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Old 09-10-2007, 11:52 PM   #1
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Hi I just got a delivery of various crushed grains and some liquid dark malt extract and honey. I am making a honey porter. I have about 4lbs of grain and 3lbs of LDME. This is the first time I made my own recipe, I usually order kits with directions so i need some guidance. How long should i steep this amount of grains before I add the LDME. I also got some irish moss. About what time do i add that and do i use a grain bag or just throw it in? And after the boil do I strain the wort before i put into fermenter and add yeast? Thanks alot.

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Old 09-10-2007, 11:57 PM   #2
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heres the recipe. What do you think? Its my first time so be easy on me.

3.00 lbs. English 2-row Pils info
0.58 lbs. English Chocolate Malt info
0.37 lbs. Weyermann CaraMunich I® info
3.23 lbs. Liquid Dark Extract info
0.87 lbs. Honey info
1.1 oz. Cascade (Pellets, 5.50 %AA) boiled 60 min. info
0.50 oz. East Kent Goldings (Pellets, 5.00 %AA) boiled 15 min. info
0.50 oz. Fuggle (Pellets, 4.75 %AA) boiled 1 min. info
Yeast : WYeast 1028 London Ale info

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Old 09-11-2007, 12:01 AM   #3
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You can put the grains into a grain bag (the largest you can find - it'll fill it) and steep them in as much water as you can get. Probably hold them at about 155 for an hour or so.

Pull your grains (I usually lay them in a saucer and let them finish draining, then add that back to the kettle), add your malt extract and honey, hit a boil, and add your hops. In my experience, when using pellet hops, I never bothered to strain them out when they went into the fermentor (someone will disagree with me on this one). I do when using whole hops however - they're just so much bigger.

If you've made your own recipe, decide which hops are for bittering (they go in earlier in the boil, generally an hour is good) and which are for aroma (last 15 minutes down to flame-out - or even directly into the fermentor / secondary).

Your irish moss goes into the boil alone, about 15 minutes from the end - a half teaspoon is usually enough.

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*Edit* with that little LDME, you may want to do a mini-mash with your grains to get more sugars out of them. I've only done full mashes, and the equipment is probably something you don't have - hopefully someone will chime in with a simple mini-mash setup....

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thanks alot that was sooo helpfull. I actually bought 2 grain bags to put the grains in. I was wondering how i was gonna get all the sugars out of it and a partial mash sounds good..But I have no idea how to do it. Any Ideas? Thanks again. oh one more thing. after the wort is chilled and you put the yeast on top you stir the yeast around in the wort or do u let it stay on top. I have gotton mixed reviews on this. Thanks

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I steep my grains for about 40 minutes at 152-155, then strain with grain bag and sparge/rince with about 1/2 gallon at 165. I add the extract & then boil, others add the extract later in the boil. Irish moss for last 15 minutes of boil. Some people add the honey to the primary, but I add mine to the hot wort before cooling. I do not strain my wort after the boil either. Hops and all go right in the primary for a week and then rack to secondary for one more week.

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Rehydrate your dry yeast in a cup of warm water. I start mine when I start brewing and cover the glass with saran wrap. When the wort is cooled, pour in the yeast and stir alot to aerate the wort.

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ok thanks. So u put the grain in 155 water without a grain bag then u pour the water threw a grain bag into another pot then u rinse it back into the original? Is that somewhat right?

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ok thanks. So u put the grain in 155 water without a grain bag then u pour the water threw a grain bag into another pot then u rinse it back into the original? Is that somewhat right?
..That is exactly how I do it.
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more details after I get my little guy to bed

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great thanks.

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