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grlz 03-10-2009 12:47 AM

2 cans of extract per batch?
 
i was perusing through my homebrewing for dummies book whilst on the can today and he said he uses two cans of extract per 5 gal batch. anyone do this? i always used one, kinda seems like overkill to me.

ChshreCat 03-10-2009 12:49 AM

Depends on the size of your cans. Most of them at my LHBS are 3.3 lbs and that won't give you much on it's own in a 5 gallon batch.

Yooper 03-10-2009 12:53 AM

That's exactly what I was going to say! For a 5 gallon batch, you should use two cans. Otherwise, you're making "near beer" or using corn sugar to boost up the ABV.

The Blow Leprechaun 03-10-2009 01:14 AM

There's only one rule for this:
Use as many cans as it takes to get the right gravity for the recipe you're making.

SumnerH 03-10-2009 01:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChshreCat (Post 1186887)
Depends on the size of your cans. Most of them at my LHBS are 3.3 lbs and that won't give you much on it's own in a 5 gallon batch.

Right. It all depends on the recipe; a Scottish 60 or a really mild bitter or stout could be okay with about 1 can or a bit more.

Even an ESB, Kolsch, or Pale Ale probably needs about twice that in a 5 gallon batch (let alone a barleywine, Belgian strong, imperial IPA, RIS, etc).

baseballstar4 03-10-2009 01:59 AM

I just brewed a stout in where I used 3 3.3lb cans. Everything depends on your beer style and gravity you're shooting for

grlz 03-10-2009 02:20 AM

now i gotta buy twice as much... le sigh...

SumnerH 03-10-2009 02:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by grlz (Post 1187080)
now i gotta buy twice as much... le sigh...

Buy DME in bulk and you'll save money.

DOGBOY 03-10-2009 07:23 PM

Coopers kits contain 3.75 lb. malt, but they need more.
...but what should you add? ...and how much?
6 different options:
1. None - Maybe you plan to purchase something special, or you already have something to use.
2. 2.2lb Dextrose - Lowest "finished beer cost." It makes a extra-light-bodied (thin) beer.
3. 2.2lb Brew Enhancer 1 - Blended dextrose and maltodextrine. Makes light-bodied beer.
4. 1.75lb Brew Enhancer 1.5 - Blended Malt Extract and Dextrose. For moderate strength and body.
5. 2.2lb Brew Enhancer 2 - Blended Malt Extract, dextrose, and maltodextrine. Moderately full-bodied.
6. 3.3lb Malt Extract - This makes stronger beer, with the richest flavor and fullest body.

Figbash 03-10-2009 10:18 PM

It depends on what you are brewing. I use three cans of extract in my Imperial Stout. SumnerH is right though, you'll save a lot of cash if you start using DME instead of canned extract.

Tom


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