Originally Posted by halvey
I'd rather not mini-mash since this is only my third batch. I already have a lb of the 60. The 10 was an addition I made- in the calculator it made the alcohol% go up. Should I just stick with the 60?
The only AA's I have are for the cascades @ 6.3.
All the other packages don't say.
Well, two pounds of crystal is at least one pound too much. So, you should lose one of them. You won't get fermentables from them- I don't know why your ABV% went up in the calculator.
If you're using victory malt, you're mini mashing. Victory must be mashed. So, put the crystal you're using (one pound only) and the victory in the grain bag with 3 quarts of water at 153 degrees, and keep it there for 45 minutes "dunking" the grain bag. Then rinse that grain bag by lifting it up into a colander over the pot, and use .5 gallon of 170 degree water to rinse them. Then, bring the boil volume up to 5.5 gallons (or whatever your boil volume is) by adding water.
I'd recommend this, then:
6.6 pounds LME
1 pound crystal 60L
1/2 pound victory malt
1 ounce Galena 60 minutes
1 ounce cascade 15 minutes
1 ounce cascade 5 minutes
1 ounce cascade flameout.
I'd move the cascade to 15 minutes or less, because you'll have plenty of bittering from the galena, and you want the hoppy flavor so that's why I did all those late additions. If that seems too much, you can reduce those additions to .5 ounce, and use the remainder for dryhopping.
Do you have a wort chiller? It takes a really, really long time to chill 5 gallons of wort without one.