Saturday, May 1, 2010

#17: Fat Belgian Amber Ale

I found that an old friend had gotten a Mr. Beer kit for Christmas, and had thus far done one straight up Mr. Beer extract brew. Knowing that he is a huge fan of Fat Tire, and liking the thought of having someone just around the corner doing this as well, I tempted him with the Fat Belgian (Fat Tire clone) extract kit from Rebel.

Here's the general ingredients for a 5 gallon (that we will be splitting between two Mr. B kegs), based on BYO's recipe which is based on discussions and hints from New Belgian's brewmaster...

3.3 lbs. light LME
2 lbs. light DME 
0.50 lb. crystal 20
0.50 lb. crystal 40
0.50 lb. carapils malt
0.50 lb. Munich malt
0.50 lb. biscuit malt
0.50 lb. chocolate malt

3 AAUs Willamette pellet hops (0.66 oz. at 4.5% alpha acid) - 60 min
1.33 AAUs Fuggle pellet hops (0.8 oz. at 4% alpha acid) - 10 min
2 AAUs Fuggle pellet hops (0.8 oz. at 4% alpha acid) - 3 min

1 tsp. Irish moss
Wyeast 1056

NOTE:  This brewday was done just at the start of the Nashville Flood of 2010.  By the time we were done, things were looking pretty dicey outside.  Just a wild day...

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