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Old 09-22-2012, 11:02 PM   #451
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i just brewed a twisted version of this....
Finally brewing this recipe again. This time brewing it much closer to the original recipe. All the original recipe ingredients at least.

I had a hard time scaling this recipe down to 5.5G because my efficiency is 85% and the recipe is based on 67% efficiency. Rather than 50% of the 8.5lb of pilsner (4.25lb) I had to drop all the way down to 2.25lb. Also had to lower the vienna a bit to get down to 1.050. Anyway, I'm sure it will be great. Wish I had it on tap today.

BierMuncher, have you dialed in the temperature you ferment this at with S04?
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:38 PM   #452
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So I made this last night as my second all grain. I had a myriad of problems including not having enough sparge water. I over shot the og and came in at 1.070 so I diluted to 1.060. I had a big yeast starter going (German ale/kolsch) and fermentation was going strong within a few hours. This was also my first time crushing my own grains using my ugly junk corona ad my crush may have been too fine, although I still had some grain hulls and I used 1/2 lb of rice hulls, my sparge still was very slow and I had t break up a thick layer of batter on top of my grain bed so the water could flow through.

I have my fingers crossed that it will still taste good, I wish I had added more hops to compensate for the higher gravity. Oh well, any thoughts?

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Old 09-23-2012, 01:46 PM   #453
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It'll still be beer and your friends won't know the difference.

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Old 09-23-2012, 04:30 PM   #454
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Brewing up 5G's of this today because it is almost October, and I'm back in the NE after living in Hawaii for a long time. It's tough to appreciate an Octoberfest beer in Hawaii when it is 75* and sunny. ...But I try.

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Old 09-23-2012, 06:02 PM   #455
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And this is the first batch that has ever blown off my airlock.

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Old 09-24-2012, 04:50 AM   #456
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3 gal'ish stovetop, BIAB style is in the fermenter. I subbed both crystals with cara amber and cara hell - yeah color is darker, but whatta hell . Home smells bready, toasty and it's already bubbling- 5 hrs in ferm. already. Damn, those crazy S-04

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Old 09-24-2012, 05:27 AM   #457
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So I made this last night as my second all grain. I had a myriad of problems including not having enough sparge water. I over shot the og and came in at 1.070 so I diluted to 1.060. I had a big yeast starter going (German ale/kolsch) and fermentation was going strong within a few hours. This was also my first time crushing my own grains using my ugly junk corona ad my crush may have been too fine, although I still had some grain hulls and I used 1/2 lb of rice hulls, my sparge still was very slow and I had t break up a thick layer of batter on top of my grain bed so the water could flow through.

I have my fingers crossed that it will still taste good, I wish I had added more hops to compensate for the higher gravity. Oh well, any thoughts?
Next time don't just break up the grain bed, shut off the flow and stir the whole grist, then vorlauf and repeat. Otherwise you're just letting water channel directly to the manifold/braid rather than rinse any sugar from the grain bed.

Sounds like your crush was great if you got that kind of efficiency.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:26 PM   #459
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Decided to brew this and Ed worts version for an Oktoberfest party I'm having 10/21. Only thing I did different was used some pacman yeast instead of s04. Mainly because I'd just gotten it out of a bomber of rouge beer and I wanted to use it real bad. So I mashed a little warmer with the hope of it not drying out too much. So it's probably different from the original quite a bit but still can't wait to try it. If it sucks, I'll use s04 next time, but I'm sure my friends will still drink it

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Bought the ingredients today. The only thing different is the yeast as the shop owner suggested Nottingham. I was gonna primary 1 week, secondary 3 weeks then keg for 1 week and tap the keg on Halloween. The shop owner said he would primary 1 week, secondary 1 week and then keg and put it in fridge on gas for 3 weeks. What way do you suggest? Thanks!

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