I couldn't decide if I wanted to do a special bitter or APA for my next brew, then I had a revelation--do both at once!
The plan: 5 gallons (double my normal batch size) of 1.051 wort (mashing about 153, I think), splitting it in half, then taking about 1/4 of each running and mixing it with the other. According to my calculations (and this chart
), this should put me around 1.06 for the first runnings and 1.043 for the second runnings(which will then be fortified with some extra crystal malt). I plan to hop the first to about 55 IBUs with Cascade and Summit for an milder American IPA, and use Northern Brewer and Williamette on the second for something like a Special Bitter with a ratio of ~.7 BU:GU. Both will get S-04 yeast. I plan on using the grain bill from yeoman special bitter
, but only adding the crystal 120 to the small beer. The IPA should be similar to this IPA
I brewed already and liked, but with darker crystal and toasted instead of Vienna.
My other thought was to do something like mixing all the runnings, mashing a little high, using 1/2 lb sugar to get half up to 1.06 and dry out the IPA, and diluting the other half to get down to 1.045ish, then hopping as above.
Does this sound good? Any thoughts/suggestions?