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Old 10-11-2012, 12:42 AM   #1
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I'm making an American ale and planned on only making half the batch, but accidentally added all of the bittering hops (cascade). Do I go ahead and do half with twice as much cascade or do I make the full 5 gal. When I only used half of the specialty grains? A quick answer will help a lot.

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:44 AM   #2
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I'd go all in for the full batch.

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:52 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick tip good sir. If I might ask though, would making a smaller batch just give it more of an IPA taste?

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:59 AM   #4
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You're actually not over hopping as much as you think, because of the hop utilization in a partial boil compared to a full boil your hop additions should be 75% of the full batch recipe (not 50% like logic suggests). I think my numbers are right, I'm sure if I'm wrong someone will be in here right away to point it out. It is the internet after all.

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:05 AM   #5
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do you have enough grain and/or extract for a 5 gallon batch? otherwise your 5% beer will end up at 2.5%...
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:23 AM   #6
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It's an extract kit with specialty grains. I used half the grains an put in all the extract...

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:25 AM   #7
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do you have enough grain and/or extract for a 5 gallon batch? otherwise your 5% beer will end up at 2.5%...
That last post was a response to this btw

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:33 AM   #8
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Is it too late to steep the rest of the grains and add them all together? Do you have a fermenter large enough for all 5 gal?

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:53 AM   #9
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Is it too late to steep the rest of the grains and add them all together? Do you have a fermenter large enough for all 5 gal?
Wort is cooling now. That sounds good but I have no extra mesh bag. I thought of using a sock lol

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:14 AM   #10
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It's an extract kit with specialty grains. I used half the grains an put in all the extract...
The specialty grains are mainly there for flavour, aroma, mouthfeel and don't contribute a great amount of fermentables to the wort. If you've used all your extract, and it was enough for a 5G batch, then you're fine for a 5 gallon batch. Like Freistte mentioned, steep the remaining grains, sieve or filter them out, cool and add to wort. Just make sure to properly sanitize anything you're using that makes contact with the wort.

 
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