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Old 12-14-2012, 04:01 PM   #261
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I brewed NB's Brickwarmer which also uses Wyeast 1028. That recipe calls for sweet orange peel steeped for the last 5 minutes of the boil and I removed them when I racked the wort to primary. I'm planning on washing the yeast from that batch tonight and using it to make a starter for my next batch of this recipe.

So far, the only beers I've made with 1028 are this Christmas Ale clone and the Brickwarmer so I'm not concerned about some residual cinnamon or clove flavors.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:51 PM   #262
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Took a sample yesterday, it tastes great! Might be the best I've brewed yet! Finished dryer at 08, but I don't think it's worse for it!

Thanks for the recipe!
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:56 AM   #263
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Kegging tonight. The hydrometer samples are simply amazing. This isn't an everyday beer but it is my favorite effort overall. Thanks much for the recipe!
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:06 PM   #264
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I've had this kegged for about 2 weeks now. I rushed this one a bit and it shows. It's still very young (brewed Dec 2). I backed the ginger down to 7/8 oz but it's still pretty strong right now. The cinnamon was very faint so I added 2 sticks to the keg. I think I'll have to let this one sit for a few more weeks.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:06 PM   #265
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I've had this kegged for about 2 weeks now. I rushed this one a bit and it shows. It's still very young (brewed Dec 2). I backed the ginger down to 7/8 oz but it's still pretty strong right now. The cinnamon was very faint so I added 2 sticks to the keg. I think I'll have to let this one sit for a few more weeks.
I had way too much ginger! It backed off significantly after a few weeks in secondary but its still too strong. I just brewed another batch yesterday without the spices to mix with the first batch. Looking forward to splitting it between 2 kegs in a couple weeks. Maybe I'll save one keg for Christmas in July, lol.

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Old 01-01-2013, 04:58 PM   #266
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I like this beer but I just mine has a really strong honey flavor. I'm not a huge honey fan and I wonder what the best way is to dial that back. A little less honey? Add the honey a little earlier in the boil?
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I like this beer but I just mine has a really strong honey flavor. I'm not a huge honey fan and I wonder what the best way is to dial that back. A little less honey? Add the honey a little earlier in the boil?
Honey should not really impart flavor to the beer. What kind did you use? What temp did you ferment at and for how long?

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One pound of clover honey. Fermented at 62-64 for 21 days then kegged. Honey was added at flameout.
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One pound of clover honey. Fermented at 62-64 for 21 days then kegged. Honey was added at flameout.
I used clove honey, too, and do not have any honey flavor in mine. Sure you're not tasting residual sweetness from the malt?

Tell us about your brew day (mash temps, gravities, etc). London Ale yeast can lend some fruitiness that might be confusing your palate. Is that possible?

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Tried mine after 12 days, was pretty decent, after 18 days it tastes like cough medicine. Waiting it out another week or two and/or hoping that was just a bad bottle?
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