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Old 04-18-2008, 07:53 PM   #1
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ok, i have a batch of homebrew in my fermenter at the moment. the thing is all i added to the recipe was 8lbs pale malt, 3oz cascade hops water and yeast. i have dried malt to prime it with. so my question is... do you think it will come out ok without stuff like; malto dextrin, irish moss and water crystals? i just want to make a beer without that stuff and see how it comes out. oh, i also didnt use grain. also what style of beer would this be considered with those ingredients?



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grain would help ad some more complex flavors, but no, you don't need that extra stuff unless you want to. I never have and my beer is great.



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8 pounds of all grain pale malt? or Dried extract?

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Sure you can make beer with one grain. It's a good way to really see individual taste of 1 grain and hop(s). Another way is to take several coffee cups and put 175 degree water in each and when at 162 degrees put a little crushed grain in each. Let them sit 1/2 hour and taste each. Write down what you taste in detail. Later when you create a beer recipe you can refer to your notes if need be and really have a better idea what grains and how much to use. It will really be sweet but you will have a very good idea what that grain contributes to a brew. Do the same for hops too.

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8 pounds of all grain pale malt? or Dried extract?
i guess. at the beermaking place they have these huge vats of the malt. it's like super thick syrup type of deal that you pour from the vat in to the container as you weigh it. and yes it's pale. but it was 8lbs of the syrupy stuff.
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That would be liquid malt extract, aka LME. When did you add the cascade hops during your boil? All pale of light lme and all cascade for hops will definately make you a nice beer. start with the basics and expand from there.

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That would be liquid malt extract, aka LME. When did you add the cascade hops during your boil? All pale of light lme and all cascade for hops will definately make you a nice beer. start with the basics and expand from there.
I boiled 5 mins added 1oz cascade hops. boiled 30 mins then added another 1oz cascade. boiled 20 mins and added the last 1oz cascade then boiled it 10 more mins. should it be ok? and with that recipe can i make it 6 gallons u think?
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I boiled 5 mins added 1oz cascade hops. boiled 30 mins then added another 1oz cascade. boiled 20 mins and added the last 1oz cascade then boiled it 10 more mins. should it be ok?
what do u think about oak chips in the fermenter with that recipe? lets say 2oz oak chips that i would boil then add to fermenter? too weird? or boring?
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Leave well enough alone. You will have many other times to fool with a recipe. I would make recipes from this forum that we know give good results and see how good you can make them and get familliar with brewing and your equipment. There is plenty of time to venture into your own ideas later.

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Leave well enough alone. You will have many other times to fool with a recipe. I would make recipes from this forum that we know give good results and see how good you can make them and get familliar with brewing and your equipment. There is plenty of time to venture into your own ideas later.
Thanks a lot sir! so what style of beer would this recipe fall under? anyone? pale ale?


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