Friday, April 12, 2013

3 Brewers, Take #2 (New Hops)

Sometimes a recipe develops without much thought, like it was meant to be.  A couple months ago I was asked to brew with a couple of buddies at the last moment, with no brewing software available I quickly came up with this recipe sitting in my car in front of my LHBS. (Hear are my Tasting Notes, if you want the details.) The malt bill was spot on for everything I wanted in a Pale Ale.  The only exception was the amount of bittering hops, and this is just me being picky.  I overshot the amount of bittering on the first batch.  The bitterness on the first sip was overpowering.  Now, this faded with time but needed to be looked at when I brewed this again.  I feel like this has been a issue with some of my traditional beers.  Personally liking a very low amount of bittering hops, I tend to focus on the floral whirlpool additions.  So when brewing a classical-ish style Pale Ale or IPA I over shoot the bittering to compensate.

My IPA and Pale recipes have become predicable lately, most containing 2-Row with Pilsner malt and Rye evenly split.  (Hey I love the spice the rye brings in small amounts) The adaption is in the specialty malts.  I seem to be lowering the amount of Crystal in each batch.  I've really started to crave a very attenuated Pale Ale.  The Crystal malts are just getting in the way.  (Normal recommendation is under 15% of the total grain bill, and I tend to stay way under that.)  This recipe is around 4% not counting the Acidulated (Acid) Malt used to lower the pH and showcase the hop aromas.  A couple of ounces of Carafa III giving the beer some needed color that I love in Pale Ales

Thinking this might be my future go to malt bill, I wanted to test it.  The best way to do that is by changing the hop additions to see if the malt on its own can stand up to a different hopping approach.  Since the first batch was a solid blend of great aroma hops, I wanted to toss in some Nelson Sauvin as a late addition and a dry hop.  Letting it contribute some Cabernet flavors to the finished beer.  I also dropped the Simcoe since it has such an aggressive presence my thought is that it may fight with the Nelson.  Letting Centennial and Amarillo work together.  

3 Brewers Pale Ale #2
American Pale Ale
Type: All Grain Date: 4/14/2013
Batch Size (fermenter): 6.00 gal Brewer: Chris Lewis
Boil Size: 6.86 gal Asst Brewer: Sisco, Alex, Danny, Eric
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Lewys Tower
End of Boil Volume 6.24 gal Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Final Bottling Volume: 6.00 gal Est Mash Efficiency 72.0 %
Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage Taste Rating(out of 50): 41
Taste Notes: Please see my "Tasting Notes" for this recipe.
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
9 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 73.5 %
1 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 8.2 %
1 lbs Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 3 8.2 %
9.6 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 4 4.9 %
8.0 oz Acid Malt (3.0 SRM) Grain 5 4.1 %
2.4 oz Carafa III (525.0 SRM) Grain 6 1.2 %
0.50 oz Bravo/Chinook Blend [15.50 %] - First Wort 60.0 min Hop 7 28.0 IBUs
1.20 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 8 -
0.50 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 9 6.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Aroma Steep 0.0 min Hop 10 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Aroma Steep 0.0 min Hop 11 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Nelson Sauvin [12.00 %] - Aroma Steep 0.0 min Hop 12 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg Edinburgh Ale (White Labs #WLP028) [2Gen, Racked off Dawn To Dusk] Yeast 13 -
0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Dry Hop 6.0 Days Hop 14 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Nelson Sauvin [12.00 %] - Dry Hop 6.0 Days Hop 15 0.0 IBUs
0.30 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Dry Hop 6.0 Days Hop 16 0.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Nelson Sauvin [12.00 %] - Dry Hop 3.0 Days Hop 17 0.0 IBUs
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.052 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.058 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.012 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.011 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.2 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 6.3 %
Bitterness: 34.0 IBUs Calories: 192 kcal/12oz
Est Color: 11.4 SRM
Mash Profile
Mash Name: Temperature Mash, 1 Step, Full Body Total Grain Weight: 12 lbs 4.0 oz
Sparge Water: 4.50 gal Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F Tun Temperature: 72.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment: FALSE Mash PH: 5.20
Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 15.31 qt of water at 162.5 F 151.0 F 60 min
Mash Out Heat to 168.0 F over 10 min 168.0 F 10 min
Sparge Step: Batch sparge with 3 steps (Drain mash tun, , 2.57gal, 1.93gal) of 168.0 F water
Mash Notes:
Carbonation and Storage
Carbonation Type: Keg Volumes of CO2: 2.3
Pressure/Weight: 10.59 PSI Carbonation Used: Keg with 10.59 PSI
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 41.0 F Age for: 30.00 days
Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage Storage Temperature: 41.0 F
Fermentation Notes
Primary Fermentation: Pitched a washed slurry of WLP028 yeast at 64 degrees, holding for 4 days.  Then rise to 69 over the next 5.
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I brewed this beer on Sunday, which happened to be my birthday.  My wife asked me what I wanted and I just told her that I wanted to brew, all day.  So a triple batch brew day it was.  


  1. I'm only now starting to catch up with you in regards to the use of Carafa III for beers on the lower end of the SRM scale, and I really like the way that they color a normally pale beer without contributing much else. Can't wait to try this beer.

  2. That gives off an impression of being brilliant anyway i am still not very beyond any doubt that I like it. At any rate will look significantly more into it and choose by and by!


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