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Old 10-31-2009, 10:04 PM   #21
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It's in the carboy with yeast pitched. Pretty uneventful brewday. Everything went exactly as planned. I was aiming for your reported actual OG and hit it right on the numbers. I'm trying to do this exactly like you did when you won the comp. Well, except maybe I'll dry hop a bit less time! I boiled 90 min to really clean it up but I think it might have darkened a bit more than estimated. Looks beautiful though. I'll report back with tasting notes in about 2 months.

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Old 11-18-2009, 03:34 AM   #22
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Comin' up on dry hoppin' time, Brian!

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Old 11-18-2009, 11:51 AM   #23
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Yep, I was thinking the same thing last night. Only problem is all my carboys are in use. I've gotta get my 10.10.10 bottled then I can rack my mirror pond to that carboy for dry hopping and the Kabe's Secret to the carboy the mirror pond is in to dry hop. I took a gravity reading last night and tasted it anyway though. Gravity was down to 1.010 and flavor was great, the honey malt really gave it a nice sweetness that I think really needs some dry hopping to balance. Should end up great. Oh, I've also gotta kick some kegs for these or they might be dry hopping for as long as you did it!

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Old 11-18-2009, 04:00 PM   #24
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Oh, I've also gotta kick some kegs for these or they might be dry hopping for as long as you did it!
Have to empty some kegs, huh? It's a tough job but somebody's gotta do it!
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Old 11-21-2009, 07:43 AM   #25
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Going to try this recipe on Sunday. First time not using a kit. Bag of grains smells soo good. Dont have the pac man but will use Saf05 or some WL001 slurry. Looking forward to it - Will let you know how it goes..

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Sweet! Looking forward to hearing about how it comes out.

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How's it comin' Brian?

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Racked to secondary on top of dry hops yesterday actually. I used 3/4 oz cascade since that was the rest of the bag and didn't want to leave just a quarter ounce in there and an ounce of amarillo. The smell is great coming out of secondary. Most of the damn hops are floating out of the beer though. It'll be a few days before the bottom ones get soaked enough to sink a little and let the ones on top get their turn at a soak. I think I'll let it go for 2 weeks then keg it.
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Keg that yet?

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This looks absolutely delicious!! I will probably give it a go myself when I'm done with my current crop of lagers. My fridge is full of lagering beer but I can ferment this one in the spare room with the heating off

I'll most likely use dry Nottingham and dry hop right in the primary just to keep things simple and easy. Now to track down some honey malt..

EDIT: Think using all amarillo or all cascade would make a big difference to flavour? I'd need to buy a 4-ounce pack of each otherwise. Hmm, already thinking of cutting corners, I should know better...

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