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Old 07-09-2011, 12:28 AM   #1
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Default Help, Need McGyver-esque Help W/ Random Recipe

SWMBO is out of town this weekend, so I ordered ingredients to brew this weekend. Looks like the stuff won't be here until Monday. Desperate to make something, I searched my supplies and found the following:

Grains
5 Lbs English Two Row
7.5 Lbs American Two Row
2 Lbs Golden Promise
1.5 Lbs Munich Type 2
1 Lb Caramel Pils

Hops
3 oz Cascade
4 oz Simcoe
1 oz Rogue Revolution
1 oz Styrian Golden
1 oz Golden Hallertou
Tons of unknown hops growing in yard

Yeast
1 Pack Wyeast Old Ale
1 Vial Whitelabs California Ale

Other
1.5 lbs Clover Honey
.5 lbs Molasses
.5 lbs Agave Nectar
.5 lbs Turbinado Sugar

Any thoughts on how to turn this randomness into an awesome beer? I think an IPA is the obvious answer. Do I throw it all in a pot and see what happens? I will most likely reserve the Old Ale yeast since it seems out of place.

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Old 07-09-2011, 10:01 AM   #2
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I thought IPA right away but that's probably the easy way out. You could keep it mild and do a bitter. You could do a pale ale.

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Old 07-09-2011, 05:45 PM   #3
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Do a "Random Yellow Delicious" beer.

Batch size 5 gallons
Boil size 6.1 gallons
Boil time 60 minutes
Grain weight 10 pounds
Efficiency 75%
Original gravity 1.054
Final gravity 1.015
Alcohol (by volume) 5.1%
Bitterness (IBU) 28
Color (SRM) 4.8°L
Grains/Extracts/Sugars
10 pounds
2 Row Base
37ppg, 1.5°L 7.5 pounds
75%
Munich (Light)
34ppg, 10°L 1.5 pounds
15%
CaraPils
33ppg, 1.5°L 1 pound
10%

Hops
1.75 ounces
Cascade hops
6%, Pellet 1 ounce
Simcoe hops
13%, Pellet 0.75 ounces

Mash
60 minutes, 7.9 gallons
Strike
Target 152°F 3.8 gallons
163°F
60 minutes (+0)
Sparge
Target 170°F 4.2 gallons
178°F

Boil
60 minutes, 6.1 gallons
Simcoe hops
13%, Pellet 0.5 ounces
45 minutes (+15)
Simcoe hops
13%, Pellet 0.25 ounces
30 minutes (+30)
Wort chiller 15 minutes (+45)

Ferment
20 days
Cascade hops
6%, Pellet 1 ounce
3 days (+11)


Pitch the california ale yeast at the same temp as the wort. No warmer than 68.

Balance is critical.

What do you think?

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I'm going with it. I may wet hop instead of using the cascade pellets. Thanks for the advice.

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Awesome.

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