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Old 08-15-2012, 07:56 PM   #31
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I made this a few weeks ago with some homegrown cascade hops from the garden. Just bottled it today and it tastes great! A simple recipe that creates a great beer.

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Old 08-26-2012, 02:11 AM   #32
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I'm thinking I might brew this up with Crisp Amber Malt in place of the Biscuit, and perhaps some homegrown centennials added at flameout for some added hops aroma (which I enjoy in my ambers). S-04 in the low 60s (controlled) as well. Really looking forward to something with a bready note and a touch of hops bite. I know it'll be a bit different than Yooper's original recipe--mostly if I add the centennials--but I bet it'll be a tasty variant. Fingers crossed, anyway!

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Old 08-26-2012, 03:11 AM   #33
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I was at my friend Mike's funeral yesterday. His daughter (who I haven't seen since she left for college about 3 years ago) told me that her dad was always talking about my Fat Sam beer. He loved it, more than any other beer. He had told me that before, but I didn't realize that he actually went around telling others about how much he enjoyed this particular brew.

Today I'm brewing a batch, so I decided to make it Fat Sam as a tribute to Mike.

Mike always brought a ton of crappies to our annual Memorial Day fish fry, so the plan is to drink this at the Memorial Day get-together and lift our glasses to Mike.
It was a good beer, and Bob really enjoyed it. We drank several toasts to Mike, and we enjoyed the beer.

That said, I've "retired" this beer, and will never make it again. It was such a melancholy feeling, drinking Mike's all-time favorite beer without him.

Here's one last picture (I've posted it before) of me and Mike drinking this beer. It's particularly unflattering for me, but Mike and I were having a great time:
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Old 08-26-2012, 03:13 AM   #34
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Sorry about your friend.. I went to a memorial service for a great friend today.. he was a teetotaler.. but, same feelings....

I keep apologizing for my lack of knowledge in AG and especially BrewSmith .. Help me understand the different volumes in the BS recipe data.

Batch Size in the Fermenter: 5.5G
Boil Size: 6 G
End of Boil Vol: 5.34

So far so good.....

Final bottling: 5.5G.. more than the 5.34G

Is this due to a topping up? Did you plan on bottling 5.5G and ended up with less and had to bring it up or ??????

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Old 08-26-2012, 01:54 PM   #35
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Sorry about your friend.. I went to a memorial service for a great friend today.. he was a teetotaler.. but, same feelings....

I keep apologizing for my lack of knowledge in AG and especially BrewSmith .. Help me understand the different volumes in the BS recipe data.

Batch Size in the Fermenter: 5.5G
Boil Size: 6 G
End of Boil Vol: 5.34

So far so good.....

Final bottling: 5.5G.. more than the 5.34G

Is this due to a topping up? Did you plan on bottling 5.5G and ended up with less and had to bring it up or ??????

Thanks again for the education...

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Ha, no it's not topped up or anything. I guess my volumes were wonky, but I generally just ignore that anyway. I look at the amount in the fermenter that is clear beer, and just plan on my priming sugar for that amount. Usually, I start with 5.25-5.5 gallons in the fermenter and just package the clear beer that is left- usually right at 5 gallons.
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I used an ounce of 7.7 and .25 ounce of 8.5%
I am sorry to hear you retired this beer, but if you don't mind, I do have a question about the above-mentioned addition. Was this centennial or another hop, and when was the addition? I will brew this this weekend. The hop pellets I bought are higher AAU, but that's ok by me! Thanks, and I am sorry for your loss.
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It was all centennial for bittering- I had a variety of different AAUs, I have no idea why!

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Wow. Plus one for quick response!! Thanks for all of your help, even the help you have given and don't realize! Been reading your posts for a bit, good to finally have a reason to ask ya something!

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Yooper, sorry to read about the loss of your close friend.

I was curious to know if using Nottingham yeast instead of US-05 would be OK for this recipe. I have not made it before and I am out of US-05 until my next mail order but have plenty of washed Notty from my last brew session.

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