So I brewed a dead guy clone following the directions from the BYO 250 clone magazine.
My efficency must have been too good becasue I got a 1.082 OG instead of the recommended 1.065
I brewed it Feb 26th and used Pacman @ 60 degrees For 3 weeks in primary then transferred to secondary for 2 weeks at 68 degrees.
Its been carbonating at fridge temp for a week now
Final gravity was 1.024...
I did use a starter.
So the final product is now 6 weeks old and is slightly carbonated. I'll give it another week but it tastes pretty boozy.
1. Will it mellow over the next 2-3 weeks? I have read higher gravity beers sometimes take up to 2 months to mellow.
2. Anyone used Pacman before? It said 60 degrees. I did not get full attenuation it seems. Do you go 60 degrees for a week then bump it up or do the full ferment at 60 degrees.
Next time I guess I will recude my grain bill a bit to get more in line with the correct gravity and maybe pitch some yeast nutrients to get better attenuation?
1. I've never used Pacman, so I'm not sure how it cleans up. 2-3 weeks will certainly help. But a lot depends on the conditions in which you fermented and the higher-order alcohols produced that might be overwhelming. Certainly the longer you age it, the better it will be.
2. With most top-fermenting yeast strains you only need control temperatures for the first 3 days or so. After that you can crank it up.
I was going to let it carbonate for 2 more weeks which should give it more time to mellow. That will be 8 weeks total. Is it better to let it "mature" at room temp or at fridge temp in the corney or does it not really matter?
I made a great copy of Dead Guy many years ago, with a recipe from my local store, when it was still new. I may still have it in one of my notebooks, and it wasn't nearly as complicated as this thread makes it seem.