Originally Posted by zsprowls
Are you saying 9.9lbs of LME and some crystal malt in addition to the 3.3lbs of LME that I'm already planning on putting in? Or is the crystal malt and 9.9lbs of LME a substitution for both the muttons and the LME?
How low should I start with the vanilla? I wasn't planning on using anything to special as far as the extract was concerned... But I may get something better than McCormick's if needed.
I was thinking Nottingham because it is what I uses in my stout. I used a dry yeast packet.... But this time I think I am going the liquid yeast route. Should I double it up or maybe make a yeast starter the day before? Or will it be able to handle the alcohol content okay?
Your original recipe called for 9.9 lbs of LME total. I am not trying to change that. I think you have more control of what goes into your beer if you use a light extract. And you certainly don't know what hops are used in 'hopped' LME.
Vanilla: I've never used extract. I think your 1 ozs seems reasonable. You could add it in a couple of stages and taste it.
I always use liquid yeast. It is how my system is set up. I probably get about 15 to 20 beers from liquid yeast, so the cost to me is minimal. I wouldn't even think about using 2 packs/vials for a brew. If you want to try using liquid yeast, I would say go for it, but make a starter (don't use 2 packs), and get the experience. I'd make the starter several days before, it will keep. A lot of people let it clear after finishing and toss out the liquid, but there really is not a problem pitching the liquid with the yeast into the wort.
You need to choose the liquid yeast you want to use. Do you want to go US or UK? WLP001 and Wyeast 1056 are the same as S-05. Nottingham and S-04 are UK yeasts. Unless there is a specific yeast profile you want to go for, I would stick to decent dry yeasts.
I have a number of Belgian yeasts that really do not have dry equivalents, and a number of unique British yeasts that I use, which is why I use liquid. For US style ales I use PacMan, which is very similar to S-05, but is a little more attenuatuive, and has a wider fermetation temp range.