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Old 12-27-2010, 04:27 PM   #11
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If you end up blending, maybe add them all to a ziplock and break up the pellets with a rolling pin and shake. That way, you would know you have an even mix and your ibus will be easier to match with the average aa.
That's a great idea and you could say with certainty what you have for IBUs.
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:46 PM   #12
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If you end up blending, maybe add them all to a ziplock and break up the pellets with a rolling pin and shake. That way, you would know you have an even mix and your ibus will be easier to match with the average aa.
That's a pretty good idea, I'll have to try and see how much they work it takes to get them to crumble.
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You could also opt to measure each hop into enough parts so that you can add the correct amount of each during each addition. I have a scale that goes down to 1/8 ounce increments, so I could measure out 1/8 increments of the Centennial, then 1/8th increments (or as close as you can get) of each of the remaining hops (such as 3/8 oz increments of Hallertauer and 1/4 oz increments of Tettnang) so that you add even amounts of each during the adds. I know that leaves some 'left over' but you could add more at the start of the boil, or for the first two additions, then go with the rest spaced out. That would give you more precise additions, and allow you to repeat the recipe later, or more easily alter it. I know this will require a little more work on the front end, but I think you'll end up with a better result at the end.

You will have to tell us how this comes out, and which method you end up using for adding the hops. Of course, post up the complete recipe so that we can see what else you're planning on doing.

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Old 12-27-2010, 10:16 PM   #14
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You could also opt to measure each hop into enough parts so that you can add the correct amount of each during each addition. I have a scale that goes down to 1/8 ounce increments, so I could measure out 1/8 increments of the Centennial, then 1/8th increments (or as close as you can get) of each of the remaining hops (such as 3/8 oz increments of Hallertauer and 1/4 oz increments of Tettnang) so that you add even amounts of each during the adds. I know that leaves some 'left over' but you could add more at the start of the boil, or for the first two additions, then go with the rest spaced out. That would give you more precise additions, and allow you to repeat the recipe later, or more easily alter it. I know this will require a little more work on the front end, but I think you'll end up with a better result at the end.

You will have to tell us how this comes out, and which method you end up using for adding the hops. Of course, post up the complete recipe so that we can see what else you're planning on doing.
I'm going to mix and do nearly continuous additions. I did a quick test and crushing the pellets might be too much of a chore, as will weighing and sorting them into little batches. I'll try a few other things to see if they break up more though (they're surprisingly resilient)!

Here's what I have so far (note, 3.5gal batch):
MustGo APA

Style: American Pale Ale OG: 1.050
Type: All Grain FG: 1.011
Rating: 0.0 ABV: 5.11 %
Calories: 163 IBU's: 46.11
Efficiency: 75 % Boil Size: 4.50 Gal
Color:*** 5.7 SRM** Batch Size: 3.50 Gal
Boil Time: 60 minutes
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Fermentation Steps
Name Days / Temp
Primary 10 days @ 68.0°F
Secondary 7 days @ 72.0°F
Bottle/Keg 14 days @ 74.0°F
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Grains & Adjuncts
Amount Percentage Name Gravity Color
0.50 lbs 7.69 % Vienna Malt 1.036 3.5
0.25 lbs 3.85 % Carafoam 1.033 2.0
0.50 lbs 7.69 % Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L 1.034 40.0
5.25 lbs 80.77 % Pale Malt (2 Row) US 1.036 2.0
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Hops
Amount IBU's Name Time AA %
0.50 ozs 9.68 Must Go Blend 60 mins 3.92
0.50 ozs 9.20 Must Go Blend 50 mins 3.92
0.50 ozs 8.49 Must Go Blend 40 mins 3.92
0.50 ozs 7.44 Must Go Blend 30 mins 3.92
0.50 ozs 5.86 Must Go Blend 20 mins 3.92
0.50 ozs 3.51 Must Go Blend 10 mins 3.92
0.50 ozs 1.93 Must Go Blend 5 mins 3.92
1.00 ozs 0.00 Must Go Blend 0 mins 3.92
1.50 ozs Dry Must Go Blend 7 days 3.92
*Edit: might move the flameout addition to .5 oz and up the dry to 2 oz, what do you all think?
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1.0 pkg Nottingham Danstar

Mash Profile
Light Body Infusion 60 min @ 150.0°F
*Add 8.12 qt ( 1.25 qt/lb ) water @ 162.0°F
Light Body Infusion 10 min @ 168.0°F
*Sparge 12.00 qt of 175.0°F water over 10 mins
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Honestly I wouldn't bother with the 50-30 minute additions. You're not going to get any flavor or aroma from them, and if you move them to 60 and every 5 minutes from 20-0 you'd get a lot more bang for your buck.

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Honestly I wouldn't bother with the 50-30 minute additions. You're not going to get any flavor or aroma from them, and if you move them to 60 and every 5 minutes from 20-0 you'd get a lot more bang for your buck.
Took your advice, and I'm brewing the following RIGHT NOW. I combined the hops and smashed them with a rolling pin. Didn't pulverize them, but broke them up into ~1/4 of the original pellet size. Ok, gotta go collect my first runnings!

Grains & Adjuncts
Amount Percentage Name Gravity Color
0.50 lbs 7.69 % Vienna Malt 1.036 3.5
0.25 lbs 3.85 % Carafoam 1.033 2.0
0.50 lbs 7.69 % Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L 1.034 40.0
5.25 lbs 80.77 % Pale Malt (2 Row) US 1.036 2.0

Hops
Amount IBU's Name Time AA %
1.50 ozs 29.03 Must Go Blend 60 mins 3.92
0.75 ozs 8.79 Must Go Blend 20 mins 3.92
0.75 ozs 5.26 Must Go Blend 10 mins 3.92
0.75 ozs 2.89 Must Go Blend 5 mins 3.92
0.75 ozs 0.63 Must Go Blend 1 mins 3.92
1.50 ozs Dry Must Go Blend 7 days 3.92

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Amount Name Laboratory / ID
1.0 pkg Nottingham Danstar
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