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Old 02-08-2013, 08:31 PM   #11
igliashon
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Gorgeous color on that one, mate!

 
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:35 PM   #12
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Cheers, man. It smells like how beer used to smell. It also smells and tastes as good as it looks. Haha think I would probably try adding a 3rd hop next time. Maybe Challenger?

 
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:25 PM   #13
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Oh yeah, man. If you use buckwheat, not only does making it 'crystal' get rid of the strange taste, I have found putting it in the water when cold at the start of heating the strike water can do it too. Strange, but it does.

 
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:27 PM   #14
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I've got 25 lbs of malted buckwheat from Colorado Malting Company on the way, should be here next week. I might just go ahead and try this recipe to start with!

 
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:08 PM   #15
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Yeah man. Instead of Golden syrup, you could use Amber Belgian Candi Syrup, if you find it hard to get hold of? Should still come out with a slightly similar taste. Just done a German beer too, using basically the same recipe but with caster sugar instead of brown. And using 2oz of Hallertau. Let me know how it goes. Mine are also 3 gallon batches, so you don't really need to adjust anything either, unless you want to.

Also, if you toast some of your 'Normal' malted buckwheat to a chocolate style, it SHOULD in theory turn out more like a bitter instead of a Northern ale like mine.

 
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:57 AM   #16
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There's actually a store around the corner from my place that sells Lyle's Golden Syrup; it's a bit pricey, but I'm gonna try it for authenticity's sake. What's caster sugar?

 
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:09 AM   #17
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Rough cut white sugar. Basically a normal bag of white sugar.

Let me know if it is way expensive. Could try to organise shipping you some over. It's about 1 a tin here. Or about 1.50 for supermarket brand, but you get more. So complete with the price for shipping, I'm sure it may be cheaper?

 
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:29 PM   #18
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The difference a day makes. Cracked one open just now. Fully carbonated. It tastes amazing. Not to blow my own trumpet. I was trying for bitter, but it didn't fully work out. But what I did make would easily pass for a Northern Brown ale. Especially in taste. Still, I wanted an old fashioned style 'proper' ale, and that is still what I got.



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