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Old 04-26-2011, 07:02 PM   #21
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This sounds tasty.

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Old 04-27-2011, 03:53 PM   #22
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That is a lot of ginger. I never wanted for more ginger with the recipe as written, so maybe our definitions of "more noticeable" are different

Did you grate the ginger?

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yeah, I was looking to get close to the flavor of Gosling's ginger beer so if you've had that, that's the amount of ginger I like. And I did grate the ginger on a cheese grater. Looking back on it I left all the cooked ginger in my boil pot instead of transferring it to my primary fermenter.

For my secondary addition I threw my ginger into a food processor
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:58 PM   #23
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Brewed this yesterday and pretty much went by the recipe. Took a sample before adding the yeast to my primary and it definitely had a huge ginger taste. I minced my ginger though, this could have something to do with how much of the flavor comes out. We will see how intense it is once I have my next taste when I rack it.

I'll keep you guys posted. I think it's going to be a good one though!

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Old 06-07-2011, 05:40 PM   #24
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I've only done this twice so far. The first time was extract, the second all-grain, so it's a little hard to compare.
I'm not quite set up for all grain brewing yet, but love ginger beers and would like to get one going. I see you said you did an extract version before, do you still have your recipie for the extract version?
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Old 06-07-2011, 05:48 PM   #25
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Sure do See below. I haven't looked at it in years, so I'm not sure why the honey is split like that. I usually add all the honey at 0 minutes (flameout). It's also a partial boil.

I've got 10 gallons of the AG version sitting in the fermenters now. It smells so good

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Mash or Steep Grains
 
  Steep Grains at 165.0 F Amount Item Type % or IBU 
1.00 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 15.38 % 

 
  Steep grains as desired (30-60 minutes)
 
  Remove grains, and prepare to boil wort
 

 

Boil Wort
 
  Add water to achieve boil volume of 3.25 gal
 
  Estimated pre-boil gravity is 1.069
 
  Boil Ingredients Boil Amount Item Type 
60 min 0.50 lb Light Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 
60 min 1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (60 min) Hops 
60 min 1.00 lb Honey (1.0 SRM) Sugar 
60 min 2.00 lb Honey (1.0 SRM) Sugar 
30 min 1.00 lb Pale Liquid Extract [Boil for 30 min] Extract 
30 min 2.00 items Lemon Juice (per lemon) (Boil 30.0 min) Misc 
30 min 6.00 oz Ginger Root (Boil 30.0 min) Misc 
15 min 1.00 lb Cane (Beet) Sugar [Boil for 15 min] Extract 
15 min 1.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min) Misc 
10 min 2.00 oz Ginger Root (Boil 10.0 min) Misc 
10 min 2.00 items Lemon Zest (Boil 10.0 min) Misc 
2 min 1.00 oz Williamette [5.50 %] (2 min) Hops 

 
   

 

Cool and Prepare Fermentation
 
  Cool wort to fermentation temperature
 
  Transfer wort to fermenter 
  Add water to achieve final volume of 5.00 gal
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:38 PM   #26
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Awesome thank you, Just put a Kolsch in the fermenter last night. Gonna get an Oktoberfest going tonight then i think next week i'll get started on this.

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Old 07-15-2011, 05:36 PM   #27
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I just wanted to chime in and say that I absolutely love this beer. I'll be brewing my 3rd 10 gallon batch of it in a few weeks. Usually have about 3-4 beers on tap and this one gets finished the quickest!

I haven't tried doing any variations yet as I'm still trying to get a repeatable process, but once I have that I'm going to plan on changing small things each batch. Many thanks for a delicious and refreshing recipe!

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Old 07-15-2011, 06:14 PM   #28
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Nice, glad you like it! I just sent some from my most recent batch to a contest, so we'll see how it does outside HBT.

I ended up using enormous lemons for this batch, and it came out more lemony than I expected. It's almost like a shandy now, and really refreshing in the summer.

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Old 10-04-2011, 09:10 PM   #29
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Hey joe, i know i'm chiming in a little late here but i am trying to make a ginger ale for my next batch and this one looks great. i'm still working with extracts so my main focus is on your extract version. I just wanted to know, if i am reading the recipe correctly it says there are only 1.5 lbs total of malt extract (.5 DME and 1 LME) in the recipe. Does this still deliver a beer like character or should i be expecting something very different? Thanks!

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It is still definitely beer. It's a clean, light beer flavor that lets the ginger really shine.

You may have to experiment with the amount of lemon and ginger for your palate. I found my last batch too lemony. I may omit the lemon zest (and the associated lemon oil) and add some carafoam to help with head retention and body.

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