Just putting this out there to get feedback. I bottled my 2nd batch I ever made today. This one is a modification of the golden ale recipe from John Palmer’s book “How to Brew”. His batches are 5 gal and mine is 3. I calculated that I would need 3.3 lbs. of DME for my batch but I only had 3. I compensated by increasing the steeped caramel malt to 1 lb. This was supposed to be a higher OG but I was cracking the malt with a rolling pin so theres that. (Mill is on the list.) 3 gal full boil. 0.5 oz Cascade at 60. 0.5 Chinook at 15 (Palmer recipe was 0.5 each for 5 gal and Wakatu not Chinook). I took the OG before I topped off the fermenting carboy at 1.050. A calculation got me adjusted OG of 1.042. Bottled today (2 weeks fermenting). FG was 1.0085. Est. ABV 4.3%. Est. IBU 40.1. Shooting for 2.8 vol. CO2. I got 23 12 oz and 2 22 oz bottles. Of course I sampled the uncarbonated beer. It’s good and I don’t think it’s too bitter. Almost, but not quite. Maybe it’s an amber bitter. More lessons learned and the fire remains lit.
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