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Old 02-20-2013, 04:04 PM   #1
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Default Straight 2 row barley beer?

I am doing my first all grain batch this weekend (10 gallons). I want to get close to the Brewers Best American Light that I have been making.I have to local brew stores. One gave me a recipe that would cost just under 50 bucks. The other told me to just use two row barley. No other grains at all. It would cost me around 36 smackers, Good idea or not? Anyone got any better ideas?

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Old 02-20-2013, 04:45 PM   #2
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To get something approaching an American Light, you'll want some adjuncts in there (corn or rice) and maybe some simple sugar to really dry it out.

However: a beer with one type of malt and one type of hop is referred to as a Single Malt and Single Hop (SMaSH) beer, and is a great way to get into all grain. It's a simple beer and you really get to learn the ingredients. Check this thread out:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/best...e-made-336665/

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If you want an American Light, you'll want some US two-row and maybe some flaked corn and/or flaked rice. (Minute Rice is great for this!). I can not see it costing anywhere near $50!

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I can make 11 gallons of my light cream ale for $12. This is where buying grain in bulk and reusing yeast come into play!

I agree on the corn and/or rice to make it truly low body and dry. Also mashing on the low side will help dry out your beer...shoot for a mash of 148-150F for 80 minutes.

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I was just thinking- if you post the recipe you've used and liked, we could convert it to all-grain for you so you can match it properly.

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Man, thanks for the input. The brew is an extract kit ( http://www.brewersbestkits.com/pdf/1...t%20Recipe.pdf ). Any help IS apriciated!

Wouldn't mind if it was a little higher in achohol content.

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Man, thanks for the input. The brew is an extract kit ( http://www.brewersbestkits.com/pdf/1...t%20Recipe.pdf ). Any help IS apriciated!

Wouldn't mind if it was a little higher in achohol content.
I would probably do something like this for a 5 gal batch:

5 lbs 2-row malt
2 lbs Pilsen (Pilsner) malt
1 lb Flaked Corn
0.5 lb minute rice

Mash at 150F for 80 minutes

Same hop schedule but 25% less bittering hop if you do a full boil down to 5 gallons. I aim for 16 ibu's.

Fermentis US-05 dry yeast

Would be around 4.5% abv. You could add another 8-12oz of table sugar or corn sugar if you want to dry it out further and boost alcohol to 5%+

This is almost exactly the recipe I use for my light cream ale and it's highly drinkable and cheap! You can use generic unsweetened corn flakes for the corn and generic "minute rice" instead of flaked rice. I get my minute rice from the dollar store along with the corn flakes!
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Man, thanks for the input. The brew is an extract kit ( http://www.brewersbestkits.com/pdf/1...t%20Recipe.pdf ). Any help IS apriciated!

Wouldn't mind if it was a little higher in achohol content.
6-7 lbs Pilsner
1 lb Flaked Corn
1 lb Flaked Rice

Same hops.

US-05 yeast.

Add 1Tbs Amylase Enzyme to secondary; will dry it out and raise ABV.

90 min mash @148; 90 min boil.
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Yall talking about " Toney the Tiger" type corn flake cerial? Except not sweetened.

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I don't think you should use breakfast cereal for this - looking at the ingredients for Kellog's Corn Flakes, for instance, it includes Sugar, Malt Flavoring, and Salt. Flaked Corn, which you can get at your LHBS, is just corn processed in a specific way so that you can add it directly to your mash without having to first do a cereal mash on it. I've read you can also use some form of grits or quick grits as a substitute, but I don't know the details off hand.

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