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Old 11-16-2012, 12:32 AM   #241
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There's a chart in Joy of Homebrewing. Was a small problem I had with this brew as my second AG. You may end up with more water in the brew pot than for a lesser grain bill, so you probably need to boil some of the water off before starting the 60 min brew cycle. So you don't end up with more wort than carboy.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:21 AM   #242
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Brewed this on 9-6-12 and drank a second bottle tonight..... Oh my goodness!! This is the absolute best "Christmas Ale" i have ever had!! This beer is perfect!! I gave a bottle to another homebrewer and he told me last night that it was amazing! Obviously he couldnt wait either!! All the flavors have blended perfectly since my last sample.

I used a tsp of sweet orange peel and did not add the honey. This brew is gonna be a hit at the Christmas eve party and will probly be gone before the night is over!! Im gonna brew 10 or 20 gallons of this next year!!

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Old 11-18-2012, 06:28 AM   #243
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Brewed this as an all grain batch the other day my efficiency is low only 64.5% I think this has something do with only coming out to be a 4 gallon batch wonder if my stove was to hot boiled off my wort. I calculated 4.5 of initial strike water and a full sparge of 3 gallons so I lost 3.5 gallons of water not sure were it went but my og was 1.84 for this so hopefully it will still be as good as everyone says it is. Anyone have any ideas? The yeast is working though have it in my fridge at 64*.

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Old 11-18-2012, 11:35 PM   #244
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brewed this today. left out the honey, don't want the extra alcohol or dryness, personally. gravity was about 1.073 even without it. plan to have it ready sooner than later. nice controlled, quick fermentation then weeks of spice mellowing

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Old 11-19-2012, 02:22 PM   #245
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brewed this today. left out the honey, don't want the extra alcohol or dryness, personally. gravity was about 1.073 even without it. plan to have it ready sooner than later. nice controlled, quick fermentation then weeks of spice mellowing
Was this gravity reading before or after the boil?
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:03 PM   #246
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that was the OG in the fermenter, so post-boil.

Fermentation was vigorous this AM when I awoke. I used WLP500 Trappist Ale as it lends some spice notes that should be good with this brew. It's a real chewer, in past experience, and I made a big ole 2L starter from 275ml of slurry harvested about a month ago. I saved about 100ml of the starter in small brown boston glass jars for future beers. Should be about 165b cells in each jar.

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Old 11-20-2012, 11:54 AM   #247
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Took a sample last night after two weeks and this is a great tasting base beer. I almost don't want to spice it.

Has anyone tried it finished/carbonated without the spice addition?

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Old 11-20-2012, 12:06 PM   #248
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Took a sample last night after two weeks and this is a great tasting base beer. I almost don't want to spice it.

Has anyone tried it finished/carbonated without the spice addition?
I was just coming on here to ask that very question. Since I haven't brewed it yet I'm going to drop the spice addition cause it's too late in my opinion. I was actually thinking about hopping it a little more with some different hops but I wanted to see what some thoughts were.

Stick with centennials and add some more citrusy and piney hops?
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:37 PM   #249
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I was just coming on here to ask that very question. Since I haven't brewed it yet I'm going to drop the spice addition cause it's too late in my opinion. I was actually thinking about hopping it a little more with some different hops but I wanted to see what some thoughts were.

Stick with centennials and add some more citrusy and piney hops?
I used Chinook for the piney-ness. Just a few days in the fermenter though. I'm tasting it at about 10 days and will report back. I may make a tincture or tea that I keep in the fridge in a dropper jar that can be used to spice it when serving. That way I can have it both ways.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:02 AM   #250
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So the spice tea ingredients added another $18.00. Just sayin.

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