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Arrogant Bastard Clone. . . Sort of


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Quasimodo 217:
Iím curious to know how to brew with a pound of Special B and produce a beer that doesnít taste like raisin. Short mash? Short steep? Magic?
11/16/2012 6:01:46 AM

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tronraner 2459:109
Originally posted by Quasimodo
Iím curious to know how to brew with a pound of Special B and produce a beer that doesnít taste like raisin. Short mash? Short steep? Magic?


Cover it up with hops.
11/16/2012 7:20:37 AM

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bitbucket 2159:63
Originally posted by tronraner
Originally posted by Quasimodo
Iím curious to know how to brew with a pound of Special B and produce a beer that doesnít taste like raisin. Short mash? Short steep? Magic?


Cover it up with hops.

This.
100+ IBUs will cover a lot.
11/16/2012 1:42:51 PM

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Cobra 1100:24
OK, I was wrong. The actual recipe was printed in BYO magazine some time back.
11/17/2012 12:25:18 AM

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bitbucket 2159:63
Originally posted by Cobra
OK, I was wrong. The actual recipe was printed in BYO magazine some time back.

Thatís nearly useful information.
11/17/2012 6:48:10 PM

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SamGamgee 2452:182
Originally posted by Quasimodo
Iím curious to know how to brew with a pound of Special B and produce a beer that doesnít taste like raisin. Short mash? Short steep? Magic?


Now that I think about it more, old Arrogant Bastard (when the hops fall off) does taste like raisin. Itís not good.
11/18/2012 2:49:30 PM

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SamGamgee 2452:182
Special b is a fully glassy caramel/crystal malt with low fermentability. You simply canít make a normal beer with it as itís not even close to a base malt. Itís already converted during the malting process (the stewing step during caramel malt production) so the lack of any enzymes isnít really the issue, but youíd get a very thick, sticky mash that probably wouldnít even lauter, and a crazy-sweet, dark, nasty tasting wort that would only ferment a couple of points.

If you still want to give it a shot, Iím open to hearing how close my prediction comes.
11/18/2012 2:55:07 PM

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stumpyiliz 212:7
Originally posted by Quasimodo
Iím curious to know how to brew with a pound of Special B and produce a beer that doesnít taste like raisin. Short mash? Short steep? Magic?

I would use a varying temp schedule in your mash to get the dryer, less fruity aspects of the special B.
11/18/2012 6:21:44 PM

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lithy 2996:156
ISO: SMASH Special B/Chinook homebrew. First bottled delivered to me that doesnít make me vomit gets 100 bucks.
11/18/2012 6:39:01 PM

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