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Old 02-20-2011, 03:41 PM   #1
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Default First foray into All Grain - Is my grain bill too weak?

Hi all,

I am planning my first attempt at a light, all grain session ale using the ingredients I have on hand. Now I was not planning on doing an all grain batch, but I found a very excellent post on improved stove top brewing so I went shopping. Now I am the proud owner of an insulated 6.5 gallon aluminum pot.

I plan to brew using this method. I was originally planning small trial batch for my first All grain, based off my old and very tiny 2 gallon kettle so I have a slightly limited grain bill, but I think it could still work if I can get a decent efficiency (I am assuming 60%).

Here is the recipe:

5.0lbs of Pale 2-row
1.5lbs of rolled oats
1.0lbs of honey (added at last 20 minutes of boil)
1oz of Cluster @ 60min

Now if I do not have to drive down to the HBS I would rather not, but if this recipe is going to fail I will make the trip.

Advice appreciated!

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Old 02-20-2011, 03:48 PM   #2
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Seems a little lite to me. What OG are you shooting for? Seems like the beer could come in around 2.5% based on the grain bill. This is barring that I dont know how the honey will affect the percentage in the outcome. Just my 2 cents and limited experience. Good luck with it and let us know how it comes out.

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Old 02-20-2011, 03:52 PM   #3
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For a two gallon batch it looks like you should end up with a pale 5% if you hit 60% which should be too easy. I am sure it will be 70%

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Did not see is it 2 gal or 5 gal?

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I am shooting for around 1.035 OG. I guess I should mention that the final batch volume is going to be 4.50 gallons (I am deathly afraid of boil overs, so my initial boil volume will be 5g).

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Old 02-20-2011, 04:06 PM   #6
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with 5# of grain and the adjuncts your OG on this is only going to hit somewhere between 1.024-1.026.
and around 2.5%ABV

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with 5# of grain and the adjuncts your OG on this is only going to hit somewhere between 1.024-1.026.
and around 2.5%ABV
This!!!! ^
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I am getting different results from BeerSmith, but maybe I got something wrong. Even with 60% efficiency I am seeing an OG of 1.040 (4% abv) I have plenty of dextrose on hand to raise the body of this beer if needed.

I am also not against a light sessionable ale. To be honest I prefer my beers to be on the lighter side so I usually brew at around 3% to 4% as my desired final ABV.

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Old 02-20-2011, 04:22 PM   #9
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Holy S- Honey Iced Tea.
My bad dude! I messed up Beer smith got it right I was calculating it on paper.
I wrote down 2# Pale Malt. not 5#

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Okay that makes sense. For the rolled oats, is a single step infusion fine? Do I need to grind the oats up at all prior to the infusion (ei, make them more like quick oats)?

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