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Old 01-03-2011, 12:36 AM   #1
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Default Red ale recipe suggestions?

I am planning on making a red ale using a Mr. Beer extract and some DME. My main question is, what kind of hops would go well with this? This will only be my 2nd beer (of red ale), so I don't really know which hops would be best suited for this type.

I have these hops available to me to use: liberty, mt hood, galena, saaz, and columbus. ( 1 oz each )

This is what i have in mind.. just using random hop boil times to acquire a what seems good amount of IBU.. i like hoppy beers but i wanted this one to only be moderately hoppy.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Betwitched Plus DME
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Brewer: Butain
Style: Irish Red Ale
Batch: 2.13 gal Extract

Characteristics
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Recipe Gravity: 1.056 OG
Recipe Bitterness: 21 IBU
Recipe Color: 11° SRM
Estimated FG: 1.014
Alcohol by Volume: 5.5%
Alcohol by Weight: 4.3%

Ingredients
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MrB. Bewitched Red Ale 1.21 lb, Extract, Extract
MrB. Booster 0.20 lb, Sugar, Other
Muntons DME - Amber 0.50 lb, Extract, Extract
Muntons DME - Light 1.00 lb, Extract, Extract

Galena 0.25 oz, Pellet, 10 minutes
Liberty 0.25 oz, Pellet, 5 minutes
MrB. Bewitched Red Ale 1.00 oz, Pellet, 5 minutes

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Old 01-03-2011, 04:13 AM   #2
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Personally those wouldn't be my hops of choice for a red ale. I would either use something British like EKG if you are going for an irish red or American like cascade or amarillo if you're going for an American amber. Also, is the extract pre-hopped? If not I don't think you have enough hops in this one, especially only adding them late in the boil.

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