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ktraver97ss 10-13-2012 01:54 PM

'Merican Wheat IPA
This will be our second time brewing this IPA, the first was only 15g and the hop schedule was bit different using Warrior for bittering and had some Simcoe in there. Brewing this version tomorrow to see the difference.

Planning 80% efficiency
25# Canadian 2 row
25# Wheat malt
4# Caravienne
4# Flaked wheat
2# Melanoidin

FWH - 1oz Amarillo
FWH - 1oz Citra
60 min - 2oz Amarillo
60 min - 2oz Citra
30 min - 2oz Amarillo
30 min - 2oz Citra
15 min - 2oz Amarillo
15 min - 2oz Citra
5 min - 2oz Amarillo
5 min - 2oz Citra
0 min - 2oz Amarillo
0 min - 2oz Citra

Dry hop - 1oz each Citra and Amarillo per 5g carboy

ktraver97ss 10-15-2012 04:41 PM

This was one of those stressful brews. Things went great in the begining, nailed the mash temp, had everything ready, then...the dreaded stuck mash. Things just went downhill from there. Had to blow c02 back up into the tun and stir to get it going again, and I mean this stuff was turning to cement in there. What I was expecting to be an hour lauter turned into 2 and a half hours. Then, I accidently tried to move our keggle that was fresh off the burner, with my bare hand. Fail. We had 2 other kegs our there we were cleaning and my brain didnt register that this was a hot one until it was too late. Finally we get to boil and the tornado sirens start going off and we brew in the garage. With the door closed the garage hit over 100 degrees in like 2 minutes, and in all the chaos to get everything inside we boiled over pretty bad.

Not that that all wasnt enough, we take a gravity after the boil at room temp and it reads 1.080 making our efficiency 107%. We double and triple check the reading with 3 different hydrometers and they are all reading the same...turns out we weighed our grain wrong and also only took the gravity from the 20g blichman, not a mix of both so we were way off. lol After figuring this all out we were at 1.065 and we had 7lbs of extra grain in there so our actual efficiency was 78%. What a clusterf*$k!!

ktraver97ss 10-15-2012 04:45 PM

Hey, where did the top part of the recipe go with the gravities and srm and stuff?

ktraver97ss 10-30-2012 02:36 PM

Any idea why we got a stuck mash with only 6% Flaked Wheat? Anyone?

Have never had that issue before when using 3% with this same recipe, you think that little % of the total grain can get the mash to stick like that? Will def be using rice hulls next time.

Chromebrew 10-30-2012 07:30 PM

i was hoping you might be dry hopping with a Big Mac, for that real 'Murica flavor :P

ktraver97ss 10-30-2012 07:47 PM

No, but ill drink it with bacon just to be safe!

meadmazer 10-30-2012 08:52 PM

If your water mash water was low because of the extra grain would that make a difference? I havent done an all grain yet just throwing it out there.

ktraver97ss 10-30-2012 09:01 PM

I dont think so, we compensated for the larger quantity of course. Im thinking its the shape of our mash tun. Its a 40g garbage can, so it is a bit tall and narrow, so this may be overdoing it with a wheat beer. Looks like we are going to have to start looking at upgrading or stick to 25g batches when using wheat or alot of flaked stuff. As least I am going to start adding rice hulls from here on out.

LexusChris 10-31-2012 04:41 AM

rice hulls
Wheat malt has no husk, so it was your 50% wheat malt that did you in on the stuck mash.

I always use rice hulls whenever I mash with Wheat malt ... just a nice cheap insurance policy to avoid the dreaded stuck lauter. I usually use about 1/2 lb rice hulls for 5 lbs of wheat grain... not sure if that is above or below the usuall recommends...

..and, It was good hear that I'm not the only one with occasional crazy brewdays..!

harrydrez 10-31-2012 01:55 PM

Soak and rinse those ricehulls before using them.

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