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Old 11-08-2006, 12:20 AM   #1
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Here's the recipe I plan to brew this evening:

6 Gallons

Malt:

6 pounds Breiss Pilsen Light DME 1L
1 pound Coopers Light LME
8oz CaraPils 1.5L - for body/head retention
8oz CaraHell 12L - for sweetness

OG should be 1.057 according to ProMash. Color should be 3-4 SRM

Hops (ALL Saaz 3.3%):

2oz - 60min
1oz - 30min
1oz - 15min
1oz - 5min

This should give 37.2 IBUs (Urquell is 40 IBUs)

I plan to steep the grains at 155 for an hour, and add the DME & LME in the last 10 minutes of the boil. I also plan to add Whirlfloc and Yeast Nutrient during the boil. I will bring down to 70 with my chiller and pitch my Czech Budejovice Lager Yeast (WLP802) yeast with which I made a half gallon starter 2 days ago. I will be decanting the starter wort and pitching the yeast slurry only.

If you have comments on my recipe, please post them soon. I am slightly concerned about using CaraHell since it is slightly darker than I want to go. I have some Vienna and German Munch malts that I could potentially add at 4L and 6.5L respectively, but don't know if their taste would be appropriate. Thanks for your opinions and feel free to copy this for yourself!!! I will post back to report on the outcome.

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Hey brew bitches!!! I know my recipe is not perfect, or is it? Must be since no one is responding. You have a few hours to comment since I did not get to brew last night as expected.

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Old 11-08-2006, 04:04 PM   #3
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skip the 8oz CaraHell 12L and use your munich malt or some Crystal instead.
OG of 1.057 is kinda high, I'd shoot for 1.048-1.054 for this beer.

Eliminate the late addtion hops add them to the middle addtion. Dry hop it with .5 oz of Saaz. Add the whirlfloc in the last fifteen minute of the boil.

Good luck and don't forget the Diacetyl rest prior to lagering it!

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Old 11-08-2006, 04:15 PM   #4
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Hey brew bitches!!! I know my recipe is not perfect, or is it? Must be since no one is responding. You have a few hours to comment since I did not get to brew last night as expected.
Don't feel bad---I consistently get no responses on my recipe critique threads. But calling people bitches seems like a surefire way to make sure fewer people reply...
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Old 11-08-2006, 05:21 PM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestions, man. Can you possibly describe the flavor differences between the carahell and munich malts??? I don't have any super light crystal.

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skip the 8oz CaraHell 12L and use your munich malt or some Crystal instead.
OG of 1.057 is kinda high, I'd shoot for 1.048-1.054 for this beer.

Eliminate the late addtion hops add them to the middle addtion. Dry hop it with .5 oz of Saaz. Add the whirlfloc in the last fifteen minute of the boil.

Good luck and don't forget the Diacetyl rest prior to lagering it!
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Old 11-08-2006, 05:31 PM   #6
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I think it all looks good, escept for the carahell, that is not nessasary. I would instead give it a shot of crystal 20 and maybe drop some of the LME. you want it to be around 1.045 for OG.

Definately add the whirflock in the last 15.

As far as hops, it is my contention with the saaz that if you add the flavoring at 30 you lose a bunch of the goodness, i add them at 25 min left. i Know 5 min may not seem like alot but i think you will be happy with that bit of advice.

Otherwise it all looks good. I love a good Czech Pilsner.

Will you be lagering?

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What is it that everyone despises about the CaraHell? I had read that it would do the same thing as crystal but with a lighter color. Everywhere I look online says CaraHell is synonymous with light crystal. I don't have any crystal lighter than 30L.

Thanks for the suggestion on the Saaz. I don't know about dry hopping but I will shift the hops a little later cuz i love hop aroma and flavor.

My fermentation plan is to start it in the garage close to the inside door, rack it to a secondary when the bubbling first starts to decelerate, bring it in from the garage for 2 days for a diacetyl rest at that point and then put it back in a colder spot in the garage for a few weeks before bottling.

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Oh and multiple people are telling me to lower the starting gravity. One of my favorite aspects of brewing is that I can make stronger beers than are commercially available. Would it really compromise the flavor? Some individuals swear by adding honey to their brew for this purpose. I wonder how that would taste.

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Oh and multiple people are telling me to lower the starting gravity. One of my favorite aspects of brewing is that I can make stronger beers than are commercially available. Would it really compromise the flavor? Some individuals swear by adding honey to their brew for this purpose. I wonder how that would taste.
Higher gravity= more IBU's to maintain a balanced beer. You could use the Carahelles, but IMHO it is superfluous. The Carahelles isn't neccesarily going to lend complexity to this beer, it will just keep it light in color. The Munich malt on the other hand will add another dimension to the overall taste.
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Definately add the whirflock in the last 15.

actually add it the last 5 minutes
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