Yep, the style names can be very confusing. The commercial examples you've given are definitely American.
The issue I'm trying to get my head around is it sounds like you've been doing Fresh Wort Kits in your Fermentasaurus and that's fine because FWK's are "standard" size batches - about 22L / 5.5gal Volume into Fermenter (VIF). Now you'll be brewing with a 19L / 5 gal pot, you're going to be getting a lot less VIF - about half that of your Fresh Wort Kit, maybe even less. There are ways of getting more but they are clumsy and require more vessels, time etc. You also said you want to experiment with small batches so let's stick to that.
What I'm thinking on is how to manage your ingredients. This is more difficult on small batches. For example, you'll only use half a packet of yeast on the brews I think we'll be aiming at. This means the other half goes to waste unless you brew another batch the next day or have some way of vacuum sealing. You can however harvest and wash yeast and it will store very well in your fridge. Hops can also be stored quite successfully given the right packaging and handling. Crushed grain can also be stored (in our climate) fairly successfully, once again given the right packaging.
So, Jay, my concern is not so much in finding you some great recipes - that'll be easy - my worries are: ensuring you know what ingredient resources you have available to you (TWOC is quite a drive from your place and you don't want to be spending an hour in travel or paying courier fees for every 10 L batch!) and knowing what storage capabilities (and knowledge) you have. Do you have a lot of tupperware?
(I'm serious about that. I have heaps!)
So, what I'm thinking is if you can decide on what you'd like to brew for say your next three batches, then we can make a plan of what ingredients to buy, the order to brew the beers in and how to manage the ingredients between brews. If the shop around the corner will crush a small mixed grain bill for you, then that only leaves hops and yeast to manage. Dried yeast is about $5 a packet and you might be happy to throw the unused portion in the bin or you might prefer to wash and re-use it.
The grain is the main issue and you'll need to phone the shop to find answers to the following:
1. If they are just around the corner, are they happy to crush small mixed bills?
2. If they are not, then who will and how far away are they or what are their delivery costs?
3. Some shops can vacuum small crushed malt bills. In other words, you could order three crushed bills and have them delivered to you vacuum-sealed for the same delivery charge as a single small malt bill. (I used to get that done on the east coast but have never investigated it since coming back here so you might have to ring around a bit.)
So, check that out. After that, you might come back here and say, okay, I want my next three brews to be an American Red Ale, an Imperial Red Ale and a Stout. Or you might just say, I just want to brew an American Red and I want to brew it now!!!
I've probably got all you need here if you want to do the latter... Remember above I mentioned Lukas (and probably Case) are dropping in later this week for a tasting and you were welcome? If you have the right tupperware and bring some nice beers, we could design your beer on the spot and send you home with all you need. And you'd get to taste our show beers. (Bring your hydrometer/s and thermometer/s too so as you can check their accuracy.) It doesn't get much better than that
Only problem with that offer is that I have no idea at this stage what evening @lukasfab
has in mind
Anyway, that's some stuff for you to investigate tomorrow.
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