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Offline dzlater

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Is this a good recipe?
« on: March 28, 2014, 04:36:24 PM »
I found this recipe on the web.
It looks good to me.
What do you think, is it a solid recipe?
I never used First Gold hops, and I'm not sure if the flaked barley is needed?

Stinger - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
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Batch Size: 5.5 gal
Boil Size: 7.06 gal
Boil Time: 90.000 min
Efficiency: 80%
OG: 1.037
FG: 1.009
ABV: 3.6%
Bitterness: 39.5 IBUs (Rager)
Color: 3 SRM (Morey)

Fermentables
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                 Name    Type    Amount Mashed Late Yield Color
 Pale Malt (2 Row) UK   Grain  5.500 lb    Yes   No   78%   3 L
                Honey Extract 12.000 oz     No   No   75%   1 L
       Barley, Flaked   Grain  4.000 oz    Yes   No   70%   2 L
     White Wheat Malt   Grain  4.000 oz    Yes   No   86%   2 L
Total grain: 6.812 lb

Hops
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       Name Alpha   Amount  Use       Time   Form  IBU
    Cascade  7.6% 0.6 oz Boil 90.000 min Pellet 21.0
 First Gold  6.2% 0.5 oz Boil 90.000 min Pellet 14.9
 First Gold  6.2% 0.25 oz Boil 15.000 min Pellet  1.6
    Cascade  7.6% 0.25 oz Boil 15.000 min Pellet  2.0

Yeast
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        Name Type Form   Amount   Stage
 Safale S-04  Ale  Dry 0.388 oz Primary

Mash
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               Name     Type    Amount      Temp    Target       Time
         Conversion Infusion 1.500 gal 166.530 F 153.000 F 60.000 min
 Final Batch Sparge Infusion 6.280 gal 170.402 F 165.200 F 15.000 min
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Re: Is this a good recipe?
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2014, 05:33:57 PM »
I've never used honey in a bitter before, so I am not too sure about that. I also like a decent charge of crystal malt, which seems to be lacking. Hops seems pretty good, though

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Re: Is this a good recipe?
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2014, 05:46:57 PM »
It may be an excellent beer. If I was trying for an authentic bitter I personally would not use American hops. I also agree with some UK crystal

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Re: Is this a good recipe?
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2014, 08:48:45 PM »
that's a weird recipe. I've had bitters brewed with sugar and lots of crystal malt to bump the body and sweetness but still make a drinkable beer but this just has the sugar. i would expect it to be kind of thin. the flaked barley and wheat will make up for some of that but not like crystal malt will.

the mash schedule seems a little hinky too. mashing in at 1 qt/lb is fine if your doing a multi rest mash but it's pretty thick for a single infusion.

90 minute boil just seems unnecessary to me as well.

personally I think ~6 lb of MO or other pale malt with ~ 1 lb of medium crystal is all you need. if you want to make it a little more quaffable add half a lb of sugar

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Re: Is this a good recipe?
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2014, 03:57:22 AM »
that's a weird recipe. I've had bitters brewed with sugar and lots of crystal malt to bump the body and sweetness but still make a drinkable beer but this just has the sugar. i would expect it to be kind of thin. the flaked barley and wheat will make up for some of that but not like crystal malt will.

the mash schedule seems a little hinky too. mashing in at 1 qt/lb is fine if your doing a multi rest mash but it's pretty thick for a single infusion.

90 minute boil just seems unnecessary to me as well.

personally I think ~6 lb of MO or other pale malt with ~ 1 lb of medium crystal is all you need. if you want to make it a little more quaffable add half a lb of sugar

  I thought it was kind of weird too. That's why I asked for opinions.
I've done a bunch of more traditional bitter recipes that use crystal malts. I was just looking for something a little different. Maybe I'll give it shot sometime down the road. My next brew is going to be Waldo Lake Amber, I know that's going to be good.



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Re: Is this a good recipe?
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2014, 07:22:51 AM »
I'm not saying it will be bad, just that it's an odd recipe.

The super thick mash is going to make for pretty low efficiency I suspect but the"mash out"step might help with that.

the 90 minute boil just seems like a waste of propane though.