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Old 09-15-2013, 07:12 PM   #401
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Still a little under carbed but it looks and tastes phenomenal.
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:31 PM   #402
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Still a little under carbed but it looks and tastes phenomenal.
awesome looking pint!
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:37 PM   #403
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Based on my experimentation I can definitely recommend using oak with this brew.
This is already a great beer (thanks again Mysticmead, I keep coming back to this and it keeps being awesome) and I really like the additional vanilla and spice notes.
For this batch I purchased a medium toast Hungarian oak stick and sanitized it by letting it sit in Irish whiskey (Kilbeggan) while the beer was in primary for a week.

After the first week I transferred to secondary and added the oak and let it sit for about 6 weeks.
Bottle priming took longer, roughly 3 weeks to fully carbonate, but it got there eventually. I'm down to my last 12 pack now and it tastes amazing though I think the spice notes from the oak have mellowed out after a few months in the bottle.
Again, I thought this was an amazing beer to begin with which is why I chose it for this longer process.

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Based on my experimentation I can definitely recommend using oak with this brew.
This is already a great beer (thanks again Mysticmead, I keep coming back to this and it keeps being awesome) and I really like the additional vanilla and spice notes.
For this batch I purchased a medium toast Hungarian oak stick and sanitized it by letting it sit in Irish whiskey (Kilbeggan) while the beer was in primary for a week.

After the first week I transferred to secondary and added the oak and let it sit for about 6 weeks.
Bottle priming took longer, roughly 3 weeks to fully carbonate, but it got there eventually. I'm down to my last 12 pack now and it tastes amazing though I think the spice notes from the oak have mellowed out after a few months in the bottle.
Again, I thought this was an amazing beer to begin with which is why I chose it for this longer process.

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sounds great! I might have to give this a shot too... after I oak age an imperial stout
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:46 PM   #405
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I realize, as I near the end of my keg of this beer, that I have failed to post my results and owe it to Mysticmead to do so.

Awesome beer. Great color and clarity. Very easy drinking. I think the honey definitely adds a little something. Maybe its a little sweetness at the end of each swig. I had been on roll of IPAs and APAs and this was the perfect diversion. Everyone who tried it liked it...even my wife!!! That is a first.

Thanks again for a great recipe.
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:17 AM   #406
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In the fermenter. So excited about this one. Has anyone done this one with Orange Blossom honey? I'm curious to see if it adds anything to the flavor profile, good or bad. I've been wanting to do an Irish Red and this looked like a perfect place to start. The post boil sample looked amazing. Thanks for the recipe mysticmead! I'll let you know how it turns out and post pictures of the finished product..
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In the fermenter. So excited about this one. Has anyone done this one with Orange Blossom honey? I'm curious to see if it adds anything to the flavor profile, good or bad. I've been wanting to do an Irish Red and this looked like a perfect place to start. The post boil sample looked amazing. Thanks for the recipe mysticmead! I'll let you know how it turns out and post pictures of the finished product..
honestly, save the Orange blossom honey and use some simple cheapo honey. it's really there to boost the ABV.. it might smooth it out just a little too but the flavor is lost to the rest of the beer.
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:41 PM   #408
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I just put another batch into primary. I'll be aging with oak again, just 5 weeks is my current plan. Still, it's going to be such a long wait!

Totally worth it, but a long wait. Maybe I should give it an extra month on the oak and just have it on New Year's.
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When I put this recipe in beersmith with the same efficiency, I get a little lower gravity and also a lower SRM, more like 14 instead of 15.9. Anyone else have this issue? I was thinking of maybe upping the caraaroma and/or meladoien a bit to get the color right. Should I do this or just leave it is as is despit what beersmith is saying?
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When I put this recipe in beersmith with the same efficiency, I get a little lower gravity and also a lower SRM, more like 14 instead of 15.9. Anyone else have this issue? I was thinking of maybe upping the caraaroma and/or meladoien a bit to get the color right. Should I do this or just leave it is as is despit what beersmith is saying?
I had the same problem. I think it's because I entered it as a 5.5 gallon batch like the heading of the recipe says, but if you look a little further down in the recipe it should be 5.0.
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