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Old 12-07-2012, 06:21 PM   #251
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Your hydro is off, or you picked up a bug. 1028 typically wont go that low. Not impossible but not likely. How does it taste?
I ended up bottling this last weekend with a FG of 1.006. As for taste, the ginger is very prominent right now, so it's really hard to say how this is going turn out. I'm sure it's going to be drinkable, but may not be as close to the GLCA as I was hoping. Only time will tell. It seems a little dry, but not as bad as I was expecting at this FG.

I have these carbonating and conditioning in a closet right now where the temp fluctuates between 67F and 72F. They will have been bottled for 23 days on Christmas Eve. What are my chances of this being ready to drink by then?
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:10 PM   #252
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Mine has been kegged for over a month and is still very ginger heavy. Hoping it will be decent by xmas

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Old 12-07-2012, 08:40 PM   #253
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I think you will be just fine. I'd say check one after 2 weeks and again at 3 weeks. Pop them into the fridge a day or two before Christmas Eve. Now I know this isn't proven to work but you can even turn each bottle upside down once or twice every week just to get the yeast moving around a little more. I got my barleywine carbed up in 3 weeks just fine when I did this. I probably should've done it to half of them and then tried one of each every week to compare.

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Old 12-08-2012, 04:05 PM   #254
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I ended up bottling this last weekend with a FG of 1.006. As for taste, the ginger is very prominent right now, so it's really hard to say how this is going turn out. I'm sure it's going to be drinkable, but may not be as close to the GLCA as I was hoping. Only time will tell. It seems a little dry, but not as bad as I was expecting at this FG.

I have these carbonating and conditioning in a closet right now where the temp fluctuates between 67F and 72F. They will have been bottled for 23 days on Christmas Eve. What are my chances of this being ready to drink by then?
Mine finished pretty low too....1.010. I am beginning to think all my thermometers are off and I'm mashing lower then I think. My last few beers have finished dry. The beer tasted decent though, I lowered the ginger slightly to around 3/4-7/8 oz. I'll give it one more week and it's getting kegged. Just in time for Christmas
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:03 PM   #255
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I bottled mine yesterday....still had the clove, banana, and ginger taste going on....hopefully it tastes more like xmas ale after it bottle conditions. Still has that estery taste from the london ale yeast.

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Old 12-13-2012, 01:23 PM   #256
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Kegged mine yesterday:

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Old 12-13-2012, 04:33 PM   #257
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mine bottled for about 6 months, the ginger subsided a little bit but not as much as I hoped it would. Still tasted fantastic but was more of what Southern Tier 2Xmas tastes like.

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Added a tiny bit of cinnamon to the keg. Got it much more in line with where i wanted it. Id back down the ginger and up cinnamon in future batches.

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Added a tiny bit of cinnamon to the keg. Got it much more in line with where i wanted it. Id back down the ginger and up cinnamon in future batches.

This is what I'm planning on doing for my next batch of this brew. I've only made 2 batches of an extract version of this recipe and I'm going to be brewing my first attempt at this AG recipe soon. Per emails from Great Lakes, they recommended equal amounts of ginger and cinnamon. My first batch I steeped 1.5 oz of both ginger and cinnamon and it was very strong with the ginger. My second batch I knocked it back to 1.25 oz of both ginger and cinnamon and it was still overpowering with the ginger but not as much as my first batch. Both batches were still very good as my wife loves them so they must be good. That said, for my next AG batch, I think I'm going to cut the ginger back to .75 oz and keep the cinnamon at 1.25-1.5 oz. and see how that turns out.
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Did any of you guys wash your yeast after this batch? Not sure if an extra washing would rid the yeast of the cinnamon and ginger?

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