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Old 07-10-2009, 05:22 PM   #1
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Default Small batch hopbomb?

So.. my regular fermenters are full, and I have the itch to brew. I was poking around in my brewing closet and in the back were my old Mr. Beer kegs. On the top shelf, I also spyed some leftover pale LME. I knew I had an OZ of northern brewer hops in the freezer. And.. the wheels started turning.

I'm thinking of brewing up a really big hop bomb, along the lines of Ruination or Hop Stupid, but in a small batch.

Heres my plan.. lemme know what I should tweak! Im not looking for a perfectly balanced beer, or a beer with a lot of complexity. This one is all about being big, bad, bitter and hoptastic.

2.5 Gallons water with an expected 1/2 gal boiloff for a 2 gallon final batch.

5.4 Lbs pale LME
.5 lb brown sugar
Nottingham Dry yeast (11.5 grams) rehydrated, no starter
60 minute boil, no specialty grains (though I could be convinced to add a bit, just have to get some from the LHBS, I have most of the rest of the ingredients sitting around and was trying to avoid a trip.)

Hop schedule:

.5 oz Northern Brewer @ 60
.5 oz Northern Brewer @ 30
1 oz Centennial @ 15
.5 oz Centennial @ 5
.5 oz Centennial @ dryhop after 2 weeks in primary.

I ran it through the tastybrew calculator and came up with 99 IBUs and 8.3 ABV. Thats in the ballpark of a IIPA, but Im not entirely sure I have enough malty goodness there to counter the farily high level of bitterness. I figure I'd be essentially pitching double the amount of yeast necessary for a regular batch, but it would even out due to the high OG.

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Old 07-11-2009, 05:14 AM   #2
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Nothin? Im brewing in about 12 hours.



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Hrm...

That seems like a lot of fermentables for 2 gallons. After plugging it into beersmith, I got a OG of 1.108. I checked these numbers by hand, and I get 1.114. With a FG of 1.027, you'd end up with a beer with ~11% abv. Assuming of course your yeast could do that.

If you really want to do this, tone down the fermentables, i.e. no brown sugar and use about 2.5-3lbs of the LME.

If you want to keep the Brown sugar for taste or color, then I'd recommend only using 2lbs of LME.

I would do this:

2lbs LME + 0.5 lbs B. Sugar : Boil 60 min.

... and add hops like you suggested. (Beersmith says expected IBU of 125, which, as you rightly put it, is a hop-a-bomb.)

Good luck!

ps- I just realized you might want extra maltiness to offset the hoppiness. I don't know much about that, maybe it will work? Hopefully others will chime in on that.

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Here, I knew I've seen this somewhere, I stole it from another thread:



So, with an IBU of 125, which is off the charts!, maybe an SG of 1.1** could work.

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Ok I need to go to bed, but I'm procrastinating, here's a new picture of where you're proposed beer is.

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Yowza. Those gravities are quite a bit higher than what I had anticipated. I'd like to leave the brown sugar in, so I'll cut the LME back. Grr.. wish I had a larger fermenter open.

Revised:

3.4 lbs LME
.5 lb brown sugar


same yeast, cutting the hops by .5 an oz at the 15 minute mark.

thanks for the advice!

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Update!

When bottled, this thing was scary. Very, very alcoholy both on the nose and in the taste, and was extremely bitter. 3 weeks later in the bottle, carbed up, its still strong, but in a good way. One note... yes. But its a tasty one note. Its a simple IIPA, and it worked. The only danger is that due to the lack of steeping grains or partial mash, the mouthfeel is a little thin, which has the unfortunate effect of making you think you are drinking a far, far weaker beer than you actually are

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Just saw this thread as it popped back up to the recent thread list. I was going to suggest you at least throw some carapils in there for mouthfeel, then I realised the thread was from July and it was too late.

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Awesome, it was fun reading this thread.
What were your final numbers SG/FG?



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