You can send a sample of cleaning solutions or other matrices you will be flushing down the municipal sewage system to an analytical laboratory. If you PM me I can recommend a lab. The tests are inexpensive.
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No reason to sanitize twice. Wash, rinse, sanitize.
Star San isn't the best choice for lines though. You want something low-foaming.
If it was a partial boil and you added water to it after the fact, then it's possible that you didn't mix it well enough and 1.071 is not the right number. If it was a full wort boil then yeah, 1.071 is the number.
And I agree with what major said re: pitching temp.
So I'm an idiot. I guess I was so happy that I had enought volume at the end of the boil that I forgot to collect some wort for an OG reading. However, we noticed it as soon as we put the carboy in the fermentation chamber. We immediately took it out and grabbed a sample for an OG reading. I was going for 1.086, but got 1.071. We already aerated and pitched the yeast. I would estimate about 8-10 minutes passed between the pitching of the yeast and the OG reading. Is this OG reading valid, or did the yeast start going that quickly? FYI, I pitched two packs of US-05.
1.071 is the number. Did you take the reading at the right temp?
I also like to sub out some table sugar for the basemalt. Dry is good here. But not too dry.
Did you mean use more base malt and less sugar, or the other way around? Also, when would be the best time to add the sugar, end of boil?Here's my recipe, I won a gold medal at the Colorado State Fair with this...
And +100 on the huge late hop additions...
12 lbs American 2-row
1 lb 20L Crystal
1/2 lb Carapils
1 1/2 lbs white table sugar 10 mins
1 oz chinook FWH
1 oz Chinook 60 min
1/2 oz each of Citra, Simcoe, Amarillo at 15, 10,5,0 min
1 oz each Citra, Simcoe, Amarillo Dry Hop.
11 oz of hops. Not a cheap beer to make, but holy crap does it taste and smell awesome! I am very pleased with this. Go with hops you like, but definitely load up on the late additions. Your results will be great!
Nice looking beer. Unfortunately, I have no LHBS, nor do I have one near me, so everything I've already ordered thinking I knew what I was doing. So, I have 2 oz Warrior, 4 oz Amarillo, & 4 oz Cascade to work with and I'm brewing Saturday. I'm just trying to figure out where to work them.
You might want to consider scaling it back to an American IPA, or just waiting? 10oz of hops is not a lot for an IIPA. Hell, it's barely an APA anymore.
With that amount of hops, I would go:
About 40+ IBUs of warrior at 60m
1oz Amarillo at 10m
1oz Cascade at 10m
1oz Amarillo at 0m
1oz Cascade at 0m
2oz Amarillo Dry Hop
2oz Cascade Dry Hop
Just my $0.02
My bad, I see you have a half pound of sugar in there (missed it on the bottom). The basemalt as is looks pretty good. You might lower the amount of crystal or raise the amount of crystal and sub out more sugar for the 2 row on the next batch depending on what you are shooting for but I think you have a good base grain bill to start with.