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Old 08-22-2012, 12:09 AM   #1
muenchk
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Hello all, I've been brewing for about 4-5 years, and just switched to all-grain about 2-3 months ago. I've made edits on existing recipes, and copied recipes directly and have had good success. But the time has come for my first truly original batch and would love some opinions. . So, here goes (I'm going to specify WHY I'm adding a certain grain, so you can correct me if I'm wrong)

I'm trying for a Light Hybrid. Shooting for the taste of Toast, Honey and Citrus. Like a Sunday morning kinda thing:

US Pale Ale Malt 6lb13oz (base malt)
Light Crystal 1lb (to add mouthfeel/ body)
Biscuit Malt 8oz (for the toast/biscuit taste)
Wheat Malt 8oz (for the wheat taste like toast)
Honey 1lb. Added into active primary (taste)

California Ale (clean non funky taste)
25 ibus of Cascade and citra. Spaced out evenly from 60/30


What would you change and why?

Thanks for the help!

Typical single infusion mash, etc.

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:28 AM   #2
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the honey will mostly ferment out, you may want to try a little honey malt for more flavor, but use sparingly it can be quite sweet - maybe sub out some of the crystal for honey malt

if you want more hop flavor use most of the hops at the end of the boil

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:18 AM   #3
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I don't think you'll get much taste out of 8oz of wheat malt in that recipe. I also agree completely with everything terrapinj said.

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:07 AM   #4
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I agree with terrapin, you should sub honey malt 4-9%.

For hops i would use 25ibus of citra at 20 min, or for a little less flavor and aroma 35 ibus at 40min. Im not a fan of citra but a hint should blend well at these times for you.

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:22 AM   #5
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Yeah, I'd tone all the specialty malts down to a total of 1 lb between the biscuit, honey and crystal. You could literally do 5 oz of each of those and I think end up being fine.

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:58 PM   #6
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Awesome help. Thanks guys!

Revised:

US Pale Ale Malt 6lb 10oz 68.0 %
Canadian Honey Malt (Gambrinus) 10.91 oz 7.0 %
UK Wheat Malt 7.85 oz 5.0 %
UK Light Crystal 7.79 oz 5.0 %
Belgian Biscuit Malt 7.79 oz 5.0 %
Sugar - Honey 1lb 0oz 10.0 % (boiled 1 minute, put in active fermentation)

Expected OG: 1.042 SG
Expected FG: 1.007 SG


A couple questions...as I dial up the Honey Malt, I don't see my FG go up...which I expected. I'm leaving the wheat just for a tad bit of texture. I'll totally follow your advice on hops chuckstout.

Is 1.007 FG gonna be too dry? Or does that not matter too much?

 
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:27 AM   #7
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That looks pretty tasty i might just brew this. I think you should mash higher 154-156 to help counter the honey a little.

 
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:13 AM   #8
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[QUOTE=muenchk;4353095]US Pale Ale Malt 6lb 10oz 68.0 %
Canadian Honey Malt (Gambrinus) 10.91 oz 7.0 %
UK Wheat Malt 7.85 oz 5.0 %
UK Light Crystal 7.79 oz 5.0 %
Belgian Biscuit Malt 7.79 oz 5.0 %
QUOTE]

I wanna be there when you hand the employee at the LHBS this malt bill. I don't think you need honey (from bees) at all. The honey malt should provide the taste you're looking for, and a pound of simple sugars would leave you a little too dry/thin on a beer this small. Although when I run the recipe (at 70% efficiency), I get an OG of 1.042 without the honey, and 1.051 with.

 
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:38 PM   #9
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Is it just the honey that you think is off kingwood-kid? Something else funky about it?

Great idea on the higher mash chuckstout

 
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:30 PM   #10
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With over a lb of crystal malts, you shouldn't need a higher mash temp. My issues are these: One, I get different gravities than what you get, unless you're getting 50% efficiency. Two, bee honey doesn't leave much taste behind after it ferments out; it mostly just leaves alcohol.

 
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