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Old 09-25-2011, 06:53 PM   #11
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dilute it 1:1 with water that has been hopped with aroma hops

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Old 09-25-2011, 07:09 PM   #12
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Tell her that since you have more practice at it now, this one turned out a lot stronger than before, so it might not be quite the same. Next time, either cut down on the base malt or just top it up with water until you hit something in the 1.050 range, and make 7 or 8 gallons of beer instead of 5.

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Old 09-25-2011, 07:26 PM   #13
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Wow! I wish I had your problems.

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Old 09-26-2011, 12:12 AM   #14
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Tell her this is homebrew... It is not always the same...
I support the Sternewirth Privilege... Especially for Home Brewers!!

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Old 09-26-2011, 12:28 AM   #15
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Did you notice your efficiency going up and up during the last 12 batches? You could of caught it an adjusted the recipe before having to deal with this, but I would just explain it to her and that if she doesn't like it (hopefully you will) that you will rebrew it another time and try and hit the original taste now you are a better brewer

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Old 09-26-2011, 03:07 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by sweaterman View Post
Who says it's a better beer? It may not taste as good. Better efficiency, yes. Better beer? Meh.
I agree with this. Doesn't mean the beer is better. It's just different. You might find it's not as good.

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Old 09-26-2011, 03:30 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by damdiver View Post
My wife loves citra hops, so earlier this year, I made her the B3 Citra Pale Ale Recipe. It was one of my first AG batches. It is 12 lbs 2row, 8oz White Wheat, 8 oz Carapils and 12 oz Crystal. I had terrible efficiency and in the fermentor had 5 gallons at 1.046. She loved the beer and has drank almost the entire 5 gallon keg.

So, the great husband that I am, I brewed her another batch today. Since the first batch, I've done about 12 AG batches, learned alot about my water and how to treat it, built a RIMS toolbox and a really cool sparge ring. The exact same recipe yielded a 5 gallons at 1.082!

She is tickled pink that she's got another batch in the works, so when her first keg is gone, she'll have another.......but this isn't going to be the same beer!

I don't imagine it will be the same color, I know it won't be the same flavor and the alcohol is going to be increased by almost 2! After 1 pint, her 120 lb butt is gonna be toasted!

I know it's an improvement, other brewers know it's an improvement, how do I explain to my wife that the new beer is better?
How about this:

"I'm much better at brewing all grain brews now, but I haven't figured out how to modify my recipes to compensate for my increased efficiencies yet, so the same recipes I use from earlier are going to have a higher ABV than they did before."

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Old 09-26-2011, 03:34 PM   #18
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Looks like an educated mistake to me :-)

"Oops, I know my efficiency is very high now, but I do not tune my recipe accordingly"

Do you build your recipe yourself and change the quantity of ingredient to fit your equipment/efficiency ? Beersmith is very useful for this.

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Old 09-26-2011, 03:45 PM   #19
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I would just explain what happened. Even if she's not a brewer, I'd imagine she'd be intelligent enough to understand the explanation. Tell her that you'll brew it again with the original gravity as your goal then scale down your base grain to do so.

Or, just tell her this is the winter warmer version and you don't make mistakes
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:06 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by Clann View Post
Don't miss 'Prime Time'.
I've never heard the phrase but I know exactly what you mean

I missed prime time last week -- was an awful night.
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