going it alone - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Extract Brewing > going it alone

Thread Tools
Old 06-26-2010, 12:37 AM   #1
BillyEB's Avatar
May 2010
Santa Rosa Beach
Posts: 12

Hey everyone
I just finished my 5th batch of extract "kits" But now I want to mess around and build my own recipe. soooo... here is what i purchased

1 lb 2 row pale (Steeping/mini mash?)
1 lb crystal (Steeping/mini mash?)
1 lb sparkling crystal (DME)
6 lb gold (LME)
1 oz vanguard
1 oz german hallertau
1 oz cascade
Wyeast 1056 A.A.

Any thoughts or suggestion? I'm completely new to this...

Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2010, 01:24 AM   #2
malkore's Avatar
Jun 2007
Posts: 6,922
Liked 37 Times on 35 Posts

2-row pale malt needs to be mashed (mini/partial or all grain)
crystal doesn't need to be mashed (steeping) but you can put it in the mini mash no problem. you didn't list what color crystal (20L/40L/120L, etc) and that matters a bit.
a lot of dark crystal can impart a lot of strong flavors that may not 'work' in the beer. the color and flavor changes as the roast darkens.

if you want to dip into the mini-mash realm, cool, but I'd up your 2 row a little bit. maybe 3lbs of 2-row, mashed with the crystal doing the 'bag' method people talk about on here (sorry, haven't done it myself, but i hear it works well).

can't comment on the hops because you did not list the AA % or the hop schedule. hallertau is a good 30 mins down to flameout addition (flavor, aroma), pretty sure vanguard can be a bittering hop, and cascade definitely can.

My suggestion: hit www.beertools.com and signup for their free online account, and then input your recipe/ingredients using the "specialty beer" category (since its wide open for style guidelines), and see what it gives you for OG, IBU's etc.

for a first try, and no style provided...it'll definitely be beer. you can't go wrong with a base malt and some crystal, and the right balance of hops. you just need to find that balance using the ingredients you bought.

using 8 types of grain and 4 hops is fun, but a good brewer should be able to make good beer with just a couple of ingredients. exactly like a good chef.

don't feel like you must use all 3 hops in this batch, but if you really want to, by all means do it.
Primary: English Mild
On tap: Pale Ale, Lancelot's Wheat, English Brown Ale, Steam Beer, HoovNuts IPA
Bottled: MOAM, Braggot, Raspberry Melomel, Merlot, Apfelwein, Pyment, Sweet mead, Cabernet
Gal in 2009: 27, Gal in 2010: 34, Gal in 2011: 13, Gal in 2012: 10

Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2010, 01:55 AM   #3
BillyEB's Avatar
May 2010
Santa Rosa Beach
Posts: 12

Thanks man for the advice, much needed I assure you.

Hops schedule:
Vanguard(4.8 AA%) 60 min
Hallertau (3.8 AA%) 45min
Cascade (5.2 AA&) last 2-3 min

I think im going to drop the crystal and DME and go with Vienna and 2-row(partial mash)

I'm kind of basing this on Brooklyn lager (malty with lots of hops on the nose and finish, nice dark amber color)

I have had really good success so far with my beer so I'm looking forward to just messing around. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Forum Jump