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Old 12-08-2010, 12:21 PM   #1
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hey guys, i just finished kegging my apfelwein, and im ready to move on to my first all grain beer

as such, i would love to hear some suggestions for a relatively easy, but delicious, recipe for a 1st time all-grainer

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Old 12-08-2010, 12:30 PM   #2
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There are lots! What do you like to drink? You can make just about any style of beer with a single infusion mash, so as long as you stay away from mult-step mashes or decoctions, you'll be fine.

A nice APA usually only has base malt and crystal malt, but since all of the grains go into the mash together that really doesn't matter. You could do an oatmeal stout, an ESB, a brown ale, etc. It might be easiest to do a dark beer first. Not because the recipe is easier, but the darker grains can "hide" a flaw or two, if you accidently mash or sparge too hot for example.



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Old 12-08-2010, 01:22 PM   #3
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As long as you stay away from decoctions, step mash., lotsa wheat, rye or oats and anything super high gravity, all recipes will work very much the same in all grain.

The real question is: what do you want to brew?

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Yeah, for the love of satan, whatever you do don't try a high gravity beer. Chances are on your first AG you will have WAY lower efficiency than you planned for... this can be doubly disappointing if you were shooting for a really high OG.

In fact, you may even want to try a low gravity beer (something under 1.045). This will essentially allow you to use more of your water for sparging, increasing your efficiency.

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Old 12-08-2010, 03:39 PM   #5
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yea, i have heard that a dark beer first can hide any poor clarity issues...

idk, i guess any porter or stout would be delicious... any simple recipes anyone can recommend?

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one of my first all-grain batches ever, and (I think) the first recipe I drafted myself from scratch. It's not a well-constructed recipe - it's a bit of a kitchen-sink batch, but I totally lucked out and got an amazing (and repeatable) Maple Stout:

43% 5 0 American Two-row Pale
23% 2 12 Maple Syrup
13% 1 8 Melanoidin Malt
9% 1 0 Caramunich III
4% 0 8 British Black Patent
4% 0 8 German Chocolate Wheat
4% 0 8 German Caramel Wheat

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Ed Wort's Haus Ale

it uses few ingredients and is a well tested recipe. I've probably made it ten times in the last year....

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+1 I chose Ed Wort's Haus Pale Ale for my first AG brew about 18 months ago. Simple, straightforward ingredient list and procedures, Nottingham dry yeast makes it a snap. It helps that it's a very nice beer, too!

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yea, that recipe seems to be the best recommendation.

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yea, that recipe seems to be the best recommendation.
I just posted an oatmeal stout recipe, and it came out great!

The great thing about it (for me) was I have hard water and sometimes my lighter colored beers don't come out great. Stouts, on the other hand, are perfect using my tap water. If you don't know your water make-up, maybe you would like to do a beer that is amber colored or darker. If you're using bottled water or know your water makeup, please just ignore me!


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