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Old 01-28-2011, 07:14 PM   #31
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So this second batch (using half the cocoa and peppermint tea bags instead of extract) tops the original by far. Much smoother taste overall without that cocoa bitterness that you get with a full 8 oz. Either recipe works and works well, but I think the modified one is a bit better.

@TonyR not sure what could be causing your foaming issues - are you using the same lines you usually do? I carbed mine at ~10psi and it has been fine both from a picnic tap and the tower.
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:41 PM   #32
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I found this past weekend, that my temps weren't quite right in my keezer. The bottom was getting down to 30*F while the top where my temp controller probe was closer to 40. After I bottled the last bit so I could swap another keg in, I found the bottom was a big hunk of ice. After adjusting the temps a bit, this new mint chocolate keg I swapped in seems to be pouring much better.

 
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Old 11-05-2011, 01:56 AM   #33
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brewed this today pre fermentation taste was good minty but not very chocolaty dose the chocolate come through better post ferment? brewed the second recipe 4oz and tea bags maybe didnt add enough chocolate?

 
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Old 11-05-2011, 01:48 PM   #34
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The 4 oz. should be enough. I found a full 8 oz. to be way to overpowering. It definitely blends and comes through a bit better as the beer ferments. See how it tastes before bottling, you can always add a bit more if you want to.
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Old 11-05-2011, 11:25 PM   #35
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thanks let you know how it turns out i am going to taste it in a week or two if its still lacks chocolate i may secondary with so cacao nibs i have

 
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:02 AM   #36
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Subscribed because this looks delicious

 
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:21 PM   #37
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Thanks for the info, Andy! I've put together a recipe for a chocolate mint sweet stout but didn't know (or wasn't confident with) how I should add the peppermint.

I'll be doing a 3 gallon batch of my recipe. I figure 2oz cocoa and 6 peppermint tea bags should be fine... does that sound right to you?
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:04 AM   #38
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That would probably be perfect to start. 2 oz. will be a little less pronounced than the proportions for a 5 gallon batch, but barely. 6 tea bags will be perfect!

By the way, kegged my version of your pumpkin ale last week and it is TASTY.
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That would probably be perfect to start. 2 oz. will be a little less pronounced than the proportions for a 5 gallon batch, but barely. 6 tea bags will be perfect!

By the way, kegged my version of your pumpkin ale last week and it is TASTY.
Excellent. I've been drinking mine for a couple weeks and it just keeps getting better.
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Old 11-11-2011, 04:56 AM   #40
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What category would this fall under 21a, 21b or 23a? I recently made this and it turned out great. It is a bit thin in the body but has a good chocolate flavor and just a hint of peppermint in the nose.

 
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