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Old 05-03-2012, 04:12 PM   #1
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Default Dry Dock Breakwater Pale Ale from NB

Anyone here brew this kit? Any feedback would be nice. It was gifted to me and if it falls short somewhere I will mod it.

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Old 05-03-2012, 07:51 PM   #2
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I brewed it last month, was more like an IPA, Killed the Keg way too fast

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Old 05-03-2012, 07:58 PM   #3
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I brewed it last month, was more like an IPA, Killed the Keg way too fast
Would you brew it again? If not, what would make it better?
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:09 PM   #4
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I am brewing this next weekend. I entered the ingredients into Beertools and it is better suited as an IPA. It has a nice hop bill to it. I can't wait to try it.

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Old 05-03-2012, 08:16 PM   #5
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Yes I will brew it again. While I was expecting a standard Pale Ale, it was a surprisingly refreshing IPA. One note- NB says its ready in 6 weeks, I kegged it after 6 weeks (2 weeks Primary, 4 secondary) and cold conditioned for two.

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Old 05-16-2012, 02:30 AM   #6
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I am brewing this now. It has been in primary since 5/4. Today my hydrometer reads 1.6% alc. I think Something isn't right. Should I transfer it to secondary?

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Old 05-16-2012, 02:32 AM   #7
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Did you account for the temperature of your sample in the hydro reading? Both OG and FG?

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Yes I will brew it again. While I was expecting a standard Pale Ale, it was a surprisingly refreshing IPA. One note- NB says its ready in 6 weeks, I kegged it after 6 weeks (2 weeks Primary, 4 secondary) and cold conditioned for two.
How long did you dry hop it for? The instructions call for 7 days, but I am thinking longer than that.
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:13 AM   #9
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Temp was 76 degr and measured 1.040 on my Specific Gravity 60deg/60deg. It is now at 65 degr and measures 1.015 ish. Does this make sense?

Expected range of attenuation: 73-77%. So should I wait to place this in secondary still:


Corrected Original Gravity : 1.042 Corrected Final Gravity : 1.016
Alcohol by Weight : 2.73 % Alcohol by Volume : 3.49 %
Total Calories per 12oz. serving : 138 Calories from Alcohol per 12oz. serving : 68
Carbohydrates per 12 oz. serving : 17.4 Calories from Carbs per 12oz. serving : 70
Corrected SG in degrees plato : 9.99 Corrected FG in degrees plato : 3.82
Apparent Attenuation : 0.617 Real Attenuation : 0.506

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Old 05-16-2012, 06:43 PM   #10
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I brewed a very similar kit, basically their Chinook IPA kit with some Citra at the end. That beer is absolutely fantastic, one of my best among 13 brews so far. I'm sure this particular Breakwater kit would turn out pretty good but you may want to add a little gravity or dry hop depending on if you want more ABV or hop aroma, respectively. Adding gravity is easy. Adding hops, well you can add Citra or Chinook and it would be good. 0.5 oz is a little low for a dry hop, but I like hops so that is just me. I did 1.5oz of Citra dry hop in the beer I explained above.

t-royboy, as far as gravity, I'm not sure how you would have got such a low OG compared to the kit saying 1.049. There really is no "efficiency" to consider in extract brewing, either you put the extract in or you didn't. From there the only real variable that affects your OG is how much water that sugar goes into. I pretty much stopped measuring OG on any of my brews because I found I'm always within 0.002 of the expected OG.

This kit for example calls out 3.15 lbs LME and 3 lbs DME. 3.15 pounds LME @ 36 pts/lb is 113 points. 3 pounds DME at 43 pts/lb is 129 points. If you put all the extract in, then you put in 242 points of sugar. If you put that sugar into 5 gallons then that gives you 242/5=48.4, or 1.048 OG.

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