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Old 10-31-2013, 06:00 PM   #1
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Default Heady Topper clone w/ a little Citra and El Dorado

I finally made a Heady Topper clone Saturday night. I didn't have enough Simcoe, so I used a little extra Centennial as well as Citra and El Dorado at some points. I have one can of Heady Topper left so I will be able to compare them once it is done.

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10 lbs Pearl Malt
11 oz Caramalt
11 oz White Wheat
Mash at 154* for 60 min
Sparge at 168*
1/2 oz each CTZ, Apollo @ 60
1 oz Simcoe, 1/2 oz Apollo @ 5
1 oz each CTZ and Simcoe, 1/3 oz each Centennial, Citra, and El Dorado @ 0
1 oz each CTZ and Amarillo, 1/2 oz each Centennial and Apollo, 1/3 oz each Simcoe, Citra, and El Dorado @ Aroma Steep

Added 11 oz sugar to bring OG to 1.070. IBUs calculate to 109. Pitched ~250 billion cells of Conan, fermenting ~63*.

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Old 10-31-2013, 07:28 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, since you used that hop combo, you will get something a lot fruitier and tropical vs. the dank marijuana-esque profile of Heady Topper.

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Old 11-01-2013, 03:40 AM   #3
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I like fruit-bomb IPAs. I like Citra, El Dorado, and Centennial better than Simcoe so I'm sure I will like this more than if I had followed the exact recipe. At the same time it still has all the CTZ and Apollo and is only missing about 40% of the Simcoe so I don't think it will be that much fruitier. I also feel that the dry hops contribute much more to the taste, although I actually plan to do something similar with the dry hops. I might even bump the CTZ and Apollo for Citra on the final dry hop as I like to use leaf hops and Farmhouse Brewing didn't have CTZ and Apollo leaf hops.

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Gravity was down to 1.009 after a week. I added the first dry hop: CTZ, Centennial, Simcoe, and Amarillo, 1/2 oz each, Apollo, Citra, and El Dorado 1/4 oz each

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I added the 2nd dry hop: CTZ, Centennial, Simcoe, and Amarillo, 1/4 oz each, Apollo, Citra, and El Dorado 1/8 oz each

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Sounds interesting! Keep this thread updated. I know your hop schedule differes slightly from Heady, but I bet this will give you my two favorite hops properties: fruitiness and DANKness! Will probably taste great.

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I woke up this morning and my apartment was well over 80* (usually it is ~75* but the super obviously jacked the heat up too much) and my beer was up to 75* in my Cool-Brewing Fermentation Cooler (had been keeping it between 64*-70* in secondary) so I really hope the Conan yeast doesn't turn Belgian.

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Added the 3rd and final dry hop: 1 oz Simcoe leaf, 1/2 oz each CTZ, Centennial, and Citra leaf.

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Bottled the beer. Final gravity is 1.005. I was away for the weekend and somehow during that time, the airlock got knocked off so there might be a fair amount of oxidation.

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Bottled the beer. Final gravity is 1.005. I was away for the weekend and somehow during that time, the airlock got knocked off so there might be a fair amount of oxidation.
1.005? From 1.070? Sure you hit your mash temps? that is high AA even for Conan. Maybe the 75 degree spike made it chew through more.

that is well below where HT ends up, usually about 1.012.
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