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All Grain Brewing / Pliny the Bastard?
« on: February 26, 2015, 08:55:38 PM »
I plan on combining my two favorite beers, Pliny the Elder and Arrogant Bastard into Pliny the Bastard.

The recipe below is the base for Pliny (More Beer), with CaraAroma subbed for C40, bittering by Chinook, and dry hopped with Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial. SRM will be a bit darker from the CaraAroma. The beer fermented with WLP001 (Pliny) instead of WLP007 (Bastard).

Do you think 147 IBUs of Chinook will be overpowering? The Pliny recipe with Magnum, Simcoe, Columbus, and Centennial is 153 IBU (per Beersmith).

The resulting beer should be dry, like Pliny, but bursting with Chinook goodness.

Looking for feedback.

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Batch Size: 6 gallons (to account for dry hop absorption)
Est Original Gravity: 1.073 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.012
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 8.0 %
Bitterness: 148.4 IBUs

13 lbs. Pale Malt (2 Row) - 84.5 %
1 lbs. Carapils - 6.5 %
1 lbs. Corn Sugar - 6.5 %
6.1 oz. Caraaroma - 2.5 %

3.00 oz. Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 90 min
1.00 oz. Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 45 min
1.00 oz. Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 30 min
2.00 oz. Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 0 min

Ferment with WLP001

Dry hop
2 oz. Columbus
1 oz. Centennial
1 oz. Chinook
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: CaraPils and CaraAroma in Same Beer?
« on: February 24, 2015, 09:24:45 PM »
With proper fermentation temperature and attenuation, do you find 'cider' flavors from table sugar?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: CaraPils and CaraAroma in Same Beer?
« on: February 24, 2015, 09:00:13 PM »
This is for a Pliny clone. I am not trying to replicate Pliny exactly and would like to use what I have to fill the Crystal bill. At 6 ounces, and the sheer amount of hops, the flavor should be negligible. Color is another thing.

Any issues using table sugar instead of corn sugar? This recipe calls for 1 pound.

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General Homebrew Discussion / CaraPils and CaraAroma in Same Beer?
« on: February 24, 2015, 07:30:00 AM »
Does anyone have a problem with having CaraPils and CaraAroma in the same beer? It seems like the two might compliment each other.

CaraAroma: Imparts fuller body and improved malt aroma.

CaraPils: Increases foam, improves head retention and enhances mouth feel without adding flavor or color to your beer.

An upcoming DIPA calls for 6 ounces of Crystal 40 and I have CaraAroma on hand. It's a 6 gallon batch.

I am not concerned with color.

Would 6 ounces of CaraAroma completely affect the flavor where Crystal 40 is called for?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Help Me Root a CO2 Leak
« on: January 31, 2015, 05:51:23 PM »
Thank you JT.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Help Me Root a CO2 Leak
« on: January 31, 2015, 02:57:37 PM »
Found it.

This keg is my Pliny the Elder brew which had a hop bag for dry hopping. The bag was attached with dental floss and secured to the underside of the relief valve with a small stainless worm clamp.

Somehow, a small bit of floss found its way unto the relief valve opening and compromised the seal. One tiny little piece of floss had me chasing a leak for weeks now.

Only when I saturated the relieve valve with soapy water and let it sit did the leak become apparent.




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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Help Me Root a CO2 Leak
« on: January 31, 2015, 09:13:26 AM »
Yes, kegs with liquid in them will absorb the gas.  That's why your beer carbonates, it absorbs the gas.

Yeah, I get that ... but only one keg seems to continually require gas after sitting w/the gas off for a few days. It has been under gas since mid-November, surely enough time to reach equilibrium. The other two kegs do not take on gas in the same way. The suspect keg, exhibits the same behavior with all three of the CO2 lines, taking on gas. There must be a leak somewhere but I'll be damned if I can find it.

The posts are tight, greased, and not visibly leaking.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Help Me Root a CO2 Leak
« on: January 30, 2015, 09:24:07 PM »
This is a slow leak, one that doesn't dump a tank overnight, but one that will slowly kill it.

I believe I have narrowed it down to one keg. With the gas off for a few hours, it is always the one that takes gas. Although I cannot see any visible leaks with soapy water. The keg is 1/2 full.

Perhaps it is absorbing the gas - I don't know ...

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Help Me Root a CO2 Leak
« on: January 29, 2015, 09:05:17 PM »
Are you using the fiber washer between the tank and regulator?
* no fiber washer, the Taprite has a o-ring built into the stem.

There is no leak, and you just got a low fill on your last tank;
* it's been happening tank after tank.

The fact that the low pressure gauge is dropping when you have a keg connected is because the beer in the keg is absorbing some of the CO2, and if there is a leak, it's either between the regulator and the gas cylinder or somewhere in the regulator itself?
* makes sense but these kegs have been sitting @ 40 F for many weeks now. I am uncertain that the beer will continue to absorb CO2 past it's saturation/equilibrium point.

Every time I have had a Co2 leak it has been something simple.
* it's all taped-up and wrench tight. I even tightened the center stem of the QD gas connectors (little slot on top). As I mentioned earlier, when the gas is not connected to a keg, it maintains pressure for quite some time. Only when it is connected does the gauge "go flat" relatively quick.

