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Old 05-18-2011, 08:33 PM   #51
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My berries got some Brett, which I think is awesome. I kegged it and it is delicious. I just had to hide the secondary container so gf wouldn't see it & get grossed out. ha ha.

I didn't sanitize the berries real well (on purpose).. that and/or my siphon hose is contaminated from a prior Brett beer.
It also looks weird because some berries are in a bag & some are not.


Did you happen to taste it before you racked onto the strawberries? I'm wondering if this recipe has any tartness in and of itself, before the berries. Although, I see that you used a different yeast than the S-04 so yours might be a bit different anyways...
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:37 PM   #52
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Did you happen to taste it before you racked onto the strawberries? I'm wondering if this recipe has any tartness in and of itself, before the berries. Although, I see that you used a different yeast than the S-04 so yours might be a bit different anyways...
I saw your question above my post but I had nothing to add. Anyways, yes I did taste the hydro samples... nothing unusual/ just a regular blonde.
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:08 PM   #53
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Just in case anybody else might be wondering about this in the future, I found an informative thread about S-04 yeast and sourness/tartness:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/s-04-sourness-228758/

I'm thinking I might try to make this with an S-05 if I attempt it again.

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Old 05-20-2011, 05:29 PM   #54
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I am looking to order the ingredients to this soon and was wondering what form of hops were used if it matters? thanks!

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I am looking to order the ingredients to this soon and was wondering what form of hops were used if it matters? thanks!
It's all in the OP ("original post") ... You can see it by going to the first page of this thread, or look below (I've copied and pasted it for your convenience):

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Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-04
Yeast Starter: 1 packet
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.050
Final Gravity: 1.010
IBU: 17.1
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 4.9 SRM
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 10 days @ 65F
Additional Fermentation: Cold Crash 3 days
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 21 days @ 70F
Tasting Notes: Smooth light body with a tiny bit of tartness that gives the beer a crisp finish.

EDIT: This recipe won a gold medal at Pacific Brewer's Cup 2009.

I ended up with 4.8 gallons of beer in bottles after this process, although on previous batches where I had pureed the strawberries I ended up spot-on 5 gallons. So, maybe the strawberries soaked up some of the volume? I probably will try to get another .25 gallons boil volume next time to account for this.

Recipe: Strawberry Alarm Clock v3.0
TYPE: All Grain

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 6.41 gal
Estimated OG: 1.054 SG
Estimated Color: 4.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 17.1 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount Item
5.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
4.00 lb White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM)
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 15L (15.0 SRM)
0.50 lb Wheat, Flaked (1.6 SRM)
0.25 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
1.00 oz Willamette [4.80 %] (60 min)
0.50 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min)
4.00 lb Strawberries (Secondary 3.0 weeks)
1 Pkgs SafAle English Ale (DCL Yeast #S-04) Yeast-Ale


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body
Total Grain Weight: 10.25 lb
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Single Infusion, Light Body
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
75 min Mash In Add 12.81 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F
10 min Mash Out Add 8.20 qt of water at 196.6 F 168.0 F

Sparge with 2.64 gallons 168.0 F water.

Notes:
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Base Style Blonde Ale 6B.

2009/06/27:
Brew day.

2009/07/07:
Transferred Strawberry Alarm Clock brewed on 6/27/2009 to secondary. Added 4 pounds of washed, halved, and frozen strawberries in a paint strainer bag to secondary, and racked on top of that.

Hydrometer reading: 1.012
Refractometer: 6.4 Brix
Estimated FG 1.012


2009/07/28:
Removed halved strawberries (in paint strainer bag) from secondary, and added 1 packet of gelatin dissolved in 1 cup water, stirring gently with whisk.

Hydrometer reading: 1.010


2009/07/29
Started cold crash from room temp (~72F). Used frozen PET water bottles and ~1LB ice blocks from tupperware to bring cooler temp down, swapping out when ice is depleted.

2009/07/30:
morning temp is 41F, added 4 ice blocks + 8 PET bottles, by afternoon temp was at 35F and held steady.

2009/07/31:
morning temp went back up to 40F overnight, but quickly cooled to 35.

2009/08/01:
temp still at 35F, pulled out of cold bath and transferred to bottling bucket at 3:30pm.

There was a very thin white layer of what looked like possible lactobacillus floating on surface of fermenter, but no off flavors whatsoever.

Dissolved/boiled 4.0oz of cane sugar in 1 cup water to prime about 4.8 gallons of beer.

Sample read 1.010 @60F
Sample clarity is very good although not crystal clear.
Strong strawberry aroma, with excellent smooth blonde ale flavor and only a hint of strawberry.


2009/08/12:
I pulled out a few bottles of this and put them in the fridge to bring to a homebrew club meeting this evening. Good clarity, great head and lacing. The initial aroma smells intensely of strawberries. The flavor is smooth with just a tiny bit of tartness from the strawberries that gives the beer a crisp finish.
*EDIT* Sorry, thought you were asking the type of hops, not the form... I used pellets just because that's all AHS had, but like Midfielder mentions, I think any would be fine as long as you get the IBUs right.
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Old 05-21-2011, 12:51 AM   #56
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i think he was just asking: pellets or whole hops.
Answer: depends on what you like. Just try to hit the ibus stated in OP (4th or 5th line from top).

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Old 05-21-2011, 03:38 PM   #57
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i think he was just asking: pellets or whole hops.
Answer: depends on what you like. Just try to hit the ibus stated in OP (4th or 5th line from top).
Sorry i should have been more specific on pellets vs whole hops. thanks for the quick replies!
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:53 AM   #58
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My bad - wrong thread. Can't delete the post for some reason. Sorry.

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Old 06-14-2011, 03:53 AM   #59
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Just tasted the first bottle. Its only been in the bottle one month at this point. I don't really taste strawberries, but it is pretty good.. yeasty, and a little sour from the berries. Does that sound right?

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Old 06-14-2011, 02:57 PM   #60
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I'd say that the aroma is definitely strawberry but the flavor is more fruity and tart than sweet.

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