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Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 01-31-2014, 02:28 PM
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Posted By mattpavone
Special b is great. It adds a lot of sweetness...

Special b is great. It adds a lot of sweetness and raisin/fig flavor.
I used it and my dubble came out a bit too sweet, so use it sparingly.



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Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 01-31-2014, 03:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,420
Posted By mattpavone
I made a Belgian Abby ale with 550 and it was...

I made a Belgian Abby ale with 550 and it was great. Actually I was quite disappointed with the lack of character from my recent batch with 530, so I think you'll be ok here. 550 had more clove...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-17-2013, 04:04 PM
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Posted By mattpavone
I'd say start with the latest version, the first...

I'd say start with the latest version, the first recipe is too dark and roasty. I'm not sure about the oak, mine was not vanilla enough.
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 04-13-2013, 02:23 AM
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Posted By mattpavone
Just posting back, I did this recipe and added 8...

Just posting back, I did this recipe and added 8 oz special b. overall it's good, however the 180 syrup I too dark for the style, and the beer is a bit too sweet, even though the FG finished out nice...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-19-2013, 11:52 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 23,801
Posted By mattpavone
Well I tried the first version and it missed the...

Well I tried the first version and it missed the mark. Way too dark.
A friend tried the recipe posted from the I&G brewery and I think it was much closer. Still too dark but it had more vanilla...
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 09-26-2012, 01:33 PM
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Posted By mattpavone
I'll be doing this as well. IMHO Belgians recipes...

I'll be doing this as well. IMHO Belgians recipes should be very simple, relying on the yeast and fermentation for flavour depth. I will be adding the Special B, and doing a decoction as well for a...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-28-2012, 01:44 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 23,801
Posted By mattpavone
Thanks for resurrecting this thread. A friend of...

Thanks for resurrecting this thread. A friend of mine tried the second recipe in the thread (I tried the first) and his version was much closer than mine, I'd say it was the same style of beer, if...
Forum: Home Brewing Photo Forum 04-02-2012, 03:45 PM
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Posted By mattpavone
Very nice, wish i could get the wife + friends to...

Very nice, wish i could get the wife + friends to hang out while I brew.
Forum: Brew Science 02-26-2012, 05:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,523
Posted By mattpavone
Admittedly I'm new to this forum, and after...

Admittedly I'm new to this forum, and after reading AJ's response I went back as read a buck of posts ( his and others) and I have to agree with him, chasing targets will have you chasing your tail. ...
Forum: Brew Science 02-26-2012, 03:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,523
Posted By mattpavone
You could try using chalk (calcium carbonate) as...

You could try using chalk (calcium carbonate) as well or instead of Calcium Chloride, or cutting it half and half. It'll raise the Bicarbonates more, not sure what you were targeting for it, but 151...
Forum: Brew Science 02-21-2012, 11:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,614
Posted By mattpavone
I've found using RO and adding in premixed salt...

I've found using RO and adding in premixed salt blends works great, but I wouldn't use just RO water. Keep in mind some RO systems don't work as well as others, and leave some minerals in the water,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-20-2012, 03:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,039
Posted By mattpavone
Using RO (or distilled) water and adding in...

Using RO (or distilled) water and adding in minerals is probably your most consistent bet.

You could pick up water from the store, at least you don't have the up front costs of a home system,...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-20-2012, 02:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 532
Posted By mattpavone
Water additions depend a great deal on what type...

Water additions depend a great deal on what type of beer you are brewing as well. In general the darker the beer the more you will have to adjust if you use RO water. As Hebby5 said, the dark brown...
Forum: Fruit Beer 02-20-2012, 01:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,733
Posted By mattpavone
Great thanks! 1/2 a cooler is about what I was...

Great thanks! 1/2 a cooler is about what I was looking for. I can't find the sweeteners you mentioned, only lactose. I'm a ways from startin on this, ill let you know when I try it.
Forum: Fruit Beer 02-19-2012, 07:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,733
Posted By mattpavone
Just wondering how sweet do you make it? I'm not...

Just wondering how sweet do you make it? I'm not familiar with the reference beer you were mentioning, can you compare to a fruit cooler? Other than that I like the look of this recipe a lot. Thanks...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-18-2012, 01:01 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 23,801
Posted By mattpavone
Well months after bottling here's my results: ...

Well months after bottling here's my results:
My beer didn't carb up enough. The oak was okay, but not enough vanilla in there. Also the bitterness of the roast is too high, it doesn't let the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-04-2011, 02:43 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 23,801
Posted By mattpavone
I'd say that recipe to posted the link to is...

I'd say that recipe to posted the link to is probably accurate, the only thing I'd caution against is the water salts, as they would be adjusting the 'house' water, you really don't know what you'd...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-29-2011, 12:35 PM
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Views: 23,801
Posted By mattpavone
I had my primary at 19c. I used chips and left...

I had my primary at 19c. I used chips and left them for thirteen days. right now it's been in a tertiary for 2 weeks. I'll let ya know what I think once it's bottled.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-28-2011, 06:35 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 23,801
Posted By mattpavone
Thanks for the feedback! I had a sample and it's...

Thanks for the feedback! I had a sample and it's a very good beer right now, although the alcohol is a little on the hot side right now. Im very optimistic about the final product, the 'oak tea' I...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-25-2011, 03:16 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 23,801
Posted By mattpavone
Well I finally gave this a go, it's been in the...

Well I finally gave this a go, it's been in the fermenter almost a week, I'll transfer to secondary and add the oak this weekend.

A couple things, i added an extra pound of Maris Otter to make up...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 06-22-2011, 06:34 PM
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Posted By mattpavone
I'm in! I have a dirty carboy, cleaning it sounds...

I'm in! I have a dirty carboy, cleaning it sounds like a good idea!.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-21-2011, 05:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,836
Posted By mattpavone
i keep a few just for beer, and hand wash, with...

i keep a few just for beer, and hand wash, with the tiniest bit of dishsoap if needed, but I usually rinse them right away after use.

I didn't know about the carbonation on the side of the glass,...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-17-2011, 03:26 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 23,801
Posted By mattpavone
Thanks so much for updating! I was going to...

Thanks so much for updating!

I was going to try and do this with the brew in a bag technique (I don't have a dedicated mash tun), I'll probably try and mash with less than the full volume, then...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-16-2011, 02:10 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 23,801
Posted By mattpavone
Great stuff about it being pretty close! Let us...

Great stuff about it being pretty close! Let us know if you would tweak the recipe at all.

As for the Rum cask version, I think it's a different beer, not just the rum cask conditioning, but a...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-11-2011, 04:00 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 23,801
Posted By mattpavone
Very interested in this, I plan on attempting the...

Very interested in this, I plan on attempting the same later this year prob when the weather is a bit nicer. A buddy I brew with loves this beer.

I did some research though, and the oak barrels...
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