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Old 11-21-2012, 05:47 PM   #31
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So after receiving this kit I realized I don't really want a big malty IIPA so much. It must have been the homebrew that pushed the order button that night. Anyways, that said, I've decided on a plan of action:

1st: I made two gallons of starter wort with half a bottle of the LME. Turned out just a hair over 1.040 and I pressure canned all of it that wasn't used for a big yeast starter for a Pilsner.
2nd: I'm making a three gallon regular IPA with the remaining 3lbs from the bottle I opened as well as the Cascade, Centennial Type and the Summit.
3rd: I'm thinking that the remaining 6lbs of LME might get dumped into some kind of giant beer that will age until next Christmas. Maybe, we'll see.
4th: The glacier hops might be used for a session beer because I heard somewhere that Surly uses them in their Bitter Brewer.

Seemed like an appropriate course of action. One massive beer kit distributed among many
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:37 PM   #32
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im still debating if i am going to just make one of the kits per instructions because i am lazy or if i should get off my ass and come up with sometime of my own.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:36 PM   #33
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Timely bump. I am making one of the 2 kits I bought today. Making it per instructions.

Interestingly (or not), I'm also making a pale ale tonight and the recipe is roughly half of what's in the DIPA kit (1 lb vs 0.5 lb grain, 6 oz vs 3 oz hops, 12 lbs vs 8 lbs malt). So it looks like I could make 10 gal of a pale ale with this kit. That would be like 20 cents a bottle if I did that. Hmmmmm....

 
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:47 PM   #34
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you know youre a homebrewer when...
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:45 PM   #35
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you know youre a homebrewer when...
...you start messing with the recipe that is given to you!
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:13 AM   #36
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Didn't read the directions until right before brewing so I didn't notice until it was too late to ask about it, but what's the deal with the separate pot for the hops?
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:22 AM   #37
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Didn't read the directions until right before brewing so I didn't notice until it was too late to ask about it, but what's the deal with the separate pot for the hops?
I honestly didn't look at them because I didn't do it. What do they say separate pot? I wonder if it's just because it's a lot of hops for a extract batch.
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:05 PM   #38
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did they suggest you boil then in a greater volume of water for better utilization? idk why they would do it otherwise
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:00 PM   #39
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Here are the instructions.

They say to boil 2.5 gal of water, but I've been doing full boils with extract kits when doing 5 gallons as I have a 10 gal pot, so that's what I did with this kit. Plus I heard it was important for high hopped beers. So I boiled about 6 gal and also did the hop tea pot. Should I have just tossed them in the brew pot since I was doing a full boil? I assume it will still be fine doing what I did right?

 
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:19 AM   #40
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It's for hop utilization for a partial boil. You would have been fine adding them to your full boil.

 
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