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Old 04-30-2012, 12:38 PM   #1
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Well guys I brewed this monster on Saturday. To give credit, the recipe is based on ThatGuyRyan's version of the clone. It uses the 12 oz of hops during the 120 min boil and then will use 6 additional ounces of dry hopping later. I ended up getting right at 1.098 OG at 5.75 gallons (recipe called for 1.100 presugar). It wasnt too bad seeing as though I sparged 10 gallons in under 50 mins. A bit too fast but it worked out ok. I pitched a 6 quart starter of wlp007 and it started fermenting right away, it was amazing. It really threw me off because I planned on this brew taking 4 or so days to get to 1.020 which is when the recipe calls for the 4 liter starter of wlp099 (which I started on brew day). Well its Monday and the gravity is already at 1.030 at 4 this morning and I only have a 2 liter starter of wlp099!! What should I do? Pitch what I have tonight, or ramp it up this evening and pitch tomorrow night when the gravity could be lower than the 1.020? Decisions!

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Old 04-30-2012, 06:05 PM   #2
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If the gravity is still dropping, why do you even need to repitch?

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Old 04-30-2012, 06:57 PM   #3
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If the gravity is still dropping, why do you even need to repitch?
Because this recipe has about 28 dextrose additions. Its supposed to get to around 18-20% with an fg of around 1.020. The 099 has to take it the rest of the way.
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:18 AM   #4
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Well just an update...if anyone cares, the 007 has successfully taken this brew to 12.03% by itself so far. Im still waiting for the 5 liter 099 yeast starter to finish! Its at 1.020 so Im hoping that its done tomorrow. Mean while I added another 12 oz of dextrose this evening. It was down to 1.022, so its still eating away. I have added 30 seconds of oxygen with every addition including 3 teaspoons of yeast nutrient. Temp is still around 66 or so. Further updates soon!

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I just bottled mine this week. 22% abv with a 5 gallon starter (small beer) of us05 and a 2 gallon starter of 099. Fermented away no problem. I would've added most of what you had and left a little yeast to build up a third starter (incase the original yeast can't handle that high abv)

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True. I can still save some 099 before I pitch tonight just in case. Question though for you and others that have brewed this. I gave heard conflicting info about dry hopping this beer. One side says to dry hop about 6 grams a day for the first 30 days and the other says to dry hop 3 weeks before keging with one oz per week of simco and amerillo. Or should I just do my own thing? I have a whole lb of cascade to use up

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with mine I just threw in 2 oz simcoe, 2 oz amarillo, 2 oz warrior, and some leftover citra I had in the keg and let it carb real slow over 2 weeks.
To be honest I felt like it was WAY too much, it was like hop dust and rubbing alcohol for a long time. I definitely would do a more gradual dry hop (and about half what I used). My dogfish 120 is about a month old, but I will be waiting atleast 3 more before I crack my next bottle. It was WAY to fiery and fruity-hoppy for me (maybe it was the citra) Either way, I look at it like bitter-half-bourbon and I plan to let it age similarly =P

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with mine I just threw in 2 oz simcoe, 2 oz amarillo, 2 oz warrior, and some leftover citra I had in the keg and let it carb real slow over 2 weeks.
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Yea I hear ya. I tried a sample this morning. It was a bitter alcohol mess. I know it will get better but dang. I think Ill stick to the original recipe then. 2 oz amerillo and 2 oz warrior.

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Update: Its upt to 18.06%! Probably higher by now. Its gaining about a percent a day. Its def slowing down though. I think one more 6oz addition ought to get her over 20. Going to try to get it down to 1.015 or so.

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19.48%! Gettin close...

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