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Old 09-24-2011, 11:54 PM   #71
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Finished bottle conditioning and it's great! A bit too dark although if you hold it up to natural light it glows red.

Hop flavour is awesome! Seems almost 'juicy' followed by a touch of roast dryness to offset the sweetness and bitterness. Head retention is pretty good.

First time using S05 and it has a bit of estery smell to it, fermented at 68f I think.
Glad you like it! It can get pretty dark depending on the crystal and black roast you use. I have lightened it up a bit in my last two batches by decreasing the dark crystal to about 5 oz.

Esters from S-05...must have been struggling a bit, or maybe crept into the 70f range for a while.

Cheers,Tim

 
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:16 AM   #72
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IRL - India Red LAGER update.

After 5 weeks lagering this beer is done. It is fantastic. Clean, hoppy and balanced.

I decreased the crystal to 9 oz of the lighter and 5 oz of the darker. Color is more "normal" red than the super deep maroon of the original. Otherwise, same recipe. Just used Staro-Prague lager yeast instead of American Ale yeast.

I recommend if you can lager.

Cheers, Tim

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Old 09-27-2011, 12:33 AM   #73
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Timmy, you've inspired me to brew this. I went with Warrior for bittering and strictly Centennials for there on out. Waiting for my shipment of ingredients...

I do have a question though, has anyone tried S-04 instead of 05? I usually use 04 at cool temps in my ipa's.

Thank you for the recipe!

 
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:06 PM   #74
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I did a batch with Wyeast 1968 - that is the Fuller's ESB strain which is similar to S-04 it was tasty for sure and added another layer of complexity.

 
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:17 AM   #75
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Brewed this 8/26.

Just cracked one open.

My favorite beer to date. Hands down.

Thanks a million TimBrewz!!!! This will be on tap year round as soon as I switch to kegging.

 
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:50 PM   #76
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So glad that this recipe it bringing joy and hoppiness to so many!

 
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:52 PM   #77
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I have never dry hopped before and have a couple questions about it

1. Do you use a hop sack or just toss them in?

2. If you use a hop sack do you remove the first set when you put in the second set on day three?

Thanks

 
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Old 09-29-2011, 04:15 PM   #78
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1) just toss them in
2) i put all of those in at the same time and leave them in for 5-7 days

just make sure you slide a hop bag or something over your siphon tube when you rack. that'll keep any hop particulates out of the finished product.

 
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:23 PM   #79
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1) just toss them in
2) i put all of those in at the same time and leave them in for 5-7 days

just make sure you slide a hop bag or something over your siphon tube when you rack. that'll keep any hop particulates out of the finished product.

Yep, like Jman says, I just throw in the hops. Whole hops will float for a few days, and you can VERY gently agitate the fermenter to get them to sink a bit faster. Pellets just atomize and sink. I use both without issue.

If you dry hop in a keg, use a hop bag with whole hops only. Add a couple sanitized marbles or some other non-reactive weight to get them to sink.

I have never covered the racking cane with a hop bag over it(though that would filter even more), the little plastic tip seems to work OK for me.

 
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:14 PM   #80
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Thanks guys! I can't wait to brew it. Hopefully this weekend

 
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