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Old 08-12-2010, 02:00 PM   #1
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Default Finally brewing today!

I haven't brewed in ages! I've got my grain crushed, my water heating, my hops weighed and my salts weighed and ready to go into the mash.

I'm still working on a lower ABV IPA- something as great tasting as a regular IPA but with no more than 5.75-6% ABV.

It's been so long since I brewed that I hope I remember how!

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Somehow I think you'll manage to remember. And if not, just ask your questions in the Beginner's section, we'll help you out!

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Old 08-12-2010, 03:42 PM   #3
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Not doing the celebration clone?

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I haven't brewed in ages! I've got my grain crushed, my water heating, my hops weighed and my salts weighed and ready to go into the mash.

I'm still working on a lower ABV IPA- something as great tasting as a regular IPA but with no more than 5.75-6% ABV.

It's been so long since I brewed that I hope I remember how!
The how usually isn't the problem after a long break. It is the where, as in where the h$%^ is the fill_in_the_blank!

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Old 08-12-2010, 04:27 PM   #5
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Not doing the celebration clone?
Nope- I don't have any centennial hops. I thought I did, but we used them for the brewday in July. So, I'm back to my "old standard" IPA. 11 pounds US 2 row, 6 ounces of biscuit malt. 1/2 ounce magnum for bittering, and .5 ounce of amarillo and .5 ounce simcoe added continuously from 30-0 minutes. SO5 yeast.

The original recipe is for 13 pounds base malt, but I've found that reducing it a bit may bring down the OG but not change the beer perceptibly. I make this beer all the time- maybe I'm stuck in a rut? If I am, I like this rut!
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The grain bill seems very similar to your dogfish head 60 min. ipa with the substitution of biscuit malt here for the amber malt there. I've never been a big fan of biscuit malt and wonder if you could share your experiences with the two beers and their malt profiles. They are similar but I much prefer amber and wonder what you get from the biscuit that keeps you from using the amber here too.

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The grain bill seems very similar to your dogfish head 60 min. ipa with the substitution of biscuit malt here for the amber malt there. I've never been a big fan of biscuit malt and wonder if you could share your experiences with the two beers and their malt profiles. They are similar but I much prefer amber and wonder what you get from the biscuit that keeps you from using the amber here too.
A little off topic, but I am glad hear that I'm not the only one who isn't a big fan of biscuit malt. It just seems to add an off flavor to a beer, even though I know that's what it's supposed to taste like.


And Yooper, I feel your pain. I'm going on 2 months with nothing fermenting at my house.
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I haven't brewed in ages! I've got my grain crushed, my water heating, my hops weighed and my salts weighed and ready to go into the mash.

I'm still working on a lower ABV IPA- something as great tasting as a regular IPA but with no more than 5.75-6% ABV.

It's been so long since I brewed that I hope I remember how!
I went a good 4 months with nothing brewed, i just did a triple brew day the other day did 3 different beers in one day. Talk about getting the stash back up.

It helps when you have neighbors that brew and help by letting you use there burners and help you with the process.

Still dont keg so I am definately not looking forward to bottling 6 cases of beer
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Old 08-12-2010, 05:33 PM   #9
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Congrats on getting back to brewing, I see my lager excited you enough to drag out the brew rig again! It pleases me that I can be an inspiration to others.

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Old 08-12-2010, 06:38 PM   #10
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I feel your pain Yooper. I haven't brewed anything since I brewed your ruinaition recipe back in May (I think). It is a great beer!
But I do have a double brew day scheduled for Monday. Can't wait! A Bavarian Hefe, and KingBrian's Amber.
For once, I hope the weekend goes by quickly!

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