Since I'm away at school I've had to resort to small batches of highly experimental brews, since quality control in a dumpy apartment is a pipe dream. Came up with this recipe the other day and definitely going to brew it up this weekend. I've never tried to mash without my all grain set up at home, so things could get messy.
Let me know what you think of the recipe, I tried to find something similar on here but so far no luck.
3 lbs American 2-row
.5 lbs each of:
Making 1.5 gallons of wort, add 1 ounce Styrian Bobek (3.9%a) @ 20 minutes, .5 ounces bitter orange peel @ 10 minutes.
Add to fermenter with 1 gallon of cider for a 2.5 gallon batch.
I'm estimating the best efficiency I'll see is 70%, so the 1.5 gallons will have a gravity around 1.085, the cider 1.050, so net OG should be ~1.071
Ferment in a 5 gal bucket with Wyeast 1084 Irish Ale, rack to 3 gal glass carboy for secondary.
Debating using my 3 gal better bottle for primary, but I'm worried about having too much blowoff. Any reason not to use a fermentation vessel that leaves ample space?