Hello fellow brewers
After months of using these forums for advice, I finally decided to sign up. This is my first post! Im trying to do my first brew without a kit, and I have some questions.
Until now, my friend and I only used True Brew homebrew kits (6 brews total, to varying degrees of success). So, obviously, we normally work with extracts and pre-selected hops. On this occasion, I want to make a hoppy pale ale. I live in the desert and it would be great to have a pale for the early spring. I spent two summers in Portland, OR, and had some great hoppy pales. I guess the most obvious example is Deschutes Mirror Pond, but there were other regional breweries such as Caldera that made strong stuff.
Heres my rough draft recipe for the pale:
½ pound Crystal/Caramel 60L
½ pound Crystal/Caramel 20L
6 pounds Muntons Light Extract
1 oz Chinook 60 minutes
1 oz Amarillo 15 minutes
1 oz Cascade 10 minutes
.5 oz Amarillo 5 minutes
1 oz Cascade Dry Hopped
My most important question is about the hops. I expect that the Chinook hops will make this pale a bit more bitter than other pales, and I like that. The Amarillo hops are new to me never brewed them, only tasted them in other beers
Will this amount of hops overwhelm the beer? Do I have a good hop schedule, or should I change up the process? Am I missing something wildly important?
Anything helps Thanks!