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Offline goschman

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special b
« on: April 09, 2014, 03:31:58 PM »
I used special b for the first time in what I am calling a 'double red ale'. I feel like I detect it more than I was expecting at 1.6% of the grist in a 7.8% ABV beer with about 50% munich and a good amount of Columbus, Simcoe, & Centennial hops. My perception is based on a finished hydrometer sample so I am not sure who the carbonated/aged beer will be.

Can anyone comment on their perception of special b and in what styles at what percentages they normally use it?
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Re: special b
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2014, 03:33:59 PM »
Dark fruit/raisiny flavors. I don't make A Dubbel or Quad without it. I've used 5% in both.
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Re: special b
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2014, 03:37:20 PM »
Yeah. I was getting the raisin thing which I assumed was the special b. Didn't think it would be so detectable at such a small amount. I chose to use it because I wanted a specialty malt that was kind of unique and not necessarily to style. I am interested to see what the final product is. I may sub it out for pale chocolate or something on the next batch.
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Re: special b
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2014, 03:38:30 PM »
Also, it can make a really good secret ingredient in a porter or stout @ maybe 3 oz.


EDIT - Yep. It is pretty potent.
« Last Edit: April 09, 2014, 04:24:36 PM by HoosierBrew »
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Re: special b
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2014, 03:51:18 PM »
I love Special B, but it is rather potent and has a distinct flavor. I use 1/4 lb per 3 gallon batch and that's plenty. I only use it in dark Belgian styles, but I could see a small amount being OK in something like an Old Ale.
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Re: special b
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2014, 03:53:29 PM »
I used 3 oz in a 3.5 gallon batch. I knew it would be out of place so we'll see how it turns out.
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