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Old 01-12-2012, 11:39 AM   #491
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If you were to enter this in a competition, what category would this beer be in? I'm going on month 2 of this beer and it's really good.
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Old 01-12-2012, 03:02 PM   #492
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You can enter it as 16A Witbier. You might get dinged slightly for using a clean yeast. The description says a bit of lactic sourness is optional, but some judges might be expecting it.

The other category would be 21A Spice, Herb Vegetable. If you have enough bottles you might even enter it in both.

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Old 01-12-2012, 03:45 PM   #493
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Wayne1,
Thanks, I'm going with the wit. My orange flavor has subsided a bit. My wife is begging me to brew this again. Ill post results again. awesome recipe to say the least.
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:45 PM   #494
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I have a quick question. I am going to attempt to brew Nilo’s Blue Moon #4 this weekend. I noticed Nilo has an efficiency of 65%. My typical efficiency runs around 75-85%. If I brew the recipe and hit 75% my SG will be at 1.057. So my question is…Will this recipe typically hit a lower efficiency or do I need to adjust the grain bill to match my typical 75%. Or do I need to change my process in an effort to hit a lower efficiency. I am sorry if this is a ridiculous question.
Also I want to thank everyone for the effort put into this thread. There is excellent information and this gives a great head start towards making a great beer. Thank You!

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Old 01-13-2012, 03:01 PM   #495
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I would have to say my version was a success. SWMBO says it tastes like a lighter variation of the real thing.

Win #1: She actually likes it better than the authentic beer. The lighter mouthfeel makes it more of a thirst quencher.

Win #2: since I forgot the caramel malts, I now have them to use for something else, like a free experiment.

Win #3: easy to drink=nice little buzz=happy me=quick to go=brew more often with 'permission'=happy me!

Also, I said before I would report on the sweetness level. It is not overly sweet, FG ended up 1.012.

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Oh, almost forgot.

Thank you everyone here, this is a great thread!

Especially Wayne1, I used your grain bill and mashed my oats as well.

Also nilo, I used your spice schedule and amounts.

The combination of these 2 recipes yielded me a very enjoyable brew.

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I have a quick question. I am going to attempt to brew Nilo’s Blue Moon #4 this weekend. I noticed Nilo has an efficiency of 65%. My typical efficiency runs around 75-85%. If I brew the recipe and hit 75% my SG will be at 1.057. So my question is…Will this recipe typically hit a lower efficiency or do I need to adjust the grain bill to match my typical 75%. Or do I need to change my process in an effort to hit a lower efficiency. I am sorry if this is a ridiculous question.
Also I want to thank everyone for the effort put into this thread. There is excellent information and this gives a great head start towards making a great beer. Thank You!
Good question. Yes, adjust the 2row, wheat and crystal malts by the same % to get the OG that you are looking for (perhaps 1.050 is a good target), with the efficiency that you have in your system.
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Old 01-13-2012, 06:59 PM   #498
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Wonderful thread, and special thanks to Wayne1 and nilo for their invaluable contributions. I would like to do a partial mash that features Wayne1's grain % and Nilo's #4 spice additions. I'm something of a noob at this so could someone with more experience take a look at this and tell me if I'm on the right path?

1.5 lbs 2 row
1.0 lbs white wheat malt
1.0 lbs flaked oats
3.5 lbs wheat LME (65% wheat/35% base) @ flameout
1.5 lbs pilsner LME (LHBS carries this rather than pale) @ flameout
1.0 oz hallertauer mittlefruh (4%) @ 60 min.
2.0 oz sweet orange peel @ 10 min.
1.0 oz bitter orange peel @ 10 min.
0.375 oz coriander @ 10 min.
Safale US-05

Batch size: 5.25, efficiency: 75%, OG: 1.053, IBU: 15.6, SRM: 3.4, est ABV: 5.4%

I tried hard to hit Wayne1's %s (i.e., 50% 2row, 40% white wheat, 10% flaked oats) but I may have miscalculated. I basically multiplied the amount of LME by 1.33 to get a grain equivalent (the reciprocal of using .75 to convert grain to LME). This gives me the equivalent of 5.1 lbs of 2row, 4 lbs of wheat malt and 1 lb of flaked oats, I think.

Again, any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Wonderful thread, and special thanks to Wayne1 and nilo for their invaluable contributions. I would like to do a partial mash that features Wayne1's grain % and Nilo's #4 spice additions. I'm something of a noob at this so could someone with more experience take a look at this and tell me if I'm on the right path?

1.5 lbs 2 row
1.0 lbs white wheat malt
1.0 lbs flaked oats
3.5 lbs wheat LME (65% wheat/35% base) @ flameout
1.5 lbs pilsner LME (LHBS carries this rather than pale) @ flameout
1.0 oz hallertauer mittlefruh (4%) @ 60 min.
2.0 oz sweet orange peel @ 10 min.
1.0 oz bitter orange peel @ 10 min.
0.375 oz coriander @ 10 min.
Safale US-05

Batch size: 5.25, efficiency: 75%, OG: 1.053, IBU: 15.6, SRM: 3.4, est ABV: 5.4%

I tried hard to hit Wayne1's %s (i.e., 50% 2row, 40% white wheat, 10% flaked oats) but I may have miscalculated. I basically multiplied the amount of LME by 1.33 to get a grain equivalent (the reciprocal of using .75 to convert grain to LME). This gives me the equivalent of 5.1 lbs of 2row, 4 lbs of wheat malt and 1 lb of flaked oats, I think.

Again, any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Jason
Looks good!! I personally would boil the LME for at least a the last 5 minutes just to make sure you get full mixing, and would start with a lot less sweet orange peel and no bitter orange peel since you can always add an orange slice, and can add more next batch if you feel it wasn't enough, but you can't take any out if you find it is too much for you.
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Looks good!! I personally would boil the LME for at least a the last 5 minutes just to make sure you get full mixing, and would start with a lot less sweet orange peel and no bitter orange peel since you can always add an orange slice, and can add more next batch if you feel it wasn't enough, but you can't take any out if you find it is too much for you.
Brew2it, thanks for the feedback. The amount of orange peel seems like a lot to me too. It's much more than most other wit or Blue Moon 'clone' recipes I've seen, but people on this thread seem to really like it.
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