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Old 03-23-2011, 08:22 PM   #1
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I've got an Irish Red recipe that I'm planning on brewing. The recipe calls for 6 lbs. LME plus 1 lb. of various specialty grains to be steeped. My LHBS only sells the 3.3 lb. can of the extract. I don't really want to cut out any of the specialty grains, but how do I handle the situation where I have 0.6 lbs of extra LME. I'm sure this is a common question for beginners, I'm just looking for some advice. Is it better to order a 6 lb. bottle of the extract from another supplier, or can I make things work with the two 3.3 lb. cans? I think the specialty grains are more for flavor and color than anything else, but I'm not sure how important that 7 lb. total is.



 
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:30 PM   #2
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Dude, just weight the cans first then pour out enough till you get .6lbs less weight between the two cans. If you want store the left over in the fridge in an airtight container, or just dump it. Ordering from another place makes no sense since you'll pay more with the shipping charges.


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Old 03-23-2011, 09:37 PM   #3
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I'd toss the recipe into brewing software and tweak it for the extra extract, you may have to up the steeping grains and the hops a squosh to balance it, but you'll just end up with a slightly higher abv beer.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:44 PM   #4
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You're only talking about 10oz of LME more... If you're that concerned over it, just scoop out the difference from one of the cans... Save it to use in making a couple of starters later...

I've added extra DME to recipes before (a full pound more) and didn't alter the specialty grains at all. Still came out as a solid brew. Would I do it again? Probably not, but that's only because I've gone all grain.

If you plug in 6.6# of LME compared with 6# into software, you're only talking about 6 gravity points (for the OG) difference (on a 5 gallon batch)... The FG will be all of 1 gravity point higher.

I say RDWHAHB on this one...
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:08 PM   #5
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yeah just dump it all in
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:15 AM   #6
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Thanks for the advice.

 
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:20 AM   #7
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For the record, any opinions on a good, cheap (or free) brew software (or iPhone app).

 
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:25 AM   #8
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For the record, any opinions on a good, cheap (or free) brew software (or iPhone app).
iphone: nope
Good and free: nope
Good/great and cheap: Beer Smith, but you'll need Windows to run that.

I gave up my last mac system almost a year ago... No real desire to ever get one again. I had been using them since 1988, but apple continued to just piss me off, so I'm done with them.
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iPhone - Brewpal (only 99 cents I believe): http://www.brewpal.info/

For the desktop I run Beersmith in Linux. Cost me $22 but was well worth it! There's a free trial too.

@Golddiggie - I might have missed it but where did he mention he has a Mac and not a PC?


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iPhone - Brewpal (only 99 cents I believe): http://www.brewpal.info/

For the desktop I run Beersmith in Linux. Cost me $22 but was well worth it! There's a free trial too.

@Golddiggie - I might have missed it but where did he mention he has a Mac and not a PC?


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Figured there was at least a 98% chance he wasn't running Linux, even thought there are good options there.

Brewtarget is another app choice... Believe it's available for all three OS'... It's open source, so it could be more buggy than the ones you actually pay for.


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