Originally Posted by wyobrewer1
I just came up with a recipe for a pale ale that I wanted to get some advice on to see if I could improve. This is my first time creating a recipe and also my first time attempting a partial mash.
5 gallon batch
1 lb wheat malt
1 lb crystal 40
1 lb munich
0.5 lb victory
1.5 lb 2-row
6 lbs light DME
Mash at 152 for 60 minutes
Boil for 60 minutes, adding the DME with about 20 minutes remaining.
1 oz Columbus 20 minutes
0.5 oz Amarillo 10 minutes
0.5 oz Centennial 10 minutes
1 oz Columbus 5 minutes
1 oz Centennial 0 minutes
1 oz Cascade 0 minutes
Any tips or advice would be great. Thanks.
How bitter are you wanting it? What about sweetness? That recipe sounds like it will have ALOT of residual sweetness to it. Doesn't seem that it would be that balanced. More sweet than anything.
Personally, I would just mash the 2 row, munich, crystal and wheat. I'd drop the victory. The Victory would be good in there, but your tossing a ton of grains with little hops. It'll be really nutty and roasty, and then creamy and have a huge body, and residual sweetness in there. Probably not what you were going for I'd imagine.
If you want the Victory, I'd do some 2 row, Victory, and some wheat if you want it.
I would also reduce the wheat to 12oz or less, and drop the crystal back to 8-10oz. That much in there with the extract will make it really hard for you to get the beer down low in gravity to dry it up a bit.
From there, if you want to toss hops at it late, go for it. I would do a 60min addition, which would have you add less, and add more of it late from 15-0 min. You benefit from getting enough to bitter the beer to your liking, and then would gain the hoppiness and aroma from the later additions.