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woollybugger2

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Am I going to be disappointed?

Just got my next brew in, Stone Smoked Porter from AHS, I thought i had used the drop down menu to select a mini-mash version. But I go the full extract version.

I've only brewed 3 batches so far and they all have been mini-mash. My question is there going to be much / if any difference in the beer?

There is 8.5 lbs of LME, the recipe calls for adding it all at the beginning of the boil. I'm shooting to do a partial boil or 3.5 ~ 4.5 gallons. I just got a new bigger pot and will have to test how much my stove will boil.

Should I add 1/2 the LME at the start and the other 1/2 in the last five minutes?

AHS also recommended double pitching White Labs English Ale yeast for this. If I make a 2 liter starter, should I use both viles or would one be enough for this OG 1.068 beer.

Thanks...

So far I'm really enjoying all three of my brews!
 

ifishsum

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Okay on the half and half extract addition, that's what I would do. You may get a bit more hops utilization but in my experience it's always been a good thing.

Double pitching was recommended only if you're going to direct pitch. If you make a starter, especially that size you won't need both vials of yeast. Save the other one for a future brew.
 

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All-extract beers can be as good all-grain. The main consideration is the freshness of the extract and austin homebrew has a high turnover.

Late extract addition helps keep light-colored beers light-colored, I wouldn't bother with a Porter.

Make your starter from one vial and save the other one.
 

carnevoodoo

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I'm just not sure that you can get the complexity of a stone smoked porter on an all extract kit. You'll get dark beer. It'll probably be just fine, but don't expect a clone of that beer without any grain.
 
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