The recipe I’ve been using is “Kate the Great Russian” published by the head brewer at Portsmouth Brewing Co. This is the only recipe I’ve made. The upcoming batch will be #4 but I need to make a few adjustments because the local homebrew store has a limited grain selection. I moved since the last batch.
Before I post the grain bill, just a couple of comments. The beer is great as is but the grain bill is extremely complex. Two of the components are input at only 4 oz in a 25 lb grain bill. Seems insignificant. Two of the component are not available. Lastly, I would like to increase the roast grain character a bit.
The OG is 1.100 give or take a bit. I really hop it up vs the original recipe from 60 to about 90 IBU. SAF-05. The FG will be on the order of 1.020 .
Here’s the bill:
19.25 2 row
0.88 wheat malt
0.88 flaked barley
0.25 C120 *
0.88 special B
0.25 chocolate malt **
0.75 carafa III ***
0.50 roasted barley
0.25 black malt
Questions for discussion:
- For the C120, 4 oz in a 25 grain bill seems insignificant. Considering the rest of the grain bill, would 4 oz make a noticeable difference?
** For the chocolate malt, 4 oz could make a flavor difference more so than the C120, but still, I can’t imagine 4 oz in a 25 # grain bill changing the character that much. ?
*** The LHBS doesn’t carry Carafa III. Carafa II is available or midnight wheat. I think the best sub would probably be the midnight wheat. On the other hand, I want to bring the roast character up a bit so I am considering dropping the .75 lb Carafa III and increasing the the roast barley by 0.25 lb and the black malt each by 0.5 lb.
This is a detailed post, so thanks in advance for looking and commenting,