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Old 12-22-2013, 04:07 AM   #21
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Made this today, everything looking good so far, though my hops had some different bitterness, and I wasn't able to figure out how to adjust upwards or downwards. For my first all-grain batch, I think I did halfway decently, but I didn't get my mash temp quite up high enough, hopefully I got something useful out of it.

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Old 12-23-2013, 11:14 PM   #22
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Just made this today. OG came out perfect! Was a little worried at first.

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Old 12-25-2013, 08:44 PM   #23
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Awesome - did you guys brew the recipe or an adaptation? I'll be anxious to hear the results. I have the ingredients for a stout, but this one will be brewed again soon.

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Old 12-25-2013, 11:38 PM   #24
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I used 10# 2 row instead of the 12. Will let you know the results.

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Old 12-31-2013, 12:39 AM   #25
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Dry hopped today with 1oz each of Cascade and Centennial.

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I found three bottles of this that I had bottled and forgotten about. My wife and I both had one last night and they were so good. Looking forward to hearing how yours turns out in a few weeks or so!

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I just brewed a Sierra Nevada Celebration clone and it turned out great. I based the recipe on the Jamil show (brewing network) and several threads on the Homebrew Forum. I just tried the first pint tonight and could not be happier with how it turned out. I have SN Celebration 2013 in bottles (recently released here in the NoVA area), and after trying these side by side, they are incredibly close. I had my wife (who is a bit of a hophead) close her eyes and take a few swigs from each glass, and she chose mine over SN! It has a little more hop kick to it (probably because it's still green), but I guarantee this keg will kick quickly (why I only made 5 gallons is beyond me). I've affectionately dubbed this beer Shenandoah Valley Winter Welcome, and the UK Pale Malt adds a different taste than what I'm used to (and again, very close to Celebration). I think the color is dead on, and the aroma is also very close (again - mine is a bit green so has a little sharper hop nose to it).

Here is my recipe from Beersmith if interested, and a side by side photograph:

Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.50 gal
Estimated OG: 1.069 SG
Estimated Color: 13.4 SRM
Estimated IBU: 65.4 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 78.4 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Mash at 156 for 60 minutes

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12 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) UK (3.0 SRM)
1 lbs 12.0 oz Caramel Malt - 60L (Briess) (60.0 SRM)
8.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (1.3 SRM)
1.00 oz Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min
1.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 15.0 min
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min
1.25 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 0.0 min
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min
1.0 pkg California Ale (White Labs #WLP001)
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Dry Hop 8.0 Days
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Dry Hop 8.0 Days

Sparge: Batch sparge at 168.0 F

I started the fermentation out at 62 degrees, but could only keep it there for 2 days, at which time it slowly came up to about 68 degrees. I came close to the numbers, with an OG of 1.067 and FG of 1.013 for a final ABV of 7.1%.

Sierra Nevada 2013 on the left, and mine, not cleared yet because I just kegged a few days ago (and force carbed), on the right:



Getting ready to go from secondary to keg (for the love of all things good, why didn't I make more):



This was my first time using a grain bag for secondary with the dry hops, and it really kept the beer clean and made the transfer to keg easier. It was a pain to get the bag and the hops out afterward though.

If you are looking for a nice holiday IPA, this is it.

Cheers!
I dry hop with a gain bag right in the keg for a couple of days before carbonating. Alot easier then getting it out of a carboy.
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Hourglass - I have not done that before but it sounds like a good idea. Even though you use a grain bag, do you find hop particles at all in your keg that end up in the glass?

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Hourglass - I have not done that before but it sounds like a good idea. Even though you use a grain bag, do you find hop particles at all in your keg that end up in the glass?
I use whole hops in a grain bag and pellets in a stainless steel tee ball. Initially there will be some hop particles but beer should clear up nicely. I only dry hop for 2-3 days especially when using whole leaf to avoid grassy or tea like flavors. Btw thanks for posting the recipe i'm going to brew it.
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:28 PM   #30
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I just bottled it today. Color looks pretty good and FG was spot on as well.

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