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Old 04-15-2013, 02:16 AM   #11
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Another question - I've never used Gypsum, is it strictly necessary? If so when do you add it? I add campden tablet to my strike water, add Gypsum then?

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Old 04-15-2013, 03:35 AM   #12
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Another question - I've never used Gypsum, is it strictly necessary? If so when do you add it? I add campden tablet to my strike water, add Gypsum then?

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You can add it to the strike water if you want. I tend to add it at the beginning of the boil. The gypsum helps to "harden" the water and makes the hops have a more dramatic effect. I use spring water from Giant for brewing so it already has some minerals in it. I also use yeast nutrients which I add with 15 minutes remaining in the boil.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:45 AM   #13
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I would also save the Carafa III until time to vorlauf. Mash all of your other grains for 60 mins, open your mash run and mix in the Carafa, vorlauf, and then sparge.

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I would also save the Carafa III until time to vorlauf. Mash all of your other grains for 60 mins, open your mash run and mix in the Carafa, vorlauf, and then sparge.
So I am just getting color from the Carafa, does it add too much harshness if you mash it? Just sparging extracts enough color? Do I get any fermentables or should I just remove the Carafa when calculating expected OG?
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You will get some gravity AND you will definitely get some slight roasty flavors. One lb was ideal in this recipe. I subscribe to the theory that adding dark grains at the end of the mash gives you a smoother/gentler roast character and most importantly, it doesn't mess with your mash ph.

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Stopped by the LHBS today. I forgot to write down the exact weights when I left the house at 6am so I went with:

11 # 2 row
2 # Dark Munich (German)
.5# Victory
.5# Carapils
Mill set to .4 (went with Double Crush)

1 # Carafa 3 Crushed seperate (single crush)

Also picked up the Gypsum, always learning right? Pretty excited for Monday!

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Stopped by the LHBS today. I forgot to write down the exact weights when I left the house at 6am so I went with:

11 # 2 row
2 # Dark Munich (German)
.5# Victory
.5# Carapils
Mill set to .4 (went with Double Crush)

1 # Carafa 3 Crushed seperate (single crush)

Also picked up the Gypsum, always learning right? Pretty excited for Monday!
Rock and roll! I'm anxious to see how this one turns out for you!
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Brewing tomorrow!! made some slight adjustments to the hop schedule. My CTZ is 17.1% so I am First Wort Hoping with it and rounded a bit to make the additions even:

1 oz CTZ FWH
1 oz CTZ/Cascade at 12
1 oz all at 0
1 oz all Dry Hop 7 days
73 IBU

Planning to mash at 154/155; the washed yeast i'm using is super attunative took my last barleywine down to 1.012 and my last pale to 1.009. Want a bit more body to stand up to the IBU's.

Also planning on using 2.5g of gypsum, first time with it don't want to go crazy.

Any last minute advice or tips would be welcome, i'll update when I can.

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Woohoo, 5.33g of 1.067 wort tucked away and put to bed. Overall pretty smooth, I wound up with more wort then could fit into my kettle so I wound up having to boil for about 2 hours. Pitched my slurry at 64f, nice and easy brew day.

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Woohoo, 5.33g of 1.067 wort tucked away and put to bed. Overall pretty smooth, I wound up with more wort then could fit into my kettle so I wound up having to boil for about 2 hours. Pitched my slurry at 64f, nice and easy brew day.
Great to hear! The late addition of Carafa III just adds a delightfully smooth and rather elegant touch of roast. I really love this beer. Might have one before bed!
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