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Old 02-24-2006, 11:12 PM   #1
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I'm brewing right now.

I'm sitting here wonderign why my efficiency was low.....DUH! The honey! It will add approximately 6 gravity points so plan ahead if you take readings during your boil.

I boiled long enough to hit right at around 1.070ish.. I still might be low, but WTF.

One thing--I don't think it is going to be very red. We'll see though, I always say that during the boil.

Boy is special B "raisiny". I like that. The mash smelled like tobacco. It was interesting.

I'm loving my new brewery set-up. I can do everything right out in the open. Very nice.
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Old 02-25-2006, 01:10 AM   #2
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06.06.06 (v.1) is complete!

Just pitched the yeast, now...we wait!

I used a homemade wort wizard gadget tonight, what a F'in dream! It worked flawlessly. This pic isn't mine, but mine looks identical.


I think the final product (color) is going to be closer to brown--but we will see.

SG is 1.074. I missed by 2 points. Oh well.

Long brew day (7 hours), but hopefully worth it.
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Old 02-25-2006, 01:17 AM   #3
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I used a homemade wort wizard gadget tonight, what a F'in dream! It worked flawlessly. This pic isn't mine, but mine looks identical.
Totally not food grade.

So, any smoke coming through in the wort? Did you do this one by the book, with honey, or did you use brown sugar?
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Old 02-25-2006, 01:57 AM   #4
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I'm brewing right now.
One thing--I don't think it is going to be very red. We'll see though, I always say that during the boil.
I'm loving my new brewery set-up. I can do everything right out in the open. Very nice.
I was wondering about adding about 4 oz. of chocolate malt to mine to increase the red color. I figure it will make it darker but it should definitely make it more red. Shouldn't do much to the flavor at all.
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Old 02-25-2006, 02:02 AM   #5
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How was your sparge. Did you have any problems with the rye?
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Old 02-25-2006, 04:26 AM   #6
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How was your sparge. Did you have any problems with the rye?
I batch sparged it, absolutely no probs. I blame my lower efficiency on that, but par for the course.

Sam, for God's sake the wort never touched the non-food grade material. GOSH!!!!!!!

I did not taste smoke in the wort--at least not as strong as it was when I did the porter. I'm hoping the yeast and the bamberg malt together will give enough smoke essence.

Rich, we definitely need to adjust the recipe to get more of a red color. Good call!
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Old 02-25-2006, 12:30 PM   #7
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Missed your other question Sam....

Yes, I used honey. I put it in at flameout.
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Old 02-25-2006, 02:21 PM   #8
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Rich, we definitely need to adjust the recipe to get more of a red color. Good call!
I ran it through Pro Mash and I think I'm going to add 2 Oz. of chocolate. 4 Oz would make it too dark. I'm also thinking about backing off the Special B to compensate for the chocolate. Maybe only use 1/4 pound. The recipe will then be as close in darkness as the one you brewed. Maybe not though because it may change the flavor profile to much. I'll have to think about that one.
Whatever I brew I will be glad to send you a bottle for comparison sense you started this whole thing and jumped in and brewed it first.
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Old 02-25-2006, 04:39 PM   #9
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Is it time already? Or are you still just testing?
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Old 02-26-2006, 06:34 PM   #10
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...I think the final product (color) is going to be closer to brown--but we will see...

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