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Old 05-22-2009, 05:52 AM   #1
johnnydrama
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Hey everybody, I'm considering doing my first AG recipe in a few weeks. I'm doing half batches on my stove top. Wanting to break into my Designing Great Beers, I came up with a pretty simple recipe and wanted to make sure it looked okay.


Grains:
5 lbs Pale Ale Malt
.25 lb 60L Crystal

Hops:
.5 Oz Cascade for 60 min
.5 Oz Cascade for 30 min

I'm mostly worried about the Crystal. Is that too much? Thanks in advance!




 
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Old 05-22-2009, 06:37 AM   #2
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60min for bittering, 20min and less for flavor/aroma

30min additions dont fully utilized their bittering potential, and lots of the flavor/aroma is driven off by the long boil time

personally, I would go with (looks like you want all cascades)

0.5oz 60min
0.5oz 20min
1.0oz @ KO or dry hop

1# crystal is a way to much in a 2.5gal batch, heck I think thats too much even in a 5gal batch, though i tend to like drier pa's, but I do like a touch of dark crystal (120L) in pa's and ipa's



 
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:43 AM   #3
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Yeah, I was afraid of that. I've edited it with a smaller amount of darker crystal.


 
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:42 AM   #4
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I think it looks simple, but fine. I would take ryane's advice though on the late hop additions.

You'll be pleased with it either way because it is your first AG, which is a labor of love. Enjoy.
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