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thunderwagn

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Hoping I can get some feedback on my hop schedule here. I'm good with the Pale Ale Malt end, so this time around I'm really looking for the hops to shine. I think my bitterness is ok, but I want to make sure to get more flavor and aroma from the Cascades. I use an ice bath for chilling, so my chill time is a bit longer. I would say an hour give or take.




Method: BIAB
Style: American Pale Ale
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Boil Size: 7.5 gallons
Boil Gravity: 1.037 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 75% (brew house)
Source: thunderwagn
Original Gravity: 1.050 Final Gravity: 1.010 ABV (standard): 5.34% IBU (tinseth): 42.8 SRM (daniels): 9.67
Fermentables
Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
10 lb American - Pale Ale 37 3.5 100%
10 lb Total
Hops
Amount Variety Type AA Use Time IBU
1 oz Cascade Pellet 6.5 Boil 60 min 25.24
1 oz Cascade Pellet 6.5 Boil 15 min 12.53
1 oz Cascade Pellet 6.5 Boil 5 min 5.03
1 oz Cascade Pellet 6.5 Aroma 0 min
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Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
7.95 gal Temperature 154 F 60 min
Yeast
Fermentis / Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05
Attenuation (avg):
81%
Flocculation:
Medium
Optimum Temp:
54 - 77 °F
Starter:
No
Fermentation Temp:
64 °F
Pitch Rate:
-
Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
 
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Adjusted my last 2 additions to 1.5 oz each. Brings the IBU's to a bit above 45 (45.32). :rockin:
 

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Maybe dry hop an ounce? I like to dry hop IPA's and APA's.
 

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Just finished a pint of this 2 mins ago. Very tasty beer with grapefruit hints. Similar recipe:

5kg Marris Otter


54g Cascade (9% alpha)


Pure Pitch WLP001 - California Ale Yeast





Mash at 68C/156F for 1 hour.





Boil for 60 mins.





60mins - 18g Cascade15.8 IBUs


30mins - 18g Cascade12.1 IBUs


10mins - 18g Cascade5.7 IBUs





OG FG IBU SRM ABV


1.048 1.015 33.7 8.6 4.33%








Early bottles tasted very fruit, lots of grapefruit from the cascade. Bittering increased or sweetness dropped off with time and it is now a very drinkable pale ale.
 
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Nice. I followed my original plan except beefed up my last 2 additions to 1.5 oz each. I'll see what it's like when taking fg and decide on an possible dry hop addition or two.
 

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Looks great! I've done a few SMaSH beers now with Centennial that are very similar hop schedules and have turned out great. Definitely recommend a dry hop, even if it's 0.5oz for 4-7 days will go a long way for aroma!
 

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+1 for the dry hopping advice.

Also consider adding the flameout hops a little later... mid-chill when the wort is in the 140-150 degree range. You're probably not getting the full aroma potential from your flameout kettle hops if the chilling bath is taking 1hr+ as the hops are sitting in hot wort.

To speed up the chilling, stir (aka whirlpool) your wort with a large sanitized spoon until it stops steaming. This is great for settling the cold break to the bottom of the kettle too. Oh, and leave that danged lid off the kettle unless bugs are circling :)
 

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I would probably bring down the BU:GU ratio slightly. With no character malts, it could end up a bit thin. Easy solution would be to just move your 15 min addition to flame-out.
 
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