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Beer Recipes / Please critique my Mole Spiced Beer grain bill
« on: April 02, 2013, 03:21:54 PM »
My goal is a beer that has lots of chocolate and caramel notes, a nice full mouth feel, fruity flavors of dried Guajillo and Ancho peppers and just a hint of warmth from the dried chipotles.  It will be a high gravity beer, I would like to condition it and have it ready for Thanksgiving 2013.  Please critique my recipe - any suggestions would be appreciated. 
For a 5.25 Gallon batch with 68% efficiency
1.093 OG

16 lbs Pale Malt 2 row Belg.
1 lb Special B
8 oz Caramel Crystal 80L
8 oz Chocolate Malt
8 oz malted Oats
8 oz Mexican Sugar (from evap. Sugar Cane)
1 oz Target pellets 60 min
Wyeast Trappist High Gravity # 3787
1/4 oz Guajillo 15 min
1/4 oz Ancho 15 min
5 oz unsweetened Cocoa Powder 15 min
1/2 minced Vanilla Bean 15 min
1/4 oz Guajillo 5 min
1/4 oz Ancho 5 min

1/2 oz Chipotles in Secondary, tasting every day until I have the right amount of heat.

I will soak vanilla and cinnamon in Vodka in individual containers, and add these flavors if necessary in secondary until I get the desired flavor

Beer Recipes / has any one attempted to clone N.B. Cocoa Mole Ale?
« on: April 02, 2013, 02:50:10 PM »
Has anyone attempted to clone this, or found a clone recipe?

All Grain Brewing / Lid on partially?
« on: April 02, 2013, 02:46:03 PM »
My 10 gallon brew pot is more on the short and squat side.  I am wondering if I could leave the lid on half way to prevent excessive evaporation.  Would I have DMS issues if the pot is halfway covered?

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