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Old 09-25-2011, 12:37 AM   #1
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My wife loves citra hops, so earlier this year, I made her the B3 Citra Pale Ale Recipe. It was one of my first AG batches. It is 12 lbs 2row, 8oz White Wheat, 8 oz Carapils and 12 oz Crystal. I had terrible efficiency and in the fermentor had 5 gallons at 1.046. She loved the beer and has drank almost the entire 5 gallon keg.

So, the great husband that I am, I brewed her another batch today. Since the first batch, I've done about 12 AG batches, learned alot about my water and how to treat it, built a RIMS toolbox and a really cool sparge ring. The exact same recipe yielded a 5 gallons at 1.082!

She is tickled pink that she's got another batch in the works, so when her first keg is gone, she'll have another.......but this isn't going to be the same beer!

I don't imagine it will be the same color, I know it won't be the same flavor and the alcohol is going to be increased by almost 2! After 1 pint, her 120 lb butt is gonna be toasted!

I know it's an improvement, other brewers know it's an improvement, how do I explain to my wife that the new beer is better?

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Old 09-25-2011, 01:02 AM   #2
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Let her taste it and decide for herself?

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Just tell her you are trying to get her drunk so you can take advantage of her.

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If she's going to be toasted, well then you won't need to explain anything! She'll feel good and won't remember anyways!

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If it's too strong for her (8+% ABV yikes) then brew the same recipe but reduce your basemalt so you end up with the same grav as the first time. Now that you've got your efficiency dialed in, you can save on grain and make her happy.

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Old 09-25-2011, 02:00 AM   #7
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I know it's an improvement, other brewers know it's an improvement, how do I explain to my wife that the new beer is better?
Who says it's a better beer? It may not taste as good. Better efficiency, yes. Better beer? Meh.
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Old 09-25-2011, 03:03 AM   #8
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Plus, hop utilization was likely lower. It might not have the same citra presence.

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Old 09-25-2011, 05:13 AM   #9
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Ummm... Perhaps be honest? Explain how this beer is different than the first because the past dozen brews allowed you to refine your technique. The next time that you make her favorite ale you will save yourselves $X!

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Quickly brew a much smaller version and blend it! Or even for speed do a light dme brew with some hops and only do like 1.020 og of a couple of gallons and add it while the other batch when finished or still in primary if you have time and room.

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