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Old 01-20-2007, 12:27 PM   #1
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Well, my New Years resolution was to go AG this year. So that means that come spring (which in Wisconsin in an El Nino year could be any time from next week to, say, Memorial Day weekend) I plan to be out on my deck brewing up my first all grain beer.

What do you suggest I make? I guess I would like the first one to be pretty simple (certainly no complicated rests or anything like that), but still something that will highlight the difference between all grain and extract beers.

(I always wanted my first time to be special...)

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I would take your favorite current recipe and convert it to AG so you can really taste the difference. If you save a couple you can then do a side by side taste test.

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Happy Brew Year! Welcome to the AG Club

Here's a very easy beer to make and it's darn tasty too!


8 lbs. 2-Row
2 lbs. Vienna
0.5 lb. Crystal 10L

1.0 oz Cascade at 60 min.
0.5 oz. Cascade at 30 min.
0.25 oz. Cascade at 15 min.
0.25 oz. Cascade at 5 min.

Nottingham Dry Ale Yeast Hydrated 4 oz. water.

Two weeks in a plastic bucket primary and then straight to the keg.

Total cost for ingredients from Austin Home Brew is $16.42 and that includes milling the grain.

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Old 01-20-2007, 03:31 PM   #4
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I would take your favorite current recipe and convert it to AG so you can really taste the difference. If you save a couple you can then do a side by side taste test.
Yes. This is a great idea. If you don't know how to convert it, post it here we can help!
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Old 01-20-2007, 04:23 PM   #5
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What style of beer would that bee. I am looking for a cheap good tasting beer to just have around the house.

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Happy Brew Year! Welcome to the AG Club

Here's a very easy beer to make and it's darn tasty too!


8 lbs. 2-Row
2 lbs. Vienna
0.5 lb. Crystal 10L

1.0 oz Cascade at 60 min.
0.5 oz. Cascade at 30 min.
0.25 oz. Cascade at 15 min.
0.25 oz. Cascade at 5 min.

Nottingham Dry Ale Yeast Hydrated 4 oz. water.

Two weeks in a plastic bucket primary and then straight to the keg.

Total cost for ingredients from Austin Home Brew is $16.42 and that includes milling the grain.
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Old 01-20-2007, 04:47 PM   #6
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It's my haus pale ale. It's very quaffable and SWMBO loves it.

I'll always have two kegs of this stuff on hand. It's that drinkable.

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Edwort,
After your initial post of this recipe, I decided to make it my first AG brew. It finally got bottled last night. I added an extra pound of 2-row because of efficiency fears, and added some Northern Brewer at the start of boil and at flame out. It tastes kind of like budweiser with extra hops thrown in. It has less flavor than I was hoping for, so I bottled with DME instead of corn sugar. However, it was very drinkable. Most of my home brews get emptied by the ones and twos. I will have a hard time brewing to keep up my thirst for this stuff. Next time I am going to play with the hops a bit, but the general idea of this recipe is good!

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Sorry for bringing up an old post, but I have to re-state my last reply. I am now drinking this stuff after a couple of weeks in the bottle, and it is approaching fantastic! The best way I can describe it is a light IPA, with a kick! I let my wife try some last night. She is not much of a beer drinker, and prefers Bud (ack!) light when she drinks it. She really liked it. Not as much as my Cheesefood Ale, but at 1/4th the price per batch, life is good.

I have another batch scheduled for the weekend after Valentine's Day. I gotta get a steam beer going next while my basement is cold, and I am leaving town for a while on business. I am going to add a bit of Carapils, and change the hops a bit to move away from the cascade. Partially because I hate grapefruit, and there is a hint of it, and partially because this is a really clean beer that the hops "jump out of". I am a novice, and I want to learn which hops I like, and which I don't.

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Wow- I'm glad it came out so good. My problem with my super drinkable beers is that they disappear way too fast around here. I don't think I'll every keg- I'd be drinking way too much. The only thing that slows me down is seeing the rinsed empties filling the sink!

I LOVE cascade hops. I'd put them in soup! But I bet you'd like perle hops if you want a "cleaner" and not-citrusy flavor. In my English style ales, I've used EKG and that is just a hint flowery, not grapefruit-y. I've used Saaz for finishing in some beers, and that's a good clean flavor. My Dead Guy clone uses mostly perle, with saaz and perle for finishing.

I'm also still learning, and finding out which hops I like, which malt I like, etc. It's so much fun, isn't it?

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Sorry for bringing up an old post, but I have to re-state my last reply. I am now drinking this stuff after a couple of weeks in the bottle, and it is approaching fantastic!
Yeah, I have noticed with Pale Ales once they hit their prime they are very drinkable. They seem to peak early-er and when they peak they are just so nice.
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