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Old 11-08-2008, 07:04 PM   #1
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Default Need Input on tweaking an ale recipe

A few weeks ago I ordered all of the ingredients from Austin Home Brew to make a pumpkin ale. Now that I'm pumpkin ale'd out... I have no desire to make a pumpkin ale. I am hoping that if I post the ingredients I have here, someone can give me an idea of what sort of ale it will turn out to be if I leave out the pumpkin and pumpkin spice... along with any suggestions to tweak up the recipe and make something delicious out of it ---- that is not pumpkin.


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Precrushed Grains (already blended and in a bag for steeping
-1/2 lb Vienna Malt
1/2 lb Crystal 60L
1/2 Lb Cara-Munich

Extract:
6 LB Extra Pale Extract
1 LB Munich Extract

Hops
1 oz Yakima Golding - split for bittering and flavor.

Yeast: Wyeast London Ale 1028

I'm sure just these ingredients would be great together. They look pretty solid. I am very open to either leaving this as is, or making it into a christmas ale, but have no idea how to do that - ie which spices when, etc.

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Tom
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Old 11-09-2008, 01:02 AM   #2
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Your grains and extract list looks yummy! I worry that the hops will be a bit light, though. I'd get another ounce; variety doesn't matter, but I'd choose something with mid-range AA%, like Challenger, Northern Brewer, or Perle. Use those for bittering, and split the Goldings for flavor and aroma, a half-ounce each added at 20 and 5 minutes left in the boil.

Should you decide to experiment with spices, you can make a tea (of the spices in hot water, strained) and add to taste at bottling time. This will permit you to bottle some of the beer without spice, just for kicks.

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Old 11-09-2008, 03:34 AM   #3
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Your grains and extract list looks yummy! I worry that the hops will be a bit light, though. I'd get another ounce; variety doesn't matter, but I'd choose something with mid-range AA%, like Challenger, Northern Brewer, or Perle. Use those for bittering, and split the Goldings for flavor and aroma, a half-ounce each added at 20 and 5 minutes left in the boil.

Should you decide to experiment with spices, you can make a tea (of the spices in hot water, strained) and add to taste at bottling time. This will permit you to bottle some of the beer without spice, just for kicks.

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Bob.
Your last bit of advice made me sign up as a site supporter. This feedback is great as well. Thanks a ton. I will pick up some hops and play with it a bit. I also like the idea of making the tea... I'll fire up 1/2 case and see whats happening.
Much appreciated.
What sort of beer will this be at that point? I can't really determine it from the ingredients yet.
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Old 11-09-2008, 03:45 AM   #4
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The recipe right now looks kinda like a very low hopped pale ale. Add some more finishing hops in there. I would go with the classic centinneal and cascade combo and make a nice pale ale
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so barley is a leaves of hops? or barley is a different plant? and blend with hops? I need that to be cleared thanks..
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Excellent. I can pick up some more hops today and have some fun with it.
Thanks again to all!
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My LHBS is now open and i"m on my way!
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