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« on: January 16, 2015, 02:52:37 PM »
Does anyone know of a resource where I can input my on-hand ingredients and a list of suggested recipes will be generated? 

I have 10 lbs of Briess 2 row, 2 lbs of Munton's Munich, 1 lb of Munton's Chocolate, 1 lb of Briess Caramel 40L, and 1 lb of Munton's Amber as well as a few other less than full pounds of odds and end malts. 

I also have a pack of US-05, and a pack of W-34/70, 3 oz of Mt Rainier, and 2 oz of Cascade hop pellets again, along with a few other less than a full oz of odds and ends hops.

I only get opportunities for Lagers during the winter where my basement ambient air temps allow cooler fermentation (even if high 50(s)*F is the best I can do) so I am thinking something like a Hybrid or Amber Lager. However, I'd like to have a recipe to follow or a commercial example to shoot for. Something along the lines of Jamil's Uncommonly Lucky - except I don't have a Cali Common yeast - or European Amber Lager - except I don't have Vienna Malt.

Any recommendations?
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Re: recipe resource
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2015, 02:57:42 PM »
I'm not going to be of any help.  You just caused a flashback to my youth when, toward the end of the month my mom would rummage through the fridge & pantry and throw whatever she had into a pot to make a stew.

Not pleasant memories.  :o
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Re: recipe resource
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2015, 03:00:20 PM »
I'm not a recipe expert but the first thing I thought of is a Porter.
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Re: recipe resource
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2015, 03:04:34 PM »
I'm not a recipe expert but the first thing I thought of is a Porter.

+1.  Or an American Brown, dry hopped with the 2 oz of Cascade.  Or an APA if you picked up a few more hops.
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Re: recipe resource
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2015, 03:14:09 PM »
I hear ya.  I am thinking a lager.  Dunkels kinda brew.
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Re: recipe resource
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2015, 04:38:48 PM »
you could do a dark lager with the 2 row, munich, and some of the chocolate. Hop with the mt ranier and maybe a touch of some other noble hop if you have any laying around. ferment with the 34/70 which I've heard is just fine in the high 50's.
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Re: recipe resource
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2015, 04:58:33 PM »
you could do a dark lager with the 2 row, munich, and some of the chocolate. Hop with the mt ranier and maybe a touch of some other noble hop if you have any laying around. ferment with the 34/70 which I've heard is just fine in the high 50's.

Thank you sir! I found a recipe in BYO's 250 Classic Clone Recipes doing just that.  It's an Eastside Dark clone from Lakefront Brewery Wisconsin.  I plugged it into BeerSmith and I think it's gonna work out great.

I am also going to try my hand at malt conditioning and a thinner mash as well.
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Re: recipe resource
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2015, 05:45:34 PM »
Don't forget the recipe database here....http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/BeerRecipes
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Re: recipe resource
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2015, 06:01:51 PM »
This is the one I started with.  http://brewery.org/cm3/CatsMeow3.html

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Re: recipe resource
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2015, 06:13:31 PM »
This is the one I started with.  http://brewery.org/cm3/CatsMeow3.html

Me, too.  I remember a good many of them as........ummm......spotty at best.  Cool at the time, though !
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Re: recipe resource
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2015, 06:47:17 PM »
This is the one I started with.  http://brewery.org/cm3/CatsMeow3.html

So did you brew the recipe there that's 20 lb. of crystal malt (or something like that).  Cat's Meow is the worst recipe database I've ever seen and I encourage people to avoid it.  Sure, not 100% bad, but bad enough you have ot be able to klnow what's good and what's not.
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Re: recipe resource
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2015, 06:57:39 PM »
Cat's Meow is the worst recipe database I've ever seen and I encourage people to avoid it.

Yeah, I thought some of the lame recipe books I bought were bad, but that's comically bad.  :D      Shows how far things have come.
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Re: recipe resource
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2015, 04:53:49 PM »
Well, I went with the Eastside Dark (Munich Dunkel) recipe.  All was well until I got up this AM to find my yeast was staging a rebellion.  Nothing was happening.  Nada.  Zilch.

...so for the first time in ~40 batches of homebrew, I opened my fermenter to have a look see.  It looked anemic.  Just laying there.  Kinda ugly. 

I took emergency measures.  I sanitized my large brewing strainer and removed the offensive yeast pooper scooper fashion.  I then hydrated and inoculated with my emergency backup pack of US-05. 

Instead of a Lager I now have an Ale.  Shame.  Oh well, it wasn't in the cards. 

I can only dream of what could have been as I drink the Ale with a smile on my face.  LOL

Now back to the original question:  Is there a resource where you can input ingredients and a list of suggested recipes is generated?
« Last Edit: January 17, 2015, 05:14:21 PM by BrewBama »
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Re: recipe resource
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2015, 06:57:57 PM »
Well, I went with the Eastside Dark (Munich Dunkel) recipe.  All was well until I got up this AM to find my yeast was staging a rebellion.  Nothing was happening.  Nada.  Zilch.

...so for the first time in ~40 batches of homebrew, I opened my fermenter to have a look see.  It looked anemic.  Just laying there.  Kinda ugly. 

I took emergency measures.  I sanitized my large brewing strainer and removed the offensive yeast pooper scooper fashion.  I then hydrated and inoculated with my emergency backup pack of US-05. 

Instead of a Lager I now have an Ale.  Shame.  Oh well, it wasn't in the cards. 

I can only dream of what could have been as I drink the Ale with a smile on my face.  LOL

Now back to the original question:  Is there a resource where you can input ingredients and a list of suggested recipes is generated?
When did you pitch? Lager yeast can take a long time to show signs of active fermentation.

As far as a site that lets you search based on an ingredient list (like Supercook.com does for recipes - love that site), I'm not familiar with one. For something like that to be successful, it would need some good fuzzy logic on the malt side. Otherwise if you had something like Maris Otter on hand, it might not return recipes that use "UK Pale Ale malt", etc.
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Re: recipe resource
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2015, 07:12:15 PM »
Beer alchemy (Mac and ios) will recommend beers based on the recipes entered and inventory on hand. Considering the amount of ingredients I keep on hand, it's not very good. An example is the all grain starter wort recipe I have in there. It always pops to the top since it is a single ingredient and I almost always have 2-row around. The others tend to be SMaSH beers. It would certainly benefit from improvements including seasons and recently brewed batches.