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Old 10-25-2012, 10:53 PM   #191
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I just brewed this about a week ago. I only made it to a gravity of 1.064, but the wort smells fantastic! Equal amounts of ginger and cinnamon stick, and wildflower honey. My IBU's were pretty spot on and the color looks great! I decided to go with WLP011 because I wanted something a bit more malty and sweet. Any comments?
The fermentation is going, but pretty slowly. My fermenter is staying around 68-70F (measured on the outside by a non-contact IR thermometer). I definitely have yeast floating on the top, so I am figuring RDWHAH

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Old 10-27-2012, 03:52 AM   #192
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I'm cooling my wort now and have a question (nothing like waiting till the last minute huh?). I put the cinnamon sticks and ginger around 5 min to flameout. Do they go in primary? As in, do I pull them out after I cool my wort or leave them in so they end up in the primary fermentor?

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Old 10-27-2012, 05:15 AM   #193
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I'm cooling my wort now and have a question (nothing like waiting till the last minute huh?). I put the cinnamon sticks and ginger around 5 min to flameout. Do they go in primary? As in, do I pull them out after I cool my wort or leave them in so they end up in the primary fermentor?
I dont think it matters either way. Whatever is easiest for you just go with it. Some people filter out hop trub and some people put it all in the fermenter, doesnt really matter.
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:20 PM   #194
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I dont think it matters either way. Whatever is easiest for you just go with it. Some people filter out hop trub and some people put it all in the fermenter, doesnt really matter.
I used a hop spider for the hops. I was referring specifically to the ginger and cinnamon sticks. I peeped and approximately quatered the ginger and I just threw the cinnamon sticks in whole. So after I removed the hop spider after cooling, they were the only thing in the wort. I went ahead and spooned them out as the wort was flowing into my fermenters.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:49 AM   #195
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brewing this tomorrow, anyone use 1056 or s-04. I have a yeast cake of each to throw this on. Which one would you guys use and why?

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Old 11-02-2012, 01:00 AM   #196
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Id go for the 04 but im sure either will produce a good beer!

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Old 11-02-2012, 05:16 PM   #197
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Ya, thats what i was thinkin I used london ale last year and imho it was way better than last years X-mas ale

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Old 11-02-2012, 06:16 PM   #198
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I'm cooling my wort now and have a question (nothing like waiting till the last minute huh?). I put the cinnamon sticks and ginger around 5 min to flameout. Do they go in primary? As in, do I pull them out after I cool my wort or leave them in so they end up in the primary fermentor?
I mentioned this before, but I emailed Great Lakes about this recipe and their response was that they put the cinnamon and ginger in for the entire 60 minute boil and then remove them. I peel and cube my ginger and put it along with the cinnamon sticks in a hop sack and just throw it in my kettle for the entire boil fwiw...
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Well made this Saturday to a gravity of 1.070 and put it on a s-04 cake. Instead of taking it to the basement I decided to leave it upstairs to keep the temperature in the upper 60's. Put it in the carboy at 530 and went to a wedding got home at 1:30 am and found beer all over the floor and beer on the ceiling!

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I just brewed this about a week ago. I only made it to a gravity of 1.064, but the wort smells fantastic! Equal amounts of ginger and cinnamon stick, and wildflower honey. My IBU's were pretty spot on and the color looks great! I decided to go with WLP011 because I wanted something a bit more malty and sweet. Any comments?
The fermentation is going, but pretty slowly. My fermenter is staying around 68-70F (measured on the outside by a non-contact IR thermometer). I definitely have yeast floating on the top, so I am figuring RDWHAH
After 2 weeks in the primary, I checked the gravity to see how things were progressing. I was showing a gravity of 1.010, which puts me at 7.1% ABV - better than I had hoped for!

The color and clarity were beautiful, and the taste was pretty great. Cinnamon and honey dominated, ginger was pretty muted. It had a nice malt-forward taste, which is what I was looking for (and the reason I went with WLP011). I will let it go for another week and then bottle.

This is my third AG batch, and I am very happy with the results. I just have to dial in my equipment and process and I will be happy. BTW...this was a 2 gallon batch (bottling volume). Thanks for a great recipe Now I will have to buy a 6-pack of the commercial beer and compare. But based on the hydro sample, I think mine will come out on top!
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