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Old 12-03-2011, 03:56 AM   #121
Faseel
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Me too, with mine, the alcohol dominates the nose week 2 in the bottle, is it week 4 through 8 where the spices come back through?

 
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:04 PM   #122
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I just racked mine to the secondary to clear up. Had a gravity reading of 1.016. Hope to keg by next weekend.

 
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:57 PM   #123
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The beauty of this spiced recipe is that the longer it sits in bottles, the more the flavors mellow and blend together. Now I brew this Christmas ale in September and it has a good 2 1/2 to 3 months to condition in the bottles. Talk about a wait worth waiting for. I just do a couple of other different brew around the same time to make sure I'm not tempted to drink all of these.

 
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:18 PM   #124
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Wow, this thing sings cinnamon. Hopefully cold and fully carbonated its not as much.

 
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:20 PM   #125
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, SC
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Wow, this thing sings cinnamon. Hopefully cold and fully carbonated its not as much.
See the post above yours-- how long has yours been in the bottle. It really is cool how this beer changes and mellows as it matures.

 
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:57 PM   #126
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Yes, saw it. It's kegged and about 4wks old. Hoping for the mellowing in two weeks.

 
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:56 PM   #127
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Yes, saw it. It's kegged and about 4wks old. Hoping for the mellowing in two weeks.
Mine has been sitting in bottles at basement temps (65ish) for over 6 weeks. It is really nice now, but I think it is still improving. I brewed it for gifts. Wish I had made a double batch.

 
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:35 AM   #128
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Hooowah - Just tasted my beer today - at the 6 week mark in the bottle, very smooth, all the spices coming in nicely, nothing overpowering, never made a beer before with a head this thick, great stuff. I cracked my first beer at 4 weeks, and it still had that hot alcohol taste at the end, i think the cinnamon exagerated this as well. 2 additional weeks made quite the difference. Will be interesting to see how incrementally better this will get over time.

 
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:03 AM   #129
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This is going to be my next brew, it sounds awesome. All my calculations agree with your numbers assuming a 75% efficiency. I didn't see any posts regarding mash thickness however. I usually use 1.33qt/lb. Do you have any words of experience regarding mash thickness for this particular brew?

 
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:29 PM   #130
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Little fyi, thank you for this recipe its a big hit. Your timing on the flavor profile is dead on. Thank you!

 
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