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Old 02-14-2009, 10:34 PM   #11
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Well? any taste tests, reports etc? I am dying to make this but am really curious what wrong in your first batch.. I dont want to make the same mistake.. How much is 6# of raspberries?

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Old 03-22-2009, 06:11 AM   #12
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Bump. What happened with your first (sour?) batch, and how did you fix it in your second? Does this recipe taste like Ruby? I'd like to make it if it does.

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Old 03-25-2009, 08:46 AM   #13
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Wow, I didn't know there was traffic in this thread. Yea the first batch looked just beautiful, nice color, but was ruined. The second batch.... well, it did the same thing, but at a much slower rate. It was the air in my old apartment that was spoiling the batch, but for the first few weeks after bottling my second batch was delicious and was indistinguishable from McMenamin's version.

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Old 03-25-2009, 06:08 PM   #14
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It was the air in my old apartment that was spoiling the batch, but for the first few weeks after bottling my second batch was delicious and was indistinguishable from McMenamin's version.

huh?? That must have been some nasty air! And isn't your beer closed off from air? How did the air ruin it in the bottle, and what do you mean by spoiling/ruined? Did the flavor just go sour or was it infected?
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:25 PM   #15
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I was having an air quality issue at the time. I didn't know it, but brewing and fermenting would go as planned, but once the beer was exposed to air for any length of time (meaning during bottling) it would pick up something from air, enough to ruin the batch. It took a lot of cleaning of everything in the apartment to get it back to manageable levels, but it was still a chronic problem. Hey what can I say, my roommate was a slob!

My solution was to move I have tasty beers now.

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Old 05-08-2009, 05:11 PM   #16
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im going to brew this. im gonna try the oregon puree raspberries and probably use willamette hops because i have a pound. what yeast did you use? im either going to use notty, us05 or s04

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I forget which yeast I used when I originally made this, it was probably US05 or Nottingham, since those were what I had for neutral flavored yeasts at the time. I actually have a batch in the fermenter right now with Safbrew WB-06 Dry Wheat and I'm going to see how that turns out.

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Ok I brewed this yesterday. Dropped the grain to 7lb to hit 1.038 w/ 75% efficiency. Except that I hit 92% efficiency and screwed things up. Either my new barley crusher is a miracle worker or my grain measuring buddy miscalculated things... So this will be a little strong. I also dropped the raspberries down to 3lb of Oregon Puree. I didn't want it to be too fruity the first time through. I have heard good things about this puree but this is my first fruit beer so I don't really have a baseline. I boiled the puree for the last few minutes of the boil to try to induce the fruit haze of the original beer.

Pitched the s04 english ale yeast at about 11pm last night and it was bubbling nicely this morning.

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Awesome, take pics!

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Awesome, take pics!
I will when it's pouring from the keg. The bucket isn't very interesting. I should have taken some pics of the boil, it was a very beautiful color at the end.
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