Join Date: Oct 2012
Hello, sorry to be brief but I have already made a rookie mistake. I started brewing today without realizing that this recipe has left out a few details. Details that are probably "duh" to seasoned guys, but I am left scratching my head.
So what do you make of this? It's the Bad Santa winter beer from BYO. My questions are at the end....
5 gallon/19-L, extract with grains; OG = 1.085; FG = 1.018; IBU = 40; ABV = 8.6%
7.5 lbs. (3.4 kg) light dried malt extract
1.0 lb. (0.45 kg) Munich malt
0.50 lb. (0.45 kg) Carahell® malt (19 °L)
0.50 lb. (0.45 kg) CaraMunich® malt (30–40 °L)
1.0 oz. (28 g) black patent malt
13 fl. oz. (384 mL) maple syrup
1.5 lbs. (0.68 kg) dried cherries
12 AAU US Northern Brewer hops (60 mins) (1 oz./28 g of 12% alpha acids)
Wyeast 1084 (Irish ale) yeast
1 vanilla bean (split)
3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches, broken into pieces
Step by Step:
Steep grains in 3.0 qts. (2.8 L) of water at 152 °F (67 °C) for 45 minutes. Boil for 60 minutes, initially reserving half of the malt extract. Remove 2 qts. (2 L) of wort and steep cherries. Add remaining malt extract and maple syrup with 15 minutes left in the boil. Add cherry steeping wort at end of boil. Ferment at 62–64 °F (17–18 °C). Dry spice in secondary for 2–3 weeks.
Ok, so I'm steeping my grains now, but when it says to boil for 60 min, it does not say to add any water... I presume I need to add water before boiling, but how much? Enough to boil 3 gallons? Enough for 3 gallons plus the 2qts I will be removing?
Next it says to remove 2qts to steep my cherries, which will then be added back in at the end of boil... so when exactly do I remove the 2qts for the steeping of the cherries? Immediately after topping up with water? After adding half the extract but before boiling? After the protein break? I can't figure out when I should remove the 2qts, which would also indicate how long the cherries should steep.
It doesn't say if I should strain out the cherries when I add it back in at the end of the boil.
Thanks so much. I really appreciate your insights.