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#1 positiveContact

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Posted 14 February 2023 - 09:35 AM

Feedback welcome as this isn't something I typically make.

 

10lb CMC Pale Ale Malt

8lb Best Malz Vienna Malt

1lb Carared

1lb Carapils Copper

0.5lb Special B

0.25lb Pale Chocolate

 

1oz Nugget @ 30

1oz Columbus, 1oz Chinook, 2oz Comet @ flameout

1.5oz Columbus, 1.5oz Chinook, 3oz Comet @ hop stand

 

Ferment on Verdant IPA yeast slurry

 

SRM: 13

IBU: 34

OG: 1.056

 

Dry hopping?  I might do some but maybe not....

 



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Posted 20 February 2023 - 11:58 AM

Feedback welcome as this isn't something I typically make.

 

14lb CMC Pale Ale Malt

6lb Best Malz Vienna Malt

0.5lb Carared

1lb Carapils Copper

0.5lb Special B

0.25lb Pale Chocolate

 

1oz Nugget, 1oz Columbus @ 30

1oz Columbus, 1oz Chinook, 2oz Comet @ flameout

1.5oz Columbus, 1.5oz Chinook, 3oz Comet @ hop stand

 

Ferment on Verdant IPA yeast slurry

 

SRM: ~13

IBU: 53

OG: 1.60

 

Dry hopping?  I might do some but maybe not....

 

adjusted slightly


Edited by positiveContact, 20 February 2023 - 11:58 AM.


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Posted 20 February 2023 - 12:21 PM

I like my reds a little darker. The red I brewed in early December had (for a 5 gallon batch) 1 lb of crystal 120 and 3 oz chocolate malt, just pilsner for base, though a little Munich would have been good. Ended up at 6.0% and about 45 IBU. Was really good, actually I'm still working on it.



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Posted 20 February 2023 - 01:20 PM

I like my reds a little darker. The red I brewed in early December had (for a 5 gallon batch) 1 lb of crystal 120 and 3 oz chocolate malt, just pilsner for base, though a little Munich would have been good. Ended up at 6.0% and about 45 IBU. Was really good, actually I'm still working on it.

 

yeah, I could add some more dark crystal.



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Posted 20 February 2023 - 02:09 PM

okay...

 

14lb CMC pale ale malt

8lb vienna

6oz midnight wheat

15oz C100

11oz special B

4oz pale choc

 

amounts are strange b/c I already measured water and I was using up some bags of stuff.

 

SRM is about 22-23 now

 

Thanks for the push to make this darker.  I was on the edge.



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Posted 20 February 2023 - 05:21 PM

replacing comet with cent to save the comet for later and my cent should probably be used up.



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Posted 21 February 2023 - 05:34 AM

all of that increased darkness meant I no longer need to add 3mL of lactic to my mash so one less thing to do!



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Posted 21 February 2023 - 07:50 AM

had to adjust hops again due to what I had.

 

the hop stand is now: 1.8oz columbus, 3.3oz chinook, 0.9oz cent

 

 

 

so looks like I'm doing a BIAB (not on purpose today).  I somehow knocked some tubing in my my mash tun loose so there is no way to drain it the regular way now.  so I guess I'll be using my 5 gal paint strainer bag to separate the liquid from the solids here. uuugggghhhhhhh this is gonna suck.



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Posted 21 February 2023 - 08:10 AM

I'm busing out my old Denny Conn style cheap and easy mash tun baby!  the inside is all stained from making dark beers but I gave it a rinse and it should be good to go.

 

 

this gives me an idea.  instead of BIAB I could just get a new pickup tube for this mash tun and put my SS braid on the end of it and call it a day.  it's really the stupid false bottom and all of the BS involved with hooking up to the pickup that causes my issues.



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Posted 21 February 2023 - 08:42 AM

even this is pretty slow to drain but at least it's draining.  changing my mind back to BIAB in the future.  need to shop for some hardware first though....



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Posted 21 February 2023 - 02:05 PM

somehow about 1 pint of wort escaped the fermentor when I was draining into it so that was a fun chest freezer cleaning I just had to do.  fortunately I still have a winch over the freezer so I could hoist the keg full of wort out of there to more easily clean.



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Posted 24 February 2023 - 08:22 AM

dry hopping in primary with 6oz of chinook (using up what I had left) and 2oz of comet.  I think mostly pine is a good way to go for a darker beer like this.



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Posted 26 February 2023 - 03:34 PM

Slightly more rust then red I think. Going to start cooling tonight. Fg was 1.013 which is a little more attenuation then I've seen with this yeast lately.

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Posted 28 March 2023 - 02:22 PM

How did this turn out? I made an amber of sorts today.

 

5 lbs pilsner

5 lbs munich

12 oz crystal 60 

8 oz Fawcett dark crystal

1 oz chocolate malt 

 

32 IBU simcoe @ 45 minutes

1 oz simcoe @ 0 minutes

 

1.060 

SRM 16

S-05



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Posted 28 March 2023 - 02:38 PM

Came out great. Nice balance of light roast and hops.

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Posted 28 March 2023 - 05:04 PM

It looks good. I love hoppy reds. Obviously what I put together today is a little less red in color and more malt focused. Smelled fantastic, though.


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