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Old 11-23-2009, 03:37 PM   #21
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I think there is different grades of saffron so you may be able to find it in whole foods or some specilty health food store maybe. I didn't really taste any of the saffron in it so if you leave it out you probably woudn't notice anything. moeron15 said he found it in an indian store.

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Old 11-23-2009, 03:42 PM   #22
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I am not a fan of this beer (at all), but regarding the price of saffron...

Mexican saffron is significantly cheaper than what you would find in the spice aisle at a grocery store. I don't know how much (if any) affect this would have on the flavor of the finished product, but if you have a small mexican market near you, check it out. You can get a huge bag of it for a couple of bucks if memory serves....

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Old 11-23-2009, 07:49 PM   #23
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marking this to brew this weekend. Looks great! any ideas on where to get saffron cheaper? i just found .06 oz for $20!!! its gonna be costly.
Wow, thats way too much! I went to a local indian spice store and picked up more than enough for 4.99.
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:50 PM   #24
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Wow, thats way too much! I went to a local indian spice store and picked up more than enough for 4.99.
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Old 11-24-2009, 03:28 PM   #25
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I made this beer about a year ago using the same recipe from Extreme Brewing. Well I still have about 1/2 to 2/3 of a keg left.

I've had the midas touch before and from what I remember I thought I liked it. This gave me a good enough reason to brew it. It turns out I'm not a fan anymore, although my friends have been enjoying it.

I did a side by side taste test. I nailed everything but the nose. Mine has the grape nose but not in the same way as the original.

I will say that this beer needs a lot of time to round out. It has greatly improved with age. So be patient and wait.

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Old 12-04-2009, 05:49 PM   #26
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Can't seem to find 'muscat' grape concentrate anywhere. Anyone done this and have a good site to find this? Or what about this as a substitute: http://www.naturesflavors.com/produc...oducts_id=4442 or this: http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...e-1-litre.html ?

neither say 'muscat'. Is white grape the same as white muscat grape?

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Old 12-04-2009, 05:53 PM   #27
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I am wondering if a better substitute might just be to buy a bottle of muscat wine, heat it to boil off the alcohol (or not.... ), and add to the fermenter.

My sister loves this one: http://www.winebuys.com/852-140378.h..._campaign=base

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Actually, reading more about that Elektra, it is only barely fermented and the fermentation was stopped at 4% ABV, so maybe you could dump it in "as-is" and let it finish fermenting. It's pretty much muscat juice.

edit: it is ORANGE muscat, but better than nothing....

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Old 12-08-2009, 03:52 PM   #29
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Can't seem to find 'muscat' grape concentrate anywhere. Anyone done this and have a good site to find this?
I bought mine from Northern Brewer. Besides that site I haven't seen too many places that have it.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/winema...cat-46-oz.html
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:05 PM   #30
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I'll say that this beer was a surprise for me. But having one cool, and one room temperature, I say that its delicate and yes a tad sweet but for an old recipe its done well and has a unique flavor.

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