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Old 08-15-2011, 07:15 PM   #101
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Gravity finally settled. 1.021 from 1.182 bringing the final ABV to 21.1% It definitely tastes a little hot, but it's surprisingly not as bad as i figured it would be this young. The sweetness is definitely balanced by the extra bitterness, I'm very glad I hopped this as much as I did.

I'll leave it another week in the primary before I rack to the secondary. I'll leave it there for 2-3 weeks, then start dry hoping for 3 weeks, then off to the keg.

 
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:41 AM   #102
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Wow, nice... If you want to trade a 12 ozer for either my monster vanilla bean, barrel-aged imperial chocolate stout (14.5% ABV) or my 500 IBU IIPA (9.3% ABV), let me know!

 
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:05 AM   #103
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So how long does this beer need to age?

 
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:54 AM   #104
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So how long does this beer need to age?
I'm thinking three months before I bottle it, then I'll probably drink it over thennext few years

 
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:34 PM   #105
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the next few years
Good luck!

I thought the same yet damn if I didn't hammer through my stash. True story, I was at a buddies house last Saturday watching boxing and while grabbing a beer, I noticed I had actually left a 120 at his house a long time ago and it's just been chilling in his beer fridge so that puts me back up to 3! My forgetfulness came as no surprise as this was from another 120 tasting night, my other friend has appropriately dubbed the 120 clone, "the roofie".

1 left for drinking leisurely
1 left for trading
1 left for the 1 year anniversary since I brewed 120, when we again brew 120

I tell you what, with no doubt I'm going to pony up the dough next round and brew a decent amount so it will stick around for a while. TOO MUCH WORK for only a couple gallons.

Excited for you man
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:23 PM   #106
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Ya, if I had a way to temp control 10 gallons while fermenting, i would have definitely made a 10 gallon batch. Sadly i only have room for a mini fridge in my condo garage, and that mini fridge only holds one 5gal fermenter.

 
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:32 PM   #107
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Ya, if I had a way to temp control 10 gallons while fermenting, i would have definitely made a 10 gallon batch. Sadly i only have room for a mini fridge in my condo garage, and that mini fridge only holds one 5gal fermenter.
10 would be awesome, I can only do 5 max myself though. Can't lie , this beer moves itself along provided you take care of it like you're supposed to but the grain and hop cost on a 10 gallon batch would make me nervous, that's a very expensive "oops, I botched this".
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:13 PM   #108
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So how long from brew day til its drinkable?

 
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:22 PM   #109
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DFH goes from grain to glass in 3 months. I'm thinking that's going to be about right. I'm sure it will get better with age.

 
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:37 PM   #110
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DFH goes from grain to glass in 3 months. I'm thinking that's going to be about right. I'm sure it will get better with age.
And a lot of people will tend to buy a few and age them.

Worth noting is that beer ages faster in bulk. So with their kinds of volumes, I'd say 3 months is plenty.
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