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Old 06-22-2011, 08:44 PM   #21
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I meant carafa was the 300L... im boiling it as we speak. Alas I wont be calling it Darth Vader. The lb of of 300L was only enough to make it dark brown. So im thinking of calling it Lando Calrissian Ale lol
As far as I know Carafa II has a color of 412 SRM. According to the Brewzor the color of the beer is 30.3. And it's definitely dark. But you could make it darker, even now if you want to. Just cold-steep some Carafa II, boil the "wort" and add it to the secondary.
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:04 PM   #22
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I'm brewing this up as my first non-kit beer. Been in the primary about ten days now. I'm planning on racking it to a secondary this weekend, letting it sit for a week, and then bottle. Ahhh, I'm super excited.
Let us know how it went...
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:05 PM   #23
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As far as I know Carafa II has a color of 412 SRM. According to the Brewzor the color of the beer is 30.3. And it's definitely dark. But you could make it darker, even now if you want to. Just cold-steep some Carafa II, boil the "wort" and add it to the secondary.
I want to try to make this again, but I am definitely going to add more carafa, but im going to do it late in the mash. It had way too much roasty flavor to be reminiscent of an IPA. I really just want the black color and a little roasty flavor
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:10 PM   #24
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Are you sure your LHBS actually sold you Carafa II or just substituted it with something else? Carafa II is only manufactured by Weyermann and has a color of 412 RSM. I can't see how someone can get it in a lighter color. Also if you got a lot of roastiness, that makes me think that maybe they sold you something else instead...
And yes, if you like less roastiness and more color, I would add more Carafa II but only in the late mash, or just the sparge, or cold steep it separately from the mash. after all that's why we home brew - so we get exactly the beers that we like

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Old 06-24-2011, 12:12 AM   #25
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Just took a sample to check the gravity (1.016, down from 1.068) and wasted not. Pretty delicious for a warm, flat, fairly green beer. Great malt character, still a little harsh on the alcohol. SWMBO loved the aroma. So, a winner all around so far.

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Old 06-29-2011, 04:41 PM   #26
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so going to try this!

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Old 08-06-2011, 07:48 PM   #27
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This is my first attempt at All-grain. Doing the 5.5 gallon batch.. Hope it turns out good..

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Old 08-08-2011, 02:45 PM   #28
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We started cracking bottles of this about a week ago. It's delicious! This is only the second beer I've ever made, and I love it. The colour is black in the glass, but a really deep, woody red when you hold it up to the light. The stout flavour is really there, the hops aren't too overwhelming, but nice in the aftertaste. It's wonderful! Very drinkable, too. Will definitely make again.

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Old 08-11-2011, 12:45 AM   #29
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bubbling away in the carboy now. did the extract version and wow is this stuff dark!

the sip i took pre-yeast was a nice hops tea but it could be something people have to drink on fear factor or something.

looking forward to six weeks from now!

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i'm impatient :[

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