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Beer Recipes / Re: New IPA recipe, please advise
« on: January 19, 2015, 08:36:51 AM »
Thanks for the advice! With the suggestions I rewrote as:

1lb Munich 10.8%
.75 lb wheat 8.1%
.50 Crystal 40 5.4%

6 Lb Light DME 64.9 %

1 lb sugar 10.8% (Mainly to boost ABV, is this appropriate?  Best time to add?)

Hops schedule as suggested:leaving 1 oz Columbus @60, moving other to 20 and under, increasing dry hops to 4 oz.  Definitely moving some to 0 minutes, too.

Any new comments? Thanks for your help, super psyched to brew today.

Your sugar will boost ABV, but it will also creat a dryer beer. What's your target original gravity?

Beer Recipes / Re: New IPA recipe, please advise
« on: January 19, 2015, 07:38:38 AM »
First off... Welcome to the forum! Secondly, great advice from Kieth and Jon. These guys are good and have helped me many times along he way.

One strategy that was difficult for me to wrap my arms around early in my brewing days was the 0 minute hop addition with a hop stand. What good is adding hops when it's not boiling going to do? Well, I quickly learned that this is my favorite addition. This is your big time flavor addition. My suggestion is to take your 45 min and 30 minute additions and move them to 0 minutes. Keep that Columbus at .5 oz and bump the cents and cascades up to maybe an ounce each. And definitely go at least 4 oz for dry hop.

Another thing to consider is that Cascade doesn't bring as much to the table compared to the other C hops or most flavorful IPA hops. I'm not saying that it's bad, because I love cascade in just about any beer, but sometimes you need to bump it up in the ratio so it doesn't get lost in the flavor. Maybe a 3:2 ratiio.

After a couple of adjustment with your grains and regardless with what you do with your hops, you'll have a good beer! I love that you're into recipe design early!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brew Day Updates
« on: January 18, 2015, 05:05:03 PM »
Great job! I'm impressed with everything that I've read! You hit target mash temp on your first shot. It took me a few to get that right....and still don't hit it all the time after 52 batches in my set up. I did today though lol. And fantastic job hitting your gravity! I didn't donthst today lol. Just remember.., you'll have great days where everything flows wonderfully... Then there'll be days where it just sucks. But in the end, when the beer is tapped, it almost always tastes great!

Beer Recipes / Re: Slobber Knocker IIPA
« on: January 17, 2015, 05:54:06 PM »
I have a three gallon batch of IIPA going that'll have close to 9 ounces: feels kind of wimpy now.

Nah... It will be great. This is just going to be obnoxious. I'm thinking about moving the FWH out to 0 minutes.

Beer Recipes / Slobber Knocker IIPA
« on: January 16, 2015, 07:43:15 PM »
Sunday's brew is going to be my biggest IPA yet. It will utilize 22 oz of hops. I'm going for the pine/resin/dank flavor and aroma.

5.5 gal
OG = 1.080
60 minute mash at 150

13 lb two row
1 lb 5 oz Munich
8 oz C40

1 lb corn sugar

FWH = 1/2 oz each Simcoe, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial
60 min = 1/2 oz each Simcoe, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial
10 min = 1 oz each Simcoe, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial
0 min = 1.5 oz each Simcoe, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial
Dry Hop in secondary with 2 oz each Simcoe, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial

WLP 001

All Grain Brewing / Re: How well do you clean your mash tun?
« on: January 15, 2015, 06:51:49 PM »
Hmmmm... I must be the over achiever here. I scoop out the grains and feed to the neighbor's horses and give a rinse. Then I just wait until I'm done brewing. I toss a scoop of oxickean in and run my runoff from my wiry chiller into it. It serves a dual purpose as a sink too. I'll wash my other small equipment in it. Dump, rinse and air dry.

Beer Recipes / Re: Cascadian Dark Ales
« on: January 11, 2015, 06:56:39 PM »
I like that recipe  and want to try it out eventually
You won't be disappointed.

