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Jcoz 12-17-2012 09:51 PM

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Took a sample yesterday, it tastes great! Might be the best I've brewed yet! Finished dryer at 08, but I don't think it's worse for it!

Thanks for the recipe!


Squad1Guy 08-26-2014 06:11 PM

2014 Batch!
 
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I just finished brewing up my 2014 batch of Christmas ale. I made a few changes based on ingredients on hand: Subbed Victory for the Special Roast (only to discover I had a bag of Special Roast at home \"\" ) and used blackberry honey (because I had a pound of it lying around). I also used S-04 since I have gotten pretty fond of using dry yeast lately and it was suggested as a good alternate yeast. Brew day went pretty well, although my pre-boil gravity was a bit low (so I tossed on 3/4# of dry pilsen extract...which I had lying around...). I also tried wrapping a blanket around my pot to hold temps, but it didn't work very well....dropped from 154F to 150F over the hour so this year's will be a little drier. You can also see the volume markings (in Pic #2) I etched on my brew kettle earlier this year.

So I guess my attempt this year will be based off of the OP's recipe Also new this year: BIAB bags from Wilserbrewer and A fermentation chamber with an STC 1000 temp controller. (Which is SO nice! I pitched my yeast at 76F, popped it into the chamber and went to bed. In the morning the temp was a cool 64F and holding steady!) Wort smelled AMAZING!!!!!


Squad1Guy 08-26-2014 06:11 PM

2014 Batch!
 
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I just finished brewing up my 2014 batch of Christmas ale. I made a few changes based on ingredients on hand: Subbed Victory for the Special Roast (only to discover I had a bag of Special Roast at home \"\" ) and used blackberry honey (because I had a pound of it lying around). I also used S-04 since I have gotten pretty fond of using dry yeast lately and it was suggested as a good alternate yeast. Brew day went pretty well, although my pre-boil gravity was a bit low (so I tossed on 3/4# of dry pilsen extract...which I had lying around...). I also tried wrapping a blanket around my pot to hold temps, but it didn't work very well....dropped from 154F to 150F over the hour so this year's will be a little drier. You can also see the volume markings (in Pic #2) I etched on my brew kettle earlier this year.

So I guess my attempt this year will be based off of the OP's recipe Also new this year: BIAB bags from Wilserbrewer and A fermentation chamber with an STC 1000 temp controller. (Which is SO nice! I pitched my yeast at 76F, popped it into the chamber and went to bed. In the morning the temp was a cool 64F and holding steady!) Wort smelled AMAZING!!!!!


Squad1Guy 08-26-2014 06:11 PM

2014 Batch!
 
4 Attachment(s)

I just finished brewing up my 2014 batch of Christmas ale. I made a few changes based on ingredients on hand: Subbed Victory for the Special Roast (only to discover I had a bag of Special Roast at home \"\" ) and used blackberry honey (because I had a pound of it lying around). I also used S-04 since I have gotten pretty fond of using dry yeast lately and it was suggested as a good alternate yeast. Brew day went pretty well, although my pre-boil gravity was a bit low (so I tossed on 3/4# of dry pilsen extract...which I had lying around...). I also tried wrapping a blanket around my pot to hold temps, but it didn't work very well....dropped from 154F to 150F over the hour so this year's will be a little drier. You can also see the volume markings (in Pic #2) I etched on my brew kettle earlier this year.

So I guess my attempt this year will be based off of the OP's recipe Also new this year: BIAB bags from Wilserbrewer and A fermentation chamber with an STC 1000 temp controller. (Which is SO nice! I pitched my yeast at 76F, popped it into the chamber and went to bed. In the morning the temp was a cool 64F and holding steady!) Wort smelled AMAZING!!!!!


Squad1Guy 08-26-2014 06:11 PM

2014 Batch!
 
4 Attachment(s)

I just finished brewing up my 2014 batch of Christmas ale. I made a few changes based on ingredients on hand: Subbed Victory for the Special Roast (only to discover I had a bag of Special Roast at home \"\" ) and used blackberry honey (because I had a pound of it lying around). I also used S-04 since I have gotten pretty fond of using dry yeast lately and it was suggested as a good alternate yeast. Brew day went pretty well, although my pre-boil gravity was a bit low (so I tossed on 3/4# of dry pilsen extract...which I had lying around...). I also tried wrapping a blanket around my pot to hold temps, but it didn't work very well....dropped from 154F to 150F over the hour so this year's will be a little drier. You can also see the volume markings (in Pic #2) I etched on my brew kettle earlier this year.

So I guess my attempt this year will be based off of the OP's recipe Also new this year: BIAB bags from Wilserbrewer and A fermentation chamber with an STC 1000 temp controller. (Which is SO nice! I pitched my yeast at 76F, popped it into the chamber and went to bed. In the morning the temp was a cool 64F and holding steady!) Wort smelled AMAZING!!!!!



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