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Offline Jediknight619

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Help, advise
« on: June 26, 2016, 09:37:32 PM »
Hi guys, hope you can help. My plan is to brew a simple, citrusy, aromatic pale ale. I want it to be somewhere in the 8 percent abv. Hoping it won't be to bitter( wife is always asking for a beer that isn't that bitter). 8% is for me,haha.

Here is what I got
3 gal brew
5 pounds of lme
2 ounces of cascade  add to start of boil (bittering)
2 ounces of mosaic ( adding as tea to fermenter for aroma)
S us-5 yeast whole package

I know very simple

I'm guessing it will be at 6 or 6.25 abv.
I have 2 ounces of maltodextrin and about 2 pound of dextrose to raise abv but since I'm not using lots of hops I don't want over come taste with alcohol.
What are you opinions.


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Re: Help, advise
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2016, 09:50:09 PM »
2 oz of Cascade at 60 in a 3 gallon batch is going to be IPA level bitterness, not APA level.

I'd shift some to late in the boil and aim for 35-40 IBUs total for a .66 BU:GU in a 6.5% APA brew.  Figure 1 oz at 5 min and with your software, add enough bittering hops to hit between 35 and 40.  Then use the rest at flame out.  I would just dry hop it with the mosaic, a hop tea doesn't extract as much aroma as straight up dry hopping does, in my experience, and it always lent a grassy flavor any time I tried it.

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Re: Help, advise
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2016, 10:05:27 PM »
Cool so 1 ounce 5 minutes before flame out and the rest at flame out. Thanks for the help. What do you think of raising alcohol to 8

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Re: Help, advise
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2016, 10:57:56 PM »
Cool so 1 ounce 5 minutes before flame out and the rest at flame out. Thanks for the help. What do you think of raising alcohol to 8

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x oz @ 60 mins calculated so total additions ~= 38 ibu
1 oz @ 5 mins
remainder @ 0 mins
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Re: Help, advise
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2016, 11:17:32 PM »
Lol ok so this is what I did. I added 1 oz at beginning of boil and added 1 oz at 35 and I plan to add 1 ounce of mosaic at 45 minutes. Then 1 oz of mosaic (dry hop) in 5 days. So much for low abu. I would like to know if I can add dextrose any time to raise abv.

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Re: Help, advise
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2016, 04:21:46 AM »
All those early additions will add a lot of bitterness.

Yes, you can add dextrose any time, including in the fermenter.
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Re: Help, advise
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2016, 06:10:38 AM »
Ok thanks brother. I think I got the lingo wrong. So this was final recipe.

3 gal batch
5 pound lme
1 oz of cascade at start of boil
1 oz cascade 35 minutes into boil
1 oz mosaic 45 minutes into boil
1 oz mosaic at flame out
1 teaspoon Irish moss
1 pound of dextrose 55 minutes into boil.
1oz of maltodextrin at 60 (non fermentabal, but not sure if it will do anything, it's all I had).
Decided not to dry hop.
I just added us05 yeast to wort in fermenter.
Looks dark (maybe dextrose ) but clean and clear.

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Re: Help, advise
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2016, 03:39:31 PM »
You don't get anything worthwhile out of making 35 and 45 minute additions that is superior to using less hops at 60 minutes. A smaller 60 minute addition gives you more hops to play with for aroma and flavor at the end of the boil and after the boil.

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Re: Help, advise
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2016, 03:14:30 AM »
Universally, brewing additions are listed by how long they are IN the boil, ie, how much time is left when you add it.  A 15 minute addition means it was added when there were 15 minutes left in the boil.

Sticking to that convention will help prevent confusion when passing recipes along.

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Re: Help, advise
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2016, 01:34:59 PM »
Thanks!

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