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Old 09-25-2011, 08:33 AM   #1
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Default First brew in about a year.

Hey guys I was a little rusty when i went shopping for brew supplies and i was one pound short of DME. Im going for a dark Red Ale with some decent hop flavors. Sort of a Red Rocket Ale clone, but with fruity hop notes.

To make up for the DME i forgot, I'm just going to use a half pound of light brown sugar. I hope it wont throw the flavor off too much. Here's the Recipe after i changed it to the brown sugar. Let me know what you guys think.

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Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 2.82 gal
Post Boil Volume: 2.60 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal
Bottling Volume: 4.60 gal
Estimated OG: 1.059 SG
Estimated Color: 16.7 SRM
Estimated IBU: 59.7 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 0.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt Name Type # %/IBU
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 1 12.5 %
6 lbs Light Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 4 75.0 %
1.00 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 7 8.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 10 0.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 9 3.8 IBUs
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) Yeast 11 -
4.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 2 3.1 %
4.0 oz Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 3 3.1 %
1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Boil 60. Hop 6 27.1 IBUs
1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Boil 30. Hop 8 20.8 IBUs
8.0 oz Brown Sugar, Light (8.0 SRM) Sugar 5 6.3 %

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Old 09-25-2011, 11:26 AM   #2
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That isn't much brown sugar at all. Unless you want the high OG you could probably even leave it out as the 6lb of DME dwarfs it, and it'll dry it up slightly.

Don't know about the style myself, are you steeping or mashing the grains? Good luck dude

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Old 09-25-2011, 11:59 AM   #3
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I used the brown sugar just so that i would still hit my ABV, and OG for all of those hops.

I missed my OG, but not by much at 1.062.

I just tucked it away in the closet so we'll see how it looks when i get back.

I steeped the grains. I've never used the Victory before they had an awesome biscuit smell. The color from the hydro reading was right where i wanted it to be. I can only imagine what it will look like after the yeasts do their thing.

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Old 09-25-2011, 06:54 PM   #4
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Here's a pic of the wort while i was taking my gravity reading. It's a little more orange than i would've liked, I was really hoping for more Red, but I can't complain. I think after it hangs out for a while in there and clears up some it will be even closer to where i wanted it. Also here is my final recipe, It changed a little bit when i decided to add half of the DME at 15 mins left in the boil.





BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: Hop Dread Red
Brewer: PDeezy
Asst Brewer:
Style: American Amber Ale
TYPE: Extract
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 2.82 gal
Post Boil Volume: 2.60 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal
Bottling Volume: 4.60 gal
Estimated OG: 1.059 SG
Estimated Color: 16.7 SRM
Estimated IBU: 60.2 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 0.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt Name Type # %/IBU
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 1 12.5 %
3 lbs Light Dry Extract [Boil for15 min](8.0 S Dry Extract 8 37.5 %
1.00 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 7 8.8 IBUs
1.00 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 10 0.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Boil 12.0 min Hop 9 4.8 IBUs
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) Yeast 11 -
4.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 2 3.1 %
4.0 oz Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 3 3.1 %
1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Boil 60. Hop 6 29.7 IBUs
8.0 oz Brown Sugar, Light (8.0 SRM) Sugar 5 6.3 %
3 lbs Light Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 4 37.5 %


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, No Mash Out
Total Grain Weight: 8 lbs
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Sparge: Remove grains, and prepare to boil wort
Notes:
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Old 09-26-2011, 12:43 AM   #5
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I just checked in the closet and it was bubbling pretty well so I am well on my way. Temps are holding steady at 68, so I should be ready to bottle up in 2 weeks.

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Awesome. Looks to me like it'll be a nice ruby colour once all of the cloudiness and floatiness has gone

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Thanks, I hope that is exactly what it looks like. I have another question.

To measure my temps i just have a regular thermometer, and i rest the probe on the side of the bucket. The temps usually stay around 65-68, would i benefit from a stick on thermometer? Or do you guys think this method is close enough? Also, do those stick on thermometers work on the plastic buckets, or are they only good on the carboys?

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They would work on anything they're immersed in! Just be sure there's no chance of it smashing. I use a normal thermometer from my lhbs, floating ones encourage you to leave them in your brew, and id rather it not be there if it doesn't have my full attention!

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Well it's not immersed in anything, it's just sitting on the outside of the bucket. I feel like it is probably warmer on the inside, which is why i have been shooting for 65.

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Or did you mean that the stick on thermometer will work on anything?

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