseth
BU:GU
0.32

Does that look right?

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Old 02-20-2010, 10:46 PM   #83
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We ended up brewing it today. We opted for the partial boil to be on the safe side (and couldn't by the hops in less than an ounce anyway) and I'm really excited about it. My wife loved the process and appreciated the equipment that I've upgraded our setup with (turkey fryer, SS pot, wort chiller). So that's win/win! I'll let you know how it turns out.

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Old 02-22-2010, 11:25 AM   #84
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Just brewed this baby up yesterday! LHBS had everything, except I used muttons Light LME, and I used .5 lbs of carapils, instead of caramel pils- hopefully the changes wont impact the beer too much.
How detrimental do you think it would be if I racked into bottles after 1 wk in the primary, and 1 wk in the secondary, In an attempt to be able to crack a few bottles for St. Patty's day? Should I give it a shot, or just let the beer sit, rack to bottles after 3 wks, and enjoy the DFH 60 min clone I just bottled for 3/17?
Thanks for the imput, look forward to passin out a few of the Quaffable Irish Red!

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Old 02-23-2010, 04:40 AM   #85
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Best to not rush this beer. Use the 1,2,3 rule

1 week primary
2 weeks 2ndary
3 weeks carbing.

Drink to your health!

If you are desperate buy a 6r of Smithwicks, and furgetaboutit!

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Old 02-24-2010, 01:29 PM   #86
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Best to not rush this beer. Use the 1,2,3 rule

1 week primary
2 weeks 2ndary
3 weeks carbing.

Drink to your health!

If you are desperate buy a 6r of Smithwicks, and furgetaboutit!

I like your idea but I would disagree that a 6r of Smithwicks is enough to furgetaboutit. Maybe a 60r
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Ours is bubbling away. My plan is to brew a Wee Heavy this weekend and pitch it on top of the yeast cake after I transfer this one to secondary.

Do any of you happen to have an extract scotch ale that you would recommend?

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So I have had this in the bottle 4 weeks now. It was in my basement at around 55 degrees for two weeks, but on Schlenkerla's suggestion, I brought it upstairs in about a 65 degree room for two weeks. It seems to me the carbonation is still pretty light, or at least it doesnt last very long. It is also very very light on hoppiness. I was going to get a case of Killian's Irish Red for comparison, but they are twist off caps, and I'm so obsessed with home brewing I avoid any bottles I can't reuse!


It's also still slightly sweet. Does that sound in line with the style, or other people's experience with the recipe?

That being said, this beer has the BEST head retention and lacing in the glass of any of my previous brews.

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So I have had this in the bottle 4 weeks now. It was in my basement at around 55 degrees for two weeks, but on Schlenkerla's suggestion, I brought it upstairs in about a 65 degree room for two weeks. It seems to me the carbonation is still pretty light, or at least it doesnt last very long. It is also very very light on hoppiness. I was going to get a case of Killian's Irish Red for comparison, but they are twist off caps, and I'm so obsessed with home brewing I avoid any bottles I can't reuse!


It's also still slightly sweet. Does that sound in line with the style, or other people's experience with the recipe?

That being said, this beer has the BEST head retention and lacing in the glass of any of my previous brews.
If its sweet and the carbonation is low, then it needs a bit more time. This beer should be balanced, not overly bitter or sweet.
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I just finished bottling this and Team Canada scored. woot!

On a side note, my LHBS didn't have some of the same ingredients as the original recipe so i'd thought id post my changes.

The changes made the beer come out more so of a brown ale but still has a bit of irish kick to it. Little darker in colour because of the addition of the Brown Malt. Also the yeast I used is different as well. I'll post some pics in a few weeks.


Type: Extract
Yeast: Wyeast 1056 American Ale
OG: 1.043
FG: 1.012

6 lb LME
1/2 lb Caramel Pils Malt
1/4 lb Brown Malt
0.13 lb Biscuit Malt
0.13 lb Chocolate Malt

1 oz Goldings (60 min)
1 oz Fuggles (1 min)

Primary: 7 days @ 18 degC
Secondary: 14 days @ 18 degC

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