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Old 08-24-2013, 08:11 PM   #11
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Not trying to be mean, but it sounds like the judges were pretty generous with the scores.

Bandaid, phenols, overcarbonated, under attenuated and needing more hop character does not qualify as a very good/excellent IPA.

The "pro brewer" with sensory training thought you might have been using Belgian yeast which would have been inappropriate for the category anyway. The yeast you used is supposed to ferment clean.



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Old 08-24-2013, 09:45 PM   #12
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I skipped the BIAB (did a Mini-Mash/Partial Mash). I looked into the 5 gallon (both kits and prebuilt) decided I wanted to try another Patial Mash and built a 5 gallon Igloo tun. It was a lot easier to build and a huge savings over the prebuilt 5 gallon ones. After that I just watched for sales and bought a 13 gallon rectangular cooler to convert. I've done beers upto 1.092 OG for 7.5 gallons preboil wort and am glad that I didn't just step up to a 10 gallon (although I wish I could have gotten a good price on an 18 gallon). There are lots of threads on making them yourself, which I, personally, feel even more satisfaction from then just buying a prebuilt one. Just depends on what you want to spend your money on.
I haven't looked at rectangular conversions before... that might be a thought. Did you rig some sort of false bottom?

I've gotta up my kettle too. I'm currently using a 7.5 gallon turkey fryer setup. It works, but I don't like all the top off I need to add.


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Not trying to be mean, but it sounds like the judges were pretty generous with the scores.

Bandaid, phenols, overcarbonated, under attenuated and needing more hop character does not qualify as a very good/excellent IPA.

The "pro brewer" with sensory training thought you might have been using Belgian yeast which would have been inappropriate for the category anyway. The yeast you used is supposed to ferment clean.
I guess I'm glad you didn't judge it, then (and this isn't advice... it's pointless pissing on my parade).
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I guess I'm glad you didn't judge it, then (and this isn't advice... it's pointless pissing on my parade).
Several valid points were made. Apparently, you missed them because I didn't tell you what you wanted to hear.

I could give you solid advice on how to fix your brewing flaws, but since you cried about my honest feedback based on your input, someone else will have to.

I gave you constructive criticism. What you choose to do with it is entirely up to you.
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I haven't looked at rectangular conversions before... that might be a thought. Did you rig some sort of false bottom?

I've gotta up my kettle too. I'm currently using a 7.5 gallon turkey fryer setup. It works, but I don't like all the top off I need to add.
I used the stainless steel braid for both of the ones I made. Try giving this thread a read, this is where I got my ideas from. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/cheap-easy-10-gallon-rubbermaid-mlt-conversion-23008/

I started with a 5 gallon for extracts and moved to the turkey fryer 7.5 that I got with my King Kooker burner. I got a great deal on an 11 gallon kettle, so I only did a few batches on the smaller kettle. Get some foam control and you can boil nearly 7 gallons in that turkey fryer.


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