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Old 05-07-2012, 04:30 PM   #1981
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Brewed this yesterday. As this was our first 10G batch it may have suffered slightly from the strangeness of the new process. We ended up with a much higher OG than what is specified in the recipe (1.046 vs. 1.038) and I'm baffled to explain it. The only thing that we varied (not intentionally) was mashing at a slightly higher temp (154 vs. 150). Could that account for an extra 8 points?

It's humming away nicely in one of the two carboys this morning. As this was our first split carboy batch we didn't think through the process completely and ended up with one carboy of 4G and one with 5.5G and slightly different OG's between them. I'm sure it will be great beer regardless.

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Old 05-07-2012, 05:56 PM   #1982
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Brewed this yesterday. As this was our first 10G batch it may have suffered slightly from the strangeness of the new process. We ended up with a much higher OG than what is specified in the recipe (1.046 vs. 1.038) and I'm baffled to explain it. The only thing that we varied (not intentionally) was mashing at a slightly higher temp (154 vs. 150). Could that account for an extra 8 points?

It's humming away nicely in one of the two carboys this morning. As this was our first split carboy batch we didn't think through the process completely and ended up with one carboy of 4G and one with 5.5G and slightly different OG's between them. I'm sure it will be great beer regardless.
Looks to me like you might have been a little low on water--that'd account for the higher OG.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:03 PM   #1983
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Looks to me like you might have been a little low on water--that'd account for the higher OG.
Hmm, we sparged to a pre boil volume of 12.7G, which we brought down to 11G in 60 min. Actually lost about 1/2G when we had a tubing fail to the chiller & I guess the hops absorbed the rest.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:57 PM   #1984
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Brewed this three weeks ago and fermented it in a sanke. Two weeks later, I chilled it and divided into corny kegs. By the third week it tastes great. Wonderful summer beer! Liked it so much, I brewed another batch on week three because i know it won't last long. Friends and family really enjoyed it.

I'm experimenting with second batch by reusing yeast cake...I kept the sanke with yeast at 40 degrees in converted chest freezer used for fermenting. It started to ferment within an hour after wort was added. Will be interesting to see how it turns out.

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Old 05-09-2012, 12:31 AM   #1985
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I brought 5 gallons of this to Southern California Homebrew Fest last weekend. It was loved. It kicked on Thursday. It never saw the fest, proper. Thanks for the recipe!

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Old 05-09-2012, 09:45 AM   #1986
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Hmm, we sparged to a pre boil volume of 12.7G, which we brought down to 11G in 60 min. Actually lost about 1/2G when we had a tubing fail to the chiller & I guess the hops absorbed the rest.
My bad--losing the water that way shouldn't affect your OG. Interesting. Should be a tasty beer nonetheless
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:50 AM   #1987
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BM-what is your recommended fermentation temp for this brew w notty?

Just brewed it today. Thought I read fermentation times and temps when I printed the recipe, but now I can't find that info. Thought I read 68.

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Old 05-10-2012, 12:05 PM   #1988
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Just built a hop back and I am anxious to try out some other changes to my system. I am planning on brewing BM's blonde pretty close to the way BM intended with the beer passing through 2 oz of cascade in the hopback before entering the chiller. I will keep the beer fairly balanced with a light malt schedule an low IBUs but it will be hop blasted with flavor and aroma from the lot hops addition. Any thoughts, suggestions, or opinions?

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Old 05-10-2012, 04:38 PM   #1989
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I did the Centennial Blond but figured I'd try my hand at a Yeast Starter using a different liquid yeast. No biggie........ I thought. I used White Labs 1056 American Ale.

What a mistake.............. I thought later on.

Fermenting it didn't take off! The 3rd day in the primary it started and worked hard until day 5.

Kegged it on time & let it carb up. Gave it an extra week.

It tasted terrible. It tasted like soap suds. It didn't have any head either. I thought, oh sucks, I guess didn't rinse my keg good enough. Oh well, it was only my 3rd batch. My 1st all-grain. I was all bummed I'd have to trash it. Lesson learned.

But being the lazy guy I am..................... I just left it. 3 weeks later, it's FANTASTIC! It's the best beer I have in the Quad-Keezer. I love it! Variety is the spice of life! My son is drinking it like it's going out of style.

Oh ****! Just kicked the keg tonight. And I didn't get a chance to bottle a few. ****. Guess I'll just have to brew some more!

Thanks BM!

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Gotta try this! I need a few quick turn around batches!

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