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Old 12-06-2012, 09:26 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by vinnythering View Post
I rarely see Optic used as a base in recipes, and I've also never used it and have been curious about it.
i've used optic once in a optic/amarillo smash (called "yellow vision" - pretty clever, huh...) http://hopville.com/recipe/1323302

despite finishing higher than i might have liked, it is/was one of the best beers i've ever made. i need to use optic again in another recipe to get a better feel for it but it was damn tasty and supported the hops nicely in the smash.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:48 PM   #12
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Here is an update to the new SMaSH I will be doing on Dec 28:

OG: 1.045
FG: 1.008
IBU: 18.9
SRM: 4.4
ABV: 4.8%

10.0 lb Optic

Mash at 152F for 1 hour

Boil 60 mins

1 oz Ahtanum 3.4% @ FWH
1 oz Ahtanum 3.4% @ 15
1 oz Ahtanum 3.4% @ 2

WLP001 California Ale

68F 2 weeks primary
68F 2 weeks secondary
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Bottled: Imperial IPA; Piloncillo/Orange Porter; Lemon Honey Chamomile Blonde
Kegged: Undercrushed Red; Cider; Session IPA
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:41 AM   #13
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I, and everyone else that had it, LOVED this beer. It was closest to a blonde as far as I could tell. It never cleared which I thought was strange, but was smooth and delicious.

Finally floated the keg last night, too. So I think I can consider brewing this again, or changing it up a little. One SMaSH at a time, I think.
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