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Old 12-27-2010, 03:28 AM   #21
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I gave it a solid week or so to carb. It mellows a bit with age though, so you can let it sit.
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Old 12-31-2010, 07:50 PM   #22
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Kegged this second batch yesterday and pulled a sample - I like the mint from the peppermint tea bags more than I did with the extract - it's subtle but clearly there, thought it doesn't quite knock you in the nose like the extract did. I think time will tell which version I prefer, but I definitely am excited for this newest batch.
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Old 12-31-2010, 08:26 PM   #23
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Hoping to keg my 2.5G batch this weekend, provided we can kill my Christmas ale keg tonight. Happy new year!

 
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:22 AM   #24
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This stuff is pretty good after a couple days of carbing. I think the chocolate cocoa taste is a little overwhelming, so I think for the next batch I will use 2.5 ounces instead of 4. The rest of my family loves it, and this 2.5G will be gone in no time!

 
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Old 01-07-2011, 03:20 PM   #25
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Glad you like it! The cocoa is a bit much, I agree, so I actually dropped mine down to 4 oz. for a 5g batch as well.
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Old 01-08-2011, 04:00 AM   #26
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i would agree with the cocoa comments. all in all, its a pretty tasty beer! i used 8oz of cocoa and would definitely cut it in half next time. im assuming thats what all the bitterness is coming from?

 
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Old 01-08-2011, 06:04 PM   #27
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Yup.
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Old 01-11-2011, 05:47 AM   #28
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I used this recipe but subbed the powder for some chocolate extract. I am going to add some cocoa nibs too since the extract wasn't enough. My only concern was the peppermint extract. I used 1 1/2 tsp and that seems like too much, I hope it mellows a bit. The taste wasn't really overpowering but the smell sure was.
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:51 AM   #29
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I used 1tsp peppermint extract for 2.5G @ 2min. You can't smell the pepperment too much when you go to have a drink, but it gives more to the taste. The bitterness of the cocoa powder has mellowed out for me since it's been in the keg. Had a big foaming problem with this beer, serving at 4psi seems to help instead of the 9psi I normally use.

 
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:51 AM   #30
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I like the grain bill for this. I am brewing a similar batch today, except I am going to split the batch before kegging and do 1/2 mint 1/2 cherry (just in time for Valentines). SWMBO does not like mint.

 
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