Sunday, July 19, 2009

Stonington Pale Ale

The last of the wedding beers...Stonington Pale Ale. Phew. Brewing 10 gallon batches in my kitchen is a challenge, and I was reminded how much easier a 5 gallon batch is when I brewed Kevin's lemon.

Its intended to be a crowd pleaser, a quaffable, but still characterful american pale ale. This ale is plainly named after the seaside town in which we'll be married.

This beer will have a relatively clean yeast profile, a touch of malt sweetness/richness from the crystal and Golden Promise english malt...but that'll be in the background, really looked to showcase the american hops (Zeus, Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe). Well, I guess this beer is halfway between an APA and an IPA...with ~50IBUs, hopefully it won't come across as 'unbalanced' ...y'know... beyond what Americans typically like in their hoppy beers.

Given that its a relatively light color (7.7SRM), I threw in the whirlfloc tabs with 10minutes left in the boil. I'm always impressed with the egg-drop soup like protein coagulation that happens from this stuff.

...~36 hours after pitching, the fermenting beer is like a lava-lamp of trub-y fascination

Hopefully this one ferments quick and clean on the cool side (~68F), and the timing will work out so I can use some homegrown hops to throw in to dry hop in about 5 days. Also planning to top crop harvest some of the chico strain to start up the frozen yeast bank.

More on that, on to the recipe:

Type: All Grain
Date: 7/19/2009
Batch Size: 10.00 gal
Brewer: JC
Boil Size: 11.45 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: My Equipment
Amount Item Type % or IBU
21 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) UK (3.0 SRM) Grain 84.00 %
3 lbs Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 12.00 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 4.00 %
1.50 oz Zeus [16.40 %] (60 min) Hops 36.7 IBU
1.50 oz Centennial [9.00 %] (Dry Hop 14 days) Hops -
1.50 oz Cascade [7.20 %] (Dry Hop 14 days) Hops -
1.50 oz Simcoe [12.90 %] (Dry Hop 14 days) Hops -
1.00 oz Cascade [7.20 %] (20 min) Hops 6.5 IBU
1.00 oz Simcoe [12.90 %] (20 min) Hops 11.7 IBU
2.00 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
2 Pkgs Fermentis American Ale (Fermentis #US-05) Yeast-Ale
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.062 SG
Measured Original Gravity: SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.018 SG Measured Final Gravity: SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.77 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: %
Bitterness: 54.8 IBU Calories: 271 cal/pint
Est Color: 7.7 SRM Color:

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