I've only got one all grain batch under my belt so far (Bee Cave Pale Ale
) and I'm really pleased with the results (even though I mashed a bit too high). Saturday I'm planning to brew my second and I've chosen to try another of Ed's recipes: Bee Cave Brewery Rye IPA
Today after work is the only opportunity I'll have to get the ingredients, and I just realized that while the Pale Ale I did before used about 10 lbs of grain, this recipe calls for over 15 lbs. It's stronger, so that makes sense, but the cooler I use for my mash is only 5 gallons, and I remember last time it was almost full as it was.
I found this calculator (http://www.brew365.com/mash_sparge_water_calculator.php
) and plugged in some numbers and it shows that I'll need over 5 gallons of strike water. That doesn't include the grain volume.
I have two options that I'm debating on. Maybe you folks can think of others...
Option one: Hope that you smarties on this board can help me scale the recipe down to something I can fit in my mash tun. (This means less beer and makes me sad
Option two: Substitute some DME for part of the 2-row. (Again I'm a noob and will need help with this option too)
What would you do?