Originally Posted by jonmohno
try half pilsner half munich or I would use like 2/3 pilsner 1/3 munich of your 5 #. Its about as close as you can get maybe without using vienna. I dont think I would use that much 5# to be close to this recipe. Not saying you may not like it, but just to be closer dont think I would use more than 3 if you dont have pilsner. I would think 2.5 and call it good with straight munich. Just my opinion.
I took Yoopers recipe as a base, and up'd all the malts and did my own hop schedule for a nice DIPA with a good malt back bone. I raised the munich more than the vienna, and even used maris otter for the base, which is way more flavorful and bready than 2 row.
I got the pronounced bready malt back bone, so I think he will be okay 5 # if he does a bit more in the hop schedule, it'll be a good beer, but won't be "close" to this recipe.
Yooper has a great recipe here, and she has a balanced one, but it's also a get recipe that you can tweak the additional malts a bit in any direction and have a great beer, that is what makes it so good.
That said, the pilsner idea is a great idea to divide it up if he doesn't want the really darker breadier flavor. Just be sure to do a 90 minute boil if you use the pilsner malt.