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Saxmk6 04-04-2007 11:35 PM

How much grain do I actually need?
Hi all, fast question. I have always brewed from kits, and now I am trying some of my own ideas. How much grain do I actually get for a 5 gallon brew?


EdWort 04-04-2007 11:38 PM

Usually anywhere from 9 to 14 pounds of grain depending on the style of beer.

My Haus Pale Ale uses 10.5 pounds for example.

clindt 04-04-2007 11:51 PM

It also depends on your efficiency.

Axegod 04-04-2007 11:52 PM

Check out and download Promash (trial version),
You can play with various combos of grains, adjuncts and hops.

It will really give you great ideas (especially when you try inputting recepies and substitute ingredients listed with those you have access to)>


flyhigh 04-05-2007 12:09 AM

Software is the best way for newbies to make up their own recipes. I bought some and it was a ton of help.

The Pol 04-05-2007 12:10 AM

Look at some of the recipes here... I have used from 7lbs to 14 myself... 7lbs will make a good session beer.... my stout utilized 14...


Denny's Evil Concoctions 04-05-2007 01:17 AM

Shoot a bit high for your first brew in case you have a low efficiency.

2.2 lbs per gallon will get you there nicely.

Saxmk6 04-05-2007 03:26 PM

Excellent. Thanks. I will give that software a try..that looks like it is going to be lots of fun.....


Desert_Sky 04-05-2007 04:12 PM


Originally Posted by Saxmk6
.that looks like it is going to be lots of fun.....

oh trust us....it is

good luck

Lazarus Long 04-06-2007 12:13 AM

Oh yea! Very very fun. :ban:

I use 10 to 13 lbs of grain. My favorite recipe uses 10 lbs of 2 row, 1 lb Crystal L120 and 0.5 lb Chocolate. Yummy

I go here also: http://hbd.org/cgi-bin/recipator/recipes

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