Beer Recipes / Re: What kind of hops
« on: January 11, 2015, 08:42:37 AM »
Chinook for pine will work. This is going to be tough to wrap your arms around because neither of these hops are mild in the least bit, but I do a golden ale and just did an APA with them for a smooth tropical/lemony/citrus flavor when used in equal parts together..., Citra and Galaxy. These hops both can be iverpowerimg, but when used together, they smooth each other out with a great blended flavor. They are still powerful though...if you had thought about palisades (I get stone fruit/earthiness from) or even cascades, use about 50% Citra and Galaxy of what you would with them.

Beer Recipes / Re: Cascadian Dark Ales
« on: January 10, 2015, 08:37:24 AM »
Looks great, Frank. I use Midnight Wheat but Carafa III works great, too.  And I use 2 -3 oz chocolate normally, so you're pretty much there - I wouldn't go over 4 oz though. Hop schedule looks spot on, good combo too. You're gonna love this one !

Lol thanks... I edited this post. It was copied from a similar post of mine from over a year ago... Didn't mean to leave the "first stab" line in it. I corrected the recipe to how I've changed over a couple brews. You helped me with my critiquing of it back then haha. Was just sharing probably a top 3-5 recipe of mine.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sweetwater IPA
« on: January 10, 2015, 08:14:08 AM »
Victory Headwater is one of my favorite pale ales... Not as good as Alpha King or Burning River, but it's up there.

Dirt Wolf is pretty damn good. Here's a thread that Jon started in it a few months back...,

Beer Recipes / Re: Cascadian Dark Ales
« on: January 10, 2015, 08:05:41 AM »
I've brewed this recipe a couple of times. It's one of my favorites...

Batch = 5.5
OG = 1.070
60 minute mash @ 150

90% Two-Row Pale Malt = 13 lb
5% Caramel/Crystal 60L = 13 oz
5% Carafa III = 14 oz
Chocolate Malt = 4 oz

FWH = 1 oz Chinook and 1 oz Simcoe
60 minute = 2 oz Columbus
30 minute = 1 oz Chinook
10 minute = 1 oz Simcoe, 1 oz Galaxy, 1 oz Centennial, 1/2 oz Chinook
0 minute = 1 oz Simcoe, 1 oz Galaxy, 1 oz Centennial, 1/2 oz Chinook
Dry Hop = 2 oz Simcoe, 2 oz Galaxy, 2 oz Centennial, 1 oz Chinook

WLP 007 Dry English Ale or WLP 001 Cali Ale (I've done both... Both work well)

Beer Recipes / Re: Black IPA recipe (please critique)
« on: January 10, 2015, 07:57:52 AM »
I agree with many of the above posts. At least double your hops and probably triple your late additions and dry hop. Sub simcoe with a more tropical hop like Citra to compliment the coconut. I like the malt bill, except I like to add 3-4 oz of chocolate to my black IPAs to give it a hint of roast flavor. I like the idea. Being experimental is what makes this fun for me.

Ingredients / Re: New/Old hops
« on: January 05, 2015, 05:55:58 PM »
Thanks Frank,  pair it up with the usual suspects?

I've only used it a couple times. I would mix it with any of the C hops, simcoe, Amarillo, Citra... Yeah why not. I thought about using it in a possible watermelon wheat thus summer but who knows.

Ingredients / Re: New/Old hops
« on: January 05, 2015, 05:25:09 PM »
I've used El Dorado. It's a fruity hop and used in IPAs and such. It's almost describable as candy or watermelon jolly ranchers. I like it, but not by itself.

Beer Recipes / Re: Thoughts on a barley wine... Need advice
« on: January 03, 2015, 07:31:15 PM »
I went...
9.5 lb (38%) Two Row
9.5 lb (38%) Maris Otter
5.25 lb (20%) Munich
1 lb (4%) Victory

90 minute mash at 148 and 90 minute boil.

5.5 gallon batch

I hit about 60% efficiency to reach my target OG of 1.100.

It was an American BW so a bit more hopped. If I were to brew again, I wouldn't change a thing with the grain bill. This beer exceeded my expectations by far. I just used WLP 001 yeast and started fermentation at 60 for about a week. I slowly let it rise to the low 70s. It fermented for 38 days. I kegged and stashed it in the closet for 9 months.

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