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Old 09-13-2008, 01:48 PM   #1
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I am brewing an Amber ale later, and I would really appreciate some input. This is my first attempt at something like this, and I'm not sure how the grains will go together. Here is what I have :

3 1/2 lbs Lt DME
2 1/2 lbs Marris Otter
1 lb Carafoam
1/2 lb Crystal 20L
1/2 lb CaraMunich

1 oz. Brewer's Gold
1/2 oz. East Kent Goldings
1/2 oz. Willamette

I am using washed yeast (My first attempt at this, also)

This is going to be a partial mash. I have run this through Beersmith, which gives me a lot of info, but even that is limited. Any and all help/input would be great. Thanks



 
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Old 09-13-2008, 04:02 PM   #2
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I think it's going to be pretty tasty!

How close to BJCP style do you wish to be? Both IBU and color are going to be a bit light for style (if you're using Brewer's Gold for the main bittering charge).

American Amber Ale is a really easy style to nail. Grist is quite simple to design, and you need American hops. Basically, AAA is American Pale Ale with more crystal/caramel malt character and less assertive bitterness. If I were you, I'd replace the 20L Crystal with 60L and leave the rest of the grist alone. I'd also go 100% Willamette hops, but I really like Willamette.

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Old 09-13-2008, 05:05 PM   #3
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For my taste - 6 gallon batch I like 12 lbs 2 row + 1 lb 60L Crystal and for hops Chinook, Nugget, or Columbus for bittering and Cascades for flavor and aroma. 40 IBU total. Mmmmmm.
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:10 PM   #4
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Looks fine to me, when are you going to add the hops?

 
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:54 PM   #5
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Looks fine to me, when are you going to add the hops?

I'm adding them in the listed order, Brewer's Gold @ 60 min, Goldings @ 15, and Willamette @ 5.

I had to tweak the recipe a little, due to the fact that I'm an idiot and forgot to check my stock first. Now, I am going with 3 lbs. EACH of DME AND Marris Otter, 1 1/4 lb Carafoam, and 1/2 lb 120 Crystal. Everything else remains the same.

 
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Old 09-13-2008, 07:31 PM   #6
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I would cut that 120L back to 1/4 lb or less as it is powerful stuff.
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Old 09-13-2008, 07:59 PM   #7
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I would cut that 120L back to 1/4 lb or less as it is powerful stuff.
I thought about that, but it left the O.G. and color too low.

The brew on right now.



 
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