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pnj 05-10-2009 10:22 PM

First AG tonight. Your thoughts on my recipe?
This will be about a 3 gallon batch. The recipe is from Brewtopia Easy All-Grain Homebrewing Recipes
They add a gallon or so of water to top off the carboy but I'm going to try to boil using my 4 gallon and 3 gallon pots, on my stove, and see what I come out with so I don't have to top off w/ water.

How many gallons should I somewhat be shooting for with eight pounds of grain?

7 1/2 lbs. 2 row pale malt
1 lb. crystal malt (40-80 L)
1/2 oz. Crystal hops (5% aa) - boil 60 mins.
1/2 oz. Crystal hops - boil last 15 mins.
1/2 oz. Crystal hops - dry hop after 4 days in the primary fermenter.
safale US 05 Yeast

I also have some Fuggles and Northern Brewer hops, if you think those would work I could throw them in somewhere too.

Also, should I pitch two packs of yeast?


KerryD 05-10-2009 10:46 PM

Sounds like a nice beer!

If you've never done a beer with all crystal hops, I'd go ahead and go with what you posted.

AZ_IPA 05-10-2009 11:21 PM

I'd cut the crystal 40 in half - a pound is a lot (especially in a 3 gallon batch) with only 7.5 lbs of 2-row

pnj 05-10-2009 11:36 PM

it's actually crystal 80L, if that makes any difference. what do those number mean anyways?

anyways, it's too late. I'm mashing as we speak(type).

TommyBoy 05-10-2009 11:41 PM


Originally Posted by pnj (Post 1314223)
it's actually crystal 80L, if that makes any difference. what do those number mean anyways?

anyways, it's too late. I'm mashing as we speak(type).

80L (Lovibond) is the color.

Yooper 05-10-2009 11:44 PM

That's a fair amout of of grain for a 3 gallon batch! You should end up with a fairly high OG. That means that your beer might be underhopped, especially with a full pound of crystal. If you can, add more hops at the beginning of the boil- move at least 1 ounce to 60 minutes. Otherwise, you'll have an OG of around 1.070 and IBUs of only about 16. It'll be cloyingly sweet without enough bittering.

pnj 05-11-2009 12:00 AM

What volume should I shoot for with that amount of grain? I'd like an OG of around 1.05 or so. I have a 4 gallon pot and maybe a 3 or 2.5 gallon pot. I was going to boil the wort in both of those and hope I end up w/ more then 3 gallons.

Also, I do have more hops, as I mentioned in the first post. I could always add more..?

Yooper 05-11-2009 12:02 AM

You'd have to guess at your efficiency, since it's the first AG. But I think to guess at 68% would be pretty safe. That means that if this is a three gallon batch, you'll end up with 1.069. A four gallon batch would give you 1.052

I know you're mashing now- how much water did you mash with, and how much are you going to sparge with?

Yooper 05-11-2009 12:04 AM

After you decide on your boil volume, I'll help you with the hopping. I'd definitely plan on moving the dryhops to the bittering hops, because you need it. You can buy more hops in two weeks for the dryhopping!

pnj 05-11-2009 12:30 AM

well, for the amount of water I found that many people use 1.25 quarts of water to a pound of grain.

What I did was measure out a pound of grain and add 1.25 quarts to see what the ratio looked like. Then I poured in a bunch of water to the rest of my grains and stirred it up so it had the same consistency as my test sample..:D

I am doing the mash in my oven. It holds steady at 150 on the Low setting. So my grains are in two large pots. However, I just discovered that with that much grain, the oven holds steady at 140. So.... I just turned the heat up a bit. I'm doing the iodine starch test and when I no longer see black, I'll be mashing.

I'll be mashing using Deathbrewers stove top method. So I'll soak the grains in hot water for 10-15 minutes. So I won't know my final wart amount until I'm done...:)

Yoop, would you recomend that I don't use additional hops? (northern brewer or fuggles?)

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