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Hoppy Red Ale
« on: February 06, 2012, 02:00:43 PM »
Hi Everyone,

I am very excited because I got one of my closest friends into brewing. He bought the basic brew kit from Midwest supplies and it came with than Irish Red Ale kit. Unfortunately, that's not exactly a style he enjoys. I thought I would help him tweak the recipe a bit to come up with West Coast Style Red Ale, since he does love IPAs.

Having a little trouble thinking about what types of hops to use. Was thinking of keeping it simple and going with just a little Magnum for bitting then some Cascade/Centennial and dry hop this some Cascade and Amarillo. I've never been a big red fan so don't know how well all of this would play out. Some thoughts on my recipe would be greatly appreciated.

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IBU: 53.3
Color: 14.2

6 lb Golden LIght LME
2 lb DME
1lb Carared
12 oz Crystal 40L
2 oz Special b
2 oz Roasted Barley
.5 oz Magnum (60 min)
.75 oz Cascade (15 min)
.75 oz Centennial (15 min)
.75 oz Cascade (5 min)
.75 oz Centennial (5 min)
1 oz Cascade (dry hop 7 days)
1 oz Amarillo (dry hop 7 days)

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Re: Hoppy Red Ale
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2012, 02:21:57 PM »
Your hop schedule will probably be fine but does the Midwest kit really call for two pounds of specialty grains for a five gallon batch?  That seems high.
Joe

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Re: Hoppy Red Ale
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2012, 02:23:25 PM »
Thats your idea of simple?

Sounds good though.

If you'd leave out the steeping grains (they're typically mixed in those kits right?) and just use some crystal 40 you'd have a nice IPA.

Those basic brewing kits from Midwest are really good deals when on sale, I got one for a friend at Christmas.  Something like $70 for the brewing stuff, a kit (she got amber ale) and a $25 coupon for another kit.
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Re: Hoppy Red Ale
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2012, 02:29:03 PM »
@tomsawyer... You know I didn't even think of that, makes a much more sense...   ;D  It all comes mixed but since I am adding some grain anyway might as well just use the malt extract and make an IPA. I know he would like that much better. Thanks!

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Re: Hoppy Red Ale
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2012, 02:29:26 PM »
Your hop schedule will probably be fine but does the Midwest kit really call for two pounds of specialty grains for a five gallon batch?  That seems high.

I think the grist bill will produce a fairly dextrinous wort. The hop bill looks pretty good. A clean bitterness with a pretty decent hop flavor and aroma. This is like a red IPA.
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