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MrRoboto 10-04-2012 09:20 PM

Critique my first brew recipe, plus questions
 
For my first batch of brew I have decided to use a recipe I built myself using beersmith instead of using a kit. Tell me what you think of this recipe...

Type: extract
Batch size: 5 gal
Efficiency: 72%
IBU: 11.8
SG: 1.051
FG: 1.009
SRM: 6.3
ABV: 5.4

5 lbs wheat dry extract
Tradition Hops .25oz 30 mins
Hallertauer Hersbruker 1oz 15 mins
Clove Honey 1lb 15mins
hefeweizen Ale Yeast (White Labs WLP300)

Ferment Primary 10-14 days @ 66-70 and secondary 10-14 days 68-70 Pitching with a 1 liter starter...



My question is Beer smith is saying I need 240 billion yeast cells for this brew.. Using 1 WLP300 and 1 liter of extract it says I will have 30 billion cells so I should use 8 yeast packs? Is this true or will one pack pitched to a starter then to my fermentor be ok? Oh yeah I will be using a yeast nutrient in the starter also. Is beer smith right or do I just have a setting wrong with my options for a starter and yeast?

geim32 10-04-2012 09:25 PM

There's something off on you numbers no way should you need 8 packs of yeast also I think ur ibus might b off too.

beerman0001 10-04-2012 09:28 PM

One pack into a 2Lstarter will be good. If you have a stir plate you can do a 1L starter.

OT. Simi Valley I grew up there went to Royal High.

prpromin 10-04-2012 09:30 PM

When you add a yeast in Beersmith, it defaults the produced on date (mine automatically comes up as 12/27/11). Make sure you've got the right date there.

Also, if this is your first beer, may want to have some DME on hand. My first all grain efficiency was 57%. The beer was good, just a fair bit lighter than I intended.

MrRoboto 10-04-2012 09:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by geim32 (Post 4470593)
There's something off on you numbers no way should you need 8 packs of yeast also I think ur ibus might b off too.

Sorry typo I edited it

beerman0001 10-04-2012 09:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by prpromin (Post 4470605)
When you add a yeast in Beersmith, it defaults the produced on date (mine automatically comes up as 12/27/11). Make sure you've got the right date there.

Also, if this is your first beer, may want to have some DME on hand. My first all grain efficiency was 57%. The beer was good, just a fair bit lighter than I intended.

He was using dme not sure why he gave an efficiency number.

MrRoboto 10-04-2012 09:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by prpromin (Post 4470605)
When you add a yeast in Beersmith, it defaults the produced on date (mine automatically comes up as 12/27/11). Make sure you've got the right date there.

Also, if this is your first beer, may want to have some DME on hand. My first all grain efficiency was 57%. The beer was good, just a fair bit lighter than I intended.

Thx that fixed it it says 1 packet of yeast now.. :rockin:

MrRoboto 10-04-2012 10:03 PM

So any opinions on this recipe now that the minor details are in order?

gr8shandini 10-04-2012 10:48 PM

I don't see anything wrong with it. However, if you're looking to get any kind of honey flavor whatsoever, I'd add it after flameout, or even wait until the primary fermentation starts to die down. Even then, it'll be very subtle, but if you add it to the boil, you may as well just use sugar.

prpromin 10-04-2012 11:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by beerman0001 (Post 4470616)
He was using dme not sure why he gave an efficiency number.

Oops. Probably should have read more closely. And I haven't even had a beer yet! :mug:


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