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blowmax10 04-19-2009 07:57 PM

I need input on this recipe
 
Here is the recipe courtesy of hopville

http://hopville.com/recipe/55767/hom.../heavy-red-ale

My friends are asking me to make a brew with high alcohol but I don't want to do a true barley wine

Do you think this recipe will be ok with the Honey and the Corn sugar?

ross3648 04-19-2009 08:16 PM

I would add two more pounds of malt and only one of the other. Two pounds of honey and Corn sugar is too much for me.

blowmax10 04-19-2009 09:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ross3648 (Post 1270266)
Two pounds of honey and Corn sugar is too much for me.

Yeah but why

My thinking is that it should ferment out clean and not leave the gravity of malt extract behind

944play 04-19-2009 09:08 PM

I wouldn't steep Victory.

blowmax10 04-20-2009 12:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 944play (Post 1270344)
I wouldn't steep Victory.

Again - Why?

Please give reasons

Yooper 04-20-2009 12:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blowmax10 (Post 1270339)
Yeah but why

My thinking is that it should ferment out clean and not leave the gravity of malt extract behind


Because it's 6 pounds of extract and 4 pounds of simple sugar. That's a really high % of sugar. A pound or so would be fine, but boosting up the ABV with that much sugar and that little malt wouldn't taste very good.

Quote:

Originally Posted by 944play (Post 1270344)
I wouldn't steep Victory.

Because victory malt is a malt that must be mashed.

Sometimes making a high ABV beer is tricky, and if you don't really know the ingredients and what each bring to the beer, I'd suggest sticking with a "tried and true" recipe. A high ABV beer also has more chances of a stuck fermentation, needs a bigger starter, may have carbonation issues, needs a higher attenuating yeast, etc.

That recipe doesn't look very good to me. It's got an OG of 1.097, but only 43 IBUs? I'd keep looking.


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