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Old 03-23-2013, 12:24 PM   #1
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Default Wort losses with IPAs. Wow!

So I brewed my first IPA yesterday - 6.5gal boil, and evaporated about 1.5gal. I chilled the wort and let it settle for about 3-4hrs before racking to my fermenter. I was only able to get about 3.5gal before getting a bunch of "crap" moving through the racking tube.

There was a lot of hop material at the bottom of the kettle, but then there was also a lot of cloudy stuff too. Could that be because I do BIAB and can't velourf (or whatever that word is) like can be done with a mash tun?

Also, when I go to dry hop, I'm gonna lose even more, right!? I'm gonna end up with so little beer, I don't know if I'll brew another IPA.

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0min: 2.5oz Cascade
dry hop 3oz Simcoe
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:50 PM   #2
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In my brew software i created two "all grain" profiles for this reason. One with high hop use, one with low hop use. I changed the amount of loss to the trub to take into account the higher losses with more hops in the boil. Just means i need more water pre-boil.

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Old 04-03-2013, 08:59 PM   #3
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Side note: I took a post ferment gravity reading. 1.022 using US05, so 77% apparent attenuation.

My goal was 1.090 OG, 1.012 FG
My actual was 1.096 OG, 1.022 FG.

I'm thinking I could boil some water with some hops and some sugar, let that cool and pour gently into the beer to start fermentation up again. That should keep my hops there, but lower the FG, right?

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The wort/beer loss to hops in the boil and dry hopping is the real drawback to brewing IPAs.

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I found that a whirlfloc tablet in the boil at 15 min really helps the trub to settle and I get at least a gallon more wort into the fermenter.

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Ah, the prices we pay for hoppy beer.

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Three words.

Paint. Strainer. Bag.

Nothing better for keeping massive break/hop trub out of the fermenter. Cheap, too.

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Three words.

Paint. Strainer. Bag.

Nothing better for keeping massive break/hop trub out of the fermenter. Cheap, too.

-Rich
I use one every time too. I dont bother letting anything settle, I reach pitching temp and pour into the primary bucket which is lined with a paint strainer. Just pull the strainer out, give it a squeeze and im done. I never understood waiting until things settle before transferring to primary. Dump and go. Anything undesirable will settle after fermentation.
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Any tips for someone brewing their first IPA Saturday? Making a Stone IPA clone (EdWort's) and would like to end up with the full 5 gallons

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I usually have a solid gallon of unusable wort left doing ipas and using whirlfloc. I was shocked my first time (only have done two) compared to other brews I have done. I believe next time ill have to adjust recipe for it I got lucky this time. Its like straight sludge.

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