New brewer here. My favorite beer of all time is the Firestone Walker Double Jack, and I'm looking to do an extract version... I found this blog and have since attempted to convert it into an extract recipe. Here's what I've got calculated for the 5 gallon batch:
17.75lbs 2-Row * .75 = 13.31 lbs LME
2.5lbs Munich * .75 = 1.875 lbs LME
5oz Simpsons Caramalt
= 11.43 lbs of Muntons Light LME (adding the 1.875 below to 11.43 gets the original 13.31)
= 3.75 lbs of Munich LME (This is 50/50 munich/light malt, so 1.875 of munich and 1.875 of light)
I'm only able to do a partial boil right now, will I be able to get all ~15lbs of that extract to become soluble in 3.5 gallons of water? Also, the Simpsons Caramalt, how long should I steep it for? Should I still do only 5 oz?
I also get confused with hopping the beer--as I understand it, I have to hop more when I'm brewing with less fluid because there is less utilization of hops when not doing full boils. I didn't dive into the math yet, and found that beersmith calculates the alpha acid utilization based upon volume of water. However, is the volume it calculates include the LME? Should I be calculating this by hand based upon the volume of the water AND LME?
Maybe I'm over thinking this. I feel like I'm going to have a hard time measuring out such small differences in hop quantities--the recipe conversion calls for 1.79 oz of hops sometimes.
Any input? The recipe as I think I'll do it is below:
Steep Simpsons Caramalt x 60 minutes @ 155
11.43 lbs of Muntons Light LME
3.75 lbs of Munich LME
3.58 oz warrior x 90
1.8 oz cascade, centennial and chinook x 30
2.5 oz cascade, and centennial at flame out, stir for 15 minutes
Dry Hop 1: .5oz ea Centennial/Cascade
Dry Hop 2: .5oz ea Centennial/Cascade/Amarillo/Simcoe
Dry Hop 3: .5oz ea Centennial/Cascade
Dry Hop 4: .5oz ea Centennial/Cascade .25oz ea Amarillo/Simcoe
3-4 days per addition