After a long hiatus I took my first crack at extract brewing yesterday and this was the recipe I decided to go with, I'm very excited to see how it turns out.
I ended up making substitutions for all the hops on account of the unavailability of two locally (Warrior & Simcoe) and I figured "what the hell, go for broke" and went on to replace the works. This may have been a mistake, time will tell, as it always does.
On the other hand I've never had any DFH before since we can't get it here...yet. There may be hope in the future, but I digress.
The point is, I didn't head out to make a clone so much as an interesting IPA, hopefully that's what I get.
For posterity/thoughts/opinions/predictions here are the substitutions I made (with the help of the LHBS):
- Nugget in place of Warrior
- Centennial in place of Amarillo
- Magnum in place of Simcoe
4kg (8.8lbs) of LME instead of 4.3kg (9.5lbs) and I slightly overshot my steeping temp, managed to hold it under 170F - about 160-165F but almost lost it, once the grain went in I guess the heat retention ability of the water shot up - or it least it seemed that way.
...and now that I just re-read the recipe I forgot the Irish Moss - D'oh! I may have to try clearing it in the secondary...we'll see. Oh well, I was bound to forget something.
I look forward to butchering someone else's fine work soon!!