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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / What's this going to be?
« on: August 03, 2010, 08:41:00 PM »
Greetings,

So, I'm not going to be able to have a brew day for quite a while, so I wanted to use what I had on hand. So, right now it's boiling. What I included:
5 Gal

¾ lb Black Patent Malt
2 lb Crystal Malt
6 LBS Light DME
5 lbs Dark LME
.5 LBS Corn Sugar
.5 Crystal Pellet Hops 3.1AA 60
1 Kent Golding Pellet 4.5 AA 60
.5 Fuggle 4.0 60
.5 Kent Goldings 30
1 KG 15
.5 Crystal 15
.5 Fuggle 10
.5 KG 8
.5 Cascade 5
While Labs English Ale w/.5 gal starter

What is this considered? A Porter? A stout? Once I'm done with it I'll report the OG. How long should I age it? I'm also thinking, once I have time to bottle it, of doing it with 1 C honey, for even more flavor.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / First brew- couple questions
« on: July 29, 2010, 03:18:04 PM »
Greetings,

I decided to try homebrewing, and I think I prepared well. I read Papazian's book (naturally, up to the advanced part) and began with his Elbro Nerkte recipe.

I just finished the creation of my first wort, and I had a couple questions:
1.) Are you supposed to cover the boiling wort? I started off that way, but it bubbled up and left a sort of crust along the sides of the pot inside. I re-mixed that in with the boil and left it uncovered the rest of the way.

2.) is there supposed to be a pre-yeast sediment? It's cooling off now, and an inch or two has settled to the bottom. I filtered it rather well, using a mesh filtered funnel that required emptying about a dozen times before I got through with it. I used pelleted hops, and 3/4 lbs of grain malts which I mostly filtered out before adding the liquid malt extract, as well as irish moss and gypsum.

Is this normal? Am I worrying?

Thanks!
Ryan

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