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Old 01-29-2009, 10:58 PM   #1
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I've gotta run to my brew site tomorrow to bottle up a batch of mild and figured I might as well brew a batch while I had a free afternoon. As funds are kind of tight, that ole' economy is killing the landscape business, I was wondering what I could pick up to put together a brew with the grains that I have.

I was thinking I could do something by just adding DME, hops and yeast.

The grains I have for steeping are:

1/4 lb chocolate malt
3/4 lb biscuit belgian 2 row
1/2 lb caramel malt crystal 80 6 row

I wanted to create something fairly light for the woman, she won't drink my stouts and porters. I'm currently limited to extract. Thank you much for any help.

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Old 01-29-2009, 11:41 PM   #2
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Do you mean light in color, light in body/flavor, just a bit lighter than your black beers or a mix of all three?

Steep a half-pound of Biscuit and add enough Pale extract to get an OG of ~1050. Bitter to no more than 25 IBUs and add just a touch - no more than a half-ounce in five gallons - of hops at flameout. Ferment cool with a clean ale yeast like S-05 or Nottingham.

You can brew a very nice Amber Ale by steeping all the Crystal, 6 oz of the Biscuit, 1 oz of the Chocolate for color, and adding enough Pale extract to get to get to ~1.050. Bitter to about 30 IBU and finish with some American hops. Ferment with S-05 if you like dry yeast, or White Labs Cal V if you like liquid. This will make a very fine Amber, methinks.

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Old 01-29-2009, 11:56 PM   #3
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Will 6 lbs of Pilsen work for the extract to achieve 1.050, and is Pilsen right? Also would an ounce of cascade at 60 minutes and a half ounce at flameout work? Oh and I tasted your session mild I brewed a couple of weeks ago, bottling tomorrow, already tastes great. Thanks for all your help.
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Yeah, Briess Pilsen extract is fine. It's the palest out there, and it's already got some CaraPils in it.

As for 'an ounce' for bittering, it depends on the AA%. For example, an ounce of pellets at 5% in a 3-gallon concentrated wort, yields around 22 IBU. If you do full boil - or practice late extract addition - you can get 25 IBU out of that amount. Frankly, I don't think I'd notice the difference between 22 and 25 IBU, so I wouldn't worry about it. And yeah, Cascades will be fine in this, I think. Just keep the flameout hops restrained.

I'm extremely gratified the Mild recipe is giving satisfaction!

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Thanks for all your help Bob, good to have experience on your side. Picked up lots of little bits of information through your posts.

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Just went to the LHBS and had to make some alterations, but heres what I came up with.

Grain bill as listed above
8 oz crystal 80
6 oz biscuit
1 oz chocolate

5.5 lbs American Ultra Light DME

1 oz Cascade

Wyest 1272 American Ale II Yeast

Do you think it would be beneficial to add 3/4 of the hops at 60 minutes and the last 1/4 at 2 minutes? I think this should work for a fine Amber Ale. Also does anyone else find that their LHBS hop prices are ridiculous, everything else seems on par with the online retailers but the hops, WOW!
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Yes to the hops question. That ought to provide a nice profile.

Also, while my LHBS prices are higher than the big online retailers, there's something about keeping it local and supporting another small business - and knowing by name and face the people that work with me - that keeps me going back.

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Also does anyone else find that their LHBS hop prices are ridiculous, everything else seems on par with the online retailers but the hops, WOW!
HELL YES!
$4.50/once is the cheapest.
i buy from freshops @ $2.00-$2.25/oz and buy enough that the shipping does not add more than a tiny bit per once cost.

almost time for another order, and here i thought i was good for a LONG time
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There is a great deal to be said for supporting the LHBS, my guys are great and never hesitate to spend the time with me to fully explain questions I have. I think thats something that is being lost in America, your local retailer who is truly interested in the customer. $4.00 hops here I come!


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