First AG brew recipe review

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  1. Feb 14, 2020 at 9:29 AM #1

    Neil Whittaker

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    Morning all,
    This weekend I am going to attempt my first AG brew. I would like to do a small batch of my favourite beer style, a DIPA.

    Could you just review my recipe below. My main concern is due to my grain bill, my sparge water is on the low side. I also made a boo boo in my order and bought Gypsum and not latic acid. :-(
    Other than that I thinks I'm ready. :-)

    Double IPA
    7.6% / 16.8 °P
    Recipe by
    Neil Whittaker
    All Grain

    BrewZilla / RoboBrew 35L
    75% efficiency
    Batch Volume: 12 L
    Boil Time: 60 min
    Mash Water: 14.98 L
    Sparge Water: 4.19 L
    Total Water: 19.17 L
    Boil Volume: 16.54 L
    Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.052

    Vitals
    Original Gravity: 1.069
    Final Gravity: 1.011
    IBU (Tinseth): 64
    Color: 15.2 EBC

    Mash
    Temperature — 65 °C — 60 min
    Mash Out — 75 °C — 10 min

    Malts (3.29 kg)
    2.5 kg (71.6%) — Simpsons Pale Ale Golden Promise — Grain — 4.5 EBC
    640 g (18.3%) — Briess Oats, Flaked (Briess) — Grain — 2.8 EBC
    150 g (4.3%) — Warminster Crystal 100 — Grain — 135 EBC

    Other (200 g)
    200 g (5.7%) — Briess Dextrose — Sugar — 2 EBC

    Hops (217 g)
    17 g (32 IBU) — Magnum 9.7% — Boil — 60 min
    40 g (14 IBU) — Citra 9% — Boil — 5 min
    40 g (19 IBU) — Mosaic 12.2% — Boil — 5 min
    60 g — Citra 9% — Dry Hop — 2 days
    60 g — Mosaic 12.2% — Dry Hop — 2 days

    Yeast
    1 pkg — Wyeast Labs 1318 London Ale III

    Fermentation
    Primary — 20 °C — 12 PSI — 7 days

    Carbonation: 2.4 CO2-vol
     
  2. Feb 14, 2020 at 9:39 AM #2

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    The first question I would ask, why pressure ferment?
     
  3. Feb 14, 2020 at 10:59 AM #3

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    Hi Neil,
    Looks pretty organised for a first AG brew. What software are you using?
    Also have a Brewzilla, would be good to know how this turns out.
     
  4. Feb 14, 2020 at 11:14 AM #4

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    Looks organised... before you start double check that you have everything to hand,you have space,a back up plan,taps are closed,a couple of towels and ABSOLUTELY no disturbance...things sometimes run over..there's no just nipping out to the shops or getting the kids...
     
  5. Feb 14, 2020 at 2:48 PM #5

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    Oh good tips there, I like the "towels at hand" & "taps are closed" advice.

    I have been using brewfather. I was watching David Heath and he shares his recipes on that platform. I really like it from a user interface perspective.

    I'm new and only done a couple of kits and as my first FV, I bought a Fermzilla. So, I've only ever done fermentation under pressure. There is a lot of info out there why it's good, but not much on why no pressure would be better. Any advice would be great.

    I could take some photo's or video and get a Brew Day log going. :-)
     
  6. Feb 14, 2020 at 5:59 PM #6

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    Looks good. Couple of points I would make.
    1) I'd be surprised if you achieve 75% efficiency on your first run, especially with a biggish grain bill.
    2) London Ale 3 is a great yeast - one of my faves - but I'd use it for an English style and probably for an 'american' hopped dipa I'd use something cleaner like us05 or mj m44.

    That said, I'm sure you'll end up with a great beer! Good luck
     
  7. Feb 14, 2020 at 6:53 PM #7

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    Oats? Are you going for a NEIPA?
     
  8. Feb 14, 2020 at 7:11 PM #8

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    That's a pretty thin mash, what's the calculation for your system? Grainfather would be 12.5L mash which would give you more sparge volume. I'd also be surprised if you hit 75% first time with the higher OG. Otherwise it looks good, best of luck. I remember the chaos of my first brew on the grainfather.
     
  9. Feb 14, 2020 at 11:53 PM #9

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    NEIPA is my follow up, got different oats for that and wheat. An oats question coming soon!!
    The oats are just part of the recipe that I resized and modified.

    I'll post the numbers for the brewzilla tomorrow. This was a profile the calculator had pre defined and not my own numbers. I was worried the mash was going to be to thick and the lack of sparge water would lower efficiency. I guess this shows it's my first AG brew.

    The us-05 would have been so much cheaper. I was looking for Vermont, but it was all sold out. London ale 3 was my alternative. I will try and harvest it though for the NEIPA.

    Thank you all.
     

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