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Old 02-07-2013, 12:51 PM   #1
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So I am going to pick up the ingredients for this today. I'm doing a 2.5 gallon batch as I'd like to try to get as many under my belt in the early going to see what I like/don't like, etc.

I can't decide if I should go with 1lb or 0.5lb Caramel/Crystal 20, what do you think?

3lb Breiss Golden Light Extract
1lb Caramel/Crystal 20 (steep 30 mins)
0.5lb Corn Sugar

0.5oz Magnum 60 min
0.5oz Cascade 30 min
0.25oz Citra 15 min
0.25oz Citra 10 min
0.25oz Citra 5 min
0.25oz Citra 0 min
1.0oz Citra Whole Leaf (7 Day Dry Hop)

Using Safale US-05 American Yeast

Should be around 75 IBU, 6.6% ABV (based on Tastybrews calculator)

What do you think? Is 1lb Caramel/Crystal 20 too much?

Thanks!

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Old 02-07-2013, 01:05 PM   #2
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Sounds solid. I'd maybe consider using more Extract and not going with Corn Sugar, but if you want a drier beer that's your preference. I used half a pound of caramel 40 in my IIPA so a pound of caramel 20 shouldn't be too bad. If you don't like the results you can always tweak a recipe.

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Old 02-07-2013, 01:29 PM   #3
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For small n batches like that, for my ipa's, I've only gone with a half lb of crystal. The extra might make out more sweet? That's why I like the small batches, so you can see where they turn out, and it doesn't cost much. I think either way it'll turn out great with all that citra!

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I would just go with a 1/2 lb for only a 2.5 gallon batch. I also agree about the corn sugar. I would bump the extract up to 3.5 lb and nix the corn sugar.

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Old 02-07-2013, 01:36 PM   #5
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For 2.5 gallons I'd say a full pound of C20 is probably a bit on the high side and would probably go with a half pound. When it comes to specialty malts, I usually start with restrained amounts, then adjust higher or lower with future batches. Worst case scenario is you brew a beer missing a little bit of character, rather than overpowering the rest of the flavors with one particular malt. Just my thoughts on the matter.

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Definitely cut the crystal malt in half, at least! You can go with 4-6 ounces, even.

I'd cut the magnum at 60 too. I like firm bittering, but that beer will be much more bitter than hoppy with that much magnum (and the cascade at 30 minutes) so I'd reduce that a bit. Increase the citra to .5 ounce additions.

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sweed, I was thinking the same. Have you been using Caramel/Crystal 20? My LHBS doesn't have 10, so 20 is the lightest available to me. How has the 0.5lb been working for you?

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Yooper, so you think maybe I should do:

0.25 magnum 60
0.25 cascade 30
0.50 citra 15
0.50 citra 10
0.50 citra 5
0.50 citra 0
1.00 citra whole leaf 7 day

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EDIT: cascade 30, not 60
And yeah, I'll cut back on the Crystal

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sweed, I was thinking the same. Have you been using Caramel/Crystal 20? My LHBS doesn't have 10, so 20 is the lightest available to me. How has the 0.5lb been working for you?

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I've only used 40 with my ipas. Turns a great light copper/ copper color. I'll have to experiment next time with other crystal.
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