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Old 06-07-2007, 03:11 PM   #1
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This is now my fifth extract brew and I'm wondering if I haven't added enough hops given the high OG of 1.090.

It was supposed to be a dubbel pitched on the Wyeast 3787 yeast cake from the tripel I now have in the secondary. The OG is obviously very high for a Dubbel.

Here's the grain bill and hops

6 pounds light DME
2 pounds amber DME
1 pound Crystal Malt 60L
1 pound German Vienna
.25 pounds Special B
1 pound piloncillo (raw brown sugar)

Grains steeped at 150 degrees for 45 minutes.

1 oz. Northen Brewer hops 60 min
.5 oz Saaz hops at 20 minutes
.5 oz Saaz hops at 2 minutes

I have no program to calculate IBUs and I'm wondering if I should make a little hop tea and add it while it is fermenting (which it is doing vigorously right now).

What should I add and how much?

Thanks!

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Old 06-07-2007, 03:47 PM   #2
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I have no program to calculate IBUs and I'm wondering if I should make a little hop tea and add it while it is fermenting (which it is doing vigorously right now).
Here is a few free ones:
http://beertools.com/html/calculator.php
http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/recipe.html
http://www.usermode.org/code.html

The first two are online the last is an application.
There is not any reason for not running a recipe through a calculator before brewing unless you are getting the OG and IBU numbers with the recipe from a trusted source.

You IBU may be a little low for that big of beer but Belgians are not usually supposed to be about the hops so it may not be a problem.

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Old 06-07-2007, 05:12 PM   #3
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Thanks. I will give those sources a try.

I did find the Recipator and it calculates my IBUs at 28. I think that should be fine for the style.

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yep, looks like a tasty brew to me! you don't want a ton of hops in a dubbel

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