Bear in mind that the kegs keep pressure, and expel gas when the pressure relieve valve is opened. I could understand if it didn't blow off gas, that makes sense, but to have it hold pressure over time is odd.

O-rings have been my main source of CO2 leaks. Once replaced, no more leaks.
* which ones? I have replaced the lid o-ring, gas post or-ring, and beverage O-rings. External and internal O-rings.

The beverage side gauge also drops from 10 PSI to 0 PSI, when pressurized and the tank off, whether or not the line check valve is opened or closed. The little valve under the regulator body, the feed to the manifold.

It would be helpful for someone to tell me how their gauge reacts and if it looses pressure over time with the bottle off and kegs connected and/or disconnected.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Help Me Root a CO2 Leak
« on: January 29, 2015, 04:29:45 PM »
Have you simply pressurized a keg, left both Bev and gas side disconnected and then checked the keg itself?
* yes, the kegs are/were pressurized and tested after a few days. All three kegs hold gas. Although I do not know how much PSI.

You didn't mention it, but I'm assuming you had a tank empty faster than usual?  How much faster?
* the 10 pound tank emptied sooner than it should but is a slow empty - months.

Do you mean that after 3 days the low pressure gauge dropped to zero or that after 3 days it was still at 10 psi so you stopped that part of the experiment?
* PSI is set to 10. With the gas turned on, the beverage side reads 10 PSI. With the kegs disconnected from the gas circuit, the beverage gauge will remain at 10 PSI for at least three days. At some point after three days, it will zero out. I am not sure how long it should hold pressure - indefinitely?

Are these kegs empty when you're testing them or are they full of beer?
* They all have beer at varying levels.

When one keg is connected, pressurized to 10 PSI, and the gas bottle turned off, it will eventually drop the beverage size gauge down to zero. This occurs with all three kegs using different gas lines. For example, gas 1 to keg 2, gas 2 to keg 3; therefore it is happening to all kegs regardless of which gas line is connected.

Kegs are ball lock. Perhaps gas is escaping from the quick disconnect, as if the seals were bad. I just greased them up.

How can I test for a leak while the QD is attached to the keg post?

However, when disconnected, the gas stays put for a minimum of 3 days @ 10 PSI.

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Kegging and Bottling / Help Me Root a CO2 Leak
« on: January 29, 2015, 02:20:55 PM »
Need some help rooting the source of a CO2 leak.

Taprite T742 dual gauge regulator > connected to three way manifold (with check valves).

• With the gas line check valve closed, line charged, and the tank off – the beverage side reads 10 PSI for approximately 3 days

• With the keg gas lines disconnected, line charged, check valves open, and the tank off – the beverage side reads 10 PSI for approximately 3 days
• With the keg gas lines disconnected, line charged, check valves closed, and the tank off – the beverage side reads 10 PSI for approximately 3 days

• With the keg gas lines connected, line charged, check valves open, and the tank off – the beverage side reads 10 PSI for < 10 hours
• With the keg gas lines connected, line charged, check valves closed, and the tank off – the beverage side reads 10 PSI for < 10 hours

I have rotated through the three kegs, using a different gas line each time. With the line charged and tank off, the beverage side gauge reads 10 PSI for < 10 hours. Regardless if I use line 1, 2, or 3, attached to any of the kegs, the beverage side gauge will zero out after a few hours.

The loss of pressure appears to be keg independent. As I have rotated the lines to each keg and pressure still drops. This leads me to believe the equipment up to the gas-in post is sound and not leaking. Everything up to the keg has been water tested (not the tank) and no leaks found. I lube the gas posts and lid rings.

I have soap tested each keg numerous times, the lid ring, pressure relief, and gas post – no leaks. I have not tested the liquid side as the faucets aren’t leaking and there is no beer pooling at the bottom of the fridge nor is there any sign of beer running down the side of the keg.

I cannot root the source of the leak.

Any ideas?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Chinook Only Pliny-Esque Recipe?
« on: January 27, 2015, 04:00:42 PM »
I was leaning towards the Pliny base w/Arrogant Bastard hopping + dry hop.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Chinook Only Pliny-Esque Recipe?
« on: January 27, 2015, 02:10:05 PM »
Does the base recipe look sound? It works well with Pliny.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Chinook Only Pliny-Esque Recipe?
« on: January 27, 2015, 10:18:34 AM »
Would you brew this or .. ?

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All Grain Brewing / Chinook Only Pliny-Esque Recipe?
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:26:57 PM »
I am considering a Chinook only Pliny-esque recipe.

13 # 2-row, 1 # Carapils, 6 oz. Crystal 60, and 1 # Corn Sugar.

2 oz. Chinook @ 90 min
1 oz. Chinook @ 45 min
1 oz. Chinook @ 30 min
2 oz. Chinook @ flameout
1.5 oz. Chinook 14 day dry hop
1.5 oz. Chinook 7 dry hop
* may add more dry hop ...

Fermented with WLP001.

Expecting at least 1.075 OG and < 1.013 FG.

The above is an estimate based on More Beer's Pliny the Elder recipe. Mot quite the same hop charge but my Chinook is 14% AA.

Looking for honest feedback on what this might taste like. I suspect it may be a super charged Arrogant Bastard like taste with all of the Chinook.

Your thoughts?

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