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Old 01-31-2009, 12:31 AM   #1
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Having brewed 5 extract kits, I've decided it's time to branch out to designing my own recipes. I've been going nuts with the free trial of Beersmith and I think this recipe is going to be my first effort.



4 lbs Extra Light Dry Extract (3.0 SRM) Dry Extract 50.00 %

3 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 37.50 %
8.0 oz Biscuit Malt (23.0 SRM) Grain 6.25 %
8.0 oz Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 6.25 %

1.00 oz Chinook [13.00 %] (60 min) Hops 33.3 IBU
1.00 oz Progress [6.25 %] (10 min) Hops 5.8 IBU

1 Pkgs SafAle English Ale (DCL Yeast #S-04) Yeast-Ale


I'm going to try the stovetop partial mash promulgated by DeathBrewer. Then I suppose I'll primary for a week and secondary for another (maybe two).

Since I am very new at this, I thought I would seek comments on the recipe before I order my supplies.



Also:
I have several other recipes I plan to order at the same time to save on shipping - is it appropriate to post them here for feedback as well?

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Old 01-31-2009, 12:38 AM   #2
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Youll definitely want to add some crystal malt in there. Probably between 0.5 and 1 lb. 40L or 60L with a british crystal being preferred. I'm also not sure the oats are really going to add anything. I recently made an ESB with 8 oz of biscuit/victory malt and it was borderline too much. You might want to cut it back to 4-6 oz. I've never used progress hops so I can't comment on those but s-04 is a good yeast choice.

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Old 01-31-2009, 02:45 AM   #3
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Thanks, that helps.

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I would skip the secondary and just keep it in primary for 2-3 weeks. If after that it isn't clear enough for you either crash cool it for a or add some gelatin for a week.

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Can you sub something for the Chinook?
That just isnt right for an ESB

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Maybe Brewer's Gold?

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Old 01-31-2009, 03:39 AM   #7
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I'd also split up the Progress. Perhaps take .5 oz at 30 minutes and .5 oz at 10 or 5 minutes. I'd try to get both some flavor and aroma in there.

Where did you get Progress? It's not that common.

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Old 01-31-2009, 03:46 AM   #8
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Adding the crystal was my first thought, and also I'll say that when I used biscuit I was surprised at how strong the flavor of it was for how little I used (.25lb).

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Biscuit is awesome for this. I agree with Coastarine that it will stick out. 8 oz. is on the high side.

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I'm drinking a Sierra Nevada ESB right now, which claims to have American and UK hops. I'm enjoying it!

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