Hello, long time reader, first time poster.
I just brewed my third beer ever. My first two were also all grain with simple recipes and came out great.
This time, i was going for a brown ale. I don't feel like i completely have to match style when i brew, as long as it turns out delicious, but it's nice to be somewhat close. The recipe i went with was my most complicated so far.
The recipe i had called for British Amber malt, which my LHBS didn't have. I almost went with Victory as a replacement, but being relatively new, I'm not totally grain educated. Instead, the guy at the LHBS started recommending a bunch of different malts, encouraging me to nibble on them like it was Sunday at Costco. I eventually ended up replacing with Carared.
After doing some reading, i should have went with the Victory. I am now concerned about sweetness. During hop addition, i tried to compensate, increasing my target IBU from 21 to 32.
Here is my recipe. Will i be too sweet? I am pretty sweet/caramel tolerant, but I'm worried about having to toss the batch.
11lb 2 row
3 lb Carared
1.5 lb Munich
1 lb Belgian Biscuit
0.5 lb C20
0.5 lb C40
0.5 lb Special Roast
0.5 lb Belgian Aromatic
OG 1.054. 32 IBU (all Willamette, calculated). Pitched with 1056 into well aerated and nutrient rich wort.
Boiling wort smelled like tea with orange notes at start of boil, then began to take on a toast/biscuit aroma.