so everything's in place now for my first attempt at seeing if ive got what it takes to temper boil-overs and douse the onset of ensuing scorches!
Here is what I'm attempting to do. By theway; I am using only extracts this time with a view of moving onto all grain next time (subject to a confidence crushing failure not happening during this batch!). With ingredients already bagged, I'm after opinions on mainly the method; there's little I can do with the ingredients now I have them so unless Im on the road to making a catastrophic brew with the latter extract ingredients, Im not interested in opinion on extract vs grain because we all know the winner!
but likely flavours, general advice etc and whether my method is asking for trouble or not, or rather potentially viable to producing a reasonable batch. the hopped ipa extract advises 1kg of brewing sugar usually but of course im trying to personalise it. thanks
5 gallon recipe
1.7kg/3.75lbs of traditional ipa pre-hopped extract
1.1kg/2.4lbs of light malt extract
300g/10 ounces of dextrose -maybe swap for honey?
safale s-04 english ale yeast
east kent goldings for bittering (max 100g)
cascade for aroma (max 100g)
bring to boil 3 gallons of water
turn off heat at boil
pour and stir in lme can
wait for hot break
add bittering hops. time for 30mins
20 mins later add irish moss finings
flame off and cover with lid
5mins later stir in ipa extract kit and either the small amount of dextrose or some of my friends home/hive made honey(anyone experience with safety/preparation if i could use his honey?)
leave a short while
cool as quick as i can in the bath
pitch pre prepared packet yeast at correct temp.
ferment 1 week/10days approx
condition and dry hop with cascade hops for further week/10days before bottling and priming with level teaspoon of dextrose per 0.5 litre bottle
what do people think? any glaring errors?
Im going to look up hop calculations etc to get that right, but is 100g of each likey to be enough to play with?
what do i do with the left over hop material and finings?
can i use my mates honey? or am i asking for trouble? would throwing it in after flame off allow for a healthy, safe utilization...
do i need to rinse the hops? mine are whole vacuum packed