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Old 02-03-2007, 04:13 AM   #1
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Recipe Type: Partial Mash   
Yeast: California Ale   
Batch Size (Gallons): 5   
Original Gravity: 1.085   
Final Gravity: 1.010   
IBU: 39.2   
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60   
Color: 11.5 (Red-Orange Hue!)   
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7 days (70)   
Additional Fermentation: 2 weeks in bottle   
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 12 days (70)   

Grains/Fermentables:

6 lbs Sweet Potato (shredded/riced)
2 lbs. Pale Malt (6-row) - American, 1.035, 2 SRM

6.6 lbs Briess DME - Gold - American, 1.046, 8 SRM
1 lb Munich Malt - German, 1.037, 8 SRM
1 lb Vienna Malt - American, 1.035, 4 SRM
.5 lb Crystal 60L - American, 1.034, 60 SRM


Hops:

1.5 OZ Cascade, 60 min, 5.75%
1.0 OZ Saazer, 5 min, 4.30 %

Pre-Mash:
Bake sweet potatos in oven (on baking sheet) at 425 F for 75 min.
Some potatos may burn- this is OK! I found that added a nice dimension to the taste of the beer.

Mash:
Steep sweet potatos/6-row in 160 F water for 45-ish minutes. (Use grain bag!)

Boil: Remove grain bag- bring wort to boil, add extract, Cascades, etc.


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Old 03-08-2007, 06:22 PM   #2
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How's it taste? I LOVE sweet potatoes and this sounds like one more thing to add to the list of future projects.

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Old 04-12-2007, 03:11 AM   #3
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It tastes pretty great! Nice and clean, though I must report that the 'Taters don't really lend much of a taste- at least, not as I experienced it.

It could even stand a bit more hopping, and I might swap the quantities of the American vs Czech hops. But otherwise... very good! I might make it my house beer, and keep a keg on hand at all times.
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Old 04-12-2007, 03:18 AM   #4
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I had a good tasting Sweet Tater brew in Savannah, GA last summer. Couldn't taste tater at all, but the brew tasted good.
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Old 05-05-2007, 11:39 PM   #5
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Hey thanks for all the replies! I'll be saving this recipe to try in october if I finally have my home brew stuff in order.

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Old 09-03-2009, 06:37 AM   #6
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you couldn't taste them? I have been wanting to try this recipe but with the purple okinawa sweet potatos... any ideas on how it'd turn out?
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:08 AM   #7
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