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Old 08-12-2013, 02:04 PM   #1
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Is there any quick method that a beginner such as myself could change this AG recipe over to extract?

http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/velvet-hammer-ipa-ag

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Old 08-12-2013, 02:07 PM   #2
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Use brewing software.

Replace the base grain with pale DME until you get the same abv.

Use the same specialty grains and hops.
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Old 08-12-2013, 02:26 PM   #3
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which software would be best suited for this task?

also it appears that there are multiple base grains

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Beersmith 2.0 is the best software on the market for a homebrewer.

That's a lot of specialty malts though.

Scale them all back, because you only need them for mouthfeel and color (a touch of carapils goes a long ways towards head retention) shoot for the same OG using light DME instead of 2 row, then shoot for the same SRM using lesser amounts of your specialty malts.

I'd scale it for you but I'm mobile right now.

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The quick 'n easy way to convert any recipe is to keep the specialty grains the same, and to use extract to replace the base malt.

For the extract, generally 1 pound two-row= .75 pound pale LME = .6 pound light DME.

You could use corn sugar for the corn, without any issues.

It's a bit "messy" with a little of this, little of that, so I'd do something about the 1% of caramel 10L and the caramunich and the 7% of carapils, but it won't hurt to keep those if you'd like. It's just a weird way to get 9% crystal malt.

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1 lb base malt = ~.75 lb of LME = ~.66 lb DME

Software is also a very good idea, I'd go with BS2.

edit: damn Yoop, beat me to it.

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If you are just starting out, I'd keep it simple. If you add 12 grains to an IPA, you really aren't going to know if you like any of them. If you start with a nice, clean recipe, you can add a new element each time and really see what YOU like in your IPA.

eg Extract + 1/2 lb crystal. (with the crystal in the 10-60 range depending on the color you prefer)

Once you've tried that, you'll have a base to compare to. If you want to lighten it up, you can add corn or corn sugar. If you want a little more "mouth feel", you can add some carapils. If you want a little more sweetness/carmel, you can add some more crystal. If you want a little more bready, malty taste, add some of that caramunich.

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I agree Bill, that some experimental "incremental" or ingredient specific experimentation is a good idea, I also think that brewing a REAL recipe is valuable too.

The first borrowed IPA recipe (and my first AG) that I did as a relative noob showed me that I could brew beer as well as anyone on the equipment I had. That is important too!

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