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  1. Jul 9, 2019 #41

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    Update: AG#20 Chequered Flag Black IPA

    Bottled it this evening..... athumb..:beer1:

    FG = 1.012 or 1.013 (hard to see due to colour and hop bits!)

    Bottling wand got blocked with hop bits for last few bottles aheadbutt (5 flip top ones only) so detached it and free poured from syphon tube - minor concerns about oxidation for these ones, so make sure to drink them first!

    Oh, and as you might imagine I ended up squirting a bit of beer around the kitchen as a result! :laugh8:

    10L in bottling bucket
    2.1vols CO2
    55g brown sugar boiled in 300ml water for 2mins

    Yield = 20 x 500ml bottles
    Waste = zero ml ! (No waste! Just had enough for 20 bottles)

    Colour = Black (not convinced about the 25 SRM from Brewers Friend - I'd say it's a bit darker than that but it's meaningless anyway for such a dark beer!)
    Aroma = Gentle new world hop aromas
    Taste = Refreshing hoppiness meets satisfying malt complexity

    ABV = 5.0%
    SRM = 25.0
    IBU = 52.73

    Job jobbed! athumb..
     
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  2. Jul 12, 2019 at 6:31 PM #42

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    AG#17 Marzen/San Miguel "Selecta"

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    ( Since you were asking @pilgrimhudd )

    Just tried another bottle of this. It's certainly drinkable but still not as carbonated as I'd like and head retention could be better. And I'm still getting chill haze.

    The toastiness is certainly there which I'm pleased about. It's maybe a touch sweet for me - maybe more carbonation would help, or a different yeast to nibble away at another 2-4 gravity points.

    Overall, as I've noted previously, I think it just needs longer in the bottle before I get properly stuck in - certainly my AG#7 Czech Pilsner seems to have improved in this regard. Plenty more beers in the fridge to drink in the meantime though! :beer1:athumb..
     
  3. Jul 12, 2019 at 6:40 PM #43

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    Oh, and just to add on the subject of chill haze, I've also got a fridge full of Belgian Witbiers and American Wheat beers that are crystal clear - I literally cannot win! aheadbutt:laugh8:o_O:cheers3:
     
  4. Jul 12, 2019 at 7:05 PM #44

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    To me that looks great! Head retention looks good again? Obviously no idea of taste but it looks fab to me! athumb..
     
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  5. Jul 12, 2019 at 7:32 PM #45

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    I'm up for a bottle swap if you are acheers.
     
  6. Jul 12, 2019 at 7:35 PM #46

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    Why not! Not sure what you'd like of mine at the mo, the English ipa is good and I think is stronger than the 3.8% I have worked out if you want to try that?
     
  7. Jul 12, 2019 at 7:42 PM #47

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    Well I quite like beer. Do you have any beer? :laugh8:
     
  8. Jul 12, 2019 at 7:46 PM #48

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    Well what I meant really was that my latest brews have been s**t, so you've got English ipa or English ipa!
     
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  9. Jul 15, 2019 at 8:48 PM #49

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    Update: AG#21 "Extra Viking" Baltic Porter

    I've been swapping freezer blocks in the water bath at approx. 8hr intervals throughout fermentation - the water bath temp typically falls to 15-16degC shortly after adding fresh blocks (<30mins), rising gradually to 19-20degC over the next few hours.

    I checked the gravity today, 10 days after pitching - it was 1.020-1.021, which is really encouraging (OG was 1.084, BF predicted FG = 1.019). Although very dark it seems to be otherwise very clear (though the colour makes it hard to read hydrometer!)

    Also measured wort/beer temperature with sanitised thermometer, = 19degC (water bath about the same temp at the time)

    The beer tastes great, thick and silky mouthfeel with a dark, rich raisin-ey taste. There's some hot alcohol taste but assume this will condition out - either that or just a consequence of being 8.4% ABV!

    I'll leave it to have the full 2 weeks in the FV, maybe a little more, and then get it bottled to put away for the winter. I don't want to go mad talking too many gravity samples as there's a load of trub in the FV and I don't want to rob myself or that last half a bottle!
     
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