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Old 10-11-2012, 04:43 PM   #1
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I've got 4 batches under my belt and want to try my hand at developing and brewing my own recipe.
So far I have been doing kits - mostly steeping grains and liquid extract, so that is going to be my method for this recipe.
Steep grains @ 155 for 30 min - add a portion of the extract - bring to boil and begin hop additions - Add remainder of extract at 15 min. remaining.

5 Gal batch - 4.5 Gal boil - top up with spring water.

Ingredients:
8 oz. Carafa II (500 L)
8 oz. Crystal 50 (50 L)

6 lbs. Golden LME
3 lbs. Light DME

1.5 oz Chinook @ 60 min. (13%) 51 IBU
1.0 oz Perle @ 15 min. (8%) 12 IBU
0.5 oz Chinook @ 10 min. (13%) 7 IBU
1.0 oz Perle @ 5 min. (8%) 5 IBU

1.25 oz Cascade @ flameout

Safale US-05

Projected OG: 1.069
Projected FG: 1.015
ABV: 7.1%
IBU: 74

Goal was a drinkable, hoppy, semi-high alcohol, dark IPA with a lighter taste.. Thinking the crystal 50 may give a little sweetness, just to counter the hops a little, while still being a very hoppy beer.

Any feedback, critique, input, insults, thoughts and/or insights will be appreciated.

Also if i left off something obvious that you would need to know to help please point it out and laugh at me.


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Old 10-11-2012, 06:59 PM   #2
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That recipe sounds solid to me. I would use Carafa III though, and up it to 12 oz. As it is your SRM is only about 20-25 which would be more of a Brown IPA. Also, you might want to replace 1 pound of the DME with 1 pound of corn sugar. Extract has a lot of unfermentables so the sugar would help get the FG down to get the lighter body you want. Hops look good; are you planning on dry hopping at all?


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Old 10-11-2012, 07:19 PM   #3
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Thanks! I already have the Carafa II, would it be ok to just pick up a couple ounces of Carafa III and mix them?
1 pound of corn sugar is a good idea. I think i will do that.
I was toying with the idea of dry hopping with 1.5 oz. of magnum. I know this is a traditional bittering hop but I love the way it smells. If I get talked out of that I have a few ounces of Cascade I could use for dry hopping as well.
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Cascade would be good but I always like to continue the hops from the boil into the dryhop just for some continuity. 1-2 ounces of whatever you choose should work, there's no real wrong answer.
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yeah you could just add some carafa III or even more carafa II if you want to keep it the same. I suppose cascade is the traditional hop to use to dry hop it, but like inhousebrew said, there's no real wrong answer. If you like magnum, do it; brewing would never evolve if people didn't try new things!
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I like it. I use 11 oz of carafa II and 9 oz of special roast along with caramel 10 in mine. BeerSmith gives me a color of 24, but it's plenty black.
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Thanks guys. Going to try to brew this up this week. Ill let ya know how it turns out.


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