Saturday, October 13, 2012

#63: Northwestern Pale Ale

Going to be a lot of Coopers/Mr. B brewing for the foreseeable future after winning $500 worth of ingredients (as well as $200 worth of equipment) in a contest introducing the new Coopers extracts.  A half hour brew session is nice in one respect, but I still long for the picking my own ingredients, choosing my own mash temps, etc. that all-grain gives me.  No matter...  these ingredients will not go to waste, and, again, with a limited brewing schedule due to a ton of kids activities, etc., this is the best way to get some brews in.  Though I'm going to have to stack in some AG or partial mash brew days for my sanity...

Of the ingredients I received, the WY1056 yeast was starting to swell, so I decided to use it first.  Obviously that yeast pairs well with an extract that mimicks (in name, at least) SNPA.  So we'll go with the Northwestern Pale Ale craft series extract straight up...  no additions (except for some yeast food), no grain steeps, no hop boils, no nothin'.  So this one went real quick.  The temps were a bit high after the wort was added to the cold water in the fermenter, so am currently cooling it a bit to try to get to 70 degrees before pitching.  OG is lower than their estimate (of course), but no worries...

#63: Northwestern Pale Ale                  
American Pale Ale


Type: Extract Date: 10/13/2012
Batch Size: 2.12 gal
Amount Item Type % or IBU
2.86 lb Northwestern Pale Ale (4.0 SRM) Extract 100.00 %
1 Pkgs American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) Yeast-Ale
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.057 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.050 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.014 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.012 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.62 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 4.95 %
Bitterness: 40.1 IBU Calories: 222 cal/pint
Est Color: 4.7 SRM

EDIT (11/11/12):  Bottled today.  22 bottles plus a 10oz tester.  Taste is a bit apple-y, with a slight bitter.  Could use more upfront hops.  Should have dry hopped.  But many don't taste great at bottling but come out nice in the end...


  1. Hey congrats. I had not gone back to see if you won.

  2. Unlike most voting opportunities, your vote really did count in this instance, Shep. The voting ended up tied, and they gave both of us the full prize (very generous of them). Without your vote, I likely would have gotten $100 gift card (which is what they gave 3 through 6), which is nothing to sneeze at, but... Thx for the vote...

  3. This yeast is tearing it up. Curiosity got to me, so I pulled a hydro sample. Already at 1.018ish in about 3 days...

  4. First taste today... 2 weeks in the bottle. A little pine on the nose. Color is pale orange with a 1/2 inch head that settled into a lingering ring. Flavor is citrus and some pine. Very tasty. Me likey...