I am going to cool my wort to 165, then throw my hops in for a half hour stand. After experimenting on several brews I find this maximizes my flavor/aroma balance to my liking when doing hop stands. I am going to use BRY-97 yeast. But it doesn't exist in the beersmith database.
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Recipe: Ralph's Summertime Pale Ale
Asst Brewer: Ralph The Wonderdog
Style: American Pale Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Boil Size: 5.70 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.20 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.047 SG
Estimated Color: 5.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 63.6 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
7 lbs Brewer's Malt, 2-Row, Premium (Great Wes Grain 1 77.8 %
2 lbs Munich 10L (Briess) (10.0 SRM) Grain 2 22.2 %
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - First Wort 60.0 min Hop 3 24.8 IBUs
2.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 4 16.3 IBUs
2.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 60.0 Hop 5 22.5 IBUs
Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 9 lbs
Name Description Step Temperat Step Time
Mash In Add 12.25 qt of water at 162.7 F 152.0 F 60 min
"I am going to use BRY-97 yeast. But it doesn't exist in the beersmith database."
I use this yeast on occasion and I just added it to the database myself. Same with many hops that weren't in circulation at the time of the BS release you're using.
Just click on the Ingredients tab, click Yeast, click Add Yeast, use information on the yeast from the Danstar site and save it.http://www.danstaryeast.com/products/bry-97-american-west-coast-beer-yeast
You can do the same for hops. I would personally do some searching from a variety of sites and form a consensus on the typical alpha, beta, and other aspects when adding the information.
Otherwise I find your steeping procedure interesting. I have experimented with cooler steeps and haven't gotten the results I was after but only tried it a couple times. The one I just brewed had flameout additions and I steeped for only 10 minutes primarily because I was on a timeline and had to wrap things up and leave. It was around 195 to 200 most of that time. I also get a little anxious with all the dust, insects and pollen blowing around outside with my kettle open and cooler wort in there. I can't help it. Guess I need to relax and you know.......