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Old 04-30-2012, 10:09 PM   #31
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Also, why the longer boil and why the low mash temp? I am just curious...
I used a longer boil because a) I collected a lot of wort and wanted to boil down the volume a bit and b) to encourage some additional kettle caramelization.

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15.5 lbs Maris Otter
1.5 lbs Barley (Roasted)
1 lb Special B
0.75 lbs Chocolate
0.5 lbs CaraPils
0.5 lbs Wheat (Flaked)

2 oz. Columbus (13.9%) for 60 minutes
1.5 oz. Amarillo (9.3%) for 30 minutes
1 oz. Simcoe (12.2%) for 30 minutes

Let me know what you think, and if I should make any changes that you feel would be more appropriate for the style.
Your grain bill looks solid, pretty close to the RIS recipe Jamil has in Brewing Classic Styles. I'm personally not a huge fan of citrusy American aroma hops as mid-boil/late-boil additions in big, cellarable beers like Russian Imperial Stout. But that is personal preference.

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Old 05-14-2012, 02:56 PM   #32
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Just wanted to update here - I brewed this back on Thanksgiving and just tapped it over the weekend. I added bourbon and oak to the aging process and kind of wish I hadn't. The base stout is nice, definitely a bit lighter on the roast/chocolate than other RIS's I have brewed. Mine apparently fermented too hot as it's quite fruity/estery. I'm hoping in a year or so that will tone down some. Nice recipe though!

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Old 12-03-2012, 03:42 PM   #33
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I brewed this beer back in April with the intent to make some christmas gifts out of it in the process. It was actually the second beer I've EVER brewed. All i have to say is thank god for beginner's luck because this beer is amazing!

Brewed: 4/20 (og: 1.132)
Re-Racked with Angel's Envy Bourbon Barrel Chips: 6/16 (1.023)
Bottled: 11/21 (1.024)

Made 18 bombers with ~3.75 gallons in the final product. I waxed the tops and added custom labels, and then added bottle x of y to the bottles to add the extra flair...









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Old 12-03-2012, 04:04 PM   #34
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I brewed this beer back in April with the intent to make some christmas gifts out of it in the process. It was actually the second beer I've EVER brewed. All i have to say is thank god for beginner's luck because this beer is amazing!

Brewed: 4/20 (og: 1.132)
Re-Racked with Angel's Envy Bourbon Barrel Chips: 6/16 (1.023)
Bottled: 11/21 (1.024)

Made 18 bombers with ~3.75 gallons in the final product. I waxed the tops and added custom labels, and then added bottle x of y to the bottles to add the extra flair...

Really glad the stout turned out so well for you. I love the look of those hand-numbered labels and the waxed tops together, awesome finished product!
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Noticed on the original recipe you had both Pacman and Thames Valley listed. Did you use both or default back to the Pacman based on the high ABV tolerance?

Looks great, going to be brewing something real close in the next few days.

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Noticed on the original recipe you had both Pacman and Thames Valley listed. Did you use both or default back to the Pacman based on the high ABV tolerance?

Looks great, going to be brewing something real close in the next few days.
Oh, good catch, I did a smaller beer with 1275 as a starter, but didn't love it, so I opted for using Pacman.
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I think I'm being dense here but could you elaborate on the yeast? I'm reading in your original post...

"Yeast: Wyeast 1764 PacMan
Yeast Starter: 1.5 quart slurry
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: 1.5 quart slurry Wyeast 1275 Thames Valley"

...and a bit further down "yeast: 1275".

Did you use only the 1764 for the recipe and then the 1275 for another beer?

Thanks! Looking forward to brewing this for next winter.

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I think I'm being dense here but could you elaborate on the yeast? I'm reading in your original post...

"Yeast: Wyeast 1764 PacMan
Yeast Starter: 1.5 quart slurry
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: 1.5 quart slurry Wyeast 1275 Thames Valley"

...and a bit further down "yeast: 1275".

Did you use only the 1764 for the recipe and then the 1275 for another beer?

Thanks! Looking forward to brewing this for next winter.
Another good catch. I updated the text of the original post, but I don't think I can update the hard-coded recipe fields without a mods help.

I didn't end up using the 1275 Thames, just the 1764 Pacman. Sorry for the confusion and good luck on the brewday!
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Thanks for the clarification...brewing this today.

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Thanks for the clarification...brewing this today.
Sure thing, hope the brewday goes well...and beware of a big blowoff!
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