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Old 06-30-2012, 10:33 PM   #1
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So yeah, I thought I'd wait until the hottest weekend of the year to document a brewday for one of my newest recipes: an Imperial Red. Tried to make it a live-bloggy type thing too. On top of that, the SWMBO got horribly sick and our A/C decides to go south of the border. Awesome.

Anyways, rather than clog up the forums, the evidence of my labors is here...the longest post ever!

Should the impy red do this brewer proud, I'll post the recipe!

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Old 07-01-2012, 03:36 AM   #2
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I brewed today too, and it was over 100 degrees in my garage during the boil, about 90 outside. Thankfully the humidity was rather low.

I was in FL about 3 weeks ago and the temps were about 95 during the day with about 70 degree dew points. Nasty!

 
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Old 07-01-2012, 03:44 AM   #3
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I brewed two days ago at about 90. I've been brewing inside for the last few years, but lost my space so this was my first outdoors brew. Honestly, the heat was easy to deal with. All I could think about was trying to keep a boil when it's 25º in February. But the summer really doesn't matter to me because I have a dedicated fermentation freezer. I guess it's much worse for people without those.
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Old 07-01-2012, 03:44 AM   #4
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Yeah my buddy and I brewed a total of 15 gallons in near 100 degree temps yesterday. Two burners in a garage makes for a hot one.
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Old 07-01-2012, 03:50 AM   #5
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Brewed in 102F to 105F temps on my back patio three times in the last few weeks! We do everything in those types of extremes around here, so no big deal. The hardest part is chilling, since my ground water is about 80F. I have to use a pond pump in an ice bath. I plan on brewing this 4th of July. The forcast is 97F, and I consider that to be a nice, cool day!

 
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Old 07-01-2012, 01:08 PM   #6
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Yeah, this FL heat was no joke. It also seemed like when I got started Friday that it was just one thing going wrong or delaying me after another. The air conditioning going out was probably the worst. Ugggh.

Otherwise, I did end up with 7 gallons of Imperial Red. Thankfully I had a leftover yeast cake to dump the extra gallon onto from a red rye batch fermented with White Labs 004 Irish ale yeast. Now it's turned into a fun experiment! Impy Red on 001 and 004... We'll see how they go!
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:40 PM   #7
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For any interested, the Le Roi Rouge Imperial Red brewed on the hottest day of the year has dropped from 1.070 to 1.013 (76% attenuation) in just under a week and tastes somewhere in between Lagunitas' Imperial Red and Fort Collins' Red Banshee at the moment.

Thank the lord for Willamette hops! Can't wait to see how this sucker finishes up!
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:41 PM   #8
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for any interested, the le roi rouge imperial red brewed on the hottest day of the year has dropped from 1.070 to 1.013 (76% attenuation) in just under a week and tastes somewhere in between lagunitas' imperial red and fort collins' red banshee at the moment.

Thank the lord for willamette hops! Can't wait to see how this sucker finishes up!


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I've been mostly avoiding these hot days by working on my keezer.
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Old 07-08-2012, 03:29 AM   #10
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Like Revvy, I've been avoiding these hot days. But, I'm not working on my keezer. I'm working on my ulcer by sucking back my homebrews!

 
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