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Old 03-12-2010, 07:12 PM   #11
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Yeah, boil it for a couple minutes in a small amount of water and throw it in. It won't hurt anything.

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Old 03-15-2010, 04:32 PM   #12
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Yeah, boil it for a couple minutes in a small amount of water and throw it in. It won't hurt anything.
Sounds good! Any word on how much priming sugar you used?

I still have some violent bubbling going on periodically especially considering that I brewed this last Wednesday. 2 months of aging in the bottles sounds perfect for this brew.
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Old 03-15-2010, 05:24 PM   #13
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wait another couple weeks for fermentation to stop... rack into a bottling bucket with a cup of dextrose (per 5 gallons), bottle, age. Depending on how much anise made it in there... you may want to wait a little longer than 2 months. I typically don't touch these for 6-12 months. I'd say ~9mo is the sweet spot. At 2 months I think the anise will still be quite sharp. I actually reduced the anise to just 1/8tsp on my last quad batch.... just give it a shot with a tiny bit less. The stuff really goes a LONNNNNG way!

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Old 03-15-2010, 07:16 PM   #14
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wait another couple weeks for fermentation to stop... rack into a bottling bucket with a cup of yeast (per 5 gallons), bottle, age. Depending on how much anise made it in there... you may want to wait a little longer than 2 months. I typically don't touch these for 6-12 months. I'd say ~9mo is the sweet spot. At 2 months I think the anise will still be quite sharp. I actually reduced the anise to just 1/8tsp on my last quad batch.... just give it a shot with a tiny bit less. The stuff really goes a LONNNNNG way!
Rack onto a cup of yeast per 5 gallons?

Also, I used just a dash of anise in the last 15 minutes of the boil and another small dash 5 minutes before flameout. I like a hint of licorice taste so it should be quite good once it mellows out a bit.
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:17 PM   #15
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lol...oops... DEXTROSE!

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Old 10-29-2010, 01:33 PM   #16
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I'm brewin' this up for a family get-together over Thanksgiving. When would you add the inverted sugar (lyle's syrup)? I'm guessing within the last 20 minutes.

Definitely looking forward to this! It'll be a full boil, so I'm only using an ounce of goldings and .5 oz of saaz (which are pretty light in AA% from my LHBS).

I'm kind of doing a modification of your original posted recipe and your Quad Pistoles recipe - would you recommend putting in 8oz carapils?

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Old 11-19-2010, 09:10 PM   #17
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Anise and Star Anise are two different spices. Anise is a small seed, a bit like fennel. Star Anise has a unique flavour that is slightly different from Anise and Fennel.

I had heard somewhere, can't track it down, that Trois Pistoles uses Birds of Paradise as the finishing spice. To me the combination of spice from the yeast and whatever they are finishing with seems close to BOP.

Birds of Paradise is just Cardamon Seeds. If you can't find the seeds buy the pods and crack them open. I wouldn't use much more than .25 - .5 ounce to start with as it is a strong flavour.

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Brewed a slightly-modified version of sirsloop's gold medal winning recipe with my brother and brother-in-law over Thanksgiving and came out with an OG of 1.092. I crushed up the star anise (which gave off a distinct licorice aroma) and I used 1 lb dark belgian candi sugar and no invert sugar (lyles) with 12 lbs of LME.

It took off with my starter within 6 hours of pitching. Can't wait to try it.

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Brewed a slightly-modified version of sirsloop's gold medal winning recipe with my brother and brother-in-law over Thanksgiving and came out with an OG of 1.092. I crushed up the star anise (which gave off a distinct licorice aroma) and I used 1 lb dark belgian candi sugar and no invert sugar (lyles) with 12 lbs of LME.

It took off with my starter within 6 hours of pitching. Can't wait to try it.
Have you sampled yet or is it still aging?
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Have you sampled yet or is it still aging?
Actually, I tried my first one the other day.

I thought I'd give it some time because even though the fermentation went nuts within 6 hours, it only got down to around 1.035. I was surprised at that and tried to figure out why that happened and came to at least one conclusion. During the fermentation, Atlanta's temps dropped wayyyyy low (between Thanksgiving and Christmas) and probably slowed it up or stalled it on the back end.

I used a starter, so I couldn't come up with any other reason as to why I had such a high FG.

Regardless, it's not so much a Trois Pistoles clone as a nice tasting Belgian malt-bomb. I definitely like it. I'll give it a shot all-grain next time I brew it.
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