Monday, May 26, 2008

For the Rogue in all of us.

I bought a cooler. My next batch will be all-grain. In the meantime...

Apparently, John Maier of Rogue is in cahoots with MoreBeer. He gave them the recipe for the I²PA. They claim he uses one of their brew sculptures (must resist...) for playing around with his own stuff, including this variant on one of Rogue's best, the Brutal Bitter.

Batch #14
Blackened Brutal Bitter (extract)
White Labs California Ale Yeast
--7 lbs Ultralight (LME)
--4 oz Maltodextrin
--2.5lbs Munich
--1.25lbs Crystal 60L
--11 oz Carafa Special II
--1.5 oz Newport 9.3%AA (90min)
--1 oz Newport 9.3%AA (60min)
--2 oz Amarillo 8.9%AA (1min)
--2 oz Amarillo 8.9%AA (1min at flame out)
--1 oz Amarillo (dry-hop in secondary)
--1 Whirlfloc tab (20min)
OG: 1.057
FG: 1.015
ABV: 5.5%
Calc. IBUs: ~90

Grains steeped for 30 minutes at 160F. My OG came out low for the recipe, so the alcohol will probably be around 5.5-6% instead of 7-8%. The low IBU rating is a result of weak bittering hops ( gives a typical Newport as 15.5%AA for 140IBU in this recipe).

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Kölsch Ale

Update 7/31 - After about 2 months of waiting I hit this with the CO2 and it's very nice. Light in body and alcohol. Has that German lager aroma.

I think the first Kölsch I had was the Pyramid Curveball. It was light, refreshing, grassy, and delicious. Gordon-Biersch also makes a decent Kölsch, which I found a little odd since it's technically an ale, and they tend to stick to lagers. Cool fermentation and a lagering period makes the style a really clean session beer perfect for slow summer days. This one I picked up as a kit from MoreBeer. It should be pretty decent with mild bittering from the Glacier and a noble aroma from the Vanguard. I tweaked the boil time on the second hop addition for a little more bitterness to more closely match the style's profile.

Batch #13
Kölsch Ale (extract)
White Labs German Ale/Kölsch Yeast
--4 lbs German Pils (LME)
--2 lbs Light Malt (DME)
--4 oz Maltodextrin
--8 oz Crystal 15L
--0.5 oz Glacier 6.0%AA (60min)
--1 oz Vanguard 4.4%AA (5min)
--1 Whirlfloc tab (20min)
OG: 1.043
FG: 1.012
ABV: 4%
Calc. IBUs: 16

Grains steeped for 30min at 160±5F in ~4 gallons of water. Dry malt and dextrin added after steeping, along with additional 2 gallons water. LME added at boil. First hops after hot break. Cooled with wort chiller, yeast pitched at 65F.