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Old 11-06-2009, 02:51 AM   #1
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This is the batch I brewed last night. I think it looks and smells pretty good. I don't really have exact reasons why I came up with some of the timings or hop choices, but I was wondering what to think I can expect. I had a spare 3.3 lbs breiss amber malt and some spare time so I went to the lbhs and came back with this. I don't know if I'm going to transfer it to a secondary... if I do, is it worth buying another 3 gallon carboy or are there benefits to a 5 gallon carboy. It's just a 2.5 gallon batch and im looking for advice and pointers too. Thanks


Here we go
Grains:
4.5 oz crystal 120º
1.0 oz chocolate malt
3.3 lbs Amber Malt Extract

Hops
.5 oz Styrian goldings
1.25 oz East Kent Goldings (1 oz for dry hopping)

1/4 tsp irish moss
1 lbs brown sugar
WPL008 East Coast Ale


steeped about 160 for 20 minutes


Looks nice and dark.






.oz Styrian Goldings for bittering




1/4 teaspoon irish moss at 20 minutes.



.25 oz of East Kent Goldings at 15 minutes



1 lbs brown sugar at the last 5 minutes
















My gravity reading was 1.076, but I think that would have something to do with the brown sugar being added late, so I don't know what to expect.




I'll update final gravity readings and post pics of pours sometime in December.

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Old 11-06-2009, 03:12 AM   #2
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Sounds like your hops choice might get a bit lost in that.

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1.076 is exactly what beersmith gives me for 3.3# of amber extract and 1# of brown sugar on a 2.5 gallon batch. i'm not really sure what style this will be in, maybe something along the lines of a scotch ale, but with the east coast ale yeast, maybe just a strong american ale with little bitterness and maybe some EKG flavor/aroma. could be interesting.

you don't need to secondary this beer. personally, i wouldn't spend money on a 3 gallon secondary. if you think you'll get more into the obsession, get a 5 gallon one if you want to do secondary, a 3 gallon is fairly limiting unless you're sure you will stick with 2.5 gallon batches.

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you don't need to secondary this beer. personally, i wouldn't spend money on a 3 gallon secondary. if you think you'll get more into the obsession, get a 5 gallon one if you want to do secondary, a 3 gallon is fairly limiting unless you're sure you will stick with 2.5 gallon batches.
I have a 5 gallon secondary. I wasn't sure if it would be worth while to use a 5 gallon carboy for a 2.5 gallon batch.
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1.076 is exactly what beersmith gives me for 3.3# of amber extract and 1# of brown sugar on a 2.5 gallon batch.
that is nice to know

just dry hopped it with EKG last night. 2 more weeks and it's bottle time
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:09 PM   #6
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2.5 gallons of beer will have too much headroom in a 5 gallon carboy. Leave it in the primary (3 gallon) carboy.

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