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Old 11-15-2013, 08:25 PM   #1
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Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: 3 packs S-04
Yeast Starter: rehydrate
Batch Size (Gallons): 10
Original Gravity: 1.059
Final Gravity: 1.018
IBU: 69
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 7.5
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 5d @ 68-70F
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14d @ 67F
Tasting Notes: 10/9 Citrus and grapefruit as expected! still young, yeasty, gravity high.

I brewed this for a competition at work, (16 entries, 1st place) otherwise I wouldn't normally create a label

This was my first solo AG... on my own custom built setup using my first harvest of homegrown hops and a head full of info. The recipe began as 'Citra Bomb' with the intent to use up last year's remaining cones. Oops, they don't weigh as much as they look. Luckily I had been absorbing Palmer's How to Brew as well as this forum, to create my own recipe and just jumped in with both feet.

I made some mistakes which affected attenuation, tad sweeter and lower abv, but will definitely brew this on a regular basis. It's still quite amazing! Hard to explain other than I just pour, smell, sip, smile, and repeat!

Here are my notes and other details:
0.9tsp MgSO4; 1.2tsp CaCl2; 1.0tsp CaSO4
Undershot, then overshot mash temps. Had to chill during mash to bring under 160 within a few minutes.
Forgot to add whirlfloc tablet during boil - will add gelatin during cold conditioning
Racked to secondary early, ~5days due to quick fermentation. ~4/min air gap.
Dry hopped in secondary, using hop bags, 14 days total. ~3/min air gap.
FG still ~1.018; must be due to Mash and Fermentation temps
10/13 - racked to kegs, pressurized 10lbs CO2, refrigerate overnight.
10/14 - added 1/2 tsp Gelatin in ~1 cup water @125F (Boiled, cool to <160, mix, hold 30mins, split between two kegs) pressurized to 12 lbs, cold condition
Several days later...added 1/2 oz Cascade to muslin bags, weighed down with glass, directly to keg. Aroma increased.
11/13 loving this beer. Mellowed out, aroma diminishing a bit. Suggest lower mash/ferm temps and possibly hop stand on next batch.

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it would help if I actually posted the recipe!!!

22lb Pale 2 row
1lb 1oz Munich
14oz Carapils
12oz Crystal 60
11oz Melanoidin
Mash target 152, 60m
0.5oz Cascade; 1oz Citra FWH
1oz Chinook 60m
1oz Chinook 30m
1oz Centennial 15m
2oz Citra 5m
0.5oz Cascade 0m
Saf-04 (3 packages, rehydrated)
0.5oz Cascade; 2 oz Citra Dry Hop 10d
rack, chill, gelatin, force carb...
another 0.5oz Cascade directly in keg (muslin bags with glass weights)

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Hopefully this makes you hoppy until I get home and take a photo of the final product...

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Serving a little colder than usual since crashing an arrogant bastard clone in same fridge. Wife actually prefers it this cold as she just chugged most of it....Happy Friday!
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