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Old 04-22-2009, 11:48 AM   #1
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A challenge was issued to us by the lhbs: Think you're a good brewer? Then take 3 lbs of this assorted, unknown bag of grain we scooped up from the bins in the back, blindfolded, pick two expired yeast packets (1 White Labs, 1 Wyeast) and use BOTH, and here's some old hops from the back of the fridge that the labels fell off. Choose your own base grain, and come back in 4 weeks with the beer.

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Our rig: 5 gal igloo with grain bag liner and bottling bucket spigot, double 54k burners, 7 gal kettle and 3 gal HLT


The recipe. We chose 8 lbs Maris Otter as the base grain. We also ended up with one Wyeast Farmhouse ale strain and a White Labs Irish Ale. It turns out there was over 14 oz of hops there. We used all of them.


Bringing some water up to temp


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Old 04-22-2009, 11:55 AM   #2
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First cigar of the year


Bringing up to boil


Chilling her down


Less volume than we were looking for. Ended up with 1.053 OG. All in all, not a bad brewday.
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Old 04-22-2009, 02:48 PM   #3
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14 oz of hops in a 4 gallon batch? Sounds like a bitter to me.

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Old 04-22-2009, 08:24 PM   #4
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Did you have to use all 14 ounces of hops??

Also 4 weeks is not all that much time.. Force Carbing I assume?

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Old 04-22-2009, 08:29 PM   #5
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*subscribes to hear the results*

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Could you tell what the hops were? Usually I can tell European from American at the very least.

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Old 04-22-2009, 10:04 PM   #7
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Which HBS was this? Was it Maltose Express? I'd like to take that challenge too.

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No, we didn't have to use all the hops...but we did

The bigger bag was, at one point a high alpha hop, that much we could tell. It had almost no aroma left. The smaller bag was more citrus and pine, but still just as old. We're thinking that one was lower in alpha, so we kept a lot of the #1 hops in the beginning of the boil and the #2 hops went in more at the end.

This little contest is only between a couple people and isn't open to the public, so I'll keep the lhbs name out of it for now. In a few weeks when we get together, we'll judge the beers using the BJCP guidelines, however since the style points are thrown out the window, we will instead put down "how many of these can you drink before vomiting."

Needless to say, our expectations aren't particularlly high. We will all have wildly different beers as well, seeing as how the yeasts and hops are chosen at random. One guy pulled two different lager yeasts, another one pulled one that had a brett culture in it. I'll keep everyone appraised of the progress, tasting notes, and results.

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Cigars and brewing works well.

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good idea to clear some old stock i guess, very interested to hear how it turns out. I can't believe you used 14oz of hops...wow!

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