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Old 09-30-2008, 11:37 AM   #1
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10Lbs American 2-Row
8oz. Crystal 120L
8oz. Caravienne
4oz. Honey Malt
2oz. Black Roast Barley
2oz. Special B


1oz Glacier @ 60min.
1oz. Willamette @ 1min.

1 tsp Ginger @ 3 min.
1 tsp All-Spice @ 3 min.
2 tsp Cinnamon @ 3 min.

Whirflock @ 5 min.

Mash @ 155F for 60 min.
Ferment @ 66F for 10 days
Secondary @ 66F for 14 days
Keg Age @ 66@ for 60 days.

OG 1.061
FG ~1.016
ABV 5.8%
SRM 17.3
IBUs 31.5

I will be using the yeast cake from this brew in a couple weeks to ferment a 1.078 OG Rye ale.

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Old 09-30-2008, 04:01 PM   #2
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Just to be on the safe and proactive side, I am making a starter for this brew as well.

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Old 09-30-2008, 04:21 PM   #3
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Question...wont the yeast cake with the spices change/alter the taste of the RYE you plan to toss on the cake? Is that what your going for??? I like a lot of different flavors so it sounds good to me.

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Old 09-30-2008, 04:23 PM   #4
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I think I will probably end up washing the yeast, once I get 5.25 gallons of 1.078 brew on it, the difference will probably be negligible. I have another yeast pack, so I could make another starter... who knows.

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Old 10-01-2008, 04:22 PM   #5
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Mashing in now... only my second time running my HERMS, so we will see how good my notes were from the first batch!

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Old 10-01-2008, 07:10 PM   #6
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SO far, so good. The temperature differentials worked out well... strike water temp +7 gave me a heated tun and strike water at the proper temp within 3 minutes. I then ran the recirculation at mash temp +3 degrees and held 156F during the mash. Mashout ran with the temp setting at 173F and it heated the mash to 168 in 20 minutes.
I also have my volumes worked out precisely for this system. I needed to collect 6.6 gallons to boil down to my 5.3 for the fermentor. I calculated that I would need about 8 gallons between my mash and sparge water to collect that ammount... I need to add about a gallon for what I cannot reach in my HLT and what is left in the HERMS coil after all is said and done. I started with 9 gallons and ended up putting 6.6 gallons in the keggle with about 1 quart left in the mash tun before it ran dry!

Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.047

Post-Boil Gravity: 1.059

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Old 10-02-2008, 03:03 PM   #7
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It took about 4 hours to get fermentation, now, about 20 hours in, it has a 4" krausen and is bubbling away. Next week it will go into the secondary and I will get another brew into the primary.

Anyone ever had an issue using whirflock, whereas you have a TON of stuf precipitate out in the boil and lost about .5-1 gallon in the keggle due to all the crud? I have never used whirflock before this brew, and I have never had such a large ammount of "muck" at the bottom.

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