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Old 04-10-2013, 07:13 PM   #1
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piecing together a cheap amber beer and was wanting feedback if anyone can help me.

7 lbs 2 row
2 lbs flaked barley ( thought ordered corn )
8 oz. caramel 60
8 oz carapils

1 oz cascade (60 min)
1 oz cluster ( 15 min)
1 oz cluster (5 mins)

mash at 149 for 60 mins
yeast us-05.

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Old 04-11-2013, 03:37 AM   #2
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Recipe looks good. Mash temp looks a bit on the low side. Great versatile yeast


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Old 04-11-2013, 02:47 PM   #3
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+1, I'd mash closer to 152-154. When I think amber, I think more malty than dry.
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I changed it a little to get it more amber, more of a full amber now, but does this sound OK...

7 lbs 2 row
2 lb flaked barley
2.5 lb caramel 80
8 oz cara pils

1 oz cascade 60 min
.5 oz cluster 15 mins
.5 oz cluster 5 mins

153 target temp
Us05 yeast
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I'm not too familiar with the caramel 80 but sounds like a good easy recipe. Have you ran it through the homebrew calculator?
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Do you have those hops on hand, or are you going to buy them?

If you are going to buy them, may I suggest replacing the Cluster with Centenial. I make almost all of my ambers with Centenial as the flavoring and aroma hop, as it adds a subtle fruity and floraly taste/smell that I think is a perfect compliment to the amber style!
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All that C80 might put it a bit on the dark side, maybe consider using C60 instead.
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Ironically I actually need a quarter ounce of centennial and cascade for my blonde ale.
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As it stands after putting it into brewtarget, it looks like 19.7 is the color, and I will switch to centennial , I love working with that variety
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If I put it into hopville...(beersmith not working correctly on laptop.) , with 60, and 6lbs of 2 row, about 17 srm and 33 ibu with centennial


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