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Old 01-01-2014, 12:49 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, I would like all you brewers out there to tell me what you think of this pecan recipe. I'm going to brew it today . Happy New Year!

5 gals water

Steep from the start until 165 degrees
1 lbs Honey Malt 20L
1/2 lbs Crystal 150L
1/2 lbs Carapils
1/2 lbs chopped Pecans (See below for Pecan preparation)
Remove grain bag and let drain

Add 6 lbs DME Pilsen Light

Bring to a boil and add hops:
1/2 oz Magnum @ 60 mins
1/4 oz Magnum @ 15 mins
1 Whirlfloc Tablet @ 15 mins
1 oz Tettnang @ 5 mins.

Cool wort to 70 Degrees and transfer to fermenter

Pitch yeast Safale S-04

Transfer to secondary fermenter after 4-5 days and ferment for 2 weeks@ 68 degrees.

Bottle and hopefully all is good.

Pecans are a pain to get rid of their oils. I chopped them and roasted 4 times for 10 mins at 350 degrees and placed equally in 3 lunch brown paper bags at each roasting to soak up the oil. I roasted 1 more time for 15 mins at 300 degrees and again placed in lunch bags.

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Did you forget to write in the DME?

What style is this (roughly, ignoring the pecans)? Just curious. What are the IBUs you expect?

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Oh crap Duh I forgot the 6 lbs of DME. See what happens on New Years morning, the brain is still in 2013.

Expect 42 IBU
OG 1.055
FG 1.018

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One pound of honey malt is a lot in my opinion. I think the beer could become cloying with that much. With the other pound of crystal malt, this will be very sweet! I'd drop the honey malt to 8 oz max.

I'm not really sure about the pecans...never added nuts into a beer before.

Hops look ok, I think I'd get rid of the second magnum addition as it's not really known for its flavor additions, but rather it's clean bitterness.

Sounds interesting.

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One pound of honey malt is a lot in my opinion. I think the beer could become cloying with that much. With the other pound of crystal malt, this will be very sweet! I'd drop the honey malt to 8 oz max.
Actually I did an Imperial "Pecan Pie" Stout with 2 lbs of Honey Malt, 2 lbs of Crystal 60L and 1 lb of Crystal 120L. It fermented from 1.090 down to 1.020 and wasn't cloyingly sweet. I even had 8 oz of Malto-Dextrin in the boil and 4 oz of Lactose at bottling. If anything I needed more sweetness to make the beer like a pecan pie.

That being said you might fair a little differently with a lower OG.
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I'm getting ready now to brew it, the only thing that scares me is I am still getting a little oil from the pecans even though I have roasted them 5 times. I hope it works.

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I'm getting ready now to brew it, the only thing that scares me is I am still getting a little oil from the pecans even though I have roasted them 5 times. I hope it works.

I'm by NO means an expert, but I've always read any kind of oil in a beer is a bad thing. Oils tend to go rancid, and doesn't mix, obviously, with the beer. I know you've roasted the pecans to remove oil, but I'd guess its unlikely you got all of it. I'd caution you to find another method to find the pecan flavor you're after? Perhaps an alcohol-based extract in secondary? Like I said, in a beginner myself. Just my $.02.
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I'm by NO means an expert, but I've always read any kind of oil in a beer is a bad thing. Oils tend to go rancid, and doesn't mix, obviously, with the beer. I know you've roasted the pecans to remove oil, but I'd guess its unlikely you got all of it. I'd caution you to find another method to find the pecan flavor you're after? Perhaps an alcohol-based extract in secondary? Like I said, in a beginner myself. Just my $.02.
Yes I've heard the same thing, I've toyed with the idea of soaking pecans in a quart jar with Vodka and introducing the liquid only in the secondary. That will be my second try if first try here flops.
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Yes I've heard the same thing, I've toyed with the idea of soaking pecans in a quart jar with Vodka and introducing the liquid only in the secondary. That will be my second try if first try here flops.
From reading several other threads regarding a pecan beer (when I was designing mine) both processes were used. I know that Clown Shoes uses roasted pecans in the secondary in their Genghis Pecan beer. I chose the cheater's route and went with a pecan extract at bottling from Austin Homebrew Supply. I'm happy with the results.
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From reading several other threads regarding a pecan beer (when I was designing mine) both processes were used. I know that Clown Shoes uses roasted pecans in the secondary in their Genghis Pecan beer. I chose the cheater's route and went with a pecan extract at bottling from Austin Homebrew Supply. I'm happy with the results.
I'm learning it's impossible to get all the oil out of the pecans, I'm hoping that there isn't enough oil left in them to ruin the brew. I roasted them again (6th time now) at 300 degrees with paper towels under them. I roasted for 12 mins and more oil was present, so back in the paper bags they went and in 3 hrs I will start. Suggestions??
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