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Old 07-15-2008, 05:32 PM   #1
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Default Filled a pin with IPA...

... and will tap it on August 1st.

http://s268.photobucket.com/albums/j...ydoc/RYPA_pin/

My friend bought this for his wedding, and periodically gets it refilled at a local brewery (who has even borrowed it for events!). As we were drinking out of it (Pale Ale dry-hopped with Simcoe) for his daughter's birthday, it occurred to me to whip up a batch of my IPA and fill'er up!

Brewed the IPA on 6/21. http://picasaweb.google.com/ed5275/BrewDay62108 Came in a little low on my volume (only my 3rd AG batch). Used the leftover Simcoe to bitter at 60 (you can reuse dry-hopped leaf hops for bittering down the road), Centennial at 30 and Cascade at 2. As you can see above, he crammed a big bag of Cascade in to dry-hop. I love nothing more than beers DH'd with Cascade.

So we added minimal priming sugar (less than half a cup + pint water) and sealed her up. It's conditioning in my tub for the next 3 weeks at 65*. A few days before, we intend to throw it in the kegerator and chill it down there to 40*. Then, day-of, I'll take it out in the morning before work and leave it on my bar (always 65*). We figure by nightfall it'll be somewhere in the mid-50 degree range and ready to serve.

Gotta figure out all the "hammer the shive into the tut" stuff... I mean, I know the concept, but as far as when to do it and vent off the gas... I guess we just listen to the beer gods.

We're only going to have about 20 people over to drink it. People who will appreciate what they are having, lol.

Thoughts? Everything seem/look good?


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Old 07-15-2008, 06:54 PM   #2
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Looks good to me! Which local borrows it, Appalachian or Troegs?

When you get round to needing to figure out all of the shive, tut, clump mallet, etc. jive, PM me. I can walk you through it; I flatter myself that I know my way round Real Ale.

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Old 07-15-2008, 07:13 PM   #3
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Thanks Bob!

Yeah, we're planning on following this: http://www.classiccitybrew.com/caskale.html

So as long as that looks in good order, I think we'll be alright. Oh, and it was Troeg's. Their Pale with the Simcoe was heavenly!!!
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:39 PM   #4
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Looks good to me! Which local borrows it, Appalachian or Troegs?

both



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Mmmm...Troegs Hopback Amber....

Anyhow, now that my little Happy Place is over. That site is Good Information. If you're going to be using the pin a lot, I recommend Cellarmanship, from the Campaign for Real Ale. If you'll pardon the pun, it's indispensable.

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i work in a real ale pub and regularily deal with Firkins and Pins.
You will want to spile(semi porous wooden peg in the whole on the top) about 12-24 hours before drinking you will also want to let it sit for at least 12 hours to let the yeast settle out. i reconnmend getting a cask breather which is a peg that goes into the hole on the top and is connected to a CO2 bottle otherwise the beer will oxidate in 3 days and 20L is a lot to drink in 3 days (i know CAMRA disagrees with this but we are talking home brew to CAMRA approved real ale).
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:29 AM   #7
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+1 on checking condition with a soft spile. The cask breather is overkill, though. In the original post, he mentions that 20 people will be coming over specifically to drink that. That's ~40 pints, or two per attendee. Depending on the level of enthusiasm, that pin could kick in an hour!

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Rescinding invites now.... Jaysus, we can only have 15 people over!!!
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UPDATE: it was super!

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Agreed!!! Slightly undercarbed for my taste, but I've already had an "offer" to bottle a case of this IPA (undercarbed - goes down easier for him) for one of the party guests.

The flavor was fantastic... Love Cascade dryhopping!!!


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