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Old 03-30-2011, 09:26 PM   #1
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Default Brewers Best -Imperial Pale Ale...suggestions

My buddy & I brewed our 1st beer together about 4 weeks ago (Sam Calagione's A-Z Brown Ale, from his book extreme brewing). For our 2nd choice we wanted to do something that was more to our liking (IIPA) . When I went to my LHBS, I told the dude what we were after & he talked me into getting a kit, something that neither of us wanted to do because: 1. we're adventurous, & 2. We didn't want the same beer that the guy up the street has. But after talking with the guy, & reading everything that can go wrong with calculations, it just seemed like a good idea to me. And it'll get us more acquainted with the brewing process. I did however pick up some oakmore while i was there yesterday, just to give it some kind of originality.

After I got it home I did a little googling & found that a bunch of people loved the way it tasted, but it "could be hoppier". So I went there today & picked up a secondary (5gal BB carboy), & 2oz of Cascade pellets (for dry hopping). I also asked about doing a full boil instead of a partial boil like the directions say to do. He said that would be even better hop utilization if i did a full boil.

That being said, we're planning on brewing in a couple days. Does anyone have experience with this kit? Do you have any suggestions? I'll try & update with whats going on. Thanks!

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Old 03-30-2011, 09:28 PM   #2
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Use a blow off tube!

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Old 03-30-2011, 09:30 PM   #3
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For the secondary? Why?...I have a 6.5gal primary

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Old 03-30-2011, 09:57 PM   #4
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I just brewed this exact kit. I also dry hopped except I used 2 oz of Columbus.

It was smelling really good before I bottled it this past Sunday.

I only have a 5 gallon pot so my boil was approximately 3.5 gallons. You can certainly do a full boil and use all the hops they give you. It will be a little more bitter but hey its an Imperial Pale Ale. You probably bought it because you are like me and love hoppy beers. Also if you want to scale back on the bitterness but keep some of those hoppy aromas/flavors, you could save .5 - 1 oz of the bittering hops for a late addition.

I say go full boil if your heart desires!

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Old 03-30-2011, 10:02 PM   #5
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My bad, I picked up Centennial to dry hop with

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I fermented in a 6.5 gallon bucket and had no problems at all with blowoff. Just make sure you are topping off water to 5 gallons, no more!

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Mine blew off in the primary and it was NOT fun!

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Fermenting at a lower temp range (about 65 degrees F if you can get it that low) could prevent the krausen from getting so big that it clogs your airlock.

I've found the higher temps you ferment at, the bigger your krausen will be. Also lower ferment temps prevent alot of off flavors.

That's all the advice I have really. I can't wait to try this brew!

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Old 03-30-2011, 10:39 PM   #9
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Well that is good to know. I have a room in my house that's last in the baseboard heat loop & I've been fermenting in there cause it's in the mid 60s. And if it starts getting too warm in there, I can move it in the basement cause it's not heated down there. Thanks guys for the tips, any more would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-31-2011, 12:55 AM   #10
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Have the kit in the bottle for about two weeks...an good beer...a bit more time and it should very enjoyable...yep, a little hoppier would be good. I think Centennial will be fine with this. No problem in the primary, but was in basement around 65 degrees. I brewed by directions so I know where I'm starting at when I adjust to taste. I have fun doing my recipes, but a kit simplifies things when I just feel like brewing.

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