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Old 12-09-2011, 10:33 AM   #121
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thanks fo the responses...I had two other try it and neither could pick up either spice...weird...I bought the sticks just for this, so it wasn't like they were laying around for a while and the ginger, i peeled the skin off and quartered.

 
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:51 AM   #122
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Where does it say how much hops ?

Dont make me beersmith it

 
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:06 PM   #123
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Quote:
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Where does it say how much hops ?

Dont make me beersmith it
It depends on the alphas of your hops. IBU Calculator Beer Bitterness | Brewer's Friend if you don't want to use beersmith.

My version of this recipe is:
1.5 oz Hallertau (4.5%) - added during boil, boiled 60 min
.5 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
.5 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 5 min

It comes in a hair under 30 IBUs

 
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:59 PM   #124
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and the ginger, i peeled the skin off and quartered.
that's probably part of it...surface area...I finely chopped the ginger in a blender

 
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:08 AM   #125
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I know for a fact that Great lakes just peels it and throws it in the boil. Thats pretty much how i did it this year and it is nicley suubdued.

 
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:10 AM   #126
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Where does it say how much hops ?

Dont make me beersmith it
Sorry sum, I dont do it by weight anymore, i do it by IBUs per addition.

 
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:20 AM   #127
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thanks everyone for the info on the recipe. just brewed this and i'm waiting on the yeast to be ready. so far it smells just like great lakes christmas ale. i made a few modifications based on all the recipes given. i had to use lme as i don't have all the equipment for all grain yet(its also way to cold outside to brew). I lowered the amount of ginger to .7 oz and upped the cinnamon to 3 sticks( which was .3 oz). for the boil i did 5.25 gal. In the end i came up just over 20 liters in the bucket.

 
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:35 AM   #128
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Im sure it will be a great beer Bruegger.

Sorry I missed your PM, my membership expired and temperarily lost my inbox space.

 
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Old 12-17-2011, 01:31 PM   #129
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We just had a big holiday party for my wife's work.

At the start of the night, we had:
20 bottles of good wine, 5 gallons of Pale Ale, and 5 gallons of this recipe.

At the end of the night, we had:
18 bottles of good wine, and 4.5 gallons of Pale Ale.

Everybody loved it, and the Clevelanders agreed it was an extremely solid match to the Great Lakes recipe. Thanks for the research Shinglejohn.
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:20 PM   #130
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This is my first batch ever and I want to use this Christmas Ale recipe.

I pretty much have all the equipment already and have been doing a lot of reading on how to homebrew, but I have a couple questions about your recipe.

The hops you have listed are Hallertauer and Cascade, how many ounces should I use of each?

Also in one of your ingredients you list "1.25 lb Honey (Flame out) Sugar 9.20%" What does this mean? Put the honey in after the boil phase?

Also I bought liquid yeast. I've been trying to find instructions on how to make a starter for the liquid yeast without luck. How do I prepare the yeast? Do I just pour it into the fermenter? Or use some of the wort and put the yeast in that to heat that up first?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 
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