Sipping on my Session 42 Session Pale Ale, I'm getting a better understanding of what this famous "Conan" yeast strain can do to a beer. I've found (my interpretation) is that Conan will blend the hop flavors together, cutting the perceived bitterness down. Adding a fresh tropical/mango-ish flavor. I have to assume this is yeast driven, (I wonder if it is Belgian in linage?) that pairs well with the popular trendy hops. It really makes me question the clone Heady Topper recipes that are out there. A production brewery, even small, wouldn't use this yeast if it covered up hop aromatics. It would be cost prohibitive. I believe by using this yeast, Heady Topper reduces the total amount of hops used. Using the phenols from the yeast to fake the presence of hops. (Now this is NOT a clone recipe post, just a personal thought) For example, I got tons of Citra like flavors in my previous batches using this yeast. Why in the world would I toss Citra hops into the beer knowing this? So to test this theory, I wanted to create a Red IPA. Using big piney American hops. To see how the yeast handles a different flavor profile.
The idea was simple, lots of hops. Letting the yeast add the tropical flavors to balance the beer. Since I believe this yeast strain will lower the perceived bitterness down, I wanted to over hop the recipe. (Now I've been a big fan of lowering the bittering hops for years, sometimes not bittering at all. So this IBU charge is a big change for me) I'm also going to add a 20 min hop addition, which I haven't done in years. This will bump the IBU's to around 65. The rest will be whirlpool, aroma or dry hops. Which are reflected as 0 IBU's in Beersmith but we all know add some bitterness/flavor/aroma, calculated or not.
Focused on the bigger piney American hops, I bittered with Summit, known for its pungent danky notes mixed with some onion/catty flavors. Summit was also used at the 20 minute mark. The rest of the whirlpool hops consisted with Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe. With Centennial and Simcoe repeating in the dry hopping. Plus a little Amarillo as a dry hop addition.
For the malt bill, the focus is American 2 Row, with 14% being Munich Malt. To add some complexity and breadyness. Aromatic and Crystal 120 each come in at under 4% of the malt bill. Since the focus was a red in color IPA, I wanted to keep the adjuncts down. Carafa III fit the bill, creating the majority of the color. A faux Red IPA if you will.
|Type: All Grain||Date: 7/14/2013|
|Batch Size (fermenter): 6.00 gal||Brewer: Chris Lewis|
|Boil Size: 6.86 gal||Asst Brewer:|
|Boil Time: 60 min||Equipment: My Equipment|
|End of Boil Volume 6.24 gal||Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %|
|Final Bottling Volume: 6.00 gal||Est Mash Efficiency 75.0 %|
|Fermentation: My Aging Profile||Taste Rating(out of 50): TBA|
|Taste Notes: Please see my "Tasting Notes" for this recipe.|
|Est Original Gravity: 1.065 SG||Measured Original Gravity: 1.064 SG|
|Est Final Gravity: 1.006 SG||Measured Final Gravity: 1.015 SG|
|Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 7.8 %||Actual Alcohol by Vol: 6.5 %|
|Bitterness: 65.3 IBUs||Calories: 215 kcal/12oz|
|Est Color: 14.6 SRM|
|Mash Name: My Mash||Total Grain Weight: 13 lbs 13.6 oz|
|Sparge Water: 8.43 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|
|Sparge Step: Fly sparge with 8.43 gal water at 168.0 F|
Carbonation and Storage
|Carbonation Type: Keg||Volumes of CO2: 2.4|
|Pressure/Weight: 11.69 PSI||Carbonation Used: Keg with 11.69 PSI|
|Keg/Bottling Temperature: 41.0 F||Age for: 28.00 days|
|Fermentation: My Aging Profile||Storage Temperature: 52.0 F|
|Primary Fermentation: Pitched at 64 degrees, ramping up to 67 on day 6. Then letting it rise to 71 on day 12. (No secondary)|
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This was my first brewday since NHC, so I was excited to be as efficient as possible. During the mash, I placed all my tubing into a boil kettle and "Steeped" them at 170 degrees for 30 mins. After draining the water off I placed them into a starsan bucket.
I also brewed my Naked: Amarillo Pale ale