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Old 08-10-2011, 12:49 PM   #1
Dec 2010
West Lafayette, IN
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Planning my Pumpkin ale for this fall.

Typical bill...
6lb 2-row
2lb Munich
1lb Victory
1lb Dark Brown Sugar
1lb Wheat
.75lb Special B
.5lb C80

Pumpkin + Pie Spice

Perle and Spalt (saaz maybe) as the hops.

Do you think the Special B will fit in here?
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- Southern Tier Choklat Stout
- Rogue Dead Guy Ale
- Three Floyd's Gumballhead

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Old 08-10-2011, 12:58 PM   #2
Mar 2011
Montreal, Quebec
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I think it fits. Fruity notes and toasted flavor that will remind pie crust

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Old 08-10-2011, 01:03 PM   #3
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Can you explain what Special B is?

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Old 08-10-2011, 01:25 PM   #4
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Special B is a really highly caramelized grain. There's Caramel 20, 40, etc - I've always heard Special B is the next one in the scale past Caramel 120.
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:52 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Chief462 View Post
Can you explain what Special B is?
As stated above it's almost like a really dark Crystal Malt. In the extreme, think of Arrogant Bastard. This is speculation but it's said that Arrogant Bastard is 2-row and Special-B, with Chinook for the hops.
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:58 PM   #6
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I've used Special-B quite a bit. It has a rainsin/plum (and almost licorice like) flavor. I use no more than 8 oz for TEN gallons to add a moderate amount of flavor.

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