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Old 12-30-2013, 04:20 AM   #61
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Finishing up drinking my half of this beer, turned out epic. We followed the ingredients to the letter, kinda spendy after all that candi syrup! But totally worth it!

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Old 12-31-2013, 12:58 AM   #62

Yea, but the dark syrup makes the beer!
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:32 PM   #63
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Ok, so I am nearly through the entire batch now and here are my thoughts:

I began drinking this at about a month old. It tasted very strongly of ginger and little else. I nearly called this one a one time brew from there. However I let this sit another month for a total age of around 9 weeks maybe. At that point this was one of the better home brews I have ever made. The flavors balanced wonderfully. The ginger receded nicely and suddenly the vanilla was very present, as were the "lesser" ingredients. The myriad flavors in this brew worked amazingly well together. The only possible detractor I can come up with is I think the orange peel gets a little lost in the mix. But that's really splitting hairs.

I will be brewing this again and again. I will start earlier next year so I can get some more age on it and still drink it around Christmas. This is a deceptive beer. The alcohol is so difficult to detect that you are 5 pints in and half in the bag before you know what hit you.

This is possibly the best recipe I have ever pulled off these forums. Well done!

 
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:18 AM   #64

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed. I felt the same way about the ginger the first time. It does mellow after a few weeks and blends in nicely. I have cut it back the last few beers and some of my buddies yelled at me!!!
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Old 02-05-2014, 01:38 AM   #65
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This really sounds like a great beer and I am a real fan of European beers, particularly Belgians. I want this ready for next Christmas and plan on bottling it and setting it in a closet. When would be a good time to brew up a batch of this? Currently I have a batch of hefeweizen to drink this month until my Chimay clone is ready next month. I have lots of fermentation space as I got a bit crazy about grabbing free food grade buckets from grocery stores. Yeah, I have about 70 gallons of fermentation space!

Anyways, I want to give this beer a chance to really condition and enjoy some awesome brews at Christmas. Do you think April or May would be a good time to brew it and then bottle after proper fermentation time?

 
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Old 02-05-2014, 01:38 PM   #66

That might be a bit early IMO. It'not the ABV of a tripel or quad. I think august/sept would be perfect.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:11 PM   #67
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Thanks! I will put it on the calendar for august.

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Old 07-05-2014, 10:06 PM   #68
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I'm going to give this a shot next month and I was wondering if anyone who has brewed it has any tips or is it great as is? Thanks

 
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:56 PM   #69
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What kind of Pilsen malt are you using?

 
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Old 08-06-2014, 07:55 PM   #70
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I'm going to use Avangard which is German. I'll be brewing this tomorrow morning actually

 
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