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Old 01-11-2013, 08:20 PM   #1
Dec 2012
Vernon Hills, IL
Posts: 27

So i have decided to venture away from the kits and follow a recipe. I was curious to know what people thought about it or if it should be critiqued. It's for an APA from a friend of mine:

1 lbs 2-Row
.5 lbs Munich
.5 lbs Caramel 40
6 lbs of extra light dried malt extract

Magnum .5 oz @ 60 min
Centennial .5 oz @ 30 min
Centennial .5 oz @ 10 min
Columbus (tamahawk) .5 oz @ 10 min
Centennial 2 oz @ Flameout
Centennial 1 oz Dry-hop
Columbus 1 oz Dry-hop

Wyeast 1272 American ALe 2

I have only really been using Dry yeast (i have only rehydrated) so for this do I have to make a yeast starter or is the nutrient pack suffice? THe guy at the brew store said i wouldn't have to make a starter because of the nutrient pack. Just wanted to see what others thought.

Thanks everyone!!!

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Old 01-11-2013, 08:30 PM   #2
Aug 2012
Philadelphia, PA
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It can't hurt to make a starter. Sure the pack will puff up to let you know that there's some viable yeast inside, but a good starter will really get those yeasties multiplying. Check out this link for more details about pitching rates and starters.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:03 PM   #3
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Why the 2 row (base malt) in the steeping grains? The Ex-light DME is probably all 2 row extract. I always use a 1/2 pound of Carapils in Extract beers to help a little with head retention. You only get about 20% utilization out of steeped carapils... but any little bit helps.

Other than that... looks like you will have a nice hoppy beer.

Unless you're OG is going to be over 1.060, you really don't NEED a starter. But it can't hurt to use one either. Up to you.


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Old 01-11-2013, 11:33 PM   #4
Dec 2012
Vernon Hills, IL
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Thanks guys.. Yea i am not sure either Gasoline. I got everything together now. ill let you know how it tastes in a while

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