Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby itbrvilla » Sun May 25, 2014 14:39

Set this up on Friday, brewed short to 22L fermenting at 20c at moment. Going to top up to 23Lwith the hop tea in a few weeks. Will report back later.
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby Sqrson » Sun May 25, 2014 15:10

Having nearly finished all the bottles I can defo vouch for this kit. Very aromatic and citrusy. Took a long time to condition, but worth the wait. Mine finished very low (1003) so a bit too dry for my taste, but still a great pint. Also, yeasts dont compact very well, so be very carefull when pouring. Cannot wait to compare to Festivals razorback, which is currently conditioning. Judging by the aroma and initial sample when bottling, I think the Razorback will be more up my street - defo more bitter and less citrusy. God I like my beer bitter :)
Nevertheless, any one who likes American style IPA's will not be dissapointed with Evil dog - just give it time. Also, I feel obliged to mention that it is a hell of a strong brew (8.1ABV in my case).. Enjoy

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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby itbrvilla » Sun May 25, 2014 22:30

Can anyone who has done this kit tell me at what stage you did the hoops and how you added them and how it turned out? Cheers
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby LeeH » Sun May 25, 2014 22:51

I made up the hop tea after 3 weeks then hopped for 1 more.

Not tried it yet but it didn't smell really hoppy like the Razorback does.

I'll report back when I've emptied the keg of Razor.
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby Sqrson » Mon May 26, 2014 09:20

I added the tea bags after 23 days in FV and bottled 2 days after. Steeped the tea bags in hot water for 10 min, then chucked the whole thing into the fermenter. It is my understanding that the less time between hop addiditon and bottling, the more powerfull the aroma will be (Bulldog recommends 1-2 days for their craft beer range). If you leave it for too long the beautifull aroma will escape

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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby itbrvilla » Mon May 26, 2014 16:37

Sqrson wrote:I added the tea bags after 23 days in FV and bottled 2 days after. Steeped the tea bags in hot water for 10 min, then chucked the whole thing into the fermenter. It is my understanding that the less time between hop addiditon and bottling, the more powerfull the aroma will be (Bulldog recommends 1-2 days for their craft beer range). If you leave it for too long the beautifull aroma will escape

Cool. Think I will follow their recommendation. Cheers!
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby snail59 » Mon May 26, 2014 17:41

Sqrson wrote:I added the tea bags after 23 days in FV and bottled 2 days after.


Really 23 days :o

I only smile as I have no idea what is going on.
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby Sqrson » Mon May 26, 2014 19:24

yeap, patience is the key with this one. Only settled at 1003 on day 21. The longest fermenting brew I've done so far

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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby LeeH » Tue May 27, 2014 22:07

snail59 wrote:
Sqrson wrote:I added the tea bags after 23 days in FV and bottled 2 days after.


Really 23 days :o


That's normal for my kits. 2-3 weeks is about right.
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby itbrvilla » Fri May 30, 2014 12:26

Been a week at 20c. Still got a huge krousen and showing no sign of stopping fermentation.
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby JamesMcS » Wed Jun 11, 2014 13:23

It does take a while, I left this one for 26 days - hopped at 23.

Brew this one short at your own peril! Mine ended up at 8-9% and I didn't brew short.

Hope it turns out alright though, after about 6 weeks (when I'd nearly finished the keg) I thought that it was the best beer I'd ever tasted. Beautiful
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby LeeH » Wed Jun 11, 2014 19:57

Well, what a anti climax mine was.

It's a great colour, clear with great mouth feel and head retention. But, no hop aroma or taste.

Disappointed.
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby JamesMcS » Wed Jun 11, 2014 20:21

When did you put the hops in? Kegged or bottled? And how long since it came out of the fermenter?
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby LeeH » Wed Jun 11, 2014 20:23

5 weeks, so I know it's early.

Hops went in 5 days before kegging and bottling.
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby JamesMcS » Wed Jun 11, 2014 20:25

Hmm. I drank most of my keg before 6 weeks and it was awesome by the end. The only things I can think about are temperature and water - I used a fish tank heater with the mains cos going through a bung to keep a constant temperature, and spring water from morrisons
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby JamesMcS » Wed Jun 11, 2014 20:26

Give it another few weeks - I bet it's temperature related - I've noticed all my brews really changing in flavour week to week
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby LeeH » Wed Jun 11, 2014 20:29

Was brewed in a fridge at 19 deg. I'll try it again next month but that won't bring the hops back.

Think I'll chuck in some cascade and citra in the keg via a tea ball.

Water was passed through a 3 stage filter like all my kit brews.
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby JamesMcS » Wed Jun 11, 2014 20:30

Pay back with your results - I for one haven't done that before so I'll be interested to know how it turns out. Good luck!
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby LeeH » Wed Jun 11, 2014 20:32

It's off down the drain it's it doesn't mellow and 'hop up' some.
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby JamesMcS » Wed Jun 11, 2014 20:35

That would be a shame, I've only done the one - the only reason I won't be kegging the next one is its a bit strong for a 4 pint session :-)
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby munkian » Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:46

Mine isn't very hoppy at all - smells fruity. A little disappointed with this one especially as its the most expensive I've bought. I'll leave it for a few more weeks in the keg
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby LeeH » Thu Jun 19, 2014 14:53

I've got some cascade and Amarillo to dry hop it.
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby itbrvilla » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:48

Tasted disgusting when bottling last week. Tried one last night after a week and it has really changed. All the fruity aromas coming through. Still a bit of a medicinal taste to it which will probably clear with time.
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Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby LeeH » Thu Jun 26, 2014 13:00

Mines got a 'alcohol' taste to it which I'm sure will improve, it looks great and has a great mouthfeel.

Just no friggin hop smell or flavour.
I'm going to leave it for another 2 months then hop the crap out of it.
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Re: Bulldog - Evil Dog Double IPA

Postby LeeH » Fri Jul 04, 2014 20:39

This will sort it.

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