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Old 11-17-2011, 05:56 PM   #491
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Brewed this back in september it turned out great. The pics don't do it justice it is crystal clear by now.

Has that great vienna taste at first and loads of centennial flavor
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:23 PM   #492
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Just curious if anyone else has noticed a distinct melon/cantalope flavor? I dont use Centennial too frequently and this is a pretty unusual flavor, albeit not bad. Given mine is only 4 weeks out and probably just needs some more time in the keg. I didnt notice this flavor at all in the gravity sample I pulled before kegging.

Anyone else with melony flavor?
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:31 PM   #493
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No melon for me . What kind of yeast did you use and what ferment temps?
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:50 PM   #494
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Just popped my 1st bottle. Needs another week or so, but I'm excited: in a blind taste test, SWMBO liked my clone better than the real THA! They're close, but mine's a touch sweeter and has a little more yeast character (didn't harvest Bell's). All in all, I'm pretty darned happy

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Old 11-19-2011, 01:38 AM   #495
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I used S05 and mid-high 60's for the first 5 days. Temperature was pretty well controlled. I use S05 a lot and have never had this melon flavor, so I was thinking it was the centennials. I'll give it another week in the keg and see how it progresses.
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Old 11-19-2011, 02:27 AM   #496
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S05 is very clean and very neutral and almost exhibits no flavor at all. that's what makes it so versatile
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I'm giving this a go this wkend. A few changes for me:

using C40 to get an SRM of about 7
I added a 30m hop addition and backed off the 60min, IBUs about 55.
Using some washed Wyeast 1272 American Ale II

Thanks for the recipe. I'm sure it'll be great.
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Old 11-25-2011, 03:05 AM   #498
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Took some bottles of my THA clone (this recipe) to both Thanksgiving feasts. Great reviews all around!

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Old 11-28-2011, 04:14 AM   #499
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I finally tried a bottle of THA when I was out on the east coast. It was crisp/dry tasting yet more subdued hop flavor than I got making with it with US-05. The hop flavor difference could be the age (couple months in the bottle vs. freshly kegged) and the fact that I dry hop in the keg.

I recently made a Pale Ale with a little toasted grain and 1272, which had the same type of crisp/dry flavor, so I think I'll remake this THA recipe again with 1272. For anyone trying to replicate this without the harvested bell's yeast, I think that's the best commercial alternative.
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Oh no! Terrible soapy and kind of grassy taste when racking to the keg. Don't think it can recover.
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