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Old 11-10-2009, 09:35 PM   #21
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I'm brewing mine tomorrow, should be a good day


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Old 11-19-2009, 04:19 PM   #22
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I goofed on my simcoe 30 min. addition and boiled it for 45 minutes. I moved the later additions later to compensate a bit. The hydro samples were great but after the dry hop my sample was very very bitter. I like IIPA's but this actually gave me bitter beer face. I'm hoping it was just hop trub that settled and was by the dip tube, I had the dry pellets in 2 super fine mesh hop bags. Man they smelled good when I pulled them out. It was a shame to toss them.
I just killed a keg of Haus Pale last night so there's a slot in the kegerator for this one. Hopefully cold crash and another week or 2 of conditioning will mellow out the bite.



 
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:24 PM   #23
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it may mellow out a little but Pliny's supposed to be EXTREMELY bitter and hoppy. I doubt it will ever get down below the "bitter beer face" level for you. This is probably one of the most bitter beers on the face of the planet.

Have you ever had the original Pliny the Elder?

 
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:58 PM   #24
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My 1st keg of AHS Pliny is almost empty. DAMN has it been a good brew...

 
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Old 11-19-2009, 08:10 PM   #25
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There was a surprising jump in bitterness (like night and day) after the dry hop. Dry hopping should not add bitterness, right? So it must be the sample just had hop debris in it. It was also cloudy. I'll try it again after it has settled out more. I have not had the original but I've had plenty of hop bombs and uber iipa's. this tasted more like when you put a fresh hop in your mouth, and it tastes good at first , then starts to bite your tongue.

 
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:04 PM   #26
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I have my Pliny Clone from Morebeer in the secondary now with the dry hop addition. My OG reached 1.080 and when I checked the gravity at time of transfer it was at 1.018. Had it in primary for 16 days at 68-70 degrees. By claculations it should be right at 8% abv. like the real deal. I tasted the sweet goodness and was shocked that it already tastes like the real thing before the dry hop additions. Looking forward to it.

 
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Old 11-21-2009, 08:53 PM   #27
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Drinking one of my Pliny clones right now for the first time. It's been 3.5 weeks in the bottle at ~62F so it probably still has some room to grow but WOW is it awesome. The biggest IPA I have had prior to this is the Stone Ruinition and it bows down to the hop flavor, aroma and bitterness in this beer.

It is slightly hazy but I was only able to do a quick chill in the freezer. I know, I know, but my tiny fridge is full of other beers I'm serving tonight for guests for the Penguins game. Also, the head is a little lacking but again with a quick chill what can I expect. Regardless the flavor is superb and it forces me to take tiny sips to make it last. It obviously has a very strong hop presence but it has a nice malty backbone with just a touch of sweetness at the end and a nice full mouthfeel. Only wish I had prior knowledge of what the real Pliny tastes like to compare. Thanks Austin Homebrew.


 
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Old 11-22-2009, 04:36 PM   #28
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Mine is improving with cold, co2 and time. Another week and 1/2 on the gas and I'll have hop heaven over here.

 
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Old 11-22-2009, 07:55 PM   #29
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When comparing the two be sure to notice the bottled date for the Pliny. It will make a big difference when you taste them side by side. try to get them as close as possible.
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Old 11-24-2009, 03:12 AM   #30
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It's good to see all of this feedback. I picked up two all-grain kits from AHS to do a 10gal batch and can't wait to brew it up! I have to admit that I thought drinking PTE was like sucking on a pine tree ... but it sure grew on me fast.

I hope some of you find your way to the Bay Area at the right time time of year to get some Pliny the Younger.



 
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