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Old 09-24-2012, 02:07 AM   #1
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So, I started my quintessential Sunday brew time head strong with the Northern Brewers Caribou Slobber recipe loaded on my tiny iPhone screen. I proceeded to build my grain bill, 9 pounds here, half pound there. All seemed perfect, until, the English Black Malt. I saw 1.25lbs. I'll give you a hint, it was actually .125lbs and my small screen successfully hid the decimal point. Needless to saw, I did not make a brown ale today; instead I went into full creative/panic mode and made a crazy Spiced/Vanilla/Honey porter. So, here goes:


1 oz Ahnatum (60 min)
1 oz German Hallertua (10 min)

2 TBSP - Cardamom
3 TBSP - Clove
Vanilla Bean - 1

1lbs - Clover Honey (last 10)

Safale 5 (my goto yeast)

A quick taste before pitching had a mild sweetness with a, just there, spiciness. The hoppiness was very underlying with enough bitterness to off-set the honey. At the end of the day, I felt I needed to do something to save the 13lbs of grain I crushed by hand so this was what I could come up with between incessant phone calls, wining kids/wife and a all-too-quickly ticking clock.
I'll let you all know how it turns out in about 2-3 months.

Primary: Fountain of Truth Imperial IPA
Secondary: None
Kegged: Scotch Ale; Northern Brewer's Golden Dragon Belgian Special Ale; Ends in Day IPA
Bottles: Summer Ale; Rogue Brutal IPA; Black IPA; English Barleywine; Imperial IPA
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