Pliny the Elder Extract Clone Brew Day

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  1. Nov 14, 2018 #1

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    Saturday before last I set out on my first ever brew day with a Pliny the Elder partial mash brew.
    Recipe as follows:

    Steeping Grains:
    285g Carapils
    170g Carastan

    Extract & Additional:
    1.8kg Pilsen DME
    2.7kg Pilsen LME
    225g Dextrose

    Brew Hops:
    40g Centennial
    100g Simcoe
    28g Columbus
    7g Amarillo
    10ml Hop Extract

    Dry Hops:
    57g Columbus
    7g Centennial

    Yeast:
    2 x Safale US05 Packets

    My brew came in at 1.078OG and as of 1 week of fermentation is sitting at 1.040 (I'm guessing its around 1.020 now). Target FG of 1.015.

    Went really well - my kit however is quite restricting in that I only have a 6.5g fermenter bucket. This recipe calls for a 6gal capacity. I wasn't prepared to chance the likelyhood of a airlock blowout with massive krausen so I reduced the water top up to only 5gal without scaling the recipe so I have a feeling the IBUs are the through the roof. We'll see. I may water it down by 0.5-1gal 2 or so days before bottling.

    Really enjoyed it and am tempted to go all grain with an all in one solution like Robobrew.

    Cheers lads!
     
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    I had my first bottle of Pliny last week.

    Good luck with the brew.
     
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    And what a beer it is. I hope I can do it justice!
     
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    Yep, superb. Shame you cannot buy it here.
     
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    My gravity hasn't changed from 1.041~ since Saturday (5 or so days) do you think hats just an inaccurate refractometer reading and it's actually lower than that or?

    Seems like fermentation has ended though..?
     
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    Refractometers are not that accurate. Use a hydrometer.

    2 packets of yeast is 23 grams (I think), which is plenty. I definitely think using a different piece of kit to take a gravity reading should be your first port of call.
     
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    BTW, thumbs up on going large for your first brew. Most peeps start out with bog standard kits that you just add sugar and water to. Kudos!
     
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    Cheers mate
     
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    Will be interesting to hear how this turns out!
    Always wanted to try a bottle of pliny but never been able to get hold of it so may try an AG clone at some point.
     
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    It’s a great beer, super hoppy but super smooth.
     
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    I suspect this is quoted in US gallons, which ironically is 5 imperial gallons or 22.7 litres, so you got it spot on.
     
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    Oh I didn't think of that..

    I've dry hopped it on Wednesday no bag and there's quite a bit of floating hop debris. Will this sink eventually? I've got another charge to put in on Tuesday so hoping it will drop out before bottling day?
     

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    It probably won't fully sink into the yeast cake on the bottom. But surely you'll be transferring to a second FV before bottling?
     
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    Nope I've just extended primary by a week.

    I might just grain bag the end of the siphon when transferring to the bottling bucket.
     
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    Even if you cold crash you’ll most probably still have some floaty bits.
     
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    Do you think? Even with a strainer bag over the wand?
     
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    I meant some usually stay in suspension even after cold crashing.
     
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    Ah I get ya. I don't mind some hop haze really.
     
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    Not haze as much just they don’t seem to settle out like the cones do.
     
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    I just took a hydro reading and it's just under 1.020. Refractometer gives 1.041. Big difference! Is that safe to bottle in about 5 or 6 days time? Don't think it's fermenting anymore.

    Also can I safely assume the difference between my refractometer FG and hydrometer reading FG apply to the OG too? I took that with the Refractometer..
     

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