After 10 batches of extract/steeping grain kits, I have decided to create my own. I am trying to create a somewhat malty pale ale. I am looking for some bready malt character with some citrusy hops. Here is the recipe and my procedure:
3.3 lbs. Maris Otter LME
2.0 lbs. Briess light DME
0,75 lbs. melanoidin crushed grains (steep)
0.25 lbs. crystal 20L crushed grains (steep)
0.25 lbs. Carapils crushed grains (steep)
0.25 lbs. Aromatic crushed grains (steep)
0,50 oz. Centennial hops
0.50 oz. Galaxy hops
0.50 oz. Amarillo hops
1.0 oz. Citra hops
FG : We'll see! (shooting for 1.008)
So I steeped the grains for 30 minutes. Added the malt after and brought to a boil. Centennial hops at 60 min., Galaxy at 20 min., Amarillo at 5 min., and did a hopstand with the Citra.
After getting the wort cooled, I went to pitch my smack pack of Wyeast 1318 (the LHBS recommended though I was leaning towards US-04). Dammit, the pack never broke and with my hands slick from sanitizer, I spilled almost the whole packet of yeast on the kitchen floor when that unbroken pack shifted. I was able to squirt a few drops into the fermenter.
Well, I just so happened to have an old pack of Cooper's yeast that came with a can of LME. I did have in the fridge but it had been under very suspect storage conditions and was a year old. But I feltt I needed to get something in there even though I prob could have waited til the next night.
Anyway, got a pack of US-04 when I was at work and as soon as I got home I sanitized my hands and opened the fermenter. There was slight activity going on so I decided to hold off on pitching that US-04. Kind of glad that I did because there is vigorous fermentation underway and I have never mixed different strains.
I realize the old yeast is probably going to give me some profile I am not looking for. Maybe I will get lucky -who knows.
What do you guys thing of the recipe?