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Old 01-01-2013, 09:11 PM   #81
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How critical is the second dry hop? I'm in a 5 gallon secondary and the first round hasn't even soaked up yet' and I doubt another round would even get wet.

Also - I put the hops in the fermenter loose because I couldn't squeeze the 3oz hop bag through the hole. There's got to be a better way to dry hop
My columbus was pellets, so there's a ton of debris in the beer now. Any advice on filtering this when I keg? I just have an auto siphon.

Tasted great - real grapefruity. My OG was 1.070 and I'm at 1.012 right now.
I use a Auto-Siphon with a hop bag over the tip. I did it with whole flowers as well and while I was pleased with the result of the beer, even with a 6 gallon batch I ended up with ~4.25 gallons of beer due to loss in the dry hop. As you did, I skipped the second dry hop due to the fact I couldn't fit anything else in the carboy.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:09 AM   #82
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I brewed a 2.5G extract version of this last Thursday. My volume came out to about 2.75G because I'm a noob and haven't been able to get my volume right on a full boil recipe yet.

Anyway, I used Mr. Malty's recommended starter size and within about 6 hours I was racing to get a blowoff tube on my 3G carboy. There was a fair amount of blowoff and it looks like most of the krausen has fallen, but there is still some foam on the surface. I was planning to take a gravity reading tomorrow and again on Sunday, hoping to start the first dryhop if readings are stable and the rest of the krausen has fallen.

Since I don't have another properly sized container for this batch I was just planning to dryhop in primary. Is this a good idea or should I find something else to dryhop in? If the krausen hasn't fallen and I'm getting stable gravity readings should I wait to dryhop?

Since this is only my sixth batch, and first clone attempt, taste is what really matters to me. Clarity would be a bonus, but isn't a concern.

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I brewed a 2.5G extract version of this last Thursday. My volume came out to about 2.75G because I'm a noob and haven't been able to get my volume right on a full boil recipe yet.

Anyway, I used Mr. Malty's recommended starter size and within about 6 hours I was racing to get a blowoff tube on my 3G carboy. There was a fair amount of blowoff and it looks like most of the krausen has fallen, but there is still some foam on the surface. I was planning to take a gravity reading tomorrow and again on Sunday, hoping to start the first dryhop if readings are stable and the rest of the krausen has fallen.

Since I don't have another properly sized container for this batch I was just planning to dryhop in primary. Is this a good idea or should I find something else to dryhop in? If the krausen hasn't fallen and I'm getting stable gravity readings should I wait to dryhop?

Since this is only my sixth batch, and first clone attempt, taste is what really matters to me. Clarity would be a bonus, but isn't a concern.

Thanks!
Primary is good if you are using pellets. I'd recommend a bag or a secondary for dh if using whole.

Wait until it's done fermenting to dh. krausen will drop. Check gravity if it's at day 8 if you want or just roll for another week or so.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:34 PM   #84
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Just received another extract Pliny the elder clone kit from Ausitn Homebrew. The first one I had brewed came out so incredibly good I cannot be without it. I have three bottles of Pliney arriving at my house this Monday and will do a side by side tasting at some point next week. I highly recommend the AHB pliny kit. I will keep you all posted on the tasting once completed.

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one thing i have not seen mention in this thread is the fact that RR uses hop extract to bitter Pliny (and other beers). this is not a secret, lots of breweries are using hop extract for bittering, nor am i knocking RR for doing it, the quality of the bittering is going to be hard to replicate at home. i bought some hop extract (hop union product) to see where that takes me when i attempt my Pliny clone.

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one thing i have not seen mention in this thread is the fact that RR uses hop extract to bitter Pliny (and other beers). this is not a secret, lots of breweries are using hop extract for bittering, nor am i knocking RR for doing it, the quality of the bittering is going to be hard to replicate at home. i bought some hop extract (hop union product) to see where that takes me when i attempt my Pliny clone.
The regular non-extracted recipe that Vinnie gives out tastes pretty much identical to commercial Pliny the Elder to my palate. The reason he uses hop extract is to avoid having to use the sheer vegetal mass (which can give a touch of chlorophyll or veggie taste), but I haven't really noticed a flavor like even boiling three and a half ounces of Columbus for 90 minutes. I think its hard to notice it with the amount of bitterness and hop flavor.
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I used "hop shots" when I brewed it a while back. Left a little sticky residue on the top of my kettle and immersion chiller. Other than that, I guess it worked. The beer seems pretty balanced, and not too bitter. I was actually surprised that it wasn't bitter...with all those calculated IBUs!

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Just received another extract Pliny the elder clone kit from Ausitn Homebrew. The first one I had brewed came out so incredibly good I cannot be without it. I have three bottles of Pliney arriving at my house this Monday and will do a side by side tasting at some point next week. I highly recommend the AHB pliny kit. I will keep you all posted on the tasting once completed.
It's like a 70 dollar kit, but if it comes out good, as most of his kits do?!?! Cheers
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Gonna brew this one this Saturday. Looking over the brewing instructions, though, it says to chill the wort to 67 degrees before pitching the yeast and then to double pitch or make a starter.

Is this instruction just to make sure the temperature doesn't get too high to prevent off flavors?!? He mentions in that PDF not wanting any diectyl (sp?)... could that be a reason for the cold chill?

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You should always try to chill your wort to below 70 before you pitch. Get in the habit and you will have less off flavors and better beer.

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