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Last of the Motuekans

Last of the Motuekans

American IPA : All Grain : 2.5 gal

The Whoner

Looking for feedback on this grain bill. Or any feedback in general really. I do have efficeny trouble, but im working that out. I expect better efficency that the 55% I posted, so I plan to adjust hops accordingly. My biggest interest is in the grain bill and if I'm in the ball park for a decent body to an IPA.

December 8, 2012 at 10:37am

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Ingredients (All Grain2.5 gal)

  • 7.5 lbs Pale Ale Malt; Rahr

    Pale Ale Malt; Rahr

    A principal ingredient of cask ales using heritage barleys.

  • .2 lbs Weyermann CaraMunich® I; Weyermann

    Weyermann CaraMunich® I; Weyermann

    Provides body. For Oktoberfest, bock, porter, stout, red, amber and brown ales.

  • .2 lbs 2-Row Carapils® Malt; Briess

    2-Row Carapils® Malt; Briess

    Very low color or flavor contribution. Characteristics & Applications: • The endosperm is completely glassy and will appear to be darker than standard Brewers Malt. • Carapils® is a very unique dextrine-style malt that adds body, foam retention, and beer stability without influencing color or flavor. • Use to upgrade all types of beer, including light colored beers. • The non-fermentables in Carapils® are very advantageous in balancing body and flavor of dark colored beers. • May be used with or without other specialty malts. • Low usage of 1-5% will help achieve desired results. • Produced from AMBA/BMBRI recommended 2-Row Malting Barley varieties.

  • .31 oz Warrior® - 16.0 AA% pellets; boiled 75 min

    Warrior®

    New hop with much potential. Very stable.

  • .25 oz Cascade - 5.5 AA% pellets; boiled 20 min

    Cascade

    Spicy with citrus notes. Slightly grapefruity.

  • .25 oz Motueka - 7.0 AA% pellets; boiled 20 min

    Motueka

    An excellent hop in many applications from first kettle additions through to late gift. This hop offers a unique aroma and flavour making it suitable for producing bigger more traditional style Lagers, especially Bohemian Pilsener. Excellent when employed in multiple additions from a single hop bill and sits well on the palate to balance speciality malt sweetness. An excellent variety for Belgian Ales and gives a real edge to Cask Bitter.—NZ Hops Limited

  • .25 oz Cascade - 5.5 AA% pellets; boiled 5 min

    Cascade

    Spicy with citrus notes. Slightly grapefruity.

  • .25 oz Motueka - 7.0 AA% pellets; boiled 5 min

    Motueka

    An excellent hop in many applications from first kettle additions through to late gift. This hop offers a unique aroma and flavour making it suitable for producing bigger more traditional style Lagers, especially Bohemian Pilsener. Excellent when employed in multiple additions from a single hop bill and sits well on the palate to balance speciality malt sweetness. An excellent variety for Belgian Ales and gives a real edge to Cask Bitter.—NZ Hops Limited

  • .2 oz Centennial - 10.0 AA% pellets; added dry to secondary fermenter

    Centennial

    Aromatic but acceptable for bittering. Medium aroma with floral and citrus tones. Good in medium to dark ales.

  • .2 oz Motueka - 7.0 AA% pellets; added dry to secondary fermenter

    Motueka

    An excellent hop in many applications from first kettle additions through to late gift. This hop offers a unique aroma and flavour making it suitable for producing bigger more traditional style Lagers, especially Bohemian Pilsener. Excellent when employed in multiple additions from a single hop bill and sits well on the palate to balance speciality malt sweetness. An excellent variety for Belgian Ales and gives a real edge to Cask Bitter.—NZ Hops Limited

  • White Labs WLP023 Burton Ale

    White Labs WLP023 Burton Ale

    From the famous brewing town of Burton upon Trent, England, this yeast is packed with character. It provides delicious subtle fruity flavors like apple, clover honey and pear. Great for all English styles, IPA's, bitters, and pales. Excellent in porters a

Style (BJCP)

Category: 14 - India Pale Ale (IPA)

Subcategory: B - American IPA

Range for this Style
Original Gravity: 1.061 1.056 - 1.075
Terminal Gravity: 1.013 1.010 - 1.018
Color: 11.9 SRM 6 - 15
Alcohol: 6.4% ABV 5.50% - 7.50%
Bitterness: 65.8 IBU 40.00 - 70.00

Discussion

Buzzerj

Grain Bill

2012-12-09 10:56am

I think your grain bill is ok for a 2.5 gallon batch but I'd consider say 8 oz of a Munich malt and 6 oz. of Carapils in my normal 5 gallon batches. Also consider 6-8 oz. of Carahell as an alternative specialty malt. I've also used say a pound of Caramel 10L on most 5 gallon batches. For another base malt to consider, try some floor malted Maris Otter. You'll notice a difference. You must have some efficiency issues if you use 7.5 lbs. base malt for a 2.5 gallon batch, With those issues your specialty malts will have a very limited effect on the final taste. I'd say don't be afraid to increase the quantities and varieties of some of these other malts. Work on efficiency, try a partial mash method or extract and grains until you get a more efficient mashing/lautering process and you will be fine. Don't miss out on the opportunity to make a fine beer. We only live so long.

The Whoner

feedback

2012-12-09 1:12pm

Thank you for your input! I have made some adjustments to my sparging, so I am going to go ahead and do this one AG again. I will take your advice on a little more flavor malts when I make this today. Here's hoping to improved efficiency today! At least I have extra hops and a healthy starter on hand in case I do. Thanks again!

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