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Old 29-04-2014, 12:22 PM   #21
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Boost the strength? Mine came out bang on 6% so with conditioning you're looking at 6.2%. Was in primary for 2 then secondary for 2. Bottled warm for 2 then a few in the fridge. Very drinkable even after a month of bottling.

I guess if you want to push the abv higher the usual trick is to add less water, so brew to 21litres. That should add approx 0.5%, or you could add more sugar, but it tends to make the brew leaner.
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I'm brewing this on the weekend and realised I'd never actually had a Suffolk Strong ale in my life.
Found one in tesco and, despite being Greene King, was pleasantly surprised with the flavour and body of it (though I felt it this morning!)

Plan is to brew it now and open it when the Autumn months start rolling in. These festival kits seem to hit their stride after about three months in the bottle.

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UPDATE: brewed this up last night and this morning I awoke to the sound of gurgling from the airlock. It appears to be chugging along quite nicely.

With regards these hops: should I fling them in the primary or the secondary FV? Also, when racking, should I be siphoning everything but the trub and then leaving the secondary in a cooler place so that it can clear?

Sorry, nobody expects the Suffolk Inquisition!
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Chuck the pellets in the primary after a week. Leave for another week then siphon off to secondary (leave all the gunk behind). Put secondary somewhere cool for a week then siphon (again leave more gunk behind) to bottle
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Cheers, Maffa.
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Added the hops (Boudicca) and the trial jar was lovely. So far gravity is 1010.
Very tasty and dark; will give it another week until bottling up.
The only question is: batch or bottle prime? Only Ade 20l so am leaning towards bottle priming.
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All primed and in the airing cupboard (though I scarce think it needs to be in this weather!)

My new siphon/little bottler hybrid combined well with a muslin bag to keep out the sediment/hop dregs. Smells beautiful and I can't wait to try it in a few weeks.

Still murky but hopefully it'll clear up in a week or two.

Realise I'm probably the only person with this on the go right now; apologies if I'm being boring!
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Not at all!

Just realised I'm down to my last 3 bottles of this and am really seriously thinking bunging another batch on. This is up there with Golden Stag (dare I say its better?) which I have just transferred to secondary so I have a free bucket to use.

Don't worry if it doesn't entirely clear, I don't have a garage or anywhere cool to condition properly but it is still an extremely good pint - even in summer.
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Cheers, Maffa. I really loved the trial jar and this appears to be clearing up very nicely in the bottle.

Now I need to leave it for a while...a week or two is a while, isn't it?!
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Been in the bottle a while now and:

Phwoar! What a lovely beer. It's strong, malty and very potent and I know it will continue to get better in the bottle.

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