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Equipment and Software / Advice on Building a brew system
« on: November 22, 2013, 01:36:36 PM »
I've been brewing for a year now and currently use a cheap 12 gal ss brew pot with a lot of scorching problems. After looking around I decided i like stout tanks equipment and intend to buy one of their 15 gal kettles. Its expensive but i don't want to buy another kettle that is just a step up. I want a kettle that can do everything i might ever want to. This got me thinking that before buying anything I should plan out the entire system that i would like to build and buy the pieces as i go, working towards that end.

My first big hang up was manufacture, I've decided on stout tank for a number of reasons non of which relay pertain to my current conundrum. What i cant decide is wither to go HERMS or RIMS. I would like to be able to do step mashing which I know both systems are more than capable of doing however the RIMS system seems to have the advantage. I do like the idea of duel use of my HLT in HERMS though. My decision to go HERMS or RIMS will also be affected by the controller i choose.

I want a controller that has a high degree of precision and a fair amount of automation. i do not want to take the skill out of my brew day but i want to be able to add a level of consistency in my brewing that is current out of reach with my current system.

For now I am just a hobbyist but I want a system that is of a high enough quality that it could be a pilot system in a brewery. Not that it ever will be but i like the pipe dream

Any input is welcome, i recognize my lack of experience and knowledge and am just requesting honest information and opinion from the more knowledgeable and experienced. Thank you.

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Beer Recipes / Formulating my first IPA recipe
« on: September 26, 2013, 08:51:25 AM »
I've been brewing for about 10 months now, 6 months all grain.  We (two friends and i that all pitched in to buy the equipment) started brewing this and that to see what style relay grabbed us.  Well it turned out to be Imperial IPA something that i only acquired a taste for about 6 months ago.  We've brewed "Hop Hammer" from Brewing Classic Styles a few times and it always goes over well.  Much of this has to do with the fact that really good Imperial IPA's are either hard to get, expensive or past their prime when they get to were i live (Alaska), often all three. Brewing someone elses recipes is only so fun though and i really want to branch out and try experimenting with my own Imperial IPA recipe.  Being rather inexperienced though i thought i'd try and run my ideas by the more learned to get some feed back first.  So here's the gist of the recipe thus far.

10 lbs                Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain           
5 lbs                 Pale Malt (2 Row) UK (3.0 SRM)           Grain     
5 lbs                 Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM)                    Grain       
1 lbs                 White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM)               Grain     

0.25 oz               Apollo [17.00 %] - Boil 90.0 min         Hop           5        10.8 IBUs     
0.25 oz               Apollo [17.00 %] - Boil 85.0 min         Hop           6        10.7 IBUs     
0.25 oz               Apollo [17.00 %] - Boil 80.0 min         Hop           7        10.7 IBUs     
0.25 oz               Apollo [17.00 %] - Boil 75.0 min         Hop           8        10.6 IBUs     
0.25 oz               Apollo [17.00 %] - Boil 70.0 min         Hop           9        10.4 IBUs     
0.25 oz               Apollo [17.00 %] - Boil 65.0 min         Hop           10       10.3 IBUs     
0.25 oz               Apollo [17.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min         Hop           11       10.1 IBUs     
0.25 oz               Apollo [17.00 %] - Boil 55.0 min         Hop           12       9.9 IBUs     
0.25 oz               Apollo [17.00 %] - Boil 50.0 min         Hop           13       9.6 IBUs     
0.25 oz               Apollo [17.00 %] - Boil 45.0 min         Hop           14       9.3 IBUs     
0.25 oz               Apollo [17.00 %] - Boil 40.0 min         Hop           15       8.9 IBUs     
0.25 oz               Apollo [17.00 %] - Boil 35.0 min         Hop           16       8.4 IBUs     
0.50 oz               Mosaic [11.50 %] - Boil 30.0 min         Hop           17       10.5 IBUs     
0.50 oz               Meridian [6.50 %] - Boil 25.0 min        Hop           18       5.4 IBUs     
0.50 oz               Nelson Sauvin [12.00 %] - Boil 20.0 min  Hop           19       8.6 IBUs       
0.75 oz               Mosaic [11.50 %] - Boil 15.0 min         Hop           21       10.2 IBUs     
0.75 oz               Meridian [6.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min        Hop           22       4.2 IBUs     
0.75 oz               Nelson Sauvin [12.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min   Hop           23       4.3 IBUs     
1.25 oz               Meridian [6.50 %] - Boil 0.0 min         Hop           24       0.0 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Mosaic [11.50 %] - Boil 0.0 min          Hop           25       0.0 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Nelson Sauvin [12.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min   Hop           26       0.0 IBUs     

3.00 oz               Mosaic [11.50 %] - dry hop          Hop           25       0.0 IBUs     
3.00 oz               Nelson Sauvin [12.00 %] - dry hop   Hop           26       0.0 IBUs   


I plan to do a 90 min Mash at 150F, a 90 Min boil and use Wyeast 1056.  i was also thinking about aging for two months before dry hopping than aging another month before bottling.  I've also had some very good IPA's with Bret in them and have been debating trying that out, possibly after the initial 2 month aging period.  I have never done a hoping scheduled such as this, or used any of those hop variates or for that matter used British pale malt or Vienna Malt before so this hole recipe is really designed to be a completely different set up than i have done previously. Any feed back would be much apreciated in particular how the hop variates i chose might marry together.  Thank you
       
 

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