Looking to do my second batch today and I need some input. I want to do an Amber Ale to compliment the IPA I have conditioning now. Something with medium body and a good caramel flavor to balance the hops I'd still like to taste. A nice easy drinking beer for a party basically.
I'm thinking an OG around 1.05 with an IBU of 40 and an ABV of say 5%+. I'll probably also add a specialty grain, maybe a crystal 60 or something for a higher SRM of say 20.
For yeast I have good access to any of the WYeast strains and was thinking of either 1332 Northwest Ale or 1450 Denny's favorite 50.
For hops I was thinking maybe a Cascade or Centennial. Something with a good flavor during bittering and another for aroma at the end of the boil. Not sure though. My last batch used Warrior and Citra so this one should be different.
Anyway, ideas, recipes and ingredients are what I'm looking for. I've seen some great all-grain recipes but I'm just not there yet so I need a good extract recipe. I can do full wort boils and a specialty grain would be nice. Think amber or house/farm ale that's a crowd pleaser for the non-hopheads but something that's still got enough kick you'd want to drink it yourself.