Experimental all DME recipe, opinions?
I had some miscellaneous ingredients left over from some previous batches, and had been wanting to try and all DME batch, so I threw one together using what I had.
3lbs Briess Light DME
1lb Muntons Sparkling Amber DME
1lb 50-60 Crystal Malt
1oz Kent Goldings (4.6% AA)
1oz Fuggles (4.5% AA)
14oz Coopers Gold dry ale yeast
Since I only had 4lbs total DME, and almost every recipe I have seen calls for at least 6.6lbs LME (converts to 5.8lbs DME), I cut back on water volume to 4 gallons total. Here is the recipe and procedures:
Steeped specialty grain at 150ish for 30 minutes in 3.5 gallons water, added 4lbs DME and brought to rolling boil, 20 minutes in to boil added 1oz Kent Goldings, since it is an experimental batch, I decided to try using a tea ball for the hop pellets, it seemed to work pretty well, no gunk in wort, and it seemed that the hops steeped well. At 1 hour in to boil, added Fuggles for 5 minutes for finishing (used a regular nylon bag for the finishing hops). Chilled to 75 degrees and added ½ gallon more water, and pitched 15oz rehydrated Coopers dry yeast. Was in full Krausen in just over 12 hours. OG was 1.062.
The OG was much higher than I expected, Im wondering now if I shouldnt have just gone the full 5 gallons? Wonder if I made some super strong stuff? Any thoughts? Im not a homebrew scientist like some of you, so I dont have the IBUs and potential fermentables and expected OG and color chart stuff, maybe someone smarter than me out there can crunch the numbers and tell me what to expect. Thanks in advance!