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Old 07-30-2011, 02:50 PM   #11
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I am brewing this one today. I ordered it on their 20th anniversery free shipping special with a Rogue Dead Guy, also. I have never used malto dextrin before. I got the all grain versons.

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Old 07-30-2011, 03:06 PM   #12
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It's actually not that high, around average for a standard APA (at least in my head). What really makes the hops stand out is the light body flavor from the malt. It's only 7lbs of LME and (i think) .5lb Maltodextrin for a bit more body.
There are a lot of schools of thought on hop bitterness levels of APA's. I'm of the Tasty McDole school of thought that APA's shouldn't rival IPA bitterness levels otherwise, you've not really made an APA. 1.166 is a high BU/GU ratio for an APA. For my own personal interpretation of the style and my own personal taste, I'd keep the IBU's on a 1.048 APA under 40 IBU's.
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Old 08-01-2011, 02:01 PM   #13
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It's settled down a bit once i hit it with gas, and it's been on the gas for two weeks now. What i was after was a slightly crisper APA than i would normally do so it's been sitting on 15 PSI instead of the ususal 12 that i supply.

Overall this beer isn't going to be great (probably because of the simplicity of the grain bill) but it will be good and drinkable. Best part is? $28 for 5 gallons, and for my school of thought i'm quite happy with a crisp drinkable lighter beer when it's freakin' 30 days solid of 100 degree weather.

I nearly died brewing it because it was so hot!

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Old 08-01-2011, 02:56 PM   #14
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It's settled down a bit once i hit it with gas, and it's been on the gas for two weeks now. What i was after was a slightly crisper APA than i would normally do so it's been sitting on 15 PSI instead of the ususal 12 that i supply.

Overall this beer isn't going to be great (probably because of the simplicity of the grain bill) but it will be good and drinkable. Best part is? $28 for 5 gallons, and for my school of thought i'm quite happy with a crisp drinkable lighter beer when it's freakin' 30 days solid of 100 degree weather.

I nearly died brewing it because it was so hot!
Do you think it'd be better with some steeping grains? I didn't realize how simple this recipe is. It doesn't seem like it would have much flavor to it. I'm debating whether throwing in some crystal malts or something.
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:04 PM   #15
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Saturday I will try one out. I made this batch for a party that is Sunday, but the directions said to bottle for 3 weeks and I will only be giving it 2 weeks, but I did keep it in the seconary about 1.5 longer because it was still working at the orginal suggested bottling time.

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Old 08-01-2011, 07:19 PM   #16
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I think this would absolutely benefit from some sort of specialty grain. Like i said before, it's not bad...it's just not great because (i'm assuming) the grain bill is so simple. Sometimes simple is good though.

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I'm thinking it might be worth it to add a little crystal 40, or something like that. I'm guessing it will depend on whether I can make it to the LHBS prior to brewing it.

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Old 08-01-2011, 09:01 PM   #18
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It's good the way i made it, but again, i was after a cheap 5 gallons. If i wanted something more complex i would have altered the grain bill more.

I think AHS had this exact mindset when they created the recipe.

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Old 08-01-2011, 09:37 PM   #19
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I'll be brewing this tomorrow. I don't have any specialty grains to add but wonder what people thing about throwing some vanilla beans into the boil? I know vanilla typically is reserved for stouts/porters but wonder what people think.
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:49 PM   #20
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I had this at their 20th anni party and thought it was solid. It does showcase the earthy-apple-pear flavors of the hop well. I'm more of an IPA guy but I'd recommend this for anybody looking to get a good feel for Calypso.

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