September 24, 2014 · 11:00 pm
So here’s the recipe for my 2014 Pumpkin Ale:
- 9 lb 2-row pale malt
- 1 lb 20L Crystal
- 3 oz Chocolate malt
- 3.75 lb Roasted Pumpkin
- 2.5 tsp cinnamon (5 min.)
- 1.5 tsp nutmeg (5 min.)
- 1.5 tsp allspice (5 min.)
- 0.75 oz Northern Brewer hop pellets, 9.4% AA (60 min.)
- 1 oz East Kent Goldings, 5.7% AA (15 min.)
- White Labs California Ale yeast (WLP001)
I put this recipe in BeerSmith 2 and it gives the following expectations:
- 1.053 OG
- 1.013 FG
- 33.5 IBU
- 10.9 SRM (about this color…)
- 5.19% ABV
August 15, 2014 · 2:28 am
This is batch 24 – a special pale ale. Not an India Pale Ale, but more than American: a Georgia Pale Ale, or GPA.
Since the coffee beer I made in January didn’t turn out the way I wanted, I decided I to make something I’d actually drink and enjoy. I took a general American Pale Ale recipe from the January-February issue of Brew Your Own and scaled it up to make 10 gallons.
- 21 lbs Rahr Pale Ale Malt
- 2 lbs Briess Victory Malt
- 1 lb Rahr White Wheat Malt
- 1 lb Briess Munich 10L Malt
- 1 oz Horizon hop pellets (12% AA)
- 1 oz Centennial hop pellets (10.5% AA)
- 1 oz Cascade hop pellets (6.5% AA)
- 2 vials White Labs WLP001 California Ale yeast
The basic process is easy with the right equipment:
- Mash all of the grain at 1.5 quarts per pound and 152°F (67°C) for one hour.
- Mash out at 168°F (76°C).
- Sparge slowly with 170°F (77°C) until you reach your target boil volume.
- Boil the Horizon pellets for 60 minutes.
- Add half the Centennial and Cascade hops at 10 minutes.
- Add the remainder of Centennial and Cascade hops at flameout (0 minutes).
- Cool wort, transfer to fermenter, and pitch yeast.
See, What Had Happened Was…
I lost access to my recipe on Brewer’s Friend (for the day, it seems…) and really wasn’t thinking when I was sparging – I ended up with a 14-gallon boil when my target should have been about 11.5 gallons or so. However, I didn’t fret – I just boiled it down to my batch size. During that extraordinarily long boil time (175 minutes!), I took the liberty of adding hops fresh from my front porch three times. Using that boil time, here’s the hop schedule:
- 175 minutes: 1 oz Horizon pellets, 0.3 oz whole-leaf Centennial (5 cones)
- 153 minutes: 0.3 oz whole-leaf Centennial
- 111 minutes: 0.3 oz whole-leaf Centennial
- 55 minutes: 0.3 oz whole-leaf Centennial
- 37 minutes: 0.5 oz Centennial pellets, 0.5 oz Cascade pellets
- 1 minute: 0.5 oz Centennial pellets, 0.5 oz Cascade pellets
The recipe in BYO said the original gravity would be 1.056, but my OG (adjusted) was 1.062. It smells awesome and there’s lots of slurry in the bottom of the fermenters. That might lend even more bitterness; we’ll wait and see. It’s heavy so it might actually be balanced a bit. I’d like to keep this recipe and tweak it for next time. I’ll try to update this post as fermentation proceeds or when I get to bottling day. I intend to put all of this in 12-oz bottles – wish me luck…
Bottling day (Labor Day 2014) went off without a hitch. I ended up with 84-12oz capped and 4-16oz swing-top bottles. They’re conditioning along the wall at the moment… I’ll open the first one on Saturday, September 27th – my 36th birthday.
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Tagged as Hops, Pale Ale, recipes
December 29, 2013 · 11:28 pm
I’m glad you have stumbled upon this brand-new, unplanned, direction-less idea I had one day. Here’s the plan I just made up:
I’m a home beer brewer and I want to make better beer than I have in the past. I imagine this might be something other home brewers want to do as well.
What I have planned for 2014 is, well, better brewing. To achieve better tasting and more consistent batches I’ll be performing experiments, reading a lot, and the only thing to do in order to make better beer: brewing more beer. Along the way I’ll be automating parts of my home brewery and processes and making my best attempt at recording everything I do.
I mean recording in a sense that I’ll be documenting; I don’t plan on creating a lot of video content at the moment. Some of the content here might show up on the beer show I need to pick up again and/or the beer blog I rarely post to.
My intention is to begin brewing the first or second weekend in January 2014, so subscribe to the blog if you’re inclined to read your collection of RSS feeds. Otherwise I’m sure I’ll be shouting out on Twitter when I have posted something. Follow @BenOnBeer for some of that good beer news, reviews, and thoughts.
Like I said before, this wasn’t very well planned. After a few days and getting WordPress set up it still sounds like a good idea, so I’ll move forward.
Until next time,