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Old 10-19-2009, 11:35 PM   #1
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Default Any recommenddations for my first all grain batch?

I did my first 2 partial grain batches this weekend and found it to be straight forward enough to want to try an all grain batch. I am using a 5 gallon rubber maid insulated container for the mashing. I am looking to do a 2.5 to 3 gallon recipe for a simple amber ale or wheat ale without having too much hop taste for my swmbo. Thus, if anyone has any recipe recommendations for a first try at all grain I would love to read them. There is no local HBS in my city but a few beer places do sell basic grain ingredients so I can't get anything too elaborate. I will have a 3 gallon carboy to use as a secondary.


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Old 10-20-2009, 02:19 AM   #2
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Do a scaled down version of edwort's bavarian hefe. EZ and cheap.

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Here's one I've done. I flatter myself it's pretty good. I'm in the same boat as you: I do mainly partial-mashes or small batches.


A ProMash Recipe Report

Recipe Specifics

Batch Size (Gal): 3.00 Wort Size (Gal): 3.00
Total Grain (Lbs): 5.75
Anticipated OG: 1.051 Plato: 12.65
Anticipated SRM: 12.8
Anticipated IBU: 30.3
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75 %
Wort Boil Time: 90 Minutes


% Amount Name Origin Potential SRM
4.3 0.25 lbs. Special B Malt Belgian 1.030 120
87.0 5.00 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row) America 1.036 2
8.7 0.50 lbs. Crystal 60L America 1.034 60

Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.


Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
0.25 oz. Willamette Pellet 5.00 0.0 0 min.
0.75 oz. Willamette Pellet 5.00 30.3 First WH


DCL Yeast US-05 SafAle US Ale

If you can't get Special B, sub 120L Crystal. Amber needs a broad spectrum of Crystal-malt flavors to be American Amber Ale.

Cascades make a great hops variety for this, too. Makes the beer immediately "American". First Wort Hopping (FWH) provides smooth bitterness and a generous helping of flavor. To use FWH, add that charge when you first start running off wort into the kettle, before beginning the boil.

Good luck!

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Old 10-20-2009, 01:39 PM   #4
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Brew whatever style you are most familiar with drinking. That way you can tell better how good or bad it is.
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