So I'm about to brew my second batch ever. I want to brew something similar to an Otter Creak Stovepipe Porter. I found 2 recipes online which are very similar only one calls for only 3 lb 4 oz of light LME, and the other calls for 4 lbs of Alexander's Pale LME plus 3.25 lbs of light DME. Why such drastic differences in quantities of extract, and what would be the effects? The complete recipes are below.
On a side note, i was thinking of adding oak cubes to this beer. Is this a good beer to oak?
Also, I was thinking of trying to make it a little more smokey. Would adding a smoked malt work? If so how much do I add, and should I reduce another specialty grain to add it?
Lastly, I was reading that Irish Moss is only used to make the beer more clear, and some people said it should not be used for extract brewing. So I was planning on skipping the Irish Moss.
Any comments/suggestions are greatly appreciated!
Yield: 5 gallons
Starting Specific Gravity: 1.058-1.059
Final SG : 1.015-1.017
SRM: 84 (Black color)
Alcohol by Volume= 5.4%
Heat 1 gallon of water to 160 degrees F.
12 oz. British Chocolate Malt
8 oz. Belgian Cara-Munich Malt
8 oz. US 60 degrees L Crystal Malt
4 oz. Roasted Barley
4 lb. Alexander's Pale Malt Extract Syrup
3.25 lb M&F Light Dry Malt Extract
6 oz. Malto Dextrin
1 oz. Chinook @ 11.6% AA (11.6HBU) (bittering hop)
1/4 oz. Cascade (flavor hop)
1/4 oz. Willamette (flavor hop)
1 tsp Irish Moss
1st choice: Wyeast 1098 British Ale
Ferment at 68-72 degrees F
2nd choice: Wyeast 1028 London Ale
Malt & Fermentables
% LB OZ °L PPG
71% 3 4 Light Dry Malt Extract
8% ~ 6 Chocolate Malt (UK)
5% ~ 4 Roasted Barley
5% ~ 4 American Crystal 60L
5% ~ 4 Belgian CaraMunich
4% ~ 3 Malto-Dextrin
measured by brewer
measured by brewer
(70% used for O.G. estimate)
Usage Time OZ AA » IBU
boil 60 min ½ Chinook ~ pellet 11.6 » 39.2
boil 15 min ⅛ Cascade ~ pellet 5.5 » 2.3
boil 15 min ⅛ Willamette ~ pellet 5.5 » 2.3
English Ale (WLP002)
yeast in liquid form with very high flocculation and 67% attenuation
(6.3% est. ABV / 5.0% est. ABW)
per 12 oz.
boil 15 min ½ tsp Irish Moss