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Old 11-09-2012, 07:20 PM   #1
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Default Last minute tweaks to Ninkasi-ish recipe?

I'm going to do my second attempt at a Ninkasi Total Domination style beer. My first one tasted great, but was a higher FG than I wanted, and I didn't have Amarillo hops so I subbed Citra. A good beer but not very Ninkasi-like. Here's what I'm going to try this time:

11.25 lbs. 2-row
1.5 lbs. light Munich (or split into .75 Vienna, .75 Munich maybe)
.8 Carahell

Hops:

.5 Simcoe 45 minutes
1.0 Simcoe 30 minutes (trying simcoe instead of Summit this time)
.5 Simcoe 20 minutes
2.0 Amarillo, 2.0 Cascade, and .5 Simcoe spread evenly between 10 minutes and 0 minutes

Dry hop with 1-2 oz. Amarillo and Cascade

Yeast:
Trying WLP007 Dry English Ale yeast. I used the London ESB yeast per what I've heard on the web last time, and I just don't see how that will attenuate enough to hit the target FG. With this yeast I should hit about 1.014 with a starting gravity of 1.069 or so.

Any thoughts, changes, critiques are welcome! Cheers.

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Old 11-09-2012, 07:21 PM   #2
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Oh, I'll mash around 152.

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Old 11-10-2012, 04:00 AM   #3
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Last chance! Ninkasi makes the best IPA in the world! Help a good cause!

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Old 11-17-2012, 12:14 AM   #4
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Well I brewed pretty much as per above. I hit about 1.065, so my efficiency wasn't quite as good as my other latest brews. But 5 days of fermenting and I'm already down to 1.005! This is quite the hungry yeast. Tastes great in my sample though. I hope it's not too dry, but I think I'd prefer that over my under-attenuated 1.020 ipa.

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Old 11-17-2012, 03:18 AM   #5
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They do use 1968 yeast in TD. They also use Summit, Amarillo, and Crystal for hops last time I saw.

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Any clue on how they can get 1968 to attenuate enough? Even per the upper end specs for that yeast I can't see the recipe getting dry enough compared to what I taste.

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Old 11-19-2012, 11:29 PM   #7
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please post your results - i'm curious. I agree, Ninkasi TD is one of the best. I stop at a bar anytime I see the white tap handle with the happy N on it.

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Will do. It's dry hopping now, should be keggable in a week.

Unfortunately I'm 1000 miles away from the nearest Ninkasi tap these days which is why I need to brew some.

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Old 11-21-2012, 12:11 AM   #9
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I just brewed a Tricerahops clone. Used Wyeast 1968 London ESB (2 liter starter).

Just bottled it, can't wait to see how it turns out.

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What was your OG and FG?

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