After 4 successful batches of partial mash brewing -2 are original recipies- I'm taking the plunge. I have lot of time to nail down the recipe because assembling the equipment is getting d@mned expensive (at least for my budget).
I have never made an all-grain brew. I'm attempting a simple pale ale. Post any suggestions that would be helpful.
This is what I have so far:
9 lbs - Pale Ale Malt (UK)
1 lbs - Belgian Pils Malt
.5 lbs - Crystal Malt 20 Lovibond
Single step mash planned, 158 F for 90 minutes. Would a "step mash" make much of a difference? And, can I use a few very loose grain bags, or do I have to let the grain stay loose in the mash?
Hops/boil (all pellet except Golding)
1 oz Cluster - 60 min.
.5 oz cluster - 30 min.
.25 oz perle - 15 min.
.25 oz golding - 10 min. (2 tsp irish moss)
.5 oz golding - 5 min.
Pitching: English Ale liquid yeast (WLP002) starter.
Isinglass for the last 8-10 days of fermentation.
The goal is a light bodied pale ale golden with a slight amber tinge, not too bitter (my friends aren't fans of real bitter ale, unfortunately).
p.s. started a blog to chronicle my progress, it's mainly for me but y'all may enjoy it. homebrewnewb.blogspot.com