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Old 02-06-2008, 02:56 PM   #1
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Default Heading back to extract brewing. Am I crazy?

I need to brew and I don't have the time to AG. I've been saving this Porter recipe for this circumstance since I know it's good, despite the amount of extract. Would you brew this recipe or just keep waiting until you had time to AG? I don't even remember the steeping process, but basically its this or nothing for a few more weeks!

Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Volume: 4.00 gal Boil Time: 60 min

6.60 lb Pale Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract 72.53 %
0.50lb Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM) Grain 5.49 %
0.50lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 5.49 %
0.50lb Special Roast (50.0 SRM) Grain 5.49 %
1.00oz Magnum [14.00 %] (60 min) Hops 36.9 IBU
0.25oz Magnum [14.00 %] (10 min) Hops 3.3 IBU
1.00lb Brown Sugar,Dark (50.0 SRM) Sugar 10.99 % (added @ end)
1 Pkgs Nottingham Yeast (Lallemand #-) Yeast-Ale

Estimated Original Gravity: 1.053 SG (1.048-1.065 SG)
Estimated Final Gravity: 1.013 SG (1.012-1.016 SG)
Estimated Color: 28.1 SRM (22.0-40.0 SRM)
Bitterness: 40.2 IBU (25.0-55.0 IBU)
Estimated Alcohol by Volume: 5.21 % (4.80-6.00



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Old 02-06-2008, 03:02 PM   #2
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There's nothing wrong with extract. Personaly I'd switch it to dme and do the late addition but I'm sure it'll be a great beer.

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Old 02-06-2008, 03:04 PM   #3
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There's nothing wrong with extract. Personaly I'd switch it to dme and do the late addition but I'm sure it'll be a great beer.

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I only have LME on hand. I would do the late addition if the color were a concern but dark is good in this case...
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I have gone back and forth too. I have 3 kids and my best ever brew is a toss up between AG and PM. I am leaning towards the PM. I don't have the time. Also the chance ofsomething going wrong is much greater with AG.(thermometer crapping out, minor emergency taking your attention away from your pot while it boild over, etc.)

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Hard to answer that question, bruthah. On one hand, extract brewing is more expensive, and in my experience, not quite as good. On the other hand, darker beers seem to be more forgiving when it comes to extract, and one of my best batches ever was my very last all-extract batch, a chocolate coffee stout. Personally, I don't use extract anymore, except on the rare super-high-grav brew such as Mephistopheles. It costs too much, I don't care for the extracty taste, and I'd much rather just wait until I have time than rush it.

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Well, if you're already got the LME on hand anyway.....

WHAT THE HELL ELSE YOU GONNA DO WITH IT!?

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Hard to answer that question, bruthah. On one hand, extract brewing is more expensive, and in my experience, not quite as good. On the other hand, darker beers seem to be more forgiving when it comes to extract, and one of my best batches ever was my very last all-extract batch, a chocolate coffee stout. Personally, I don't use extract anymore, except on the rare super-high-grav brew such as Mephistopheles. It costs too much, I don't care for the extracty taste, and I'd much rather just wait until I have time than rush it.
I agree when it comes to price but I already have this LME on hand. I bought it a few months ago for this kind of situation. As you said, darker beers are more successful with extract so thats why I went with Porter. Plus I'm thinking the brown sugar and Notthingham will dry it out some...
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Nothing wrong with extract, due to space (small condo) I only do that and PM at home. I do AG over at a friends place a couple of times a year. Lot o' work.
I would be careful with the late extract addition thing. You can really screw up the bittering of your beer if you are not careful with the hops adjustment. jmho.
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Nothing wrong with extract, I switch back too when I don't have the time to spend all day brewing.

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Quick question - I don't remember the steeping process too well but what can I use to steep? I don't have any grain/hop bags on hand. Can I use cheesecloth?



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