For the past two years I have been all grain brewing for recipes I get from books or the Internet. For the most part they go okay, I had quite a few disasters in the beginning, but now I can get a fairly good result using some one else's recipe. Las week I started playing around with so spread sheets that I down loaded, and worked out how to use them. This is my First recipe, so let me know what you think.
I settled on the BYO Spread sheet. I got out my books and notes and set up an extra section to I could calculate the amount of water needed and at what temperature I would need to do a temperature control mash. I think I did a good job on the calculations because a was able to hit all my desired temperatures in the mash, go a good conversion, and hit my OG almost on the money. Though I need to work on my efficiency because I am at ~65% with this batch , so I think I need to work on my sparging technique.
Chocolate cream porter recipe If you want to see I have the excel file here. But I think it is going to be close what I was shooting for. I really have been wanting to try to make a Cream ale like the Anderson Vally Summer cervesa crema, but being that it is winter I thought that a porter would be nice. I made up this recipe to try to get a creamy dark chocolate flavor, not to sweet and a little spicy like a good dark chocolate.
So my taste of the wart before fermentation leads me to think that the MT. Hood hop will lead the taste a little of the mark( too spicy) , but if it mellow out it should be just right.
8# Two row pale
1# Flaked Maze
.5# Chocolate Malt (roasted)
.5# Black patent malt
.5# Crystal 40L
.5# Bisquit Malt
Tettnager 1.5oz 60min
Cascade 1oz 30min
MT. Hood 1oz 5min
estimated OG 1.051
Actual OG 1.050
Pitch WL Irish ale 70ºF ferment at 65-68ºF
Total Iso-Alpha Acid Desired: 35
My biggest problem about this batch is I need a Bigger pot! I had a gallon in a separate pot after the sparge, I really thought my pot could hold every thing, but It would have been full to the brim!
cant wait to try it in a month!