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Old 11-23-2010, 05:02 AM   #1
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Hey everyone this is my second recipe and according to Beercalculus it looks good, I just wanted some seasoned brewers' opinions. :P

OG: 1.052
26.2 IBU
5.2 % ABV

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6 lbs Northern Brewer Dark Liquid Malt Extract (I know many of you don't like this but wanted to give it a try)

1# Simpsons Dark Crystal
4 oz Simpsons Black Malt
4 oz Simpsons Roasted Barley

Hops: (Pellet)

1st minute of boil (1 oz EK Goldings and 1oz Fuggles)

Yeast: (Wyeast 1332 Northwest Ale)


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Old 11-23-2010, 05:08 AM   #2
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how long of a boil are you planning?

are you trying for a certain beer style, or just shooting from the hip?


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Old 11-23-2010, 06:48 AM   #3
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The OG:BU ratio, Roasted Barley, Fuggles and Yeast selection make it sound like a Balzern Stout in the making.

I will assume you will be doing a full 60 minute boil after the hops are added. just be sure to keep in mind that hop selection is very important in a beer.

The Fuggles is fine but you might rethink the Goldings hops for bittering. It is mainly used as an Aroma or flavor hop. Here is what Midwest says, “Intensely resiny, candy-like, sweet and slightly floral”. Not what you find in most Stouts.

You might select Chinook, Columbus or Willamette hops instead if you want a mix of hops fit for a Stout.

Have fun with it. Like I say in my profile, this one you can call YOURS.
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Old 11-23-2010, 03:46 PM   #4
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The Fuggles is fine but you might rethink the Goldings hops for bittering. It is mainly used as an Aroma or flavor hop. Here is what Midwest says, “Intensely resiny, candy-like, sweet and slightly floral”. Not what you find in most Stouts.
You probably wont get any particular (or palatable) aroma or flavor from the goldings, since you are boiling it for 60 (or 90) minutes... (actually, it could be any length of boil, since the OP has not specified). So, I agree(just for a different reason).. Id skip the goldings and just do fuggles.


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I like that.. kinda why I skipped the kits. Good call beer_guy.
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Old 11-23-2010, 03:49 PM   #5
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Between the dark extract and a pound of crystal malt, it seems a bit heavy to me. I'd lower the sweetness (less crystal, use light/pale extract), bump up the roasted barley a touch, and it would probably be a nice stout.
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Old 11-23-2010, 03:55 PM   #6
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haha oops yes I am going for a stout. What if I changed the EK Goldings to Willamette and added those and the Goldings at the begining of the 60 minute boil. Also, if I changed the crystal to .5 lb and upped the barley to .5 lb would that do the stout better?

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Edit: according to beercalculus the specs with the changes I made above are:


OG: 1.050
34 SRM
26.7 IBU
4.5 ABV

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Old 11-23-2010, 10:06 PM   #8
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sure.. give it a go.

Im not sure how that dark liquid rocks out as the lions share of the grain bill.. but Ive never personally used it.... there's one way to find out.
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Old 11-24-2010, 04:21 AM   #10
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not trying to be harsh, but i'd rethink the whole recipe. it's pretty harsh and dark. feel free to ignore me, though


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