Originally Posted by ayupbrewing
Sorry humann I'm a newby, could you be a little more specific on the malts and specialty grains? What do you recommend for the main extract? And what qty? And the specialty grains are cara, c40 and wheat malt, but what quantity of each? I guess I need to know how to determine amount of bulk extract that would give the required SG and from that work out the rest. Sorry for these probably basic questions. But thanks.
no problem, I go the following from http://beercalculus.hopville.com/recipe
a free online recipe calculator since I don't have beersmith in from of me.
for 5.5 gallons into the fermentor
7.5lbs of dried Malt extract (unhopped) like briess if your looking for a brand
.5lb of carapils/dextrine crushed
.5lbs of Crystal 40L crushed
If you don't have wheat extract or don't want to buy 3 pounds just to use a 1/2 pound I wouldn't worry about it. If you have a friend that has some or your store will sell you a small amount like that, you could toss in a 1/2 of wheat extract and take the base DME down to 7lbs instead of 7.5.
Are you able to do a full boil?
If so you can leave the hops the same, if not, you will need to put quite a bit more in as you will be diluting it with water in the fermentor.
Hope this helps but let me know if you have more questions.