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Darran Haynes

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    American Pale Ale
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  1. Relatively happy with it mate πŸ‘ with each passing week or fortnight it tastes better and better. Got about 5-6 bottles left at a guess! Got another nine recipes to get through for now so probably won't brew again anytime soon but can recommend for those that want a tropical IPA circa 6-7% 😎
  2. Yes I was quite chuffed I must say Decided against the 2nd droid for now; had to replace the dryer and dishwasher that both died on us and feeling the sting as a result. Will revisit in a few months perhaps (or next discount promotion)
  3. Gave my brother in law an APA from my first batch to try last weekend. I was of the belief he was more of a Corona guy; didn't know how he'd like the Pale Ale... Got a message from my sister last night - they've just ordered a droid πŸ’ͺ
  4. Nah mine is much similar at 3-4 weeks; don't taste much in the way of pineapple at all and would call it more of a tropical IPA for sure. Also not overly carbonated; don't think Golden Circle vs H2 Pineapple Juice that I used makes a world of difference... PSA: These are back in stock now https://www.kitchenwarehouse.com.au/Mad-Millie-Flip-Top-Bottle-750ml-Case-of-12
  5. My absolute favourite so far has been Feral Brewery's F-15 Anniversary Ale: https://www.feralbrewing.com.au/beer/f-15/
  6. As I mentioned in another conversation recently, decided to keep rolling on with the stouts and heavier beers with the intention of having them nicely matured by winter (easier said than done; will probably be all drunk by April!). Didn't see a post about this one and haven't seen it mentioned so thought I'd get it started in here. Is it an IPA, is it a Brown Ale? Or is it fair to say it’s the best of both? This is a style for the non-conformists, the pioneers, the frontier folk. It’s a big, dark beer up front, with toasty malt aromas, traces of coffee, and bursts of hop freshness. And with hints of toffee sweetness balancing the muscular hops, one sip of Big Bear will tell you, she may be bitter but she’s never grizzly. Sounds good to me! Seems to be bubbling away nicely with plenty of temperature movement and fermentation detected at first testing last night.
  7. I wasn't brave enough to add any extras to my RIS batch this time round but definitely open to trying it in future!
  8. Man that sounds promising!! Might have to also crack one after two weeks then... for 'scientific purposes' of course
  9. Bottled my Russian Imperial Stout last night and decided to continue my roll and started the Big Brown Imperial Ale instead. New plan is to do this one then the Coopers Old Special Stout and then do my best to mature them to June 2020. After those, next 'drinking' brew will be GDSA 😎
  10. My ingredients for Golden Days of Summer Ale brewprint should hopefully be arriving today (got the SMS to say expect a delivery from Coopers Online Store today - always a great message to receive! πŸ˜‡ ). The spreadsheet that's been floating around recommends an amarillo dry hop of 50g's (!!!) and appears to be in addition to the 2x H6's that form part of the recipe... It's pushed it's way up my queue as I have 100g's of amarillo hops just sitting in my fridge doing nothing... keen to crack em open and start experimenting!
  11. So many ales; so little time... 😒 I came dangerously close to buying a 2nd hand droid last week for $400 but a couple of small issues made me hold off. Still waiting for that magical new one to fall in my lap via gumtree for $400 (or a Brewart sale at 20% off; could justify $640). (EDIT - have re-posted under GDOS Ale thread)
  12. Visiting the markets this weekend to pick up the spices for this bad boy... Assuming by 'ginger' I'm literally getting a ginger knob and shaving 1.25g? Ingredients seem so miniscule but will play it smart and stick to what's been instructed!
  13. Thinking of doing this one or the Pumpkin Ale next. Has anyone dry hopped this one? I still have about 80g of cluster hops to use up so was thinking of using 15-20g or so. Hop sub chart suggests these hops are "(good aroma for ale, good bittering for lager)" hence the thought...
  14. Mate that feels exhausting and stressful just thinking about it! I also woke to a good start for a Friday... 2nd batch of Honey lager is Ready to keg after 10 days. 😎
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