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1776 Porter from Radical Brewing

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hopaddicted:
Has anyone brewed this before?

I haven't brewed someone else's recipe in a long time, but this one really has my interest and I have been meaning to brew it for a while now. I am a little concerned about it's ability to convert itself though. Below is the base recipe:

4.5 # English pale malt
4.5 # biscuit
4.5 # brown

I would love to use MO for the pale malt, but have considered replacing it with 6-row. Randy Mosher even points out that the brown malt may not convert itself and the Biscuit malt that I am using, from Castle, has no enzymes. Though 6-row should be able to help convert, I am not confident that MO is capable.

Any thoughts or advice?

dmtaylor:
I'm betting that it would convert just fine.  Just mash for 75 to 90 minutes, or even longer, if you are concerned.  And even if it doesn't convert as well as you might hope... do you think the people in 1776 knew what the word "conversion" even meant?  Nah... they just threw it in there and hoped for the best.  Right??

hopfenundmalz:
Many old British recipes use 6 row, in a small percentage.  Maybe use 2 lbs 6 row and the rest of the pale malt as MO.

hopaddicted:
Very true. Since winter will be upon us in NY shortly, I think I will just add a couple of pounds of six row to assist with the conversion. The extra malt will warm it up a little, the residual proteins from the six row will add some mouthfeel, and I'll still get the full flavor from the Maris Otter that I am looking for. We'll see how it works out tomorrow hopefully.

denny:

--- Quote from: hopaddicted on July 26, 2010, 02:46:49 PM ---Very true. Since winter will be upon us in NY shortly, I think I will just add a couple of pounds of six row to assist with the conversion. The extra malt will warm it up a little, the residual proteins from the six row will add some mouthfeel, and I'll still get the full flavor from the Maris Otter that I am looking for. We'll see how it works out tomorrow hopefully.

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I use 6 row strictly for the taste of it.  These days, 2 row has about as much diastatic power as 6 row.

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