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Old 03-19-2013, 06:47 PM   #1
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Default Your favorite extract brew

I brew 95% all grain but am looking to quickly and easily increase my pipeline with some time saving brewing using extract.
Some friends have brewed some fine beer with only extract and I did a very good pilsner (not my favorite style) months back that I was surprised with.

For some reason, the extract IPA's I've tasted dont'seem to be as good as the all grain version while the lighter beers and stouts have been very, very good.
Quality malts make a huge difference too.

What's your best extract recipe and what do you do to make it come out so good?


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Old 03-19-2013, 07:14 PM   #2
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If you like wheat, my favorite is:

6 lbs wheat lme
1/2 lb carawheat
2 oz hallertau
Wyeast 3638


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Old 03-19-2013, 08:10 PM   #3
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4oz Caramunich II
8oz Crystal 40L
6lb Pilsen LME
2lb Golden Light DME
1lb sugar
1oz Saaz 60m
1oz Saaz 10m
WLP 566
Ferment on the warmer end for the yeast.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:11 PM   #4
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Why not take one of your favorite recipes and just make it with extract?
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:41 PM   #5
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Thanks for the ideas.
I do tons of IPA's so converting my favorites from all grain to extract is a great idea. I'll likely steep some grains but it will be interesting to see how they stack up against is each.
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6lb Wheat DME
8oz Sugar
1oz Amarillo 15m
1oz Amarillo 10m
1oz Amarillo 5m
1oz Amarillo flameout
Steep 45m after boil before cooling
US-05
2oz Amarillo dryhop 5 days
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:55 AM   #7
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I really enjoy northern brewers extract version of caribou slobber:

.25lb Caramel 80
.25lb Chocolate
.125lb Black
6lb Amber LME
1lb Amber DME
1oz US Goldings (60)
1oz Liberty (45)
1oz Willamette (15)

Windosr or Wyeast 1332

I always use windosr and usually convert the LME to DME, depending on what I have on hand/prices when I order.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:05 AM   #8
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Liberty cream ale is quick and easy from Midwest. I made one with an extra pound of sugar to increase abv. It turned out great. Fermented two weeks , forced keg 3 days!
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I would say my favorite extract thus far is either the Deshcutes Obsidian Stout clone recipe on the board or the Amarillo IPA. Both got rave reviews. I do all extract and have to agree that some of my hoppy beers are really good, while others need some time to get there. For example, I made a Stone Ruination clone in December. It tasted a little 'off' in January, but had one last Friday (March) and WOW! Very nice! The same for a AB clone I made in January--originally I didn't like it a few weeks after bottling, but now I only wish I would have dry hopped it....really nice! I am going to start working on the water for my hoppy brews next.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:55 AM   #10
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My best beer is an IPA. First time I did it I used noting but Simcoe, therefore called it a Simcoe IPA. I've since changed the hops around. Is it my favorite? Depends on the season and what style I'm in the mood for, but it's without a doubt my best.


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