turbo_ale wrote:The only two things that mine does not have is the red hue and the very slight smoke flavor. How can I go about getting the red hue next time if using the same grain bill ?
I use Carafa II, rather than black malt, per suggestions from the Brew Network thread. I got the red hue just right, but mine lacks about 1 SRM of being quite dark enough. I will try it with just a bit more Carafa next time. My recipe is at 30 SRM right now. You can "see" through 1554 when put up to the light, that's when mine looks just slightly less dark than the original. In the glass, it looks pretty much the same.
Latest from New Belgian (read on this site some place, I think) is that they use Chocolate Wheat
-- that could make a difference too, in color and flavor. I haven't tried it with choc wheat yet.
I like my variation well enough not to tinker too much more with it. And, thankfully, so do my friends and family!
Oh, I also use a higher proportion of Munich to two-row than you are using-- that might make a bit of a color difference, too.
Correction: The use of Chocolate Wheat that I recalled was for Deschutte's Porter, not for 1554. Still, you may want to give it a try. Who knows!