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Old 04-06-2011, 05:42 PM   #51
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Okay...I guess I'll have to bug one of you through pm.
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:18 PM   #52
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Replied via PM, but for the record, I used 4 oz lactose total, added to last 5 mins of the boil.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:41 PM   #53
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I'm planning on making this beer this upcoming weekend, as I was hoping for a sweeter beer for watching football this fall.

Is there a particular kind of 60L grain that imparts more of a caramel flavor, or will any 60L grain work?
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:04 PM   #54
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I did the allgrain version. I didnt find this beer to be all that caramelly actually. It did have a lot of sweetness from the lactose at both end of boil and bottling. It was balanaced by the hops were a bit stronger than it seemed they should be. I loved this beer quite a bit. I especially love the biscuity quality from the yeast and the vanilla. My biggest gripe is that people alwaya "think" its a cream ale and its not. Its one of those caramel candy things with the white center.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:09 PM   #55
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I'm still a bit confused with the size of this recipe. It says:

Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Size: 4.64 gal
11.0 gal collected, 45.0 min; Total Runoff: 11.0 gal

Is it a 5.5 gal recipe that you boil down from 11 gal? It says to add 9 gal of water for mash and sparge, that seems like a lot for 5.5 gal, but isnt enough for 11 gal. And what is the "45.0 min" mean after "11.0 gal collected" is it how long it took to collect your runnings?
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:03 PM   #56
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I have recently brewed, kegged, and gave away it away for a christmas presents to co-workers, firends, and family. I did everything this recipe called for except I added 8oz of lactose at the end of the boil about 2 minutes left. After fermentation, I kegged and aged it. Now its gone. My thoughts, when I plugged this recipe in beersmith using the Cream Ale style, the IBU, OG and ABV's, where in the red zone for the style. But I disregarded my feelings about the red zones and brewed this recipe following each direction except using more lactose. Brew session went great no issues. Fermentation went awesome, ultra clear brew (Give thanks to irish moss). Keg carbed it. Took first taste, and bam! I was hit with bitterness, then sweetness, finished with vanilla. I did not expect for it to be as bitter as it was. I followed the hop schedule. I feel with a little tweaking this ale has potential. I'm waiting to hear back from the people I gave it to as presents. Maybe its just me. Anyone else have the same issue?
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:44 PM   #57
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:35 AM   #58
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One thing here.

This is a hybrid ale not a "cream ale".

The name should be read like this "vanilla Carmel cream"-ale not "vanilla Carmel"-cream ale. It's supposed to be as I understand going after those little caramels with the white creamy inside.

I have made it and the hops are definitely there and quite nice. This works well since the vanilla is perceived as "sweet" and it has a fair bit of lactose as well. If it were less bitter I think it would be too sweet.

I used klosch yeast and it gave nice biscuity taste. The only area I might improve on is a bit more caramel taste plus and this could have been a mash issue on my part it seemed to be a bit hollow in the middle.
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Old 01-25-2012, 03:34 PM   #59
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Hey guys, I'm going to give this a try..... Are you adding lactose at primary? Before pitching, or at boil?

Mash at 153?
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:45 PM   #60
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I did end of boil
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