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Offline chadchaney97

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Re: Need Some Serious Help
« Reply #30 on: May 01, 2013, 02:13:46 PM »
Here is the last batch I made, a little better, but not near where it should be. 

IPA Test 3
American IPA
Type: All Grain Date: 3/29/2013
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal Brewer: Opposition Brewing Co. 
Boil Size: 8.97 gal Asst Brewer: 
Boil Time: 90 min Equipment: My All grain Setup
End of Boil Volume 7.28 gal Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Final Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal Est Mash Efficiency 91.6 %
Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage Taste Rating(out of 50): 30.0
Taste Notes: 
Ingredients
 

Ingredients
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
6.40 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
2.10 g Calcium Chloride (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 2 -
5 lbs Golden Promise (Simpsons) (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 45.5 %
5 lbs Pale Malt (Weyermann) (3.3 SRM) Grain 4 45.5 %
8.0 oz Carapils 6-Row (Briess) (1.3 SRM) Grain 5 4.5 %
8.0 oz Munich Dark 30L (Gambrinus) (35.0 SRM) Grain 6 4.5 %
1.00 oz Chinook [11.80 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 7 34.2 IBUs
1.00 oz Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 8 18.7 IBUs
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 9 13.7 IBUs
1.00 oz Cascade [7.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 10 3.9 IBUs
1.00 oz Cascade [7.50 %] - Aroma Steep 0.0 min Hop 11 0.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Chinook [13.00 %] - Aroma Steep 0.0 min Hop 12 0.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 13 0.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min
 
I dry hopped w 1.5 oz Simcoe and 1 oz. Cascade for 5 days, cold crashed for 2 days, purged keg and racked.  Still has that familiar muddled, dirty flavor and nose.  The beer tasted great going into the keg, I am wondering if the carbonation process is doing something?  My next brew I might bottle half and keg half to see if that does any good.  I am running out of ideas!

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Re: Need Some Serious Help
« Reply #31 on: May 07, 2013, 05:28:35 AM »
I seldom respond to much, just read a lot, but feel your pain, so will throw my opinion in.  Bearing in mind you have had a lot already, sometimes this a good thing and sometimes it can get you to change to many things complicating the results.  Do you have any local micro brewers you can take a sample to and get their read?  I have done that often and has enabled me to make some great award winning IPA and DIPA's.
Next, if it were me I would simplify my grain bill and my hops.  Use one base grain, I have real hard water so I use a Canadian Pilsen but Canadian 2 row works well, because I like a lighter colored beer.  Make sure your grains are fresh, fresh, fresh.  If you or your HBS is not storing them in air tight containers like vittle vaults, then get them somewhere else.  All my grains are bought in bulk, but stored in a cool environment in Vittle Vaults as is my local HBS.
Hops, they seem to be competing. I would not use Chinook as a bittering in your case, try a neutral hop like Magnum to start at a 60 minute boil, or even better a FWH.  I'd drop the hops at the 0 minute boil and dry hop with 2 ounces of Simcoe at 7 days and 2 ounces of Citra at 4 days.  I found if I dry hop too long with my water I get that grassy taste as well.
Good luck and keep us posted.  Cheers!