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Old 06-06-2012, 01:54 AM   #11
VonRunkel
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I racked into the secondary today, FG 1.02. There was alot more chocolate flavor than I had hoped, but then again I did add 1# of chocolate. the peat didnt come through as much as I had hoped. It is there though, more in the finish than up front. All in all I am pretty happy with the way this ended up. Maybe next time less chocolate and more peat, but I will save that judgment until after it has been in the bottle for a while.

 
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:58 PM   #12
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After 2.5 weeks in the secondary, I bottled this yesterday. My how the flavor has evolved. If you have ever had Left Hand Breweries peppered porter, it tastes something like that. I love it.
Lesson learned though, If I ever make this again (which is likely) I will need a bigger kettle. A much bigger kettle.
Also, I might go for the scottish yeast, just to see what happens, but all in all I am really excited about how this turned out. I will let you guys know in a week or 2 how it tastes after conditioning for a bit.

 
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Old 07-04-2012, 01:47 PM   #13
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I had a bottle of this last night. delicious. A smooth chocolate flavor up front followed by a deep rich briney peat flavor. The peat mellows after a second or two and you are left with a hard to place taste on your tongue.

That is, if you like that sort of thing.

 
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Old 07-04-2012, 01:59 PM   #14
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Glad to see you went with your gut and still used 1lbs of peat!

 
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:16 PM   #15
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Thanks! Nothing against the guys who said go low, but I am just starting out in the brewing world. I want to push the envelope a bit and see what I am capable of. No one ever hit the moon by playing it safe.

Either way im just glad it doesn't suck. Im even more excited that it turned out awesome.

Thanks for all the valuable input guys, it really helped.

 
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:36 AM   #16
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There's a recipe in the smoked database for an all-peat beer. I'm not brave (foolhardy?) enough to brew that, but I have gone as high as a pound of peat per gallon, and loved the results.

 
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:04 PM   #17
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Holy cow! A lb per gallon! You sir are MAD.
Glad it turned out good. Not sure I'm that ballsy yet.

As I drink my way through the bottles I am noticing the peat flavor is mellowing substantially. It is still a great beer, but I wonder what the bottles I set aside will taste like in a few years. I guess I will wait and see.

 
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