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Old 06-21-2014, 12:15 AM   #21
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I'd like to try a simple all grain recipe as my first AG batch.
Does this make sense?
10lbs 2row
1lbs caramel 20L
1 lbs carapils
1oz cscade @ 60
1oz cascade @ 30
1oz cascade @ 5

Safale 05

What do you guys think?
Will this be drinkable? Any suggestions?

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Old 06-21-2014, 01:33 AM   #22
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For my first all grain brew (first ever brew really) I bought a pre made kit from midwest. Very handy way to start it out. They have many suggestions and many have Reviews where you can read what others people think. I'd start that way. Free shipping on orders over 60 and no sales tax

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Old 06-21-2014, 02:31 AM   #23
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I really don't want to buy a pre made kit, one of the things that I really want to do is try different combinations and see how they change taste and see what I cancome up with. But I also don't want to waste a batch, so that's why I ask if what I posted above sounds reasonable.

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Old 06-21-2014, 04:03 PM   #24
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Totally. However all grain brewing is pretty involved . It's very technique sensitive. My first batch was more or less learning the process to make beer less about creativity in the end product. You have to walk before you can learn to crawl. For your first batch focus on the process all the steps and numbers etc. I wouldn't do a super expensive recipe your first brew. Keep it simple for your first one. There a lot more important considerations than ingredients to someone who hasn't done it before. For my second brew I'm going to go with a recipe in the recipes section. What's the difference between that and a kit??

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Old 06-21-2014, 04:10 PM   #25
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I also reasoned this when I bought a kit. If you've never brewed before and you brew something that hasn't been brewed before (your own concoction) you have no benchmark to compare it to . It was never made be an expert so how can you compare yours to no data? You may actually learn less.

For example with your recipe there aren't really any gravity numbers . You'd just have to figure it out when you lauter to your kettle. If it was made before you'd have an estimated gravity number from which you can compare your efficiency. Making a first batch outside of a recipe won't shed any light on the efficiency of your setup nor can you figure out why there are off flavors etc.

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Old 06-21-2014, 04:28 PM   #26
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The recipe sounds fine. Maybe drop the carapils down to 8 Oz. Not a big deal though. Download beersmith. 30 day trial and it will tell you what your expected gravity should be. It's great for formulating recipes in general. Good luck G.

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Old 06-21-2014, 05:47 PM   #27
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The target og is 1052 for 6 gallon batch, and it should finish around 1010. This is not about making the best recipe. It's about learning the process and the equipment, so that when I start trying the more involved recipes I don't have to guess what the numbers are going to be. Such as loss to evaporation during boils and absorption during mashing.

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It seems like a reasonable bill and hop addition. Yes you will be able to drink it. Still Im not sure why you wouldn't just go with a recipe that is already out there until you get your "mash tun wet". Most of my "personal" recipes are made off of someone elses and altered to suit my personal tastes. Theres no reason to reinvent the wheel first time out. Still this is a very 'common looking' hop and grain bill fro an American Pale ale save maybe the color which is not a big deal.. youll be able to drink it yes and it quite possibly will be delicious, I cant see how it could be undrinkable.

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