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Old 06-21-2011, 11:44 AM   #1391
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Just brewed my second batch of this. Thsi was my first brew this year (the last batch was done Sept. 2010). I made a few tweaks to my system but nothing major. I don't know what I did or how I achieved it but I managed 90% efficiency.

I'm curious to see how this batch turns out compared to the first one whioch came in at 75% eff. One thing is for certain...this batch opf Nottty was a hell of a lot healthier. When I brewed this last year is when teh bad batch of Notty was making the rounds. When I tried to rehydrate that packet, it looked like rice grain in the bottom of teh measuring cup. This time around...a cloudy, slurry mess!

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Old 06-21-2011, 08:17 PM   #1392
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Just got done brewing my first batch of this as my third brew ever. Everything went well until I pitched my yeast. I received my ingredients today from AHS and when I opened the box my Wyeast was already swollen so I immediately decided to brew today rather than on Friday. When I pitched my yeast I was expecting to see the inner bag popped but it wasn't. I went ahead and popped the inner bag and dumped what was in the inner bag into my cooled wort. I hope I didn't screw anything up by doing this but I guess I will see in the morning. Right now she is sitting comfortably at 65 in a 67 degree closet.
Quick update. I went home at lunch and checked on my batch and thankfully the blow-off tube I have attached to it is chugging away steadily. It definitely isn't a vigorous fermentation by far but I'm assuming that is since it is sitting at about 65-66 degrees right now.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:30 PM   #1393
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I'm cleaning out a keg about to throw in a batch of this to get carbing underway. This is after seven days. It may not be as great as it could be but hey the pipeline is dry and this beer is usually not too shabby this young. A few sulphur notes linger but that will fade in a week or so I'm sure.

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Old 06-22-2011, 12:56 PM   #1394
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OK, from my previous thread, you may know I brewed the extract version of this. Last week, it had a strong bitter aftertaste. (Reminder: I love hoppy beers but this was a different kind of bitter). Wife got me a few beers for Father's Day and had a busy working weekdn so the homebrew sat in the keg untouched all weekend. Poured one last night and WOW! Huge difference! Now it is much more the summertime session type beer everyone keeps describing. I can see how this stuff can disappear quick.

Gotta figure out how to mount a small kegerator on my lawnmower!

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Old 06-22-2011, 05:06 PM   #1395
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OK, made an all grain batch (my second AG), fermented for 2 weeks at 72, 3 day cold crash, then force carbed in the keg. Simply outstanding. Easy to see the wild appeal. The color is great, but I do still have a bit of chill haze that should clear up, if the beer lasts that long!

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Old 06-22-2011, 05:10 PM   #1396
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I bottled this ~3 weeks ago after leaving it on the yeast cake in 18°C for almost half a year.
I tasted this yesterday and man.. it may be old, but it's good (not a hint of yeast autolysis even).

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Old 06-23-2011, 02:25 AM   #1397
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OK, from my previous thread, you may know I brewed the extract version of this. Last week, it had a strong bitter aftertaste. (Reminder: I love hoppy beers but this was a different kind of bitter). Wife got me a few beers for Father's Day and had a busy working weekdn so the homebrew sat in the keg untouched all weekend. Poured one last night and WOW! Huge difference! Now it is much more the summertime session type beer everyone keeps describing. I can see how this stuff can disappear quick.

Gotta figure out how to mount a small kegerator on my lawnmower!
This was my experience as well. The beer can be bitter/astringent when first kegged, but it mellows very quickly. Maybe just a characteristic of the Centennial hops.
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Old 06-24-2011, 02:28 PM   #1398
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Brewed up an extract version of this yesterday. I had a pound of Munich 10l that I needed to use up. I paired it with 1/2 lb of Lt. Carastan (17L). I left out the carapils and used 3.5 lbs DME.

I went all Centennial. Hit 21.8 IBU's. I was a little darker than the original at 5.5 but still within style guidelines for a blonde. I'm really looking forward to drinking this one.

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Old 06-27-2011, 02:55 AM   #1399
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Does anyone have this recipe in BeerSmith format?

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Old 06-27-2011, 03:10 PM   #1400
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I bottled my first batch of this on 5/27, I'll let you know how mine came out in about a month or so.
Update: I tried my first bottle of this yesterday (6/26) after not quite two full days in the fridge. The only word I can use to describe the flavor is FANTASTIC! I think that a little more time in the fridge will clear up the chill haze but other than that, this one's a definite keeper. Great recipe BM! I'll definitely be making this one again, and again. Absolutely delicious!
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