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  1. Mikes15

    Chubby Cherub

    More than happy for you &/or coopers to send me beer but yeah prob not something you/they want to get into Maybe the magic is in the yeast with this one.
  2. Mikes15

    Chubby Cherub

    First bottle cracked and,,, Its mediocre,,, que the "you didn't 100% follow the recipe" comments, & totally accept those. Really just an ok smooth malty slightly sweet not very hoppy ale TBQH, also not even close to the color shown in the recipe (none of my recipe brews have been, always much darker), in fact its Redder than my "Red IPA" recipe 不 So heh, maybe one day ill try the 100% genuine recipe, until then, I'm happy to sup it down & carry on to the next brew on my list,,,,
  3. This years batch of Hawthorn gin is down, Got more berry's but need to wait until next months grocery allowance before I can stretch to another bottle of gin as Ive just put 1ltr of quince gin down as well as racking off my Blueberry, rosemary & lime vodka + the Blackboy peach, raisin, honey & cinnamon rum, gets a bit much buying a bottle of spirit every other week on top of beer & brewing bits!!
  4. Mikes15

    Dry July

    I'm doing it also, My wife is having surgery to remove a bowel tumor next week following her radiation & chemo course in April, thought it would be a good way to give a bit back, these charity's give you so much support, 1 in 3 people will have cancer & its surprising how much you have to rely on them vs whats available from the state - AKA pretty much nothing unless your already on benefits. Will be off work looking after her & the kids so might be tough not having a beer once daddy day care is done each day 不 I also did it quite a few years ago, recall being disappointed that I didn't really feel any healthier after a few weeks off the juice! Just in case anyone has a spare couple of dollars https://www.dryjuly.co.nz/users/mike-sargeant/donations/new
  5. Mikes15

    Chubby Cherub

    Was expecting to CC this 2nt after it sitting at 1012 for a couple of days, gave it one more check, 1010! tastes ok, not that bitter, a bit like a scotch ale at the mo, time will tell
  6. Mikes15

    Chubby Cherub

    Ahh, & there I was thinking you where making a joke!! - I doubt coopers are quoting finished IBU in the recipes though are they? Very interesting about the DH IBU's considering calc's & people dont seem to account for them, my totally inexperienced IBU knoledge so far is;- - Make IBU = to OG for IPA styles, - Dont allow for DH IBU's - Short boil IBU's are not as bitter as those from longer boil schedules even if the numbers are the same. - IBU's gained earlier in the boils are stronger more bitter then those from late additions.
  7. Mikes15

    Chubby Cherub

    Increasing to around 45% on the 3rd beer analyzed & "bitterness, what bitterness,,," by the time the sun goes down,,,, 不
  8. Mikes15

    Chubby Cherub

    As I venture further into the world of extract it seems IBU's are the fundamental key to how a beer will turn out but at the same time the often the BJCP guides are quite wide, 30-45 in this case so I can understand why its also important not to get to hung up on them. I guess my point was it would surely take more than a few % points difference to account for such a differing IBU, hence wondering if coopers where stating Ranger? Ive really enjoyed all the coopers brews, got a raspberry wheat beer lined up next but its VERY frustrating not being able to get a lot of the bits locally, I had to import a can of devils half ruby from Oz once costing '$39 delivered, the Blackbeard Schwartzbier was well worth it though!
  9. Mikes15

    Chubby Cherub

    Tried making this 5yrs ago when our first child was due to be born, it ended up being poured down the drain, dont know why but heh ho, at least the boys turning out ok,,, Put it down last week but not 100% the coopers recipe, I used black rock 1.7kg extra light & amber instead of the coopers stuff (not that cheap or always available in Nz) as such I dropped the 500g of LDM but boosted it up with 200g of sugar to bump the OG up a touch, planned was 1047, actual was 1052. Also couldnt get the BRY-97 so went with 15g of Morgans APA yeast, brewing at 18, up to 21 now its 3 days in, yeast says 17-24'C Followed the same boil schedule, except I dropped on time rather than the "About" listed for the timings Will be dry hopping with both Chinook & Cascade since I had to buy a min 50g of each so may as well use it. Interesting thing is when I ran the recipe through the Brewers Friend Calc I use it came out with ABU of 4.7 vs the recipes 5.4% & the IBU is 57.9 (tinseth) vs coopers planned 38, do Coopers use Ranger for IBU, in which case its 34 vs 38 (coopers). hopefully this one avoids the drain pipe, well before bodily filtration that is 不
  10. Mikes15

    My NEIPA #2

    Whats that mean?
  11. Mikes15

    My NEIPA #2

    So more like this then, giving 51.03BU's;- 10 g Southern Cross 12.5% Boil 30 min 12.38IBU 50 g Galaxy 16.5% Boil 5 min 21.2IBU 50 g Citra 13.6 Boil 5 min 17.47IBU 25 g each Southern Cross / citra / Galaxy FO for 20 min
  12. Mikes15

    My NEIPA #2

    From the BJCP guide for the style = OG 1060-1085 VS IBU 25-60, Seems odd, 25IBU is VERY low & the IBU are lower than the OG across the range (aside from 1060/60)? Based on that would it be fair to say my boil is not far off, might make the FO 15G of each of the 4 hops for bout 20mins & maybe think about bumping up my DH amounts to around 40G each.
  13. Mikes15

    My NEIPA #2

    so do you need to increase the OG vs IBU ratio to get the correct bitterness with NEIPA's? The Brewers Friend recipe builder Im using doesn't account for flame out or dry hop IBU's.
  14. Mikes15

    My NEIPA #2

    Time to have another bash at my Extract NEIPA, The 1st one wasn't the best, bitterness was off so this is my current plan; 300g of light Chrystal steeped over night in 7trs, into a 30min boil with 0.9kg LME-Extra light. Hop boil= 20 g Southern Cross 12.5% Boil 30 min 24.75IBU 25 g Galaxy 16.5% Boil 10 min 14.6IBU 25 g Citra 13.6 Boil 10 min 12IBU 15 g Southern Cross 12.5 Boil 0 min FV additions= 2.5kg LME-Extra light + 200g Sugar Dry hop= 25g each, Galaxy, Citra, southerncross, 7 days Cold crashing. Yeast = S-05 OG=1055 FG=1010 ABV=5,84% IBU=59.61 Any thoughts on how that sounds? - Im interested in Otto's recent comment about ensuring enough IBU comes from early boil additions rather than late / flame out.
  15. Mikes15

    Red Harry IPA Take II

    First bash straight of the carbonating period, not bad at all, a bit green & not as hoppy as I had hoped, but, fingers crossed after a few more weeks bottle conditioning will improve it. Oh, and not very "Red" at all really 不