Pliny the Elder Extract Clone Brew Day

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  1. Nov 18, 2018 #21

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    Refractometer won’t read the FG correctly due to the alcohol.
     
  2. Nov 18, 2018 #22

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    If you don't know the recipe FG 100%, then two hydrometer readings are necessary. Nice color in the photo.
     
  3. Nov 18, 2018 #23

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    Sadly the recipe doesn't say. It's been sat at that FG on refractometer for nearly a week though
     
  4. Nov 18, 2018 #24

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    Refractometers are affected by alcohol, so unless you have an adjustment calculator you should only use them pre-fermentation, and a hydro during and post fermentation, when you have alcohol.
     
  5. Nov 18, 2018 #25

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    So definitely ready. 1.020 isn't bad for a big extract. Maybe post how it turns out? Good luck.
     
  6. Nov 19, 2018 #26

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    Recipe called for a secondary fermentation but I've decided to leave it in primary for an extra week in place of this so I'll be bottling this weekend.
     
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    I'm no expert with refractometers but I think I remember reading that they were more accurate before fermentation started. I have one at home and think I only used it 2 or 3 times before giving up on it. I think I was experiencing a similar problem with it.

    Ordinarily, I would say to bottle when you've reached an FG that you are content with. But this time I would recommend leaving it for a few more days, taking a reading with a hydrometer each day, to see if it ferments out a bit more. If it stays the same, personally, I'd bottle it. 7.6% would be close enough for me.
     
  8. Dec 3, 2018 #28

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    Here we have the end product. Sitting at around 8.2% after bottle conditioning.

    Not bad for my first ever brew.

    It tastes a little syrupy but I suspect that's the infamous extract tang.

    Topped out at an FG of 1.018 plus 0.5%~ increase for bottle conditioning
     

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  9. Dec 4, 2018 #29

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    Ive an AG version of this in the brew fridge now. Second dry hop addition added last night and I will keg on Saturday. Had a wee taste and think this could be a real winner! My FG got down to 1012, ABV 7.4%, used 2 x packs US05 and fermented at 19.5C.

    If anyone wants the recipe I can post it up this evening when home from work
     
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  10. Dec 4, 2018 #30

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    What was your OG? Decent attenuation there.
     
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    Think it was around 1072, need to check my notes when I go home. I recall 80% attenuation.

    I was very impressed, been using CML yeast for a while but have gone off their US pale ale yeast due to poor attenuation. My next brew Im going to try liquid yeast for the first time, got a huge starter going now as hoping to get OG of close to 1090 (but I get bad efficiency over about 1075 so not expecting to hit my target)
     
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    My OG was 1.078 and FG was 1.018 with 2 packs of US05 at 20~ degrees. 76% attenuation.
     
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    I would have been worried about possible infection but not a hint of any off flavours when I had a taste. Going to cold crash on Wednesday down to 0.5C
     
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    I'd be glad of the recipe, the one's i've seen have a very large hop addition at the beginning and midway through the boil which I would think makes it super bitter, claimed 190IBU's , is that drinkable ? thanks
     
  15. Dec 6, 2018 #35

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    It is bitter. Mines around 95-100 IBU. Its a big old school west coast IPA. Its just what this beer is like.
     
  16. Dec 7, 2018 #36

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    Vol 23L
    OG: 1.072
    FG: 1.011
    ABV: 8.2%
    IBU: 90-95
    SRM: 7
    Efficiency 75%

    6Kg two row pale malt
    272g crystal 45L malt
    272g Carapils (dextrin) malt
    340g dextrose (corn) sugar

    60g Columbus hops, 13.9%aa - 90mins
    15g Columbus hops, 13.9%aa - 45 mins
    28g Simcoe hops, 12.3%aa - 30 mins
    28g Centennial hops, 8&aa - 0 min
    71g Simcoe hops, 12.3%aa - 0 min
    28g Columbus hops, 13.9%aa - Dry hop (12-14 days remaining)
    28g Centennial hops, 8&aa - Dry hop (12-14 days)
    28g Simcoe hops, 12.3%aa - Dry hop (12-14 days)
    7g Columbus hops, 13.9%aa - Dry hop (5 days remaining)
    7g Centennial hops, 8&aa - Dry hop (5 days)
    7g Simcoe hops, 12.3%aa - Dry hop (5 days)


    2 packs US-05 yeast

    60 min mash at 66-67C
    Mash out 77C

    90 min boil
     
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  17. Dec 9, 2018 #37

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    brilliant thank you
     
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  18. Dec 10, 2018 #38

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    Awesome, I’lll run that though beer smith.
     

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