Free Hops Pale Ale

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Beer, not rocket chemistry
Feb 16, 2006
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Corrales, New Mexico
I am wanting to build up my yeast for a IIPA to use some of my free, floor sweepings hops. So I have come up with the following:

02-20-2008 Free Hops APA
A ProMash Brewing Session Report
Head Brewer: Tom Hart
Asst Brewer: Jack and Keelan
Recipe: Free Hops APA

Recipe Specifics
Batch Size (Gal): 12.00 Wort Size (Gal): 12.00
Total Grain (Lbs): 19.63
Anticipated OG: 1.04600 Plato: 11.435
Anticipated SRM: 12.6
Anticipated IBU: 36.8
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75 %
Wort Boil Time: 60 Minutes
Actual OG: 1.04600 Plato: 11.435
Actual FG: 1.01200 Plato: 3.068
Alc by Weight: 3.49 by Volume: 4.47 From Measured Gravities.
ADF: 73.2 RDF 60.9 Apparent & Real Degree of Fermentation.
Actual Mash System Efficiency: 75 %
Anticipated Points From Mash: 46.00
Actual Points From Mash: 46.00

Pre-Boil Amounts
Evaporation Rate: 12.00 Percent Per Hour
Raw Pre-Boil Amounts - only targeted volume/gravity and evaporation
rate taken into account:
Pre-Boil Wort Size: 13.64 Gal
Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.04048 SG 10.109 Plato
With sparge water, mash water, additional infusions, vessel losses, top-up
water and evaporation rate recorded in the Water Needed Calculator:
Water Needed Pre-Boil Wort Size: 19.15 Gal
Water Needed Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.02883 SG 7.270 Plato

Formulas Used
Brewhouse Efficiency and Predicted Gravity based on Method #1, Potential Used.
Final Gravity Calculation Based on Points.
Hard Value of Sucrose applied. Value for recipe: 46.2100 ppppg
% Yield Type used in Gravity Prediction: Fine Grind Dry Basis.
Color Formula Used: Morey
Hop IBU Formula Used: Rager
Additional Utilization Used For Plug Hops: 2 %
Additional Utilization Used For Pellet Hops: 10 %

% Amount Name Origin Potential SRM
91.7 18.00 lbs. Pale Malt (Golden Promise) Great Britian 1.03800 3
3.8 0.75 lbs. Crystal 120L America 1.03300 120
3.2 0.63 lbs. Special B Malt Belgian 1.03000 120
1.3 0.25 lbs. Pale Chocolate Great Britian 1.03400 200
Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.

Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
40.00 g. Centennial Pellet 10.50 30.4 60 min.
25.00 g. Centennial Pellet 10.50 6.4 20 min.
50.00 g. Centennial Pellet 10.50 0.0 0 min.

White Labs WLP001 California Ale

Mash Schedule
Mash Type: Single Step
Heat Type: Direct
Grain Lbs: 19.63
Water Qts: 30.00 - Before Additional Infusions
Water Gal: 7.50 - Before Additional Infusions
Qts Water Per Lbs Grain: 1.53
Tun Thermal Mass: 0.00
Grain Temp: 61 F
Dough In Temp: 166 Time: 0
Saccharification Rest Temp: 154 Time: 60
Mash-out Rest Temp: 0 Time: 0
Sparge Temp: 168 Time: 60
Runnings Stopped At: 1.01000 SG 2.560 Plato

Total Mash Volume Gal: 9.07 - After Additional Infusions

Water Needed For Brewing Session
Sparge Amount: 14.50 Sparge Deadspace: 0.25 Total Into Mash: 14.25
Total Grain Lbs: 19.63 Qts Per Lbs: 1.53 Total From Mash: 5.14
Mash Gallons: 7.50
Grain Absorption: 2.36
Amount Lost in Lauter Tun Deadspace,
Grant and Misc. to Kettle: 0.25
Top Up Water Added to Kettle: 0.00
Amount into Kettle: 19.15
Boil Time (min): 60.00 Evaporation Rate: 12.00
Amount after Boil: 16.85
Left in Kettle Deadspace: 0.25
Left in Hopback: 0.00
Left in Counterflow Chiller: 0.25
Left in Other Equipment / Other Absorption: 0.25
Amount to Chillers: 16.10
Amount After Cooling (4 perc.): 15.45

Grain absorption rate is: 0.12 (Gallons Per Lbs)
Evaporation rate is Percent per Hour
This formulation will yield 15.45 gallons of fermentable wort.
You will need 22.00 gallons of water for the complete brewing session.


Well-Known Member
Oct 1, 2007
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interior Alaska
Is there anything you don't throw a little specialB in? Just asking. I had never even heard of it until I started the 888RIS, I do like it now that I have tried it.

I think the recipe will be a fine yeast starter ;-)


Beer, not rocket chemistry
Feb 16, 2006
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Corrales, New Mexico
I have a bunch of special b sitting around, so it is getting in a lot of my recipes! I do like it's rich flavor however.


Home brewing moogerfooger
Aug 10, 2005
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Torrance, CA
How did you happen to get these hops free?

And the recipe looks great to me. I love the dark crystals. 120, 150, Special B.. Yum!

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