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Old 12-16-2009, 01:56 AM   #31
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I'm curious to see what changes you made with batch #5. I will have to try and catch you in chat to find out.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:15 AM   #32
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I'm curious to see what changes you made with batch #5. I will have to try and catch you in chat to find out.
Not much, still sticking with the basic idea that has been pretty honed as of v4.
Was out of the NB HopShot and Warrior so I used my new Apollo hops for bittering and also threw some in for flavor/aroma. Hit my target gravity more or less (1.083) and used Pacman like last time. Might use a hop aroma tab again since it was great like last time. This time its going into the conical (since its free) so I should get better use of my dry hops. I'll probably get a new hop back and put them in with some SS weights so I get good hop/beer contact. Oh and I backed off my SO4:CL ratio a bit, about 3.3:1 instead of 4.8:1.

I'll have v4 and v5 side by side so whichever one is better will go to the january comps

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Old 12-25-2009, 09:46 PM   #33
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Brewed this one (version III) and just sent it to keg yesterday. Agree that the leaf hops are a PITA - kept clogging the racking cane. You also lose a fair amount of beer to the hops but what I tasted pre-carb tasted very good. Anxious to try this one in a week and really give it a try after it has had a good 3+ weeks under pressure. Montanaandy
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Old 12-27-2009, 04:42 AM   #34
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I'd do a quick keg to keep as much of the hop freshness as you can.
Just set your regulator at serving PSI, get the keg down to serving temp, fill, disconnect, shake, reattach and fill, disconnect, shake, repeat a few times. After 4 or 5 times you will have perfectly carbonated beer that you can't overcarb.
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Old 01-03-2010, 04:07 AM   #35
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Zac was asking about Hopinator 5 recipe, which had the slight change of Apollo hops and no NB hopshot. Here it is! This is pretty much Hopinator perfected, I think I'm done perfecting the recipe, its pretty much everything I want in my perfect IIPA. Thats not to say I won't get a hankerin for another totally different take on the IIPA, but this one pretty much is the be all end all for me.

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Recipe: Hopinator batch 5
Brewer: saq
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Style: Imperial IPA
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (35.0)

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Size: 7.47 gal
Estimated OG: 1.082 SG
Estimated Color: 8.5 SRM
Estimated IBU: 222.4 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 69.00 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount Item Type % or IBU
16.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 88.30 %
1.25 lb Melanoiden Malt (20.0 SRM) Grain 6.90 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 2.76 %
0.25 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 1.38 %
0.12 lb Aromatic Malt (20.0 SRM) Grain 0.66 %

2.50 oz Apollo Pellet [17.50 %] (90 min) (FWH) 146.3 IBU
1.00 oz Freshop 2009 Citra Leaf [11.00 %] (15 min) Hops 15.5 IBU
1.00 oz Apollo Pellet [17.50 %] (15 min) Hops 24.7 IBU
1.00 oz Freshop 2009 Simcoe Leaf [12.70 %] (15 min) Hops 17.9 IBU
1.00 oz Freshop 2009 Amarillo Leaf [8.50 %] (15 min) Hops 12.0 IBU
1.00 oz Freshop 2009 Amarillo Leaf [8.50 %] (1 min) 1.0 IBU
1.00 oz Freshop 2009 Citra Leaf [11.00 %] (1 min) Hops 1.3 IBU
1.00 oz Apollo Pellet [17.50 %] (1 min) Hops 2.1 IBU
1.00 oz Freshop 2009 Simcoe Leaf [12.70 %] (1 min) Hops 1.6 IBU
1.00 items Servomyces (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1.00 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Pac Man (Wyeast Labs #1764) Yeast-Ale

1.00 oz Freshop 2009 Simcoe Leaf [12.70 %] (Dry Hops) 10 days
1.00 oz Freshop 2009 Amarillo Leaf [8.40 %] (Dry Hops) 10 days
1.00 oz Simcoe Pellet [11.70 %] (Dry Hops) 10 days
1.00 oz Freshop 2009 Citra Leaf [11.00 %] (Dry Hops) 10 days
1.00 oz Apollo Pellet [17.50 %] (Dry Hops) 10 days

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body
Total Grain Weight: 18.12 lb
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Single Infusion, Light Body
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash In Add 21.50 qt of water at 164.9 F 152.0 F
10 min Mash Out Add 10.00 qt of water at 207.7 F 168.0 F
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:54 AM   #36
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Hopinator 5 took Silver at the Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines festival. I need to check out the score sheet and see what kept me back from taking it to another level before I think about changing the recipe.
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:03 PM   #37
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Just saw the results page, congrats man! I need to try to set some time (and money for hops) aside to brew this thing!
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Old 01-14-2010, 01:12 AM   #38
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Really enjoying the Hopinator III that I brewed. I am looking at Versions IV & V and they introduce one of my favorite hops (Citra) & yeast (PacMan). May try them down the line but may just stick with V3 since I really enjoy it. I used Wyeast 1056 when I brewed V3 - don't recall what the recipe called for but that is what I used/had on hand and it worked great. Montanaandy
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:14 PM   #39
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This beer sounds great.
What if you added 1# of corn sugar like Pliny IIPA.... Did you consider and reject that idea? (if so, why? just curious-- it is not a critique).
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This beer sounds great.
What if you added 1# of corn sugar like Pliny IIPA.... Did you consider and reject that idea? (if so, why? just curious-- it is not a critique).
I definitely would have if it was mashed at 156. Otherwise, I'd probably mash at 154 and still do it. At 156, I'd probably add 1/2 a lb of honey as well, haha.
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