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Old 11-29-2011, 01:29 PM   #111
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Brewed this today, went back to extract for a batch as my mashing system is in need of a serious upgrade as I'm using my boil kettle as a mash tun. Great thread thanks to all for posting (and converting).

I may be insanely naive and hopeful, but i was hoping i could bring a few bottles of this for a tasting with my inlaws on Xmas eve (first holiday with them)...however, this came out really high @ 1.095 OG (though I'm not entirely trusting of my refractometer these days, I think like all my equipment, it needs the proverbial oil change, new sparkplugs and a tire rotation).

Pitched two vials of WLP002 at 70 degrees to hopefully get it rocking soon, but I don't believe I've made a beer this big. I was thinking of doing 10 days primary, 10 days secondary (with the ginger and cinnamon), then two weeks in the bottles...that would have it 'ready' (or at least, 'carbonated') by xmas eve.

The response I'm expecting from my big beer mad men fellow posters is there is no way in hell a beer of this gravity will be conditioned well enough in 5 weeks (Sweet God thats all thats left until xmas)...maybe i just don't want to be known as the son-in-law that brings underattenuated crap to a family christmas for the the rest of my married life.

Suggestions/feedback appreciated. Cheers!
I think you will be presently surprised how fast this will be ready.
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:01 PM   #112
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I brewed this last Saturday. It was a last minutes decision to brew so I didn't make a starter and used only one packet of 1028 activator yeast. As of now it's still fermenting fairly heavy. I'm excited for this beer.

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Old 12-01-2011, 12:00 PM   #113
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Here it is a bit more simplified......

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Size: 6.74 gal
Estimated OG: 1.075 SG
Estimated Color: 13.8 SRM
Estimated IBU: 29.4 IBU
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount Item Type % or IBU

9 lbs 3 oz Pale Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract

14 oz Wheat Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract

11 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain

3 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain

1 oz Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain

1.50 oz Hallertau[4.30 %] (60 min)Hops 19.5 IBU

1.20 oz Cascade [5.00 %] (10 min) Hops 6.6 IBU

0.55 oz Cascade[5.00 %] (7 min) Hops 2.2 IBU

0.35 oz Cascade [5.00 %] (5 min) Hops 1.1 IBU

1.25 oz Ginger Root (Secondary 14.0 days)

3.00 items Cinnamon Stick (Secondary 14.0 days)

1 lbs 7.1 oz Honey(1.0 SRM)

2 Pkgs SafAle English Ale (DCL Yeast #S-04) Yeast-Ale

I ended up using something similar to this scaled down recipe by 2QXL for my batch. I am new to kegging and its about that time. How much CO2 do I use to carbonate? Any helpful suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:23 PM   #114
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Wow down to 1.026 from the 090's after 12 days...racking tonight

Edit:added 1.5oz of Amarillo to the secondary. Had them in the freezer, figured why not.

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Old 12-05-2011, 11:46 PM   #115
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Ended up bottling my batch into some 22 oz's. I took a sample and it was simply amazing. I cannot wait for the final product. Thanks again to ShingleJohn for posting the recipe.

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Old 12-07-2011, 08:49 PM   #116
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I had complications with my batch this year. I added the strike water at too low a temperaure. mash ended up sitting at 148 for 10 minutes while i boiled some water to bring it up. It then sat at 154 for another hour. As a result i ended up with a highly fermentable mash.

Starting Gravity:1.074
Final: 1.012

Aroma and color are close but ultimatley its considerably drier than GLCA. Still very good.

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Old 12-09-2011, 12:28 AM   #117
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I'm at 1.018, but not rally getting any cinn or ginger flavor...I followed the recipe to a T....would you add a stick to the primary here and/or some ginger? would I have to boil first?
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:18 AM   #118
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So after 12 days I'm at 1.025. My SG was 1.075. Would it be wise to add another yeast packet here?

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I'm at 1.018, but not rally getting any cinn or ginger flavor...I followed the recipe to a T....would you add a stick to the primary here and/or some ginger? would I have to boil first?
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Beernewb, that is weird. I followed the recipe to a T too and after 12 days my Christmas ale is bursting with ginger and a hint of cinn.
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I'm at 1.018, but not rally getting any cinn or ginger flavor...I followed the recipe to a T....would you add a stick to the primary here and/or some ginger? would I have to boil first?
thx
I dunno, I think It should just be the SUGGESTION of cinnamon and ginger. Don't have much experience with ginger, but I know too much of the former can wreck a brew pdq...

Pulled a sample of mine last night, after 10days primary and 5 days so far in the secondary. Didn't add any spices During the Boil or @ flameout, just to the secondary, and they are almost perfect at the moment. Planning on bottling in 2 more days. Also, I added 1.75 oz of Amarillo to the secondary, and I hit about 1.095 og. The adjuncts seem to dull the alcohol heat just enough for this brew to do its job as a winter warmer.

If u want to add some, I'd do it in a muslin bag and spray it down w some sanitizer first if the mood so strikes you to be a fanatic
Iike me. That way u can taste as it ages and yank it out of the vessel when it has the amount of cinn/ginger flavor you would personally like..
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