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Old 02-05-2014, 09:12 PM   #1
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I brewed up an extract batch, my second, using my own recipe, and did pretty much everything 'wrong'.

While I did get it chilled pretty quick down to 95 degrees, I didn't cool it any further before pitching the yeast.. Yep, I pitched into 95 degree wort. I unceremoniously dumped the wort from kettle to fermenter, sprinkled in the yeast, waited a couple minutes, gave it a stir and threw the lid on. The next morning, it was foaming like crazy and showing 72 degrees on the fermometer, so I dumped it through a funnel into a six gallon carboy (5 gallon batch), in order to make transport to a cooler (65 dgrees or so) room easier. After the kruezen calmed down, I took an SG (1.022), and based on that, transferred to a 5 gallon carboy to finish and clear a little.

Anywho, I let it sit in a 65 degrees for a week, I took it out to the garage to sit at 40 degrees for about another 5 or 6 days.
I just couldn't take the anticipation any longer, so I drew off a liter and force-carbed it. Guess what? It was freakin' delicious! Some of the best beer I've had in a long time. So into the keg went the remainder. Though I did siphon this time instead of using a funnel.
I pitched on the 20th of Jan., and I'm already drinking it. Force carbed at 40 psi.

Rough recipe from memory, my notes aren't in front of me.

7lb Pilsen LME
.5lb melanoidin malt
.5lb carapils
.13lb german wheat malt

1 oz. Tettenanger hops
2 oz Willamette hops

S-33 yeast.

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Old 02-05-2014, 11:08 PM   #2
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That sounds like getting lucky to me, but it also could be a bit of "ugly baby syndrome." You steeped wheat (nothing but starch haze from this), pitched hot, fermented hot, aerated several times after pitching, and racked early. Then you didn't give it much time to carbonate and put the yeast to sleep for a week, and then you tried it early.

Things can only get better from here, eh?

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Old 02-05-2014, 11:24 PM   #3
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Why did you do that?

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Old 02-05-2014, 11:29 PM   #4
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That sounds like getting lucky to me, but it also could be a bit of "ugly baby syndrome." You steeped wheat (nothing but starch haze from this), pitched hot, fermented hot, aerated several times after pitching, and racked early. Then you didn't give it much time to carbonate and put the yeast to sleep for a week, and then you tried it early.

Things can only get better from here, eh?
Now I'm afraid to try this recipe the right way.

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Why did you do that?
I think I was just being impatient.
I have a couple of other batches going that I did properly, so it's not like I can't do these things correctly. I am, however, gonna be really annoyed if they don't turn out as well as this one did.
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I've taken to calling this one Wrong Way Red ale.
Man, it's good!

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I really believe that beer isn't as finicky as we think. True, if you are trying to create a particular brew with certain characteristics, then the details are important.

But if all you want to do is brew a beer then things get a little looser.

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I came up with the recipe by sampling some specialty grains at the LHBS, and deciding that was the flavor I wanted in a brew. I wasn't going for a clone of a commercial beer.
That said, this is probably going to be my house brew, so next time I make it I'm going to be a little more precise and proper.

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