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Old 11-24-2009, 10:02 PM   #1
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Default Can two bad beers = one good beer? YES!

I've had two failed recipes this year.

The first was an imperial stout that was brewed parti-gyle style with a low gravity stout. The low gravity beer was great. The imperial stout just wasn't right. I couldn't put my finger on the problem. The smell and aftertaste were just "off". It's been sitting in my basement for about 8 months while I pray that it improves.

The most recent failure was a pumpkin ale. I confused some measurements and over did the spices to the point where it is undrinkable.

I had the bright idea last night to mix these two failures together to see if the combination makes a drinkable beer. It worked great! The spices give the stout the smell and aftertaste that it was missing and the strength of the stout flavors subdue the spices.

I was close to dumping both batches down the drain. Lesson learned - don't give up.

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i mix my failures, or even stuff i let sit too long all the time. club soda is your friend too.
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club soda is your friend too.
How true. I have a farm ale that tastes great, but is way too strong. Cut 50:50, it still tastes great, but my mouth doesn't go numb.

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