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Old 11-21-2012, 01:22 AM   #1
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Default I winged it today: Galaxy Pale Ale

Just threw the following ingredients together and hoping it turns out-

5 Gallon batch

6.6 lb light pilsener extract
1/3 lb amber DME

1 oz Galaxy @ 60 min
1 oz Galaxy @ 30 min
1 oz Galaxy @ 10 min
1 0z Galaxy @ flameout

pitched Safale US-05 yeast at 75 degrees, will ferment at 68 degrees for two weeks before racking to new carboy for add'l week, then bottle.

***Looking for anyone's input on this. From my recipe to the hop schedule. I mean, the beer is already brewed so I can't change what's done but I could take suggestions on dry hopping, I have lots of different kinds but wanted to dedicate this brew to just Galaxy to see what it would do. Not sure I want to dry hop though. We'll see what feedback I get on this.

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Old 11-21-2012, 01:33 AM   #2
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I haven't ever used Galaxy, but I've currently got a pale ale going that was hop bursted with Motueka and is dry hopping with Nelson. It smells amazing right now. I would say dry hop with either of those two hops and you'll be good to go.

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Personally I think Galaxy at anything before 15 is a bit of a waste because it's expensive and a wonderful flavor and aroma addition. Not saying it won't be a great beer but I would have gone with a cheap neutral bittering hop addition at 60 and pumped in the Galaxy 15-flameout. You're in for a treat, I love these hops.

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I'm kicking around a Galaxy version of the Centennial Blonde recipe that is here on HBT. Can't get enough of this hop. I bet your brew will be tasty!

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Smell it and taste it when it's ready to go to secondary. If you're not getting what you want as far as aroma consider adding .5-1 oz. dry hop then smell and taste it again after a few days. I love Galaxy for late/dry hop additions.

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I just brewed with Galaxy during the weekend and I would have used a bit less at the beginning and a bit more at the end but that's me. I had just spent time reading through Thornbridge Kipling and Jaipur recipes and they pretty much add 4 times more hops in the last 10 minutes than during the entire boil...

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Personally I think Galaxy at anything before 15 is a bit of a waste because it's expensive and a wonderful flavor and aroma addition. Not saying it won't be a great beer but I would have gone with a cheap neutral bittering hop addition at 60 and pumped in the Galaxy 15-flameout. You're in for a treat, I love these hops.
I thought about using a different hop for bittering actually. Maybe if I decide I like the Galaxy flavor I will use Magnum at 60 min and start the Galaxy hop schedule at 15 min- flameout as you suggested, on a future batch. I was going for a layered flavor profile with the hops and just guessed at the schedule, really. Which is partly why I'm thinking about dry hopping to add an extra layer of flavor/aroma to the brew.
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I just brewed with Galaxy during the weekend and I would have used a bit less at the beginning and a bit more at the end but that's me. I had just spent time reading through Thornbridge Kipling and Jaipur recipes and they pretty much add 4 times more hops in the last 10 minutes than during the entire boil...
Wow, thats an intense brew. Galaxy seems like a pretty strong hop to me and that's why I stopped at using 4 oz in this batch. Maybe the final product won't be as strong as I thought, and my future batches will weight the hop schedule toward the end and include even more hops, we'll just have to find out.
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For Kipling it's Nelson, and something like this that I saw in another forum:

"85% Maris Otter (Low Colour)
7.5% Munich
7.5% Torrified Wheat

60 minute boil

Start of boil: Nelson Sauvin, about 27 IBUs
After 30 mins: Nelson Sauvin, about 15 IBUs, same size as first addition
Flameout/Hopback: Nelson Sauvin, three times as much as the first addition"

They apparently take a while before starting to cool the brew so the flameout hops get to leave some flavour in.

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"85% Maris Otter (Low Colour)
7.5% Munich
7.5% Torrified Wheat

Start of boil: Nelson Sauvin, about 27 IBUs
After 30 mins: Nelson Sauvin, about 15 IBUs, same size as first addition
Flameout/Hopback: Nelson Sauvin, three times as much as the first addition"
This looks good but again with the fancy expensive hops as a bittering addition. It will work fine, just seems like a waste to me if you're paying more than two dollars an ounce (I think I saw them for $3.5 at NB) for a ounce.

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I thought about using a different hop for bittering actually. Maybe if I decide I like the Galaxy flavor I will use Magnum at 60 min and start the Galaxy hop schedule at 15 min- flameout as you suggested, on a future batch. I was going for a layered flavor profile with the hops and just guessed at the schedule, really. Which is partly why I'm thinking about dry hopping to add an extra layer of flavor/aroma to the brew.
That's what I would do, actually I think that is exactly what I did except I combined Galaxy and Cascade with a magnum bittering addition which is great BTW. If you want a lot of flavor I think the general rule is 15-10 minutes. If you want aroma 10-0 minutes. Obviously if you want both combine.
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