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Old 06-13-2008, 08:49 PM   #1
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6.00 lb Amber Liquid Extract (12.5 SRM) Extract 85.71 %
1.00 oz Mt. Hood [6.00 %] (60 min) Hops 21.0 IBU
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (30 min) Hops 14.8 IBU
1.00 lb Alcohol Boost (0.0 SRM) Sugar 14.29 %
5.00 gal New York, NY Water
1 Pkgs European Ale (Wyeast Labs #1338) Yeast-Ale


How does it sound? Any suggestions?

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Old 06-13-2008, 10:20 PM   #2
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what style is it supposed to be? looks like an Amber Ale (I am NOT an expert, I just enjoy beer).

honestly I'd ditch the sugar. if you want to boost the alcohol, add more malt extract. sugar thins the beer and could give it a funny cidery off-flavor.

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I too am not an expert, but I'd go with 6 lbs. DME instead of the liquid and drop the sugar like malkore suggested. I'd also throw in an aroma hop addition towards the end of the boil. Some steeping grains wouldn't hurt either (maybe 1 lb. of crystal 20L or something like that). I used Wyeast 1338 for my Alt but I won't know for a while what the result will be.

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Drop the sugar and add your Cascade hops at 5 mins (remaining).

Sounds like a nice Amber Ale.

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+2 on what Malkore and Hooter said. You can make a good beer with what you got, but why not make a better, complex beer by adding some crystal grains.

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Thanks for the input guys! I am definitely a newbie at this, so I need all the help I can get. It is supposed to be an amber ale. I'll stop by my LHBS tomorrow and pick up some crystal grains. I already have the LME and I need to use it, but next time I will go with DME. In general, is DME favored over LME?

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Thanks for the input guys! I am definitely a newbie at this, so I need all the help I can get. It is supposed to be an amber ale. I'll stop by my LHBS tomorrow and pick up some crystal grains. I already have the LME and I need to use it, but next time I will go with DME. In general, is DME favored over LME?
Yup. It stores better and produces a lighter color. You might also be interested in Late Extract Addition, plenty of discussion of it here in the forum.
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Yup. It stores better and produces a lighter color. You might also be interested in Late Extract Addition, plenty of discussion of it here in the forum.
And there's more fermentable sugars in DME. The late extract addition is a great idea for an amber ale. Do about 1 lb. extract at the beginning of the boil, then the remaining (off the heat) with around 10 minutes remaining in the boil.
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Sounds good! My last amber ale is very dark because I put everything in right at the start of the boil. I should get better hops utilization this time around as well, I just got a 7.5 gallon turkey fryer and burner so I can do full boils.

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I would change a couple of things;

  • Drop the alcohol boost. If you want a stronger beer, just use a bit more extract.
  • Either do another hop addition at 5 min, or move the Cascade from 30 min to 5 min. The aroma addition really makes the beer IMHO.
  • Steep .5# of Dextrine Malt along with .5# of 20-40L Crystal. For head retention and to give some fresh flavor to the beer.
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