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Old 09-10-2008, 12:02 AM   #621
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My 999 is finally in the carboy. Wasnt a very smooth brew day but I think it came out alright. Hit my mash temp perfectly. Ended up with 9.5 gallons in the boil kettle instead of the 8.3 I was aiming for. Made for an interesting boil considering my pot is only 10 gallons. Boiled it down to 7.5 gallons and started my hop schedule. Only had 5 gallons in the carboy but my OG was around 1.130. Had to guess because my hydrometer doenst read that high. Boiled 2qts and added to carboy to bring my volume into line and lower the OG. Ended up with an OG of 1.120. Pitched 2 packs of US 05 at 66 degrees.

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Old 09-10-2008, 03:37 PM   #622
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Just took a reading 14 days in.

1.030...74% attenuation...11.2%.

Very sweet...good bitterness bite and....oh what an alcohol warmth.

Another 4-5 weeks in the primary should get me another 5 points or so.

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Old 09-10-2008, 03:47 PM   #623
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I should have snapped a pic, but after 3 days I have 4" of krausen.

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Old 09-10-2008, 04:04 PM   #624
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Just took a reading 14 days in.

1.030...74% attenuation...11.2%.

Very sweet...good bitterness bite and....oh what an alcohol warmth.

Another 4-5 weeks in the primary should get me another 5 points or so.
Any adjustments you would make on the aroma BM? Will you dry hop this beer?
I was thinking about fiddling with some late hops. I really like the piney notes of Old Numbskull as a lead-in to the malt. Can't wait to brew this!
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Old 09-10-2008, 04:27 PM   #625
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I'm doing 4.5 gallons of this in a corny (easiest thing to fit in my crappy fermentation freezer) I used fermcap and I have not had blowoff which is nice. I did this without the sugar and added the sugar in after fermentation had slowed (about 2 weeks) and it is still bubbling. The other nice thing about a cornie is when fermentation stops again I'm going to put the in post back on (that is where my airlock is currently) and shake it up to keep the yeast in suspension to really try and finish this big beer up. I used notty on this due to a mixup on what cornie I was draining into from the chiller (so my smaller beer is on the american ale yeast) oh well I think it will work just fine.

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Any adjustments you would make on the aroma BM? Will you dry hop this beer?
I was thinking about fiddling with some late hops. I really like the piney notes of Old Numbskull as a lead-in to the malt. Can't wait to brew this!
I'll wait a good 3-4 months before I decide what (if any) adjustments to make to the finish/aroma.

Right now the alcohol warmth pretty much masks the finer aspects.

I'm even toying with the idea of splitting the batch and tossing in just a touch of oak chips for some complexity...we'll have to see.
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I did this without the sugar and added the sugar in after fermentation had slowed (about 2 weeks) and it is still bubbling.
Good idea. Depending on my eff. I may not need the sugar. If I do I'll follow your lead since this thing is huge.

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I woulda used Notty if I could get it. Instead I'll be pitching 3 pkgs of US-05.
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I'll wait a good 3-4 months before I decide what (if any) adjustments to make to the finish/aroma.

Right now the alcohol warmth pretty much masks the finer aspects.

I'm even toying with the idea of splitting the batch and tossing in just a touch of oak chips for some complexity...we'll have to see.
Ok thanks. I think I am going to brew 8 gallons and put some on oak too.
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I'm even toying with the idea of splitting the batch and tossing in just a touch of oak chips for some complexity...we'll have to see.
I'm planning to toss in a handful of oak cubes and a few shots of bourbon into mine. I just love the effect of a slight hint of oak in a big beer.
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Just took a reading 14 days in.

1.030...74% attenuation...11.2%.

Very sweet...good bitterness bite and....oh what an alcohol warmth.

Another 4-5 weeks in the primary should get me another 5 points or so.
Did you follow the original recipe's mash directions? I mashed at 150 for 90 minutes in hopes of getting the FG down as far as I could. Was the sample cloyingly sweet or pleasantly sweet? I can't stand overly sweet beer.
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