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Old 08-24-2010, 03:27 PM   #1
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I want to do something sort of different than my usual citrusy hoppy IPAs and APAs. But not too different! I want some hops, and I was some citrus, but I bought a pound of willamette. I was thinking that maybe a Bell's Amber type beer would be good for fall.

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7 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 62.22 %
2 lbs Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 17.78 %
1 lbs 4.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 11.11 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM) Grain 8.89 %
1.50 oz Williamette [4.80 %] (60 min) (First Wort Hop) Hops 27.6 IBU
1.00 oz Williamette [4.80 %] (10 min) Hops 6.1 IBU
0.50 oz Cascade [5.40 %] (5 min) Hops 1.9 IBU
0.50 oz Cascade [5.40 %] (1 min) Hops 0.4 IBU
0.50 oz Williamette [4.80 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep) Hops -
1 Pkgs SafAle English Ale (DCL Yeast #S-04) Yeast-Ale

I also have a bit of S05, as I have an APA that I'm kegging today and it's on a S05 yeast cake. I've been liking S04 lately, as it seems to leave a brilliantly clear beer with a very clean taste at 66 degrees.

That's way more crystal than I normally use in any beers- but I like the idea of 20% crystal and the Munich malt along with lots of hops.

Any thoughts, improvements, suggestions?


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That's way more crystal than I normally use in any beers- but I like the idea of 20% crystal and the Munich malt along with lots of hops.
I would consider backing the Munich down to 1lb with that much crystal, or vice versa (compensating with a little more 2-row). That amount you have just scares me!

But I love the hop schedule!


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I would consider backing the Munich down to 1lb with that much crystal, or vice versa (compensating with a little more 2-row). That amount you have just scares me!
I know, me too!

That's why I'm considering it! You know, break out of my comfort zone a bit, and make a beer that Bob might love.
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I know, me too!

That's why I'm considering it! You know, break out of my comfort zone a bit, and make a beer that Bob might love.
I did that once and added 2lbs of Victory.......went back to my comfort zone pretty quickly! haha

Let us know how it turns out.
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% LB OZ MALT OR FERMENTABLE PPG L
77% 10 0 Pale Malt, 2 Row, US 36 2
8% 1 0 American Crystal 40L 34 40
8% 1 0 Munich Malt - 10L 35 10
4% 0 8 Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L 33 120
4% 0 8 Cara-Pils/Dextrine

This is the malt bill to my Amber i enjoy
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% LB OZ MALT OR FERMENTABLE PPG L
77% 10 0 Pale Malt, 2 Row, US 36 2
8% 1 0 American Crystal 40L 34 40
8% 1 0 Munich Malt - 10L 35 10
4% 0 8 Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L 33 120
4% 0 8 Cara-Pils/Dextrine

This is the malt bill to my Amber i enjoy
Hmmm- two pounds of crystal and one pound of Munich for you, too, huh? It sounds like a conspiracy.....................

My house pale ale is 10% crystal, 18% Munich, and uses both US and UK pale malt for the rest.

If I do this amber- it will definitely be the most crystal malt I've ever used.
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Will you post your final recipe and results when you take your first sip? Thanks!
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FWH is gonna be REALLY smooth and not offer much bitterness to offset the sweetness.
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I like it. I'd mash it 150 for 90 and use US-05, but then I'm not sure of your expected OG. I'm not even sure of your volume (five gallons?) I shoot for 5.5.
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I like it. I'd mash it 150 for 90 and use US-05, but then I'm not sure of your expected OG. I'm not even sure of your volume (five gallons?) I shoot for 5.5.
My expected OG would be 1.055 for 5.25 gallons in the fermenter. The IBU/SG ratio is .612.

I like FWH- I haven't noticed a lack of bitterness in any of my other beers but I'll let you know if there is in this one.


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