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Old 04-16-2013, 02:59 PM   #11
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Ah, the age old trade-off. I'm a fan of maltier beers, so maybe I'll keep the full pound in. All good info though. If the crystal is too distracting then I'll know where to look.

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Old 04-23-2013, 12:04 AM   #12
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I'm looking for a substitute for the Nottingham. Would Wyeast American ale or British ale work interchangeably?

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I would use the American Ale, I generally like the outcome of it and use it often. I only went with nottingham because I was on a tight budget.

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Old 04-23-2013, 02:45 PM   #14
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Jayhem I get what your saying, If you wanted to truly showcase a hop cut back on that toasty/sweet to truly let the hops shine. Honestly the beer is amazing as is though, but I'm going to brew another batch in a few weeks(this time Amarillo), maybe I'll give it a try with reduced caramel and see how it turns out...but maybe not.

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If you never change your recipe you'll never know if you might like it a little different. I have made my "House Pale Ale" recipe 7 times now and every time I tweak it just a little...eventually you find that you really like something more than the previous version of the same recipe and that is how Epic Beers are created!

One thing I have learned about pale ales: The hop flavor and aroma will be dominant for the first week or 2 after carbonation but then it will fade into the background and more of the malt will come through and it will taste about the same from week 3-10.

I have also learned that if you want maximum hop aroma and flavor you are better off bottling your beer and keeping the beer at 60-70F until you are ready to drink it. If you chill it only an hour or 2 before you drink it maximum hop aroma is retained. If you chill it for days or weeks before enjoying you will notice significantly less hop aroma/flavor.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:28 PM   #15
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What type of yeast did you use?

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Citra is by far my favorite hop. have a Citra single hop IPA on brew toad that is excellent.

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Old 04-23-2013, 11:28 PM   #17
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What type of yeast did you use?
The app doesn't show the header which indicates j used dynastar Nottingham. I was thinking wyeast American ale 1
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Hey Jay, now that the beer is a little older I might have switched to your way of thinking. The bold hops have mellowed out a bit and its still a very delicious beer, but if you truly want to taste and smell those hops past the 1 month mark I will ease back on the caramel a wee bit and maybe even go with a full oz in the last 5 minutes or flame out.

My beers normally dont last this long so I rarely think about shelf life, but I am on a bit of a diet....

Red, if ya aint made it yet you might wanna try that tweak, if you did make it it will still be amazing

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Hey Jay, now that the beer is a little older I might have switched to your way of thinking. The bold hops have mellowed out a bit and its still a very delicious beer, but if you truly want to taste and smell those hops past the 1 month mark I will ease back on the caramel a wee bit and maybe even go with a full oz in the last 5 minutes or flame out.

My beers normally dont last this long so I rarely think about shelf life, but I am on a bit of a diet....

Red, if ya aint made it yet you might wanna try that tweak, if you did make it it will still be amazing
I'm still drinking my Citra pale ale, been over a month since it was carbonated. It's still great but the hop aroma has drastically faded. I use 1.5 oz of hops (Citra/Cascade) at flame out and 1.5 dry hop per 5 gallons. This is by far my favorite session beer of all time.
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6.6lb golden Light LME
1lb light DME
1lb Caramel 20L
-Steeped in 2 gallons for 25 min, then topped up to 3 1/2 gallons to start the boil.

Started off boiling 3.3lb LME and started hop additions, added rest of LME and DME at 10m mark. Wanted a nice light color on this, which I got.

.5oz Citra(13.9) @ 25m
.5oz Citra(13.9) @ 15m (also added irish moss at this point)
.5oz Citra(13.9) @ 5m
.5oz Citra(13.9) @ 1m
1oz Citra dry hop for 10 days

I brewed this up because I never tried Citra, and really wanted to get a good feel for the hop. Was concerned it would be overwhelming, but it turned out fantastic with crazy fruity notes. Good body, great aroma and head. Flavor and bitterness are spot on.

Took it to my new brew club, everyone confirmed my suspicion that it was good, so I dont think its just me......
So is this still a 60 min boil or do you just start the full boil for 25 minutes?
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