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Old 05-06-2011, 02:26 PM   #1
KozHops
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Recipe Type: All Grain   
Yeast: S-04   
Yeast Starter: Rehydrate   
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: None   
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5   
Original Gravity: 1.056   
Final Gravity: 1.010   
IBU: 26   
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60   
Color: 9   
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7 @ 65   
Additional Fermentation: 3 weeks in bottle   
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14 @ 65   
Tasting Notes: Apricot and honey blend very well together. On the malty side but that was the goal.   

This is a very nice spring/summer ale I made for the SWMBO who loves DFH Aprihop but not the bitterness. I was shooting for a sweeter ale with moderate hop presence and a nice apricot flavor.

11# 2-Row
1# Munich Malt
.5# Honey Malt
.25# Crystal 60

.25 oz Warrior @ 60 mins.
1 oz Ahtanum @ 20 mins.
1 oz Ahtanum @ 5 mins

Mash @ 155 for 60 mins.
Rehydrate S-04 and ferment in primary for 1 week.
Add 5# of Apricot puree to secondary and rack on top, ferment 2 weeks.
Apricot presence was not really noticable in bottling bucket but after bottle conditioning it really shines through.

BTW - Used the local supermarket "Apricots in Pear Juice" canned fruit. Had no issues at all with it...especially the $1.10/pound cost.

Reason: added mash temp

 
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:30 AM   #2
crypt0
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How did this turn out? I'm looking for a descent summer apricot recipe and I happen to have most of these ingredients on hand

 
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:53 AM   #3
KozHops
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This beer turned out great. I just brewed a second round of it last week. It's really balanced and has a great apricot flavor and aroma. I let most of the bottles age to 4 or 5 weeks and this beer was great at that point. Let me know how you make out if you brew this up.

 
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:35 PM   #4
Crimsonwine
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Any update on this?

 
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Old 01-19-2012, 04:12 AM   #5
KozHops
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I was just thinking about this beer. This is a great beer, I followed the recipe as is and this beer really peaked at about 4-5 weeks in the bottle. It's a fan favorite around here. Let me know how you make out if you brew it up.

 
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:38 PM   #6
vonfatz
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I brewed this more or less as-is, with some hops substitutions. It was my very first all-grain attempt. I opened one yesterday after about ten days of conditioning. I doubled up on the apricot - ended up using 2x cans of 3# puree for a 23L batch. Adds a nice subtle tartness to balance out the sweet honey flavour. The apricot came out a bit more as it warmed closer to room temperature. The beer itself is still light enough that you can knock one or two back on a hot day. Still a lot of carbonating left to do, but I can tell this is going to be a really nice beer.

Thank you for this recipe!

 
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:30 PM   #7
KozHops
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That's great Von, I'm glad you gave this one a try! It gets a lot better in a few weeks in the bottle so check back in and let me know what you think. I'm going to have to brew this up soon.

 
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:28 AM   #8
mscg4u
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I'm getting ready to brew this on Sunday, I have the grains and hops ready to go and I am excited. Have you thought about putting apricots in the boil, like during the last 5 minutes?

 
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:37 PM   #9
KozHops
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I know some people like to boil fruit but I think you get a lot more flavor by racking onto it in the secondary. I'd be too worried about releasing pectins and losing flavor through the primary. I'm glad to hear you're giving this a shot, let me know how it goes.

 
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:51 PM   #10
linerndunch110
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Might do this next. May sub half if the aroma addition with citra for aroma. Thoughts?
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