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Old 06-25-2008, 06:29 PM   #141
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I brewed this a month ago and it has turned out great. I bottled up 5 gallons for a friend that had a baby recently, no time to brew, nothing even in his fermenters right now, figured he needs some good homebrew to get through the first few months

Anyway, I plan on dry hopping my other 5 gallons of this. I've never dryhopped but I have a brewpub down the street and I always love the aroma from their brews, so I think this may get me closer.

I plan on using some whole leaf cascade, zip tied to the dip tube and some SS balls in the hop bag. Should I do a full ounce, only .5? Also do I need to take it out at some point or wait for the keg to blow?


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Old 06-25-2008, 07:01 PM   #142
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I like the dry hop idea but you'll start to shrink the audience a bit...but that's okay.

I'd do 1/2 ounce and don't worry about leaving it in the keg until it's empty...unless you think that will take months.



 
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Old 06-25-2008, 07:23 PM   #143
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I just tasted this beer on my lunch break and something is off. The ibu's seem to be about double what they should be. I had to switch the Centennials with Sorachi Ace. I know the the Sorachi's are higher AA so I cut the amount down from .5 to .2. I have no idea what is going on. It's not like there is anything wrong with the beer, it tastes fine. It is rather crisp and clean, its just that the sorachi bitterness seems to be overpowering for this type of beer. I hit all my gravity points. Did a full boil like always. What gives here?
If you measured the hops correctly and boiled for 60 minutes then you will have the correct ibu's. The higher AA hops just probably need more time to mellow than Centennial. If you give this beer the full 6 weeks I bet it will taste perfect.
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Old 06-25-2008, 07:42 PM   #144
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I thought maybe that was the case. I'm just not sure. The hop flavor right now is definitely not in balance. I know that at the 20-22 IBU range it should not be as bitter as it is now. BM mentioned something about the centennials being "nice" enough to drink this beer quickly. Maybe my Sorachi's are just not playing well with others. I hope it mellows because I seem to be the first person to have a problem with this beer. I'll drink this no problem, I just wanted to share this with my friends that think anything other than BMC is "hoppy." Meatheads.

 
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:32 PM   #145
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I thought maybe that was the case. I'm just not sure. The hop flavor right now is definitely not in balance. I know that at the 20-22 IBU range it should not be as bitter as it is now. BM mentioned something about the centennials being "nice" enough to drink this beer quickly. Maybe my Sorachi's are just not playing well with others. I hope it mellows because I seem to be the first person to have a problem with this beer. I'll drink this no problem, I just wanted to share this with my friends that think anything other than BMC is "hoppy." Meatheads.
Sorachi can be feisty. Park it for few weeks.

If you need something a bit more mellow, try the cream ale recipe..it's pretty quick from grain to glass.

 
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:42 PM   #146
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Yeah, that was actually my next course of action. I should tell my friends to eat it, and brew what I want. I suppose nothing good can come of it anyway. If I make something they like they're going to drink up all my work. Why exactly is Sorachi that way? Is it the high AA% or just that certain types of hops need to be aged longer?

 
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Old 06-28-2008, 02:04 AM   #147
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It's been 9 days since I brewed this beer. I will be bottling it on Wednesday, which is a full two weeks. Does this sound about right? I know you said this beer doesn't take a lot of aging.

 
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It's been 9 days since I brewed this beer. I will be bottling it on Wednesday, which is a full two weeks. Does this sound about right? I know you said this beer doesn't take a lot of aging.
Longer is always better, but this grain bill is very light and the IBU's are low enough that you can get by with less time than normal. Plus, your bottle conditioning, so that gives you an added 3-4 weeks of conditioning before serving.

 
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Old 06-28-2008, 06:55 AM   #149
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I wish I could stretch it out for 3 weeks in the primary, but I am taking a vacation that forces me to bottle it this next coming week.

Hopefully the bottles will be ready when I get back.

 
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:41 PM   #150
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I made this last Saturday 6-28, used partial mash, hit OG on the button. It was bubbling like crazy on Sunday, very slow Monday..


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