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Old 06-26-2013, 09:07 AM   #11
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hmmm, this certainly looks interesting. What are your thoughts on dropping the late addition hops by half, or maybe a little more. I don't necessarily like the idea of cascades competing with blackberries, especially with such a small addition (3 lbs). Additionally, what about upping the lovibond on the crystal, mostly for color purposes, but some raisiny fruitness may be nice too..... Thoughts?



 
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:21 AM   #12
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hmmm, this certainly looks interesting. What are your thoughts on dropping the late addition hops by half, or maybe a little more. I don't necessarily like the idea of cascades competing with blackberries, especially with such a small addition (3 lbs). Additionally, what about upping the lovibond on the crystal, mostly for color purposes, but some raisiny fruitness may be nice too..... Thoughts?
I think you're just fine changing up the hops/addition amount. I have not had issues with the cascades challenging the blackberries. Also, upping the crystal may be interesting indeed. This one is quite roasty so that may provide a little more fruit, as you're assuming. If you do make this recipe or modify, please report back!

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Old 06-28-2013, 08:09 AM   #13
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I think you're just fine changing up the hops/addition amount. I have not had issues with the cascades challenging the blackberries. Also, upping the crystal may be interesting indeed. This one is quite roasty so that may provide a little more fruit, as you're assuming. If you do make this recipe or modify, please report back!

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Alright, sounds good. I'm still undecided about the hops, I'll probably go with what your recipe suggests, simply because it worked for you, but I will probably also go with a darker crystal.

This is on the list to brew, but it might still be a couple weeks, I've got a couple beers to do between then and now. I've also still have 60 lbs or so of blackberries in the freezer from last year, and since august is coming up, I need to clear them out so I can make room for more. The girlfriend can only drink so much blackberry cider....

Edit: how high are you carbonating this? your second picture suggests a rather large amount of dissolved CO2....

 
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Old 06-30-2013, 04:52 PM   #14
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Alright, sounds good. I'm still undecided about the hops, I'll probably go with what your recipe suggests, simply because it worked for you, but I will probably also go with a darker crystal.

This is on the list to brew, but it might still be a couple weeks, I've got a couple beers to do between then and now. I've also still have 60 lbs or so of blackberries in the freezer from last year, and since august is coming up, I need to clear them out so I can make room for more. The girlfriend can only drink so much blackberry cider....

Edit: how high are you carbonating this? your second picture suggests a rather large amount of dissolved CO2....
Pay no mind to what I suggested as the carb amount. I usually throw this in my corny keg at about 10lbs of pressure. Set and forget. I am not looking to have a lot of carbonation as the co2 and the roastiness does not compliment one another IMHO.
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:45 PM   #15
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Going to brew this one Saturday. Using the darker crystal and a little bit more roasted. Also trying to decide if I want to use pacman or my washed American ale yeast.

 
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:18 PM   #16
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Going to brew this one Saturday. Using the darker crystal and a little bit more roasted. Also trying to decide if I want to use pacman or my washed American ale yeast.
I'd say go for it. Pacman is a good one. I will probably use London ale yeast next time I make it. Blackberries aren't quite ripe in Ohio yet...
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:27 PM   #17
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They are not ripe here either but I was thinking frozen ones would work

 
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:14 AM   #18
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They are not ripe here either but I was thinking frozen ones would work
Yeah they definitely will work. Last batch I made were from frozen berries.
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:40 AM   #19
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Brewing this up as I type. Going to pitch yeast as soon audit cools then off to the Oregon country fair. Good times!!

 
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:42 AM   #20
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Brewing this up as I type. Going to pitch yeast as soon audit cools then off to the Oregon country fair. Good times!!
Oh yeah. Going to use Marion berry instead of black.



 
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