My next brew will be my fourth and I'd like to try a few new things. So far I have just been following the instructions from the tins of extracts, ingredients-wise, but have been following the procedures I've been learning from here, eg 1-2-3 fermenting/conditioning times, cooler fermenting temperatures etc. I also haven't added hops so far but would like to for my next batch.
As such my procedure has pretty much been:
*Put tins (eg Coopers IPA + LME) into sink of hot water to make them easier to empty
*Pour 2L (half gallon) boiling water into fermenter
*Add extracts to water in fermenter
*Stir violently until I get an even liquid texture
*Add top-up water to 23L (6.1G) whilst stirring more
*Pitch dry yeast, keep mixing
That's pretty much it.
Anyway I've put together something I'd like to try:
Malt & Fermentables
% LB OZ °L PPG
64% 7 7.93 Coopers IPA
Boil 5° 34
28% 3 4.91 Coopers Light LME
Boil 3° 34
8% ~ 14.1 Corn Sugar (Dextrose)
Boil 0° 46
(1.060 to 1.070)
(1.016 to 1.019)
Edit Gravities / Edit Color
Yellow to Gold
Usage Time OZ AA » IBU
boil 60 min 1.764 Citra ~ pellet 11.0 » 55.0
dry hop 7 days 0.882 Cascade ~ pellet 5.5 » 0.0
Cooper's Ale Dry Yeast
yeast in dry form with medium flocculation and 73% attenuation
(Sorry for the bad spacing and odd quantities - converted it from metric)
Does this look like a decent IPA?
A recipe like this is totally new to me so all advice is welcome. Beer calculus says I can change 1 tin of IPA for another tin of LME and get almost the same beer if it matters either way?
Do the hop type/addition style seem appropriate?
More importantly, to do this would the procedure change to something more like:
*Boil large pot of water
*Add LME and hop pellets (just throw them in or use a cloth bag or something?)
*Boil for recommended time (about an hour?)
*Turn off heat/stove
*Add IPA tin
*Pour into fermenter
*Add top-up water
*Pitch yeast (about 17 grams for this?) after cooling to pitching temp
Am I on the right track with my brewing adventure?
Sorry for such a long post and so many newbie questions, just excited and scared to try something new.