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Old 11-05-2012, 04:31 AM   #1
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Default Pacific Rim pale ale.

like the title suggests im making a pale ale that includes hops from countries around the pacific rim. any and all suggestions are appreciated.

9lb 2 row malt
2lb vienne malt
4oz C20
4oz C30

fwh cascade 1oz
15min riwaka 1oz
5min australian galaxy 1oz
1min sorachi ace 1oz
dry hope schedule i havent figured out yet, any suggestions?
us05 yeast, and mash at 152.
im getting my sparging technique down still, so i planned for a lower efficiency here, but according to beercalculus the og is 1.054, and fg is 1.012
and the ibus are 44.
does this sound like it will turn out as a hop forward, drinkable pale ale with a well rounded malt back bone?
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:46 AM   #2
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I don't have a ton of hands on experience with vienna, but my first impression is that two pounds of vienna might be a little heavy if you want the beer to be hop forward. Otherwise, it looks tasty. I love most of the hop varietals you're using.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:47 AM   #3
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ok, so maybe halve the vienna, and up the 2row by the same amount?
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:58 AM   #4
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well i finally tapped this keg, and what can i say. tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus abound. crazy flavor, very drinkable, nice body. anything else you want to know, just ask.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:00 AM   #5
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oh, i just looked at my notes, i subed out riwaka, for nelson S.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:31 AM   #6
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Looks tasty. Curious why you are splitting the crystals to two so similar L ratings? I would think it would be difficult to tell the differential contribution of those two grains. Is this just what you have or did you have a plan for that move?

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Old 11-26-2012, 04:50 AM   #7
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well i heard somewhere that if you add a couple different crystal grains it will add complexity...ive yet to notice anything different, so i guess that myth has been busted.
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Well, I'm not sure the myth should be declared dwarf yet. I think what most folks mean by that is say split up 0.5# crystal malt by adding .25 C-20 and .25 C-60 - i.e. two crystals a bit more different than 10L. Although I've never tried to tell the difference myself, I doubt anyone could reliably differentiate C-20 and C-30 in a blind tasting. That's why I was curious as to your plan with that.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:43 AM   #9
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oh, i got what your saying. i didnt want to go too dark with the crystals (even though this pale ale is only slightly darker then bud light) but i still wanted to add a little complexity to the grist. ill try something a bit darker for the next brew.
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How did your dry hop schedule turn out?
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