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Old 07-25-2007, 10:57 PM   #1
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So i just mashed in the following beer

6lbs pilsner
4 lbs pale
1 lbs carapils
2 lbs flaked maize

I am trying to make a very light beer to play beer pong and the like with for a bunch of BMC drinkers. Trying as light as i can with as little flavor as i can. Prolly should have gone all pils/maize for that but ohh well.

So, hop schedule. I am thinking 15 IBU at 60 min and 5 IBU at 15 min. Probably Saaz or hallertauer. Any other ideas/recommendations?

Also, What yeast should i pitch onto? I have wyeat 1010 american wheat (take it in the kolsch direction) i have wlp002 english ale. I have dry us-56 and dry s-33 yeast. Any recommendations?

Also, any opinion on grains of paradise or lemon additions? Should i just try to keep it basic? I have other more flavorful beers for an upcoming party.

Do you think that 3.5-4 week turn around if i force carb and no secondary is realistic? thanks!!

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Old 07-25-2007, 11:05 PM   #2
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I did a similar beer...

First, I would've recommended a First Wort Hop (FWH). It adds a sort of garden-like freshness. Like nibbling some cold celery on a hot day. Very refreshing.

Second, a pound of wheat. Wheat helps with head retention and will impart a nice summery flavor and sort of a silky mouthfeel.

Just my fifth of a dime....

Anyway, here's mine.

8.00 lb Pilsner (2 Row) UK (1.0 SRM) Grain 79.2 %
1.00 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 9.9 %
1.00 lb Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 9.9 %
0.10 lb Special B Malt (180.0 SRM) Grain 1.0 %
1.00 oz Hallertauer [6.00%] (60 min) (First Wort Hop) Hops 22.4 IBU
0.50 oz Hallertauer [6.00%] (15 min) Hops 5.1 IBU
0.50 oz Hallertauer Hersbrucker [6.00%] (5 min) Hops 2.1 IBU
0.50 oz Hallertauer Hersbrucker [6.00%] (1 min) Hops 0.4 IBU

4.8%ABV
30 IBU's

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Old 07-25-2007, 11:11 PM   #3
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That's a 10-gal batch, right? (or a big-a** lawnmower beer )

I like the hop schedule. I'd use the 1010 yeast (seems the crispest of the bunch). And I'd skip the additions...let people add'em to their glass if they want.

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How good it will be at 4 weeks depends on how bad your efficiency is. I'm guessing that beer will end up somewhere around 5.75% ABV. Mine finished at 4.8% and was bottle carbed and tasty after 4 weeks. But, the higher the ABV, the longer it's gonna take. Hopefully your efficiency sucks.

Either way, I'm sure it will be drinkable. (Edit to say that by "drinkable" I mean "ready to be consumed", I'm not suggesting it will be less than tasty)

I agree with using the 1010 for pretty much the same reason. Not that I have experience with the 1010. Actually, I fermented mine with American Ale yeast from Safale and was PLENTY pleased with the results.

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Old 07-25-2007, 11:41 PM   #5
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Is there something wrong with considering a 5.5% beer lawnmower? Ohh well. makes for fun lawn mowing.

I was going to add wheat but i decided to avoid for those people that dont like wheat beers. I already have an american wheat (hence the 1010) for the party.

thanks for the advice, keep it coming!

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you mean like a lawnmower that runs on 5.5% beer?

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you mean like a lawnmower that runs on 5.5% beer?
That would be a pushmower! Our dishwasher (me) runs on 5.5% beer also.
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You're all just jealous cause i can get my beer to mow the lawn!!!

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WOW, i just check attenutation for the beer that is on my 1010 cake, it fermented down to 1.004. I will be pitching onto this cake.

that makes this beer destined to be more than 6% alcohol. So much for the lawnmower thing. at least it will be light for all the BMC drinkers.

BTW, does anyone know of a program that will calculate AA loss due to time for hops?

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