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I just bought the grains to brew a Cascadian Dark Ale for a competition in April. Now I'm reading the style guidline for CDA's that the competition provided and it says the SRM should be 40+. Should I go buy some more dark grains before I brew tomorrow? Here are the guidlines:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1H6.../edit?hl=en_US

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I just bought the grains to brew a Cascadian Dark Ale for a competition in April. Now I'm reading the style guidline for CDA's that the competition provided and it says the SRM should be 40+. Should I go buy some more dark grains before I brew tomorrow? Here are the guidlines:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1H6.../edit?hl=en_US
It'd be easier to help if you posted the recipe you are going with...

EDIT: FWIW my CDA comes in at about 35 SRM and is a dark "see-thru" mahogany but is probably at the lower end of what is imagined for that style.
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One of the competition coordinators just emailed me back and said the difference in color could be the difference between winning the competition and not. I posted my original grain bill. I just bought another 1/2 lb. of carafe 11 which will bring the srm up to 40. I haven't decided on my hops yet. I have lots of cascade, centennial, amarillo, simcoe and chinook so it will be some combo of those. This might just be a test batch because the competition isn't until April 20th and the hops might fade by then anyway. I've never brewed a CDA before. Does this grain bill look ok?

oil Size: 8.29 gal
Post Boil Volume: 6.50 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.05 gal
Estimated OG: 1.073 SG
Estimated Color: 32.3 SRM
Estimated IBU: 0.0 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 80.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 90.9 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt Name Type # %/IBU
10 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) 75.4 %
1 lbs Carafa II (412.0 SRM) 7.2 %
1 lbs Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) 7.2 %
12.0 oz Wheat Malt, Dark (9.0 SRM) 5.4 %
7.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) 3.1 %
4.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) 1.8 %

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