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Old 08-05-2012, 03:27 PM   #11
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You're not overdoing it with the hops if you really love hops. I agree that dry hopping would help a lot, and I'd probably do what ChessRockwell suggests above.

Your malt looks like you've overdone the dark, though. Dark LME already has a lot of sweet and roasty flavors. I don't think Special B has a place in this recipe at all if you want the hops to shine through.
I agree that the "dark" is too much. Dark LME is caramelly and really really sweet, plus a pound of special B is too much.

I'd keep the hopping to 60/15/10/5/0/dryhopping and use pale LME instead of dark. I'd cut the special B, in half or even less. Special B is strongly sweet. I'd also cut the black malt, probably in half, but I can't see the percentages you're using. I like 90% base malts, 5% crystal, 5% debittered black malt for the grainbill. I like a lighter crystal rather than the special B, but that is probably just my taste.


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Old 08-05-2012, 03:38 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone.

Unfortunately for this batch I ordered from AHB do the grains are already mixed so the special b can't change. I am hoping the warrior counter balances a lot of the sweetness but only one way to find out!!

I may increase the batch size a tad to give me a few extras to bottle since this is all getting given away in a few weeks. Probably raise it to 5 1/2 or even 6 gallons. Afraid that might "thin" it a bit too much tho so most likely just do the 5 and bring a "light" keg.


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Old 08-05-2012, 04:06 PM   #13
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Coming from a totally different direction, I'd cut the Special B to 6 oz. A pound will make it strangely sweet.
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:04 PM   #14
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Just an update for anyone who is paying attention to this. Forgot to add I am using S-05 as my yeast.

Looks like all is in line to brew later tonight.
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:21 PM   #15
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Everything seemed to go smoothly last night. No big mishaps that I was aware of. Color looks spot on and refractometer read my OG was pretty spot on.

Sitting in the ice bath this am no real bubbles in the airlock but I can see the lid is bowed a bit so I know the yeasties seem to have gotten going.

Now the hard part.......... Waiting.......
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:51 PM   #16
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Well??? How did it turn out?
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Well??? How did it turn out?
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