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Old 12-15-2013, 06:31 PM   #1
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Hey all,

I'm new to this forum (as I'm sure the post count will reveal) but I've lurked around here for quite some time. I've done four or so all-grain batches and have definitely gotten sucked into this fantastic hobby.

I'm trying to put together a beer with some leftover ingredients and was curious as to what you all thought of the grain bill/mash temp/hops additions? I was also thinking of maybe adding in a vanilla bean and/or some cocoa nibs. I live overseas and it's hard for me to get ingredients around these parts so it may be hard to get new ingredients.

6lbs 2-Row Pale Malt
1lb Briess Midnight Malt
1lb Caramber
1lb Chocolate Malt 350L
1lb English Coffee Malt
1oz Fuggle
0.6oz East Kent Goldings

5 Gallon Batch
1.5qt of water/1lb
Mash at 153
60 Minute Boil
0.6 Fuggle @ 50min
0.2 Fuggle @ 30min
0.4 East Kent Goldings @ 30min
0.2 Fuggle @15 min
0.2 East Kengt Golding @ flame-out

I'm curious to see what everyone thinks.


Derp forgot the yeast. I have US-05, TB-58 and WB-06 available to me.

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Old 12-15-2013, 09:44 PM   #2
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You've got 40% specialty malts with 30% of that being darker roasted malts - that's way too much. I know the midnight wheat is smoother than regular black malts but still. I'd shoot for more like roasted malts under 10-12% and total specialty under 20%.

You're hop schedule seems unusual, but I think the main problem is not enough bittering assuming you're aiming for something like a porter. Don't know the AA's of your hops but if they're both around 5% you probably need most/all that for bittering (I'm getting about 28 IBU with it all at 60 min).

For yeast I think you're going to want the 05, I have no experience with the others but by description they are a Belgian and a hefe.

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I would go with a half pound each of the midnight wheat, chocolate malt, and coffee malt. Also I would use the 1 ounce of fuggles at 60 minute and the .6 ounces of east kent goldings at 15 minutes. That gives you a sg of 1.041, bitterness of 21 ibus.

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