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Old 02-01-2010, 02:40 AM   #1
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Default Best lacing of all time.

This is my 3rd brew, 2nd all grain. It started as a Celebration Ale clone but ended up turning in to an IIPA. This is at 2 weeks in the bottle. Witness perfection:
The head stayed only slightly lower than this throughout the whole beer.


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Old 02-01-2010, 02:58 AM   #2
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Nice work man!

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Old 02-01-2010, 03:40 AM   #3
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I've been trying to nail down this quality. I usually do it by accident and, have no clue what was different. How did you make it happen?

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I've been trying to nail down this quality. I usually do it by accident and, have no clue what was different. How did you make it happen?
.4lbs Caramel Munich and .8lbs Briess 2 Row Carapils is my guess to what did it. I also did a 90 minute mash I believe, instead of a 60 @ 1.33 Water to Grist Ratio and a single batch sparge after waiting 20 minutes. Besides that, I can't really say. Pictures during fermentation:
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Edit: I'd also like to add that this was my first brew that I put into my 6.5 gallon glass carboy and that may have contributed to something. Maybe not. Also, I just poured in all of the hop sludge from the brew-pot instead of trying to filter it out.
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I've had some nice lacing with carapils too. Also with some wheat in my wits, but I've used carapils in some pale-style beers and it has made a huge difference in the head retention and lacing.

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Yeah that's a lot of carapils, too.

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the only thing i can think of is that my best lacing has came from beers that were mashed very high. But that can't be the only thing that does it.

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Mine was mashed at around 153

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I've had it work well with beers that were 152 and 156.

I normally add about .5 pounds to a 5 Gallon batch though.

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I find that the higher amounts of high alpha hops I use, the more lacing I get. The lacing also seems best at 3 or 4 weeks in the bottle. It is still kind of a mystery to me on the other factors.

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