I am preparing to brew "McQuackers Oatmeal Stout" from "Brewing Classic Styles" and have some questions about the recipe. Hope that someone out there can help out. Kind of a noob here so any help is greatly appreciated.
First, they call for English Pale Ale LME (3.5 degL). I can't seem to find "English" just Pale and Extra Pale. Should that matter? I am thinking that since its a Stout, then it's the steeping grains that are giving most of the malt flavor and color and the EPA is just the "base".
Second, the recipe lists a pre-boil gravity with 7gal boil which the recipe states will result in 5 gallons of finished beer (after boil and trub losses). I am used to doing partial boils of 2-3 gal with 1/2 of my extract and then filling to 5gal at "knockout" after the remaining extract is added. Do I need to adjust my weights to compensate? I would think that the boil losses will not matter and at most I will be a gallon off, but that still seems like a lot. The amounts listed in the recipe seem appropriate for a 5 gallon batch (i.e. am I reading too much into this?).