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Old 10-21-2012, 04:20 AM   #11
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Yeah, I was hoping on a bit more focus on dry hopping (pellets vs whole leaf, in a bag vs not, length, temp)
I think it really depends on your system....I have read to dry hop anywhere from 3-5 days (Brynildson) up to 14 days (Cilurzo). Obviously those guys know what is going on....Personally I usually shoot for 7 days but sometimes I have found I need a few more days....


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Old 10-21-2012, 02:36 PM   #12
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Yeah, I finally read this book and was definitely disappointed. It was 160 pages of IPA history, 40 pages of IPA ingredients and techniques (nothing groundbreaking) and then 70 pages of IPA recipes that are difficult to decipher.

For an example of the annoying recipes, check out Port's Wipeout IPA. Nowhere does it mention the amount of hops (be it lbs/bbl, % or anything). It just says "Use amarillo for first wort hopping, "centennial and simcoe at start of boil," etc. Not really a recipe if you ask me.

For other recipes, it uses percentages but doesn't indicate if the percentages are weight or IBU contribution - I assumed the latter to start, but that doesn't make sense since whirlpool additions will add way less IBUs. For example for Stone's 10th Anniversary, it says "Use 100% pellet hops and add 26% Summit at the start of boil. During the whirpool, add 37% each of Chinook and Crystal." I'd rather it give lbs/bbl, oz/gal or something. Now, I have to use brewing software to keep those % and ramp up the amounts to get to the desired IBUs.
It uses percentages for the grain bill so you can adjust your own recipe based up your batch size. They do give you gravity but yes there is math involved.

As for hops and yeast, did you really think a professional brewer is going I give you their exact recipe? At least they provide you IBUs and hops used as a starting point.


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Old 10-21-2012, 02:56 PM   #13
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Im a porter, stout, and dark malty man. I doubt Id really like anything in that book since I believe almost all brews deserve a malty backbone, and I already have 2 brew books that I'm currently reading (Brew like a monk and tasting beer)

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Old 10-21-2012, 08:22 PM   #14
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I was overall dissapointed with the book. I don't really care about history and was looking for technical info. There was very little I didn't already know. (the section on doing cell counts was good though)

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Old 10-22-2012, 03:42 AM   #15
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As for hops and yeast, did you really think a professional brewer is going I give you their exact recipe?
Yes. They do it all the time.
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Yes. They do it all the time.
The Stone Book is better for recipes.
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Worth the rent. If you want the history, as I do, it's a great read. If you don't, skip the history and it's still worth the price of admission.



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