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Offline adama

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red ale grain bill help
« on: March 11, 2012, 03:56:25 pm »
Hello all. I am looking for some help with a grain bill for a hoppy red ale. I want something nice and malty to hold up to the hops and am also using this opportunity to use some specialty grains that I haven't tried before. This is my starting point...any input would be greatly appreciated.

5 lbs 2-row
3 lbs maris otter
2 lbs melanoidin malt
2 lbs carared

as for the hops, I'm pretty much raiding the freezer and using what I already have on hand. I was thinking something like this...

1 oz. centennial @ 60 min
.75 oz. centennial @ 30 min
.25 oz. tettnang @ 5 min
.25 oz. saaz @ 5 min

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Re: red ale grain bill help
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2012, 08:45:10 pm »
I Use The BJCP Guideliness As A Starting Place. It Wouldent Hurt To Throw In Some Roasted Barley If You Want To Try A Bit More For Style. Looks Like A Fun Brew. Enjoy Yourself!
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Offline snowtiger87

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Re: red ale grain bill help
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2012, 04:20:21 am »
That is a lot of specialty malt which may not be very fermentable. What FG are you shooting for?
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Re: red ale grain bill help
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2012, 09:04:23 am »
I know it hase nothing to do with an irish red ale but I find munich 10L gives a nice ruby color and great malty flavour without getting to thick and sweet like alot of specialty malts. just a thought.
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Re: red ale grain bill help
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2012, 10:01:53 am »
I'm not seeing this as a hoppy beer.  Looks very malty with just a bit of hop character in the background.  Maybe cut back on the carared and melanoidin and boost the base malts and finishing hops a bit.  Adding a touch of black malt will make up for the difference in color.
« Last Edit: March 19, 2012, 10:03:29 am by hooter »