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Old 12-12-2007, 02:03 AM   #1
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Just a public service announcement. I am sure this is not a shock to most of you, but my imperial porter is now an imperial brown.

I have been disappointed with my local LHBS for some time and the last major buying run took me to a popular LHBS in Mass. I had a long list of ingredients to buy including Brown malt, Crystal 40, and Crystal 120. The brown they did not have, but when I inquired about the crystal I was told "I don't know where you are getting your information, but those simply do not exist". So I made do with what I could get and winged the recipe.

This was going out as christmas gifts, don't know if it's worth sending now.


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I'm not sure I understand what you are saying. What doesn't exist?


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Does that mean 12# of Crystal 10 isn't Crystal 120 either?

Man, my Brown is going to to bleach blonde!!! :P
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More Beer is ripping everyone off! These products don't exist!

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Crystal 40 should be more than dark enough for anyone!

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Crystal 40 should be more than dark enough for anyone!

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were you aiming for a brown porter or a black/robust? did you use any chocolate, or black patent, or even roast barley?
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It was supposed to be the Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter in the recipe database.

The recipe called for brown, crystal 120, crystal 40, and chocolate malt. The only crystal available at the LHBS was English crystal, which varies between 60-70 lovibond. Not being very bright, I tried to balance the recipe using the English crystal. The result is definitely not a porter, though I suppose any recipe program could have told me that if I had bothered to spend two minutes calculating it.
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i didn't read the recipe, how much chocolate did you use? and porter used to be brown back in the day.
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The brown they did not have, but when I inquired about the crystal I was told "I don't know where you are getting your information, but those simply do not exist". So I made do with what I could get and winged the recipe.

This was going out as christmas gifts, don't know if it's worth sending now.
Maybe he meant that in the Decartes way ... like "I think I'm 120L, therefore I am"

If you want more roasty, dark flavors don't give up. Cold steep some dark grains. A little chocolate, roasted barley and 120L crystal from ANY online brew store. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes and add to secondary.


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