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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Brewing IIPA
« on: May 01, 2010, 11:44:42 AM »
Well I brewed it the other night. It tasted pretty good. I did add a couple pounds of Lyle's Golden Syrup at the end of the boil. My O.G. was a little lower than I expected. My target was 1.090 and I got 1.090. I don't quite have 5 gallons. But I was going for gravity over quantity.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Brewing IIPA
« on: April 29, 2010, 06:50:34 AM »

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Brewing IIPA
« on: April 29, 2010, 12:34:01 AM »
I'm brewing an IIPA with a recipe I designed from beer smith. I know some higher gravity beers have a longer boil time. BeerSmith has my recipe boiling for 60 minutes, but should I boil for 90 minutes. I'm using nearly a pound of hops all totaled(including dry hopping),  I use a partial boil, and late extract addition. My target OG is 1.090, and I have done a starter batch of yeast.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: full boil
« on: April 09, 2010, 09:27:49 AM »
I just finished brewing an Imperial IPA using the extract late method and so far it's the best beer I've done. I hit the O.G. just about dead on and the it's very hop forward which I like. It's just about done primary fermentation. Another day or so and I'll be dry hopping.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: full boil
« on: April 06, 2010, 09:47:13 AM »
From what I understand it can make a difference especialley in hop utilization.  I use a partial grain/extract method and have read about a technique to increase hop utilization.  At the beginning of the boil add 1/3 to 1/2 of the extract, add the hops according to schedule, and then add the remaining extract with about 15 minutes left in the boil. Add it slowly while stirring to keep it from going straight to the bottom of the pot and scorching. One trick is to  mix some of the wort into the jug and disolve the syrup before pouring it in. It seems to  work for me. Good Luck.

Beer Recipes / Re: Summer Shandy Clone
« on: March 31, 2010, 02:41:08 PM »
Shandy, is what alot of younger beer drinkers in England and Australia drink. Although older folks drink it as well. Most often it's a lager or pilsner type beer with "lemonade" which as has been pointed out is similar to Sprite, Sierra Mist, or 7UP. I have found that Sprite is the closest to british lemonade. I would suggest you make a lager or pils and mix it yourself when the beer is ready.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Imperial IPA
« on: March 31, 2010, 09:14:27 AM »
I'll do that. First though I tried creating a recipe using beersmith, I'm going to try that.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Imperial IPA
« on: March 31, 2010, 08:13:07 AM »
. And IPAs should be consumed young before the hops fade


Thanks, the reason I'm doing a big IPA is I love a great hoppy beer.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Imperial IPA
« on: March 30, 2010, 11:55:30 PM »
I'm new to brewing, I'm about to brew my 5th batch. I'm going to try brewing an Imperial IPA. I've learned to add part of the extract at the start of the boil and the rest at the final 15 minutes of boil for better hop utilization. when I was at the home brew shop the person there mentioned I need to age the beer because of the higher alcohol content. I'm just not sure for how long and wether that's in a secondary fermenter or bottle aging?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Adding Extract
« on: March 25, 2010, 10:49:11 PM »
Thanks for the info. My OG hasn't been the greatest, but it is getting better. I'll see how my next batch comes out.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Adding Extract
« on: March 25, 2010, 11:51:21 AM »
I'm new to homebrew and have been using partial grain recipes. I recently read that adding half or so of your extract at the beginning  of the boil and saving the remainder for about the last 30 minutes to 15 minutes will result in better hop utilization and more fermentables in your fermenter. Is this true? I'm planning to brew again soon and was thinking of trying this technique.

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