Monday, August 30, 2010

#28: Chirp! Red Ale

It's football time! My (and David Letterman's) beloved Fighting Football Fighting Cardinals, they of the perfect regular season and BCS run two years ago, and the disastrous fall from grace (and embarrassing 2-10 record) last year (after darn near everyone of importance graduated, got injured, bolted for the NFL, or bolted for bigger conferences in the case of the coaching staff) are ready to take the field on Thursday. Thus, I'm about a week or two behind on my tailgate beer. I'll be making my appearance at the 'Scheu in mid September, so this beer may be a touch young, but I think it'll be OK.

Why Chirp!? Of course because the 3rd down defensive stand chant of the Nest is the intimidating Chirp!

What better to make to drink when celebrating the red and black? Why... a red ale, of course... Note that this is loosely based on a Killian's clone recipe I found, so it's not a traditional Irish red but closer to the thinner Americanized version. A partial mash with the corn and grains, but otherwise pretty standard.
This'll be bottled exclusively into plastic 16oz bottles. Gotta observe the proper tailgate rules... 

Chrip! Red Ale
Style: Generic Ale
Batch: 2.40 galExtract
Recipe Gravity: 1.056 OG
Recipe Bitterness: 20 IBU
Recipe Color: 17° SRM
Estimated FG: 1.014
Alcohol by Volume: 5.6 %
Alcohol by Weight: 4.5 %
Briess DME - Golden Light 0.50 lb, Extract, Extract
Briess LME - Pilsen Light 3.30 lb, Extract, Extract
CaraMunich 0.50 lb, Grain, Mashed
Crystal 120L 0.50 lb, Grain, Mashed
Flaked Corn 0.50 lb, Adjunct, Mashed
Kent Goldings (U.K.) 0.50 oz, Pellet, 60 minutes
Kent Goldings (U.K.) 0.25 oz, Pellet, 15 minutes
s-04 dry yeast 1.00 unit, Other,
Whirfloc 0.50 unit, Fining, 15 min

NOTE:  This beer ended up being a very tasty unintentional sour.  Not sure what happened, but I got the right kind of bugs into it.  Wish I could recreate it....

Sunday, August 8, 2010

#27: Amarillo Wheat Ale

Used up a final can of Mr. B extract in this wheat beer.  Took BYO's Gumballhead recipe and modded it to account for the HME.  Came out quite good, though I underdid the wheat.  I plan to do this one again...

Amarillo Wheat Ale
Brewer: swenocha
Style: Weizen/Weissbier
Batch: 2.40 galExtract


Recipe Gravity: 1.050 OG
Recipe Bitterness: 27 IBU
Recipe Color: 10° SRM
Estimated FG: 1.012
Alcohol by Volume: 4.8%
Alcohol by Weight: 3.8%


CaraVienne 0.50 lb, Grain, Steeped
Briess DME - Golden Light 0.70 lb, Extract, Extract
Briess LME - Bavarian Wheat 1.00 lb, Extract, Extract
MrB. Whispering Wheat Weizenbier1.21 lb, Extract, Extract

Amarillo 0.12 oz, Pellet, 30 minutes

Amarillo 0.12 oz, Pellet, 15 minutes
Amarillo 0.25 oz, Pellet, 5 minutes
MrB. Whispering Wheat Weizenbier1.00 oz, Pellet, 5 minutes
Amarillo 0.50 oz, Pellet, 1 minutes
Amarillo 1.00 oz, Pellet, 0 minutes

Monday, August 2, 2010

#24: IPA6

Wanted to get something in the last fermenter today, and after some debate, I decided to find out if I properly harvested the Torpedo IPA yeast from my last IPA. I've been on an English Ale kick of late, so this may be the last IPA for a while, as I have several English ales spec'd out and am anxious to get going on them.

I had some chinook, which is a hop that I haven't used yet but was really interested in using. It is described as "medium, spicy, piney, distinctive grapefruit." Sounds right up my alley. Everything else is a scrap of leftover items from previous brews, including an extra can of ADIPA and a bag o' Booster.

No grains on hand today, so straight to the DME/hop boil, making it a pretty quick brew evening.

Here's the recipe:
Style: American IPA
Batch: 2.40 galExtract
Recipe Gravity: 1.056 OG
Recipe Bitterness: 71 IBU
Recipe Color: 10° SRM
Estimated FG: 1.014
Alcohol by Volume: 5.4%
Alcohol by Weight: 4.3%
Briess LME - Golden Light 1.50 lb, Extract, Extract
MrB. American Devil IPA 1.21 lb, Extract, Extract
MrB. Booster 0.81 lb, Sugar, Other
Chinook 0.33 oz, Pellet, 30 minutes
Simcoe 0.10 oz, Pellet, 30 minutes
Chinook 0.33 oz, Pellet, 20 minutes
Simcoe 0.15 oz, Pellet, 20 minutes
Chinook 0.33 oz, Pellet, 10 minutes
MrB. American Devil IPA 1.00 oz, Pellet, 5 minutes
Torpedo IPA yeast 1.00 unit, Yeast