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Old 09-15-2013, 06:07 PM   #321
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Came in a little under on the OG, but that's fine with me. Looking forward to having this on tap!



 
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Old 09-17-2013, 05:13 PM   #322
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Removed pic, posted to wrong thread



 
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:50 PM   #323
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After reading every page of this thread, I decided to make this my holiday beer for 2013. Picked up grains/ hops for this today. I'll be doing a full-volume BIAB for this beer on Sunday. I had the grains milled twice and put on another pound of 2 Row to help efficiency. I went ahead and got WLP002 per a few recommendations in this thread.

Pretty excited for this brew. I think this weekend is my last weekend to brew this before it would be really pushing it for this to be ready for the holidays. I'll take a couple pictures and let everyone know how Sunday goes.

Thanks!
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Old 09-19-2013, 12:10 AM   #324
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Didn't find anything via searching the thread.

from those who've made this and aged and enjoyed it....

what volume did you bottle carb to?

Amber ale looks like 2.25 - 2.75

does this shine with high, medium, or low fizz
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:00 AM   #325
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Didn't find anything via searching the thread. from those who've made this and aged and enjoyed it.... what volume did you bottle carb to? Amber ale looks like 2.25 - 2.75 does this shine with high, medium, or low fizz
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:12 PM   #326
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low like 2.0 or so

also, nice sig. Just noticed that.
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:39 PM   #327
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Brewed this today. This was my first attempt at a no-sparge BIAB and only my second all-grain attempt. Way easier than my first attempt.

I had about .5 inches of room during mash, which help keep temp steady during the entire mash. I didn't lose a single degree, which impressed the hell out of me. Mashed out at 170 for 10 minutes and boil was a breeze. Ended at 1.075 OG. About 79% efficiency. Pitched a 002 starter into primary.

Sample from hydrometer test was very good. Looking forward to cracking this open in December.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:11 PM   #328
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Made my tea this morning using 1 tbsp of freshly ground ginger root, it's really strong and seams to over power the other spices in the sample I made.

I presume the strong ginger taste will fade and let the others through ?
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:07 AM   #329
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I am looking to make a 2.5gal batch of this recipe and I feel confident after putting the grains in Beersmith that I will have something that will come out right. I am however concerned about the spice tea. Should I cut everything in half and make the tea? Also I dont have a french press so can I steep all this in a bag in the beer or just boil all this stuff in a quart of the beer for a few minutes?

 
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:55 PM   #330
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I brewed this one month ago, gunna bottle it tomorrow. I used 1/4 tsp of pumpkin pie spice in the last 5 of the boil this year. Also I'm leaving out the ginger root and replacing it with cocao nibs in the spice tea.. last years batch is still really tasty, I'm just not a huge fan of the ginger.



 
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