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Old 05-14-2010, 04:21 AM   #1
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So for my first shot at extract brewing I've decided to go with what I believe is a rather simple Red Ale. Half of the ingredients come from a kit while incorporating elements of JZ's Red Rocket clone.

Looking for any reactions to the recipe below, especially if you think there may be a mismatch of ingredients. Should I be concerned regarding the combination of Horizon and Williamette?


6.50 lb LME Golden Light (Briess) (4.0 SRM) Extract 67.71 %
1.00 lb LME Munich (4.0 SRM) Extract 10.42 %
1.00 lb Caramel Malt - 40L (Briess) (40.0 SRM) Grain 10.42 %
0.50 lb Caramel Malt - 120L (Briess) (120.0 SRM) Grain 5.21 %
0.50 lb Victory Malt (biscuit) (Briess) (28.0 SRM) Grain 5.21 %
0.10 lb Chocolate (Briess) (350.0 SRM) Grain 1.04 %
1.00 oz Williamette [5.50 %] (60 min) Hops 15.1 IBU
1.00 oz Horizon [12.00 %] (60 min) Hops 32.9 IBU
1.00 oz Williamette [5.50 %] (10 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep) Hops -
1 Pkgs American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) Yeast-Ale

Est Original Gravity: 1.058 SG
Measured Original Gravity: 1.067 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.014 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.015 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.80 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 6.79 %
Bitterness: 48.0 IBU Calories: 302 cal/pint
Est Color: 17.4 SRM



 
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:44 AM   #2
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Hmm. Did you have a bit more boil-off than you expected, based on the calculated and observed gravities?

I've not used the hops you are asking questions about, but other than that, the recipe looks super yummy.

Suddenly I'm thirsty, hmm...



 
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:08 PM   #3
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Also, I would question your technique. It looks like you have a fair amount of grain that is going to need to be mashed, as opposed to steeped. Are you doing an extract or part mash?

I wouldn't worry about mixing hops. It's always fun to experiment. Also, you are really only mixing the bittering hops. The flavor/aroma hops are likely going to be more what you actually taste. You are putting a fair amount of Willamette at the end of the boil.

 
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:41 PM   #4
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You can steep the Caramel and Chocolate malts, but I'm pretty sure you need to mash the Victory. Honestly, you can probably leave it out, especially since you're using a fair amount of Munich DME, which will add malty notes. Your hops are fine - like JJL said above - mixing the 60 minute addition will have little, if any impact.
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:53 PM   #5
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JLem's right about the grains. I totally missed the fact that the Munich was extract and not grain. I would second leaving the Victory out. It's not worth trying to steep it. You aren't going to get much sugar from it. If you decide to get rid of the Victory, you could add in about another 0.25 lbs +/- of LME to offset the gravity points if you are concerned about that.

 
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:23 PM   #6
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Here is a simple extract Red Ale that I recently brewed. I must say...it is pretty tasty and malty.

6# Extra Light DME
1/2# Crystal 120
1/4# Caramunich
1/4# Roasted Barley

1oz Magnum @ 60 min
1oz Willamette @ Last 10 min

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Old 05-15-2010, 12:27 AM   #7
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Being this would be my first batch, i wanted to keep it simple but interesting. I wanted to kick up the malt & the gravity a little more than the kit originally had. Tomorrow's grocery day and this should really help in itemizing my shopping list.

Speaking of which any essentials to keep on hand?

Thanks for all the input!

 
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:30 PM   #8
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Speaking of which any essentials to keep on hand?

Thanks for all the input!
I think one would always want to have extra yeast and corn sugar available. Plenty of sanitizer (spills can leave you high and dry) is also a plus. Honey is handy, and I bet yeast food/energizer would also be a plus in case of stuck fermentation.

That's just off the top of my head.

 
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Old 07-10-2010, 02:35 PM   #9
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Finally brewed up the Red Ale last Sunday

Ended up brewing this below:


1.00 lb DME Sparkling Amber (Briess) (10.5 SRM) Dry Extract 12.20 %
6.60 lb LME Golden Light (Briess) (4.0 SRM) Extract 80.49 %
0.50 lb Caramel Malt - 120L (Briess) (120.0 SRM) Grain 6.10 %
0.10 lb Chocolate (Briess) (350.0 SRM) Grain 1.22 %
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (60 min) Hops 33.9 IBU
1.00 oz Williamette [5.50 %] (15 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep) Hops -
0.25 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-)

For a Red Ale does anyone think dry hopping some Cascade in the 2nd primary might be a nice addition?

 
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Old 07-10-2010, 05:39 PM   #10
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I think dry-hopping with some Cascade would definitely be nice


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