Bumping an OLD thread. I took a stab at this one this weekend, 5 gallons.
Here's my problem, and my LHBS had the same issue with the recipe: 11lb of dextrose with a 16.5lb grain bill?? He claims we'll get cidery off flavors.I said it was a 120 clone and a 21% beer, but he seemed pretty adamant.
I slightly adjusted the recipe: glucose syrup (pure, not karo) instead of dextrose. Slightly more grains and hops, slightly less sugar equivalent.
Here's my recipe:
18.00 lb Pilsner (2 Row) (1.6 SRM)
2 lb Amber Malt
2 oz Amarillo
2 oz Simcoe
2 oz Warrior
6.0 gal Water
1 Pkgs American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056)
1 Pkgs Super High Gravity Ale (White Labs #WLP099)
Total Grain Weight: 20 lb
10.00 lb Corn Syrup (Glucose, pure)
1.00 oz Simcoe
1.00 oz Amarillo
1.00 oz Warrior
My plan to feed the sugar is sort of mad scientist meets ICU nurse... I fabricated a bottle-feeding system with a valve on the bottom. It has graduated marks on it, with 6oz increments (supposed to feed it 6oz twice daily until fermentation halts). This way, there's no risk of contamination.
We started the mash at like 10:00 at night lol.
Boiled for 123 minutes, watched Wayne's World. I used an app called IntervalTimer, intended for workouts. I set the timer to do a 3 minute set with a 3 minute cooldown, and had it alert us with the boxing bell. The bell tolls, add hops. It worked pretty pissa actually.
Aeration was for 1 hour via lifted Super Duty for 40 miles. Trade secret.
Got home and got the glucose feeder sanitized and filled. I was worried about the viscosity being an issue, but certainly not having to open the fermenter twice a day makes me more comfortable. With the valve fully open, the glucose comes out at roughly 1 oz every 10 minutes - the full 6oz I needed took an hour. Not exactly breackneck speed, and I can't even sit back relax and have a home brew for the morning feeding... I figured I could try a heating pad, but by the time it got down the hose it'd probably cool and slow and block up the warm runny stuff. So, I just open it when I wake up and close it an hour later. I made graduations on it every 6oz with a Sharpie, using a measuring cup and water. Two ticks per day is what it gets - so when I filled it, I marked the level, and then counted down 2 and wrote the dates of the upcoming days... Idiot proof IMO. If I forget one (or worse, forget that I forgot one), I can just catch up if need be.
Made a pretty epic started for the high-gravity yeast, however the yeast that I got for free because it was a year past the expiration isn't doing much of anything. Need to overnight some fresh stuff from Amazon.