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Old 05-16-2010, 12:48 AM   #1
Apr 2010
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Hello...I found a recipe for a brown ale that i am thinking about brewing and could use some suggestions as this is my first non kit batch:

6.6 lb. dark LME
.5 lb. caramel malt 80L
.25 lb. black patent malt
2 oz. fuggles hops (boiling)
.5 oz. cascade hops (finishing)
4 tsp. gypsum (optional)

steep grains 30 min. in gallon and a half water.
boiling hops 60 min.
finishing hops 5-10 min.

My questions are...

Can i use 2 and a half gallons of water for the boil?

Can i use more grains in the boil if i use more water?...i have a pound of each(because thats all the LHBS had and i dont want to waste any)

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Old 05-16-2010, 12:53 PM   #2
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Use a lighter extract. With the C80 and BP it will still be brown, dark extract will make it almost black. Many of us recommend using the lightest extract you can and adjusting color with the steeping grains. I'd replace the 4oz BP with 6oz chocolate malt - but that's just me. It's a better flavor IMO.
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Old 05-16-2010, 12:59 PM   #3
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Forget the gypsum, you are brewing an extract beer. Your water chemistry is already "locked in" to the extract, at the malt house when they made it.

From "How to brew,"

... salts are more properly used to adjust the pH of the mash for all-grain brewing. Water chemistry is fairly complex and adding salts is usually not necessary for extract brewing. Most municipal water is fine for brewing with extract and does not need adjustment. So, if you are brewing from an extract recipe that calls for the addition of gypsum or Burton salts, do not add it. The proper amount of a salt to add to your water depends on the mineral amounts already present and the brewer who published the recipe probably had entirely different water than you do. You may end up ruining the taste of the beer by adding too much. Just leave it out; you probably won't miss it.
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