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Old 01-21-2012, 02:31 AM   #1721
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My First Screw Was a Blonde
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:26 PM   #1722
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You mean your first blonde was a screw.

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Old 01-21-2012, 05:25 PM   #1723
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So I tried to brew this yesterday (the 5 gallon version). My first AG after three extracts and two partials (all of them wheat by the way). Seemed like a good recipe to start AG, as OP said "hard to screw recipe" but I guess I managed to screw it up anyway.

I can't do full volume boils yet so I went with Maxi-BIAB in an 18 liter pot. Adjusted recipe with the Maxi-BIAB calculator from biabrewer.info. Brew day went pretty good, or at least so I felt. I mashed in the pot at 65.5C (more like 66), insulated with a sleeping bag, after 70 minutes it was at 65C, so I really haven't lost temperature. I had a post-mash gravity of 1.082 and was pretty certain I'm on track.

It seems I made a few key mistakes:
1. Left too much wort in the pot after the boil, I should have continued straining it into the fermenter even though it had a lot of trub in it.
2. Didn't take a post boil gravity reading, which would have helped me calculate how much water to add (with Maxi-BIAB you have to do post-boil dilution).
3. Diluted too much. Went according to target volume instead of target OG.

So I ended with an OG of 1.032 where I expected 1.042-1.046. That's a very big difference. I wonder if my mash wasn't very efficient too.

Live and learn I guess, I'm hopeful it will still turn out a good beer, even if on the weak side.

Attached is a picture of the beer 12 hours after pitching the yeast.

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Old 01-22-2012, 06:50 PM   #1724
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Just finished this one up. Hit 72% efficiency double batch sparging. Cooled my wort from 212 to 67 in under 15 minutes with my homemade wort chiller! (It's 27° outside today). Pitched rehydrated S-04. I'll report the results in a few weeks. Thanks for the recipe BM!

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Old 01-24-2012, 03:12 PM   #1725
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Brewed extract yesterday but found out I got chinook instead of cascade hops. Ended up using centennial only. Hopefully it won't affect the taste too bad.

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Old 01-24-2012, 04:58 PM   #1726
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Brewed extract yesterday but found out I got chinook instead of cascade hops. Ended up using centennial only. Hopefully it won't affect the taste too bad.
Probably be totally undrinkable, send all bottles to me.
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:02 PM   #1727
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Probably be totally undrinkable, send all bottles to me.
I was thinking the same, I'll be glad to help!
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:57 PM   #1728
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Brewed this beer 3 times and I'm lookin forward to the next batch. I call it my "lawn mower brew" because it's great for cooling off after/during some yard work. My first batch I fermented 5 gallons as is and 5 gallons with strawberries. I used 6 pounds of fresh picked (took the wife and kids picking) and did not use a blow off tube Well you know how bad that can get. I might use fruit on this again but with less fruit and a blow off. Thanks BM for a great brew.

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Old 01-25-2012, 02:13 PM   #1729
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Drank my first Citra last night, all I can say is very nice. Bought the bill the other week for this again and will make starter tonight and brew on Thursday. Might add just a little more DME and just a little bit of honey. This is a fun brew to play with.

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Old 01-25-2012, 03:44 PM   #1730
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S-04 ripped through this in no time. Only took about 1 1/2 days to do it's thing and drop out. I'll give it a week on the yeast cake and keg/force carb. This will be my quickest grain-to-glass so I am very interested to taste the results.

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