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Old 04-10-2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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I was originally converting the Centennial blonde recipe to 2.5 gallons so I cut the 5 gallon recipe in half. He suggested it looked weak, upped the grains and eliminated the caramel malt. I'll post below what I was going to get and what he suggested.

I was getting:
3.5# pale malt(he changed to 8.8#)
6oz cara pils(.5#)
4oz caramel malt(they eliminated this)
4oz vienna malt(changed to .48#)

Below is the original 5 gallon recipe:
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7.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
0.75 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)
0.50 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM)

Does this at all seem right to more experienced brewers? Thinking maybe there was a misunderstanding and he converted it to 5 gallons.

 
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:29 PM   #2
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your original recipe looked right for a 2.5 gallon batch. so you ended up with 8.8# of base malt for 2.5 gallons or am i mis-reading?

i like his decision of cutting the caramel malt, but that really should be the brewer's decision, not that of the LHBS guy.
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:31 PM   #3
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Yep, looks like a 5g recipe to me.


Just split it and brew 2 you can experiment with one. Maybe fruit?

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Old 04-10-2013, 05:32 PM   #4
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I agree. It is my first AG batch but I've spent enough time on the forums to know a little bit. Guess I'll mix it thoroughly and make 2 batches of this with different hops.

 
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:32 PM   #5
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Quote:
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...but that really should be the brewer's decision, not that of the LHBS guy.
Agree.

 
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:32 PM   #6
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Yep, looks like a 5g recipe to me.


Just split it and brew 2 you can experiment with one. Maybe fruit?
Strawberry sounds great! Thanks.

 
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:34 PM   #7
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According to my version of Beersmith and assuming 75% efficiency:

The original 5-gallon recipe: OG = 1.047, SRM = 6.7

Your 2-gallon recipe: OG = 1.047, SRM = 4.2

Your 2-gallon recipe altered by the LHBS: OG = 1.106, SRM = 6.3

If the LHBS meant for the recipe to be 5-gallon: OG = 1.053, SRM = 3.9

I suspect he thought you meant a 5-gallon recipe instead of a 2.5-gallon recipe. Did you ask him to look over your recipe or did he take it upon himself to alter it himself?
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:44 PM   #8
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According to my version of Beersmith and assuming 75% efficiency:

The original 5-gallon recipe: OG = 1.047, SRM = 6.7

Your 2-gallon recipe: OG = 1.047, SRM = 4.2

Your 2-gallon recipe altered by the LHBS: OG = 1.106, SRM = 6.3

If the LHBS meant for the recipe to be 5-gallon: OG = 1.053, SRM = 3.9

I suspect he thought you meant a 5-gallon recipe instead of a 2.5-gallon recipe. Did you ask him to look over your recipe or did he take it upon himself to alter it himself?
I asked him to take a look at it because I've never dealt with grains or milling them. My partials have been mail order.

 
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:02 PM   #9
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I asked him to take a look at it because I've never dealt with grains or milling them. My partials have been mail order.
i think he provided solid advice on the recipe, he was just confused about the batch size.
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