Monday, May 25, 2009

Low gravity like the moon

Update 6/26/09 -- This is good. This is very good. It dried out a little too much...if I can get it to finish with a little more residual sugar (~1.012 maybe), it would be excellent. Mash at 154 next time...maybe a little more crystal.

Got the idea from Nate Smith when he gave a talk for the Worts of Wisdom club about IPA/IIPA brewing. Figured it would be a good use for the little bit of grain I had left in the garage, or at least a good experiment. Kept the IBUs down (although my estimate is likely not quite accurate as I used a full 2oz of Centennial today...probably just error on the scale). Munich and 40L for some flavor, CaraPils for a little body. We'll see. Session IPAs are...not real common. I'm also new to Palisade.

Batch #38
--6.5lbs Golden Promise
--0.5lb CaraPils
--0.25lb Crystal 40L
--0.25lb Dark Munich
--0.5oz Cascade 7.5%AA (60min)
--0.5oz Centennial 8%AA (40min)
--0.5oz Cascade 7.5%AA (20min)
--1oz Palisade 8%AA (15min)
--0.5oz Centennial 8%AA (flameout)
--0.5oz Cascade 7.5%AA (flameout)
--1oz Palisade 8%AA (flameout)
--0.5oz Centennial, 0.5oz Cascade (dry hop)
--1/4tsp supermoss (15min)
--1/4tsp gypsum (mash water addition)
--WLP001 California Ale Yeast, 1+L starter (2nd generation).
OG: 1.040
FG: 1.008
ABV: 4.2%
IBU: 40ish

Mashed in 10qts to 120F, rest for 15min. Raised (using 1.5gal hot water) to 152F and held for 45min. Batch sparge - drained, added ~3.75gallons hot water to bring to mash out temp, drained. Collected about 6.75gal at 1.030SG for 74.5% efficiency.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Fill it with your mighty juice

Patience...75 minute mash, 45-50 minute lautering time (as opposed to my usual 15), and a 90+ minute boil. Cleaned out the freezer a bit with the hops. This is nominally an American amber, but the flavor and aroma hops might argue with you on that point.

Batch #37
American Amber Ale
--9.5lbs Golden Promise
--2lb Amer. Munich
--0.5lb Crystal 120L
--0.25lb Victory
--0.25lb Pale Chocolate
--1oz Columbus 12%AA (60min)
--1oz Willamette 4%AA (30min)
--0.5oz Willamette 4%AA (15min)
--0.5oz Willamette 4%AA (5min)
--1oz Liberty 5%AA (flameout)
--1/4tsp supermoss (15min)
--WLP001 California Ale Yeast, 1L starter.
OG: 1.065
FG: 1.015
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: 40ish

Mash in 16qts water to 150F for 75min. Mash out to 168F for 10min. Sparge and lauter to 7 gallons of wort (SG~1.048 for 74% efficiency!). I used 1/4 tsp epsom salts and 1/2 tsp gypsum in the mash water - that's Burtonization, Kyle.