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Old 10-23-2011, 03:21 AM   #41
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A question I had though is that why is the OG from Brewsmith so much lower than the OP's? The OG from Brewsmith is 1.063 but the OP's gravity is 1.075!
What that means is that he got better efficiency than you did. You could have entered in all the ingredients(using his numbers) and then used the gravity adjustment tool and entered your expected efficiency. This would have upped the amount of grain that you would have needed but you would have hit closer to his numbers. Hope I explained this clearly...not quite sure that I did.
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:01 PM   #42
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The calculations are also very dependent on equipment and setup. I almost never use recipes "as is." I make adjustments based on my equipment and setup, and target the specified OG, IBU, etc while also matching the grain & hop percentages as much as possible.

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Old 10-26-2011, 06:21 PM   #43
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Looks good. Planning on trying this out on Saturday.

Seems like there is conflicting information about where/when you add the cinnamon and ginger. Do you add at the last 5 min of the boil? Transfer to primary? Or just add to secondary?
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Old 10-26-2011, 06:26 PM   #44
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Add them at flameout. You can also add more in secondary if you don't get enough of the flavor/aroma you're going after. Taste it. That's the only way to know.
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I brewed this 4 weeks ago and threw in the fresh ginger with 10 mins left in the boil. As far as the cinnamon goes, I brewed up a "cinnamon tea" (boiled 3 sticks in 2 cups of water) and added that to the secondary. Just bottled this past weekend and boy, gotta say the sample tasted great!

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Hmm I just happen to have all these ingredients on hand, minus the London Ale yeast. I have the option of US-04, US-05, or a Bells yeast slurry from a batch currently fermenting. What do you think would be the best for GL Xmas Ale?

I think I found this weekend's brew. Thanks OP!

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If it were me.. I think I would do US-04. Any would work ok I would assume; but that's my vote.

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Hmm I just happen to have all these ingredients on hand, minus the London Ale yeast. I have the option of US-04, US-05, or a Bells yeast slurry from a batch currently fermenting. What do you think would be the best for GL Xmas Ale?

I think I found this weekend's brew. Thanks OP!
US-04 would be a good substitute.
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Do you think that the honey goes in the secondary rather than flame out at the brewry
I asked them that but they wont tell me.
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US-04 would be a good substitute.
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Although the london ale yeast is the exact yeast the brewery uses.
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