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For some reason I just noticed, no bittering hops?  Not saying it can't or won't work, just surprising.

         The additions with 15 minutes left "should" add the necessary IBUs so I've read. I saw a few other recipes like this and decided to try it out. My calculations along with an app I use (BrewPal) both confirm that this should better! ;)

Thanks for all the suggestions, I can't ignore the almost unanimous 'get rid of the chocolate malt' statements, so my new/improved recipe looks like this:

OG: around 1.060, mash around 150 F for 60 min

2 row pale: 20.5 lbs
Crystal 40L: 2.7 lbs
Carafa II: 1.0 lbs (possibly ground extra/on top/near end of mash)
Midnight Wheat: 1.0 lbs (added at the end of mash)

I also decreased my hops a bit, so my IBU's should be between 56-66 (instead of the previous range of 63-85)

Columbus 3 oz 15.2% (I found out the specific AA at my supplier) @ 15 min before flameout
Nugget 1.5oz 13.3% @ 15 min before flameout

Columbus 2/Nugget 2 @ flameout
Columbus 2/Nugget 2 @ dry hop, 7 days

Wyeast 1056 with a good 'starter'.

I plan on brewing this next Saturday (Sep 15).
          Thanks again,

what temp do you plan to mash at and for how long? That will have an impact on the perception of IBU/GU ratio.
-----I plan on around 153 for about an hour.
  Thanks for all the other suggestions so far, I think I might keep some of the chocolate malt because I do want some of that roasty/coffee flavor to go along with the color. But maybe I will bump it down some and increase the 2 row..Also, as for the midnight wheat suggestions to add it at the end of the mash/before sparge--I assume I still grind it per usual, and nothing else 'tricky' besides waiting til the end to add it?
         thanks again,

General Homebrew Discussion / Black IPA recipe formulation question/problems
« on: September 06, 2012, 10:56:04 AM »
Hey all,
I have a question about recipe formulation. I am currently in the process of creating a Black IPA (CDA, whatever, you know what I mean). I usually use a combination of calculations by hand from Daniels’ “Designing Great Beers” book and the BrewPal App on my iPhone because I am OCD. But this time I am having some decent discrepancies and would like your opinion before I go any further…

I use 10.5 gallons for my calculations for final batch size (usually try to run off 12 gallons of wort from the Mash/Sparge, assume about 1.0 boil off over 60ish minutes and lose about .5 elsewhere)

68% assumed brew house efficiency

Target OG; 1.060 Target IBUs: 60 (ish)

My planned recipe is-

2 row pale malt (80% of grist): 20.5 lbs
Crystal 40L (10%): 2.7 lbs
Chocolate malt (5%): 1.7lbs
Midnight Wheat (5%): 1.2 lbs

Columbus hops (14.6%) 4 oz @15 from flameout
Nugget (12.2%) 2 oz @ 15 from flameout
Columbus 2 oz & Nugget 2oz @ flameout
Columbus 2oz & Nugget 2oz @ Dryhop, 7 days

The problem is with my IBU/GU ratio. I would like it to be less than 1.0, but above 0.9 …
The BrewPal program has my OG (for the above listed grain bill) at 1.064 and the IBUs to be 63 for a ratio of 0.98 which I am happy with. But, when I do the calculations I use OG of 1.060 and get 85 IBUs for a ratio of 1.4, which I is a little more than I am looking for…

So, does anyone have any suggestions or thoughts about which one is right and if it’s even significant? I’m not worried about the slight difference in OG but the IBUs seems pretty far apart. Thanks!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Saison Brew Day
« on: July 12, 2011, 09:52:46 AM »
I'm not sure if you are using the same recipe, but I also brewed a Saison Dupont clone last year, and believe I used the other yeast mentioned (3724?). It was rather slow, taking about 6 weeks to reach final gravity, I also added one (maybe 2) dry packs of champagne yeast somewhere around week 2-3 to help make it REALLY dry. I mashed around 148. It was one of my best beers ever!! Good luck!

Equipment and Software / Re: mash tun upgrade
« on: November 06, 2010, 08:13:56 PM »
thanks for the advice!

Equipment and Software / mash tun upgrade
« on: November 03, 2010, 06:46:03 PM »
I was wondering if anyone had advice as to the best way to upgrade my system, specifically my mash tun...Currently I brew 10 gallon batches with a 20 gallon brew kettle, and two 10 gallon modified rubbermaid coolers as HLT and Mash Tun. The mash tun maxes out around 30lbs of grain and a 1qt H20: lb grain ratio. My question is; Should I buy a false bottom for my 20 gallon boil kettle (turning it into a mash tun) and buy a Blichmann 15 gallon brew kettle, or just buy a generic 15 gallon kettle/false bottom combo? It seems like they are pretty close in cost when you consider the Blichmann has all upgrades standard. Any thoughts? Also is there anything I'm not thinking of, I know that now I will need to apply heat to the Mash Tun during the mash to maintain temp since it's not insulated like the cooler. Thanks in advance.

Beer Travel / Re: Beer in France
« on: October 20, 2010, 11:45:58 AM »
Thanks for the tips everyone. Sorry for the late reply...I pretty much struck out on the beer front. In Paris there is a place that AllAboutBeer Magazine rated in the top 50 (or 100?) places to drink a beer, I think it was called La General Au Lafayette. I made it to the area but couldn't find the freaking place! As for the south, forget about it. Most places didn't even ask you "what kind" of beer when you ordered one because they only had 1 to offer (usually 1664). However, there was a fair amount of Leffe (from Belgium) that was pretty good.
              Thanks again and Cheers!,

Beer Travel / Re: Beer in France
« on: June 24, 2010, 09:06:33 AM »
thanks for the tips! I'll let you know how it goes

Beer Travel / Beer in France
« on: June 21, 2010, 12:02:22 PM »
Hey Everyone,
 I'm going to France (Paris then the south Toulon/Nice area) and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for places/styles of beer to try or good tours, anything BEER...etc...Yes I know France is "for wine". Also, I am planning on going to Au General La Fayette while in Paris (as listed in All About Beer's 150 places to drink a beer). I'd appreciate any tips,

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