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Old 11-12-2011, 03:39 AM   #181
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Just tasted this, mashed at 154 w/WLP002. Thumbs up! It doesn't taste watery at all, perfect blend of British fruity esters and toasty chocolate flavor.
I find this beer is a great balance of toasty roasty chocolate and the subtle fruit from the yeast, my yeast is propogated from that old packet so I may be getting odd flavors but if the temp is right I get a hint of over-ripe peach and plum.
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Old 11-12-2011, 05:25 AM   #182
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I find this beer is a great balance of toasty roasty chocolate and the subtle fruit from the yeast, my yeast is propogated from that old packet so I may be getting odd flavors but if the temp is right I get a hint of over-ripe peach and plum.
British beers have really grown on me since I started drinking them warm (50 degrees). I can't taste c-60 at colder temps. The harmony of British fruity esters and C-60 is terrific.

Problem is that I brewed this beer for my parents' party, and they talked me up a lot. I'm worried that people aren't going to like it because it is so much different than most beers. BM's Centennial Blonde was a HUGE hit at the last one, and the pressure is on to impress people with just how good homebrew beer is. For people not used to British beers, it might be a little too odd. Wish me luck. Worst case scenario I keep whatever's left over
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Old 11-12-2011, 12:44 PM   #183
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British beers have really grown on me since I started drinking them warm (50 degrees). I can't taste c-60 at colder temps. The harmony of British fruity esters and C-60 is terrific.

Problem is that I brewed this beer for my parents' party, and they talked me up a lot. I'm worried that people aren't going to like it because it is so much different than most beers. BM's Centennial Blonde was a HUGE hit at the last one, and the pressure is on to impress people with just how good homebrew beer is. For people not used to British beers, it might be a little too odd. Wish me luck. Worst case scenario I keep whatever's left over
So you are sayin there isn't a downside?? Good Job Man!!!
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:51 AM   #184
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So you are sayin there isn't a downside?? Good Job Man!!!
Actually it went pretty much perfectly--half the keg was drained . Also, a botanist offered to let me use her huge amount of land and help me grow some organic barley and hops. Not too bad!
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:56 AM   #185
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Actually it went pretty much perfectly--half the keg was drained . Also, a botanist offered to let me use her huge amount of land and help me grow some organic barley and hops. Not too bad!
Glad to hear it was a hit! I would go for the hop farming over barley, the growing isnt the issue, I hear malting it is a huge chore.

Post a pic of a pint! or better yet, throw a bottle in the mail to me! (I kid!)
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Glad to hear it was a hit! I would go for the hop farming over barley, the growing isnt the issue, I hear malting it is a huge chore.

Post a pic of a pint! or better yet, throw a bottle in the mail to me! (I kid!)
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Hey I have read all 19 pages of this thread and I can't seem to figure out the boil size. I see the batch size is 5.5 and the mash ratio is 1.25:1. How many gallons do you boil? Thanks
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I start the boil with 7 to 7.2 gallons in the kettle and over the hour it boils down to 5.5 gallons your system may vary though, if you are unsure of the evaporation rate on your brew pot, do a test boil on a known volume of water, bring it to a boil, let it go for an hour and measure the remaining volume (I suppose you could boil for a half hour and double the boiled off volume.). with my keggle I know the evaporation is 1.5 gallons per hour so I base my pre boil volume accordingly to get my target volume post boil.

If you are still fuzzy on the process don't be shy to ask!
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Hey I have read all 19 pages of this thread and I can't seem to figure out the boil size. I see the batch size is 5.5 and the mash ratio is 1.25:1. How many gallons do you boil? Thanks
The boil volume is dictated by the amount of evaporation YOU get, not from someone else. It varies tremendously from one brewer to the other.

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