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Forum Christmas Brew

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Please choose your favourite recipe for the Forum Christmas Brew

  • Option 1 - 1848 Barclay Perkins IBSt

    Votes: 3 9.7%
  • Option 2 - 1821 Barclay Perkins TT

    Votes: 1 3.2%
  • Option 3 - Black IPA

    Votes: 6 19.4%
  • Option 4 - Imperial Stout

    Votes: 3 9.7%
  • Option 5 - Chocolate Stout

    Votes: 14 45.2%
  • Option 6 - Belgian Dark Strong Ale

    Votes: 7 22.6%
  • Option 7 - Old Ale

    Votes: 9 29.0%

  • Total voters
    31
  • Poll closed .

gavp1979

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No, it's like most things in brewing. some add in the boil, some at ferm, and some after ferm. Probably doesn't matter too much.
Mine didn't taste very chocolatey but I still have 100g of nibs left so might boil then for a few seconds chuck them.in the fermenter for a few days then
 

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Checked mine yesterday and its down to 1.016. The yeast has mostly dropped but there's still some floaters in there. The sample tasted good apart from the chunk of yeast I got with it.

Cold crashing now ready to bottle on Saturday.
 

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Bottled mine last night, fg of 1022, making it 8.4%, seemed like it had stopped after 3 weeks so went for it. Not as sweet as I thought it might have been, choc aroma though and very full bodied!
 

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I know it's not fully conditioned yet but couldn't resist having a couple if glasses last night. Mine finished high an only turned out at 4.9% but got to say that it is very nice. Gonna be a struggle leaving it alone til Christmas 😂
 

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I have got a video of it pouring using an intertap flow control with stout spout using only co2 put it is too big to post 😟 managed to get a little cascading effect and a nice head with it
 

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Managed to compress it enough but can hopefully still see the effect. I left the restrictor plate in the stout spout but removed the plastic diverter
 

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I upped the temp on mine to drop it the last few points to 1.020.
Regards the MJ yeasts...I have a second batch of SAISON brewing with the MJ SAISON yeast...they both started off really well with a big krausen and loads of bubbling and lid pressure..then seem to slow for a couple of days...then take off again. The first batch went down to 1.000 and the beer was great.
 

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Bit late to this thread and already brewed Hughes' Christmas Ale which is clearing and conditioning nicely in the bottle as I write, but I'll give this one a go definately athumb..

Not had this one before but I had a bottle of Black Sheep Choc & Orange Stout 6.1% ABV last night and it was gorgeous, don't usually go for dark beers but it was delightful. Label says they used dark chocolate malt, flaked oats, dark chocolate Cascade hops and orange peel so not unlike this @Hopsteep recipe.
 

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Sampled my Christmas beer today. Nice and easy drinking but a little forgettable. Not sure if it needs more lactose? Interesting to see how this improves on the run in to christmas.
 

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Tucked up in the fermenter after a cold day in the garage. Ended up with 33L at 1.060, pitched the Ringwood at 19 degrees along with the cocoa nibs (boiled with 1L of the cooled wort). Hopefully this will be ready for the Christmas beer swap!
 
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