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Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 750
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.32.253.156
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 04:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

... especially an 11.5% ABV one, is giving me a feeling distinctly like the Pink Floyd tune, "Comfortably Numb." A dangerous circumstance, this is.

'Nuff said.
 

Richard Nye
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Username: Yeasty_boy

Post Number: 1794
Registered: 01-2004
Posted From: 68.4.202.69
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 04:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Graham, now is a good time to put one of those big boys on tap. I'll be brewing a little brother to yours (only 9%ABV) and tapping it (hopefully) for Christmas.
 

Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 751
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.32.253.156
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 05:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I didn't intend for this one to go this far, Richard - it ended up at 97% ADF. I couldn't believe it either, I took a second refractometer reading to confirm it.

I used 6% turbinado sugar and 6% Belgian dark syrup, but the rest was all malt. I made a 4L starter of WLP530. It took it from 1.090 to 1.003 in just a couple of weeks. I bottled it on day 25. (This is the beer where you guys were making fun of me for obsessing over the best sub for CaraMunich, given what I had on hand. )

It's a potent Son-of-a-Belgian. My wife recoiled at the alcohol, but to me it's not even hot. The WLP530 is definitely Belgian! I'm going to use the Rochefort yeast next time.
 

Richard Nye
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Username: Yeasty_boy

Post Number: 1799
Registered: 01-2004
Posted From: 68.4.202.69
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 02:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How did you use a refractometer to measure your FG? Did you use a hydrometer too?
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 2532
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 208.49.148.10
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 03:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Better add an extra hour to your flying window for that one
 

Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 755
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 205.174.22.25
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 06:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

ProMash, Richard. Just plug in the readings.