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Old 07-14-2012, 09:06 AM   #61
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I'm giving this a go but living here in central Europe the hop choices are somewhat limited.

Also, I plugged the original hops into beersmith and the IBU was way low, like 35 ish (UNLESS I set it to a 5 gallon boil). I can only boil about 3 gallons so I find myself going crazy on the hops just to get to 80IBU.

Here's what I've put together with liberal substitutions and working with hops I already have or that I can easily order:
3oz magnum @ 15% for 60 minutes
1oz northern brewer @ 10% for 30 minutes
1/2oz perle @ 9% for 15 minutes
1/2oz cascade @ 5% for 15 minutes
1/2oz perle 9% for 5 minutes
1/2oz cascade @ 5% for 5 minutes

1oz perle dry hopped 7 days
1oz cascade dry hopped 7 days

This seems like a lot of hops especially given the recipes in this thread which seem to come from a partial boil. Am I missing something here or was the original recipe based on a full 5 gallon boil?
Yep, I've always made my recipes 5-gallons. Technically, this could qualify as a triple IPA, given the high IBU's, but the alcohol % is slightly lower than the socially accepted average of >=10% (and I'm hoping the lower alcohol would allow some residual sweetness to tame some of those hops...).

If you have some spare cash and a Mac, I'd highly recommend buying Beer Alchemy. That program makes the recipe formulation process as easy as possible, and it also allows you to scale down ingredients by percentages if you do smaller batches. I couldn't say what programs are good for PC's, but I'm sure someone on here could recommend one.
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:31 PM   #62
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Thanks for the reply and information.

One more beginners question as I get ready to brew this tomorrow afternoon:
Do you pitch more than one packet of yeast here given the high original gravity or will one pack do just fine?

 
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:57 AM   #63
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Thanks for the reply and information.

One more beginners question as I get ready to brew this tomorrow afternoon:
Do you pitch more than one packet of yeast here given the high original gravity or will one pack do just fine?
I usually do a starter, but on this one, I'm content with just warming the yeast up to room temperature considering the San Diego strain is pretty capable on higher gravity stuff (or so I've read).

(I'm also out of priming sugar, if that says anything. )

And I'm prepping to do version 2.0 in the next day or two. The last few weeks have been hellish schedule-wise, so I kept having to bump back my brew day.
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Yep, I've always made my recipes 5-gallons. Technically, this could qualify as a triple IPA, given the high IBU's, but the alcohol % is slightly lower than the socially accepted average of >=10% (and I'm hoping the lower alcohol would allow some residual sweetness to tame some of those hops...).

If you have some spare cash and a Mac, I'd highly recommend buying Beer Alchemy. That program makes the recipe formulation process as easy as possible, and it also allows you to scale down ingredients by percentages if you do smaller batches. I couldn't say what programs are good for PC's, but I'm sure someone on here could recommend one.
BeerSmith for PC. It has done wonders for preparing a recipe as well as generating mash temps for all grain batches.

Good luck.

 
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FINALLY got around to brewing version 2.0 today, but typical me, I can never brew without at least one gaffe. While pouring the wort (cooled) from boiler to secondary, I usually use 2 fine-mesh colanders to filter out a good portion of the crap, especially since I couldn't find a single hop bag and had to simply dump about 5 ounces worth of hops right into the boil.

Long story short, I bumped the colanders into the secondary...twice.



And I completely forgot to sanitize the bastards before pouring...



So I doubt the batch is completely ruined, but I'll be keeping an eye on it over the next 3 weeks. I should note that the sample I took for OG was way too clogged with sediment & hop particles, so I had to guesstimate the OG at about 1.078 (going median range from what Beer Alchemy was telling me). MEH.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:26 AM   #66
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FINALLY got around to brewing version 2.0 today, but typical me, I can never brew without at least one gaffe. While pouring the wort (cooled) from boiler to secondary, I usually use 2 fine-mesh colanders to filter out a good portion of the crap, especially since I couldn't find a single hop bag and had to simply dump about 5 ounces worth of hops right into the boil.

Long story short, I bumped the colanders into the secondary...twice.



And I completely forgot to sanitize the bastards before pouring...



So I doubt the batch is completely ruined, but I'll be keeping an eye on it over the next 3 weeks. I should note that the sample I took for OG was way too clogged with sediment & hop particles, so I had to guesstimate the OG at about 1.078 (going median range from what Beer Alchemy was telling me). MEH.

So I am new to the game and I am really curious to here how a solid 2nd run of this goes because I want to do the IPA next. It will be my third or 4th (haven't decided) but the first was an infected Dunkelweizen and the second (knock on wood) is a tahitian vanilla porter chilling in secondary waiting to be great. Keep me posted since you are so close to me in CA I am curious of the outcome. Hopefully it worked. As a UC Davis student, I have to laugh a bit though. I hope you understand.

 
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FINALLY got around to brewing version 2.0 today, but typical me, I can never brew without at least one gaffe. While pouring the wort (cooled) from boiler to secondary, I usually use 2 fine-mesh colanders to filter out a good portion of the crap, especially since I couldn't find a single hop bag and had to simply dump about 5 ounces worth of hops right into the boil.

Long story short, I bumped the colanders into the secondary...twice.



And I completely forgot to sanitize the bastards before pouring...



So I doubt the batch is completely ruined, but I'll be keeping an eye on it over the next 3 weeks. I should note that the sample I took for OG was way too clogged with sediment & hop particles, so I had to guesstimate the OG at about 1.078 (going median range from what Beer Alchemy was telling me). MEH.
I've had that happen to me as well. At least it sounds like you aerated it pretty well.

If you pitched healthy yeast, you should have no worries! Did you use your proposed hop schedule v2.1?

 
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Yep, added the Ahtanum at 15 minutes along with the 1/2 of Amarillo. Bubbles starting to die off, had a good 2 days of serious activity, maybe 4" of krausen.
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Just racked to the Corny, finished out at 1.016 (right on the nose) so a respectable 8.6%. Slight alcohol burn, but 2-3 weeks conditioning will mellow that out. Taste test was super floral but well balanced over all.
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Should also note that no infection ever popped up.

Boo clumsiness...hooray dumb luck!
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