The time has come. I have 9 batches under my belt and have decided that it's high time I put together my first original recipe! I am constructing this with the intent of using ingredients I already have on-hand. I would be ordering an additional 3lb bag of amber DME and all the specialty grains. (I also have a 3lb bag of dark DME and wheat DME on-hand, but they don't seem like they'd fit this recipe very well.) Please take a look, critique, suggest and help my understand any mistakes I've made.
Protoplast Dark Belgian Strong
Recipe constructed with the aid of various homebrew books and Beersmith.
Target OG 1.098
Target FG 1.025
estimated 28 IBU
6 gallon boil, 5 gallon batchPreboil
1lb Cara-Pils, crushed
1lb Honey Malt, crushed (If I can get some)
1lb Cara-40, crushed
Steeped in grain bags until water reaches 170 degrees.Boil
9 lbs Amber DME, boil 5 minutes then start timing the 60 minute boil.
1 oz Cluster hop pellets (60 min)
1 lb light candi sugar (30 min) stir until dissolved
1/2 oz Saaz pellets (30 min)
1 lb turbinado sugar (20 min) stir until dissolved
1/2 oz Styrian Goldings pellets (10 min)
1/2 tsp Wyeast yeast nutrient, dissolved in warm water (10 min)
1 tsp irish moss, reconstituted in warm water (10 min)
1 oz Challenger pellets (5 min)
Cool using a wort chiller, transfer and top off to 5 gallons if necessary. Oxygenate with pure O2 for 1 minute using a 2 micron stainless aeration stone. (Should I be using a .5 micron stone, and is a full minute overkill?)
Pitch 2 packs of Safbrew T-58, rehydrated.
Once primary fermentation is complete, transfer to secondary for an additional 2 weeks.
Bottle with 5oz priming sugar dissolved in 1 cup boiling water. Ready to drink in 2-4 weeks, would probably improve with aging.
So there it is. I have several other hop varieties available and would not be averse to picking up some others if my inventory is insufficient. Alternate hops include First Gold, additional cluster, Perle, Columbus, Warrior, Amarillo, Galena.
Poke holes in it, mock my noobness and above all, help me understand any mistakes that I have made!