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  1. Again, I'll blame @HoppySmile! for bragging up the Innis & Gunn oak-aged beers, and all the homebrewers that have gone before while 'tinkering with the Winter Dark Ale.' In any case, this recipe used up my last WDA so I thought that I may as well go big.? Rum, Smoke & Oak UK Dark Ale Winter Dark Ale Craft HME, best before Jan. 2017 Malting Co. of Ireland 2-row, 1.0 lb. Simpsons Chocolate malt, 0.13 lb. Chateau Special B, 0.13 lb. Weyermann CaraRed, 0.25 lb. Briess Smoked Cherrywood malt, 0.25 lb. Styrian Goldings, 0.25 oz. 20 min. Styrian Goldings, 0.5 oz. @ flame-out Rum-soaked light oak chips, added following primary fermentation Mangrove Jack's UK Dark Ale yeast Mash grains @ 154 F for 60 min. 'Batch sparge' @ 170 for 5 or 6 min. 35 min. boil. Add WDA @ f/o. OG TBD SRM 39 IBU 52 ?
  2. We can't buy WDA anymore but can we craft the recipes using just Mr. Beer extracts? I am willing to find out so here is what I came up with in what I am calling End of Winter Dark Ale -- Defibrillator Option: American Porter HME Oktoberfest HME Robust LME Safale S-04 yeast OG 1.068 SRM 40+ IBU 62 1.95 kg of hopped malt For the Black Moon Rising Option, I would simply substitute 2 Smooth LMEs for the Robust LME which would (in theory) lower SRM from 47 to 36, and increase hopped malt to 2.2 kg. I would try this Porterfest BMR Option myself, but all 3 LBKs are now once again in use! You will note that I am not venturing into any extra hopping here, but would really be interested to hear what the Forum Brewers might recommend. Finally, as with any brewing experimentation, in the end I will have made beer. But I am hoping that these attempts will be successful and maybe help those suffering through their WDA withdrawals. At least until that other Craft Series is announced...
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    Wow - maybe my favorite Mr. Beer brew so far! Roasted barley, malty, hints of chocolate and espresso, bitter but easy to drink - very close to a stout/porter. Absolutely delicious. Fermented for 19 days; conditioned for 28; refrigerated for 3. Excellent.
  4. So, enough of us bought some of these when they were half-price, seems fair to start a thread showing off what we're gonna do with them, or to ask questions about what we could do with them. Such as... if one were to tinker with the hops a little bit, what variety(-ties) would you use to accent this beer, say for a dry-hop or even a flameout addition?
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    My Winter Dark Ale disguised as a Guinness...
  6. Tried WDA for the first time last night and it came out awesome! Reminded me of Guinness. Poured a very dark black with a foamy, billowy tan head; left a good amount of lacing along the glass. Smell was subtle, but it tasted of roasted barley with hints of chocolate and espresso; bitter but very easy to drink. I think they are still on sale for $10.98 so I may have to pick another one or two up during this free shipping sale. Also last night brewed something I'm going to call Centennial Zest Ale -- a variation of the Horse's Ass Ale recipe adding zest of one lemon and 1 oz of Centennial hops. Kevin
  7. My second batch, the Winter Dark Ale, is about ready to bottle. I had some questions on this though - A. How long to "lager" this beer? Some of the Winter Dark Ale recipes say to give it a few months of lagering/conditioning - but I didn't see anything on the recipe directions that came with it. B. Regardless, if a beer will be kept longer in the bottles, either for conditioning or just over time, which is better to use - the PET bottles or glass bottles? I can do either, I have both. I was reading in a brewing book that PET is not good for keeping beer for long durations. Thanks for the feedback in advance. Michael
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