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OctoberVienna Redux - CO2 test

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I brewed this one on Dec. 12:

OctoVienna Redux
Brewer: LowTech
Style: Belgian Specialty Ale ??
Batch: 2.40 galExtract

Recipe Gravity: 1.061 OG
Recipe Bitterness: 44 IBU
Recipe Color: 17° SRM
Estimated FG: 1.015
Alcohol by Volume: 5.9%

Crystal 20L 0.22 lb, Grain, Steeped
MrB. Octoberfest Vienna Lager 2.42 lb, Extract
Munich (US) 1.65 lb, Extract

Hallertauer 0.50 oz, Pellet, 15 minutes
Hallertauer 0.50 oz, Pellet, 5 minutes
MrB. Octoberfest Vienna Lager 2.00 oz, Pellet, 5 minutes

Belgian Ale yeast 1.00 unit, Yeast, T-58, 8 grams
Finings 1.00 unit, Fining, Irish Moss, .5 tsp
Generic 1.00 unit, Other, Wyeast nutrient

I chilled one for a day to perform the required CO2 proof. What a treat! The carb is a tad on the high side (used 65 g sugar)but the aroma just hits you full force. Very malty and slight spice but still 'young'. The first taste reveals the T-58 in all it's glory.
But it is not center stage. The malt just wraps your tongue in a blanket. The hops near the end of the boil survive but I couldn't really pick out the abundant flavor or aroma I had hoped for.

I had a fun bottling day with this batch. Trub-o-rama on the last 3 bottles. But I got 23! Bonus. Gonna put the other 22 out of my mind until I can brew again.

Oh, this was my first time using liquid malt extract. The Munich LME came from a store in Raleigh. I had it on hand for waaaay long and I was worried it would not exactly be fresh. I am pleased with the outcome. You will be too, if you try it like this.


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