I'm brewing this clone kit from Austin Homebrew today and was hoping I could get some advice for the best results. The recipe is as follows:
10.25 lbs 2-row
.75 lbs Crystal 60L
.25 lb Malto Dextrin addition at boil
1 oz Nugget at 60 mins.
.5 oz Perle at 15 mins.
1 oz Cascade at 5 mins
*.5 oz Cascade dry hop in secondary
Pitching Wyeast 1056 American Ale yeast....made a starter with Light DME.
Desired Mash is at 150*F for 60 minutes with 1.25 qt/lb. It says to not run off more than 6.25 gallons in the sparge with exclamation points...however, it says later to add water to make it 5.25 gallons in the fermenter. This is just what the recipe says from AHS. I don't like to add water with an AG brew and don't think I should have to. I want this to taste and look as close to Sierra Nevada as possible. Should I run off as much as I want as long as the gravity is ok? It says here that the O.G. should should be 1.050 and that should be reasonable.
Also, I have never added sugar with the exception of honey to any of my brews. What is that for?
Thanks for the help guys!!