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Old 10-10-2012, 06:09 AM   #1
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Default Going to brew my first self-designed recipe...

Well if I can get feedback and critique, I'd love to know what I should or should not do with the following:

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: WLP051
Batch Size (Gallons): 2.5
Original Gravity: 1.063
Final Gravity: 1.017
IBU: ~122
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: ~9
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): ~21 @ 68-72
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): ~10 @ 68-72

Before I list ingredients, I'm going for a "ruination" of the buds but not necessarily Stone's Ruination. Tell me what (if anything) I should change for better effects. Hopefully I'll just brew it like this first, then take your considerations to heart after deciding I should have listened!

Ingredients:

3# Briess 2-row
1# Briess Vienna
1# Briess White Wheat
8oz Crystal 40L
8oz Malto-Dextrin

Mash @ 150 for 60-70 min. ?

Hop Schedule:
1/2 oz Summit @ 60
1/4 oz Summit @ 20
1/4 oz Centennial @ 20
1/2 oz Cascade @ 10
1/2 oz Centennial @ 10
1/4 oz Summit @ 5
1/2 oz Cascade @ Flame out
1/4 Centennial @ Flame out

1 oz Simcoe Dry hop in secondary for 10 days

So there it is. Love it or tear it apart. I've made 2 AMAZING brews with minor tweaks to base recipes and just want to know if I'm headed in any remotely good directions. Thanks ahead of time for input of any kind.

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Old 10-10-2012, 06:39 AM   #2
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Interesting. I just posted a recipe as well for my first go and I use vienna and White Wheat. Im extremely curious to see what people think about the white wheat.

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Old 10-10-2012, 10:38 AM   #3
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Wow...good for you. Summit and Centennial are one of my favorite combination. I hop burst (do all hop additions under 20 minutes) so I get a serious in your face aroma/flavor but this should work.

You do have a lot going on with your grain bill...have you tried a beer or kit with this combo. My only regret when i did my first original recipe was that I had a bill like yours...5-6 grains. I had no way of knowing what was shining through or what I wanted to adjust. Funny thing was, I started with 3 grains and ended up brewing with 6. A year later, almost all my IPAs are the simple 3 grains I started with.

IMO, there is some contradictory ideas in this too...why the maltodextrin? If you want a fuller beer, mash higher and get rid of the crystal to balance the sweetness. I personally don't like vienna but its just my palette. Looks nice!

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Old 10-10-2012, 12:11 PM   #4
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this video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sSKHzmhrzY -- really changed how I think about recipes. i'd recommend taking five minutes to watch it before proceeding.

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Old 10-10-2012, 01:02 PM   #5
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Is this a full wort boil, i.e. 3.5 gallons boiled down to 2.5? I highly suggest a full wort boil versus topping off with plain water. I would even try 4.5 down to 3.5 for more beer with the same amount of brewing time.

Moving on... 122 IBUs is a bit much for 1.063 OG. You would probably enjoy more like 70-100 IBUs and an OG of 1.070-1.074.

Good job on the fermentation temps and times. I would even suggest skipping the secondary for a simple beer like this and just doing 4 weeks in the primary including the dryhop. Try to keep it between 64-68 F.

Alterations to the grain bill:

4 or 5# Briess 2-row
1# Briess Vienna
1# Briess White Wheat
8oz Crystal 40L
Some corn sugar perhaps

Mash @ 150-151 for 60 min

Alterations to the hop bill:

1/2 oz Summit @ 60
1/2 to 3/4 oz Summit @ 15
1/2 to 3/4 oz Centennial @ 10
1/2 to 3/4 oz Cascade @ 10
1/2 to 3/4 oz Cascade @ Flame out
1/2 to 3/4 oz Centennial @ Flame out
1/2 oz Summit @ Flame out

1 oz Simcoe Dry hop in primary for 7-10 days
1 oz Centennial Dry hop in primary for 7-10 days

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I typed out a response, and then it was "gone". I tried again, and Bob's response was above. Mine is eerily similar, actually.

Definitely leave out the maltodextrine (it's a "thickener"), and otherwise the grain bill looks great. I mash my IPAs at 152, but with my system I know that would finish at 1.010 without corn sugar and with that mash temp. If you're unsure, follow Bobbrews advice.

Increase the later hops, too. For dryhopping, I normally dryhop 3-7 days (preferring 5 days) but 10 days is alright.

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Interesting. I just posted a recipe as well for my first go and I use vienna and White Wheat. Im extremely curious to see what people think about the white wheat.
I'm still in my first year so I can't say much about your recipe except I love white wheat. I used .5# white wheat in a pale ale and I'm pretty sure that was the reason for the best head I've ever gotten.
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reason for the best head I've ever gotten.


Wow that must be some damn good beer!
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