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Old 03-07-2009, 05:34 PM   #1
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Default Special B?

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Gotta brew! But no crystal! No 20, no 60, not even any 120

But I do have a couple of pounds of Special B.......

So here goes:

I want a clean malty brew with a bit of color:

10 gal AG batch:

12 lbs Pale Malt
5 lbs Vienna Malt
3 lbs Munich Malt
1 lbs Special B Malt

Mash at 154 for 60 min
Batch sparge at 168

Want some clean hops:

1 oz pearle 60 min
1/2 oz galena 30 min


And a good clean yeast:

S-05 (Chico)

So, what do you think?

What style is this closest to?

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Old 03-07-2009, 05:41 PM   #2
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Can't say what style (the grain bill has Belgian influences, but the hops and yeast don't match that profile). If I had to put a label, maybe a type of pale ale? The special B will had a fair amount of color (I got an SRM of 13.5), so you are good there. I think if you added some more hops (maybe a full oz of the galena) and possibly swapped the order you could have a really nice and balanced pale ale, especially with that yeast. Your call though if you want it maltier or not.

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Old 03-07-2009, 06:24 PM   #3
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I think you may be right.

I'm gonna bump the galena up to a full oz at 30 min.

This should give me 26 IBU, and a bitterness ratio of 0.51.

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marris otter is great for clean and malty. maybe sub 2-3 pounds for some of the pale malt? who cares what style it is, as long as you love it!

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Special B= Carmel 120. Same stuff.

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Special B= Carmel 120. Same stuff.
I could have sworn Special B is a dark crystal, around 180L
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I could have sworn Special B is a dark crystal, around 180L
According to the guy at my LHBS, Special B= Crystal (Carmel) 120.
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OK, after doing a really quick Google, Special B is anywhere from 120- 220 Lovibond, depending who you ask. So take that for what it is worth............

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Special B has a different flavor profile as well... your LHBS guy is full of it

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Special B has a different flavor profile as well... your LHBS guy is full of it
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C120L is "sorta" a substitute for Special B, but doesn't come anywhere near the raisin/plum/fig that Special B has
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