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Merlin U Ward
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I had my first Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail a few days ago and I fell in love with it. I scoured the internet for a clone recipe but couldn't find one, so I made one myself. Would love feedback on the composition and how close to the real one you think it will be...

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Style: Imperial IPA
Type: All Grain
OG: 1.129
FG: 1.028
ABV: 13.22 %
Color: 11.0 SRM
Est IBU's: 229.55
Efficiency: 75.00 %
Batch Size: 5.00 Gals
Boil: 90 minutes

Grain
21.00 lbsBriess 2-Row Brewers Malt
1.00 lbsBriess 2-Row Caramel 40L
10.00 ozsBriess Munich 20L
3.00 lbsCandi Sugar, Clear

Hops
1.00 ozsCitra(First Wort)
1.00 ozsApollo (90 mins)
1.00 ozsApollo (45 mins)
1.00 ozsAmarillo Gold (30 mins)
1.00 ozsApollo (10 mins)
1.00 ozsAmarillo Gold (10 mins)
1.00 ozsCitra(5 days)
1.00 ozsAmarillo Gold (5 days)

Yeasts
London Ale III - Wyeast Labs 1318 (Beginner)
Trappist High Gravity - Wyeast Labs 3787 (Finisher)

Mash at 152º for 90 min (or until finished), boil for 90 min. Cool, and oxygenate with 1 minutes of O2, or shaking for 2 minutes. Pitch 2 L starter of London Ale III for first 36-48 hours. Oxygenate again and pitch 2 L starter of Trappist to finish it off.

The reason for the two yeasts is to get a decent English IPA style fermentation, but the 1318 doesn't have a great tolerance for over 8% ABV. The 3787 does, and the characteristics I think will be a nice fit for this beer.



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Those are so good. +Ashley Bower may have some insight.
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Maduro from Cigar City Brewing, Fl. Nice, malty and chocolately!
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Had the opportunity to visit a friend at Greenpoint Brewing this evening and hang out while they filtered a Double IPA. Amazing how much filtering changes the flavor and aroma of a beer!

It was a lot of fun watching the action and taking in the aromas of fresh yeast, hops and beer soaked concrete. 
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EXACTLY!! Glad you programmers have finally caught up  ;-) 

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Love this #GrowthHacker  cartoon. #marketing #humor
There’s a growing movement in Silicon Valley to replace “Marketers” with a new position called “Growth Hackers”. Some are claiming that startups should eliminate their marketing teams altogether.
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Jumped into a glass of a Oak aged Bourbon Stout I made in December. It actually got even better. Smoother oak flavors, still not a strong bourbon note. Need to do more testing on getting that flavor thru without creating an oak monster.

#craftbeer #beer
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+Merlin U Ward I did. This is my first time attempting using oak. I got two Oak Infusion Spirals. I was worried that the bourbon would come on too strong, so I only soaked one (a mistake, since the sample I tried after measuring my final gravity only had a subtle bourbon taste). I soaked that spiral in bourbon for about a month, while my Imperial Russian was in both primary and secondary. At around a month and a half out from bottling (total time from end of boil to bottling was about 3 months and 3 weeks), I added the spirals (one soaked in bourbon and one just the oak, itself) into secondary. I also added some cocoa nibs. 

I've never used oak chips, cubes, or spirals, so I just looked at a couple forums and tried to see if I could find some common ideas. Not sure if I did the right thing, but we'll see.
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Banana Pudding????  Cupcakes???  You bettcha. Have one on me. When you come back to PHX for a visit ... I'll make sure you are taken care of. Yummmmmy!
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Of all the beers I had this weekend this one was most notable. Mr Pineapple from San Tan brewing. Not as fruity as I expected, which was good. It was a nicely balanced ale. Crisp and clean finish. Not acidic at all. Great pineapple and citrus nose. 
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I did a 5 gal split test for different aroma hops in IPAs (one 2 gals and three 1 gal). Just took a gravity reading (1.010 from an OG 1.057). Wrapped them and setting the fridge to 38 degrees for an 18 hour cold crash before bottling.

Very excited to see how the hops differ with the same grain bill. The winner gets it's own 5 gal batch! 
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hard to go wrong with Chinook as either a bittering or aroma hop. One of my favorites. Love Galena and Galaxy as well.
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I imagine this is how +Milaurys Ortega talks about me... #geekhusband
 
Happy Pi Day! 3/14
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Imagine the internet if... 

h/t +Jackie Lea Shelley 
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If I am not mistaken, this coding language has existed for a while now.
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The brewing experience was great for this beer - Belgian Golden Strong. However, despite my best efforts it didn't come out to style. It's sweet with high esters. Still strong! While I'm disappointed that it didn't come out as expected, it is still really good. Great bananas flavors, a little alcohol on the nose, low hops. Could be dryer as is.... Cheers! 
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Thanks guys! I will definitely drink it :-)
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