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Old 07-21-2005, 04:36 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a simple (read idiot proof) method/formula for converting an all-grain recipe to an extract one? I was given a book of recipes and they are all all-grain. I want to try a few of them but I haven't been able to find a way to do it. I checked out Palmers site but didn't find what I was looking for.

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great that looks like what I want. now I just have to figure out what type of DME corresponds to which type of grains.

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post the all grain recipe you want to convert and we could help ya out

are you going to do any grain at all? like a steepe or just straight extract...

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Thanks for the offer, I plan on doing an extract with steeping any specialty grains. I'll find one that I really want and put it out if I can't figure out what I need on my own.

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post the all grain recipe you want to convert and we could help ya out

are you going to do any grain at all? like a steepe or just straight extract...
Since you offered here is an all grain scotch ale recipe that I'd like to convert to partial mash:

8 Lbs British Pale Ale Malt 2-row
1 Lb Carapils Malt
1 Lb Peated Malt
1 Lb Biscuit Malt
1 Lb 90L Crystal Malt
3 Oz Roasted Barley
3 Oz Kent Goldings 5% alpha acid leaf hops
2 Oz Fuggles 4% alpha acid plug hops
3 teaspoons Irish moss
10 Gallons artesian drinking water
#1728 WYeast Scottish ale liquid yeast
1 2/3 cup gold dry malt for bottling

I guess you would just find the correct substiture for the brit pale ale malt, and steep the rest of the grains? Can it really be that simple
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Since you offered here is an all grain scotch ale recipe that I'd like to convert to partial mash...
Talk about timing! I've been looking to convert my extract with partial grain Scotch Ale to All Grain! I may just steal this recipe and substitute WL yeast; it looks good! I'm curious about why they would specify artesian water.

As for converting this, I would think you would just need to substitute the 8 lbs. of 2-row with either 6.5 lbs. LME or 5.5 lbs. DME. The rest of the grains, steep. Am I wrong here, anyone?
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guess you would just find the correct substiture for the brit pale ale malt, and steep the rest of the grains? Can it really be that simple
yes you got it man! it really is that simple...

six pounds of dme should substitute well enough for the eight pounds of pale malt, i would use light or amber dried malt extract and maybe a pound of dark malt extract... depending on how much grain you want to use...

from the amount of grain, it looks to be a wee heavy scottish ale?

i don't know where you will find peated malt.. this is going to be the most dominate flavor from the specialty grans, if yer hbs doesn't have it, you might want to try smoking some of your specialty grains over a mesquite fire for a bit to recreate teh smokey flavor from the peat or buy that liquid smoke, but be gentle with it it's easy to smoke the grain, before it's crushed on a cookie sheet on a coleman grill...
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Yeah, a wee heavy is what I'm going for.

Don't really need an excuse to fire up the smoker, but I'll sure take one! Guess I'm heading to the LHBS and the meat market tomorrow! God I love this hobby!

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Yeah, a wee heavy is what I'm going for.

Don't really need an excuse to fire up the smoker, but I'll sure take one! Guess I'm heading to the LHBS and the meat market tomorrow! God I love this hobby!
Yessir! Fire up that smoker! I've done Scotch Ale using peated malt before. Most HBSs carry them. I've also added about a tablespoon of liquid smoke to a five gallon batch. The combo of the two really delivers the smokey taste.

But this next batch, I'm going to fire up my smoker and smoke two pounds of the 2-row for a couple of hours. I've read that mesquite really works well for this style ale and that's what I plan to smoke with. Start with grains, finish with meat!
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