Hey all. Long time lurker, first time poster.
I trust some of these proven megathreads like a textbook. So cheers to that
I'm doing my first high malt, high alcohol, high hop beer tomorrow. Gonna clone Avery's Maharaja. If anyone could stick around and point out any errors in my planning, that would be awesome.
It's all grain
I'm using this recipe: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/can-...haraja-242812/
Except that I'm replacing the DME with 1.67 as much 2 row.
I'm using pellet hops.
I'm not going into secondary. I think it just causes problems.
It won't be filtered. It will be bottle conditioned.
I will pitch two smack packs of yeast into 2 L of 1.036 starting wort. According to: http://www.brewersfriend.com/yeast-p...er-calculator/
I'll aerate the wort by pouring the cooled wort through a cone sieve, along with shaking the fermenting bucket.
Now some questions.
I'm assuming I'm gonna need a blow off tube system. Is this correct?
As for the DH. I was thinking that I would add the hops into the primary as I first cap it. Wait 14 days. Then move the beer to bottles. Is this an OK strategy?
Is 6 gal too much? Will the hops really soak up that much? I was thinking 5.5.
What are some of the issued that only beers this monstrous pose?