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Old 08-22-2011, 06:09 PM   #51
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What you think about using roasted barley instead of the chocolate malt

 
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:16 PM   #52
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We've got an event coming up here in October called the Swine & Stein... It's local beers and local restaurants coming together to showcase their beers and pork dishes. I figured this recipe would be great to mimic that smokey flavor from good quality bacon. I manage a homebrew supply store and they're going to allow us to sell our wares and on the opposite side of our space, serve samples in the beer tent. Should be a great time! They're expecting 2000+ people this year.

 
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Old 09-18-2011, 03:22 AM   #53
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im brewing this tomrorow! pretty excited about it

 
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:37 PM   #54
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being boiled now. smells awesome, cant wait! i didnt have the yeast you used on hand, so will be using a windsor ale yeast. anyone used this yeast before? i plan on setting my fermentation chamber to about 62, hopefully that wont be too low for it.

 
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:40 PM   #55
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read up on windsor and decided not to use it. my only other alternative was s-05, so thats what she is being fermented with

 
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:55 PM   #56
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I brewed a 5 gal partial mash of this with the recipe below.

5 lbs Rauch malt
1 lbs caramunich
1 lbs Crystal 40
1 lbs American Chocolate
4 lbs Liquid Light Extract
0.5 oz Northern Brewer pellets (60 min)
0.75 oz Willamette pellets (60 min)
WLP007 Dry English Ale

OG 1.052
FG 1.018

I fermented for 3 weeks; primed it with a pre-measured packet of priming sugar from a Williams Brewing kit; conditioned for 3 weeks.

The first taste was awesome. Now the beer is over carbonated and foams like crazy when opened and poured (no explosions yet). It still tastes good but has a very weak mouthfeel.

I'm not sure if it wasn't finished fermenting when I bottled it or if a slight heat spell is the cause of the over carbonation. I've moved this summer and haven't got a good read on temperature ranges of the new apartment.

I will definitely brew this again come late fall early winter. I'm thinking of upping the smoked malt as I would like a smokier taste but I'm not sure if the super-fizz is burning off some of the smoke or not. I may also use a different yeast as I chose to dry ale to build up a cake for an imperial porter.

 
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:21 PM   #57
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IThe first taste was awesome. Now the beer is over carbonated and foams like crazy when opened and poured (no explosions yet). It still tastes good but has a very weak mouthfeel.
Does it foam at chilled temps? 3 weeks fermenting...I doubt you had much in the way of residual sugars. Storing in excessively warm surroundings could lead to some uber-fermentation.

 
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Old 09-23-2011, 05:36 AM   #58
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Does it foam at chilled temps? 3 weeks fermenting...I doubt you had much in the way of residual sugars. Storing in excessively warm surroundings could lead to some uber-fermentation.
It foams at cold temps. I'm letting a few bottles sit in the fridge for a week to see if time will help.

I also had the brilliant idea of opening a bottle, letting it foam out, then recapping it. I used a room temp bottle and the idea blew up in face, literally. I didn't know beer could shoot so high.

I used this yeast cake for my next batch of beer and added some dry yeast after a couple of weeks because I wasn't confident about the gravity reading. It dropped 8 points. So, i don't know if the yeast is having trouble finishing the job.

 
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:57 AM   #59
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so my OG was 1.056. My apparent FG is 1.021. without looking back at the recipe, i was thinking that was the correct FG. its been cold crashing for the last 3 days and i decided to look back at this thread and i see the target FG is 1.014. should i just keg it or do you think i should warm it up and swirl the yeast? i tasted it tonight and it definitely is a bit sweet. thought?

 
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Old 10-24-2011, 03:27 PM   #60
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i ended up kegging it at 1.020. This beer is great! thanks for the recipe

 
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