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  1. dschiller

    Blind Pig Clone

    OK, next time I brew this I'll try the Ca=110 ppm and Sulfate=275 ppm targets. Thanks for the tip about adding the Ca salts designated for mash water (but not the sparge water) to the kettle instead. I'll do that next time. Do you mean both the CaCl2 and the CaSO4? I used liquid CaCl2. So...
  2. dschiller

    Blind Pig Clone

    In the main Pliny thread, there are a couple of posts that also suggest eliminating the Crystal malt. I chose to modify a recipe I found for Blind Pig by reducing the amount of Crystal and changing from 40L to 10L. With regard to water chemistry, 150 ppm Ca seems like a lot. In Bru'n Water...
  3. dschiller

    Blind Pig Clone

    The following is similar to a couple of other Blind Pig clone recipes you could find online, but I'm adding the water chemistry instructions which I believe are important. This is very close to Russian River's fine brew! Cheers!! Type: All Grain Batch Size: 5.40 gal Boil Size: 7.15 gal Boil...
  4. dschiller

    Percentage of RO Water in Sparge

    Thanks for all of the replies. Interesting comment about getting a TDS meter (yes, only about $15 on Amazon) to check how pure my grocery store RO water is (Glacier machine). Unless I followed up with a Ward water test on that RO water, I'm not sure what I'd do with the TDS measurement in...
  5. dschiller

    Percentage of RO Water in Sparge

    I entered my Ward water report into Bru'n Water and I typically use 80% RO for my IPAs for the mash and adjust with minerals and lactic acid. Should I also use 80% RO water for the sparge, or is it OK to reduce that to 50%? Is it generally better to use at least 80% (or even 100%) RO water in...
  6. dschiller

    Adding nibs and cinnamon

    Glad to hear that dumping the nibs directly into the fermenter isn't an issue. I am brewing a chocolate raspberry stout for the second time this weekend. The first time I made it I used 4 oz of cocoa nibs (soaked in vodka) and added them into my conical fermenter during secondary with a muslin...
  7. dschiller

    American IPA Brut IPA

    OK, 3rd time was definitely the charm. The below recipe is the best of the 3 by far. I think the key changes were (1) flaked rice instead of white wheat, (2) mash at 145F instead of 148F, and (3) dry hop with Citra and Nelson Sauvin. I made this for a large party and it went very quickly...
  8. dschiller

    Venting CO2 From Fermentation Through Chest Freezer?

    Thanks to you both. I do also hold my breath if I'm sticking my head in the chest freezer while taking a SG sample. I'm not as concerned about my brain cells (not much left) as I am my beer. Glad I don't need to anything.
  9. dschiller

    Venting CO2 From Fermentation Through Chest Freezer?

    The instructions of my Blichmann Fermenator says: "...the CO2 gas from fermentation should be vented through the door or wall of the [temperature controlled chest freezer]". Is the prevention of CO2 buildup for safety reasons or because it can affect the flavor of the beer? Do I really need...
  10. dschiller

    American IPA Melvin 2x4 DIPA Clone Recipe?

    Thanks very much again! I’ll lower to 60F at dry hop (and yes I do dump my trub then with my conical fermentor) and change how I whirlpool (nice tip!). Cheers.
  11. dschiller

    American IPA Melvin 2x4 DIPA Clone Recipe?

    Thanks for the suggestion to mash at a lower temperature. I'll do that. What yeast would you recommend instead of WLP001? Perhaps WLP090? Wyeast 1056? US-05? For 2 dry hops for X number of days (X=1, 4, 5, or 7), would you remove the first dry hop bag before adding the second, or would you...
  12. dschiller

    American IPA Melvin 2x4 DIPA Clone Recipe?

    Thanks for the recommendation. For a 5 gal batch, is the conversion from hops lb/bbl 4 lb/bbl = 4 oz/(5 gal batch)? Perhaps for a 5 gal batch the 2 rounds of dry hops should be separated by 4 days instead of 1. How about this for an all-grain 5 gallon recipe? Note 90 minute boil but...
  13. dschiller

    American IPA Melvin 2x4 DIPA Clone Recipe?

    Does anyone have an all-grain clone recipe for this? I’ve seen a Melvin IPA recipe (with way too high of an IBU) but nothing out there for their 2x4. Thanks in advance.
  14. dschiller

    American IPA Brut IPA

    Here is another Brut IPA recipe that I think came out better than the one above: 9 lb Pilsner 1 lb White Wheat 1 oz Centennial (20 min) 1 oz Citra (0 min) 1 oz Galaxy (0 min) 1 pkg WLP #001 yeast Dry hop for 5 days: 2 oz Centennial 2 oz Citra Mash at 148 degF, 1.5 qt/lb Collect 7 gallons wort...
  15. dschiller

    Imperial Stout Sweet Chocolate Milk Stout

    Hoe much alpha amylase did you add?
  16. dschiller

    Imperial Stout Sweet Chocolate Milk Stout

    Just realized I’m having the same problem as Dockside_Brewing, but I’d like to think I should be able to get below 1.03. Perhaps finishing with something other than rehydrated S-33 is the way to go.
  17. dschiller

    Imperial Stout Sweet Chocolate Milk Stout

    My OG was 1.084 and I’ve been stuck at 1.038 from day 7 to day 14. Like other posts, fermentation the first two days was pretty explosive (next time I’ll put a pan under my carafe of star sans). Perhaps some of my 2 packets of S-33 blew out my vent tube. I’m thinking of adding another pack of...
  18. dschiller

    American IPA Brut IPA

    I don’t taste any oxidation. A little of the darker than expected color is probably from my camera. I poured some bottles this weekend at a family gathering and it was a bit more like the color shown in @brew703 photo. Everyone who has tried this beer likes it a lot. Give the recipe a try...
  19. dschiller

    American IPA Brut IPA

    9 lb Pilsner 1 lb White Wheat 1 oz Galaxy (20 min) 1 oz Citra (0 min) 1 oz El Dorado (0 min) 1/2 tab Whirlfloc, 1/2 tsp yeast nutrient (5 min) 1 oz Citra (dry hops) 1 oz Nelson Sauvin (dry hops) Bubbled O2 through diffusion stone for 40 seconds before pitching decanted StirStarter liquid yeast...
  20. dschiller

    Anyone brewing Brut IPA?

    https://drinkdrakes.com/what-weve-learned-brewing-extra-brut-ipa/ You should be able to use either, right? According to the above, Kim Sturdavant’s advice is to add amylase enzymes to the fermenter (although I also read that he puts it in the mash). I ordered the alpha amylase to use in a...
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