Sunday, August 22, 2010

No. 24: Pale

I'd been calling it a "Mild" because that's all I could think of.   It had an OG of 1.045 and around 50 IBUs.   It's light in body and not very hoppy. So "mild" comes to mind.  However, it is not a brown ale. 

Looking at Charlie Papazian's description, it may fall more in the range of an Ordinary or a Special Bitter.
NB: Next time try a British yeast?
         NB: at the September DOZE meeting it was generally agreed that it most fit the description of a Pale Ale.

Brew #24
Brew Date: August 22, 2010

  • 7 lbs light liquid malt extract
  • 1 lb Crystal 15°L malt
  • 2 oz. black roasted barley
  • 4 oz. CaraRed malt
  • 1 oz N. Brewer 8.5% AA hops (bittering)
  • 1 oz N. Brewer 8.5% AA hops (flavoring)
  • 1 oz Centennial 9.2% AA hops (aroma)
  • 2 vials of White Labs California Ale Yeast (WLP001)

- Added grains to about 1.5 gals. 180°F purified water, turned off burner, covered and allowed to steep for 20 mins.
- Brought remainder of water to boil in kettle.
- At boil, sparged grain liquor into kettle.
At this point I realized that I had fudged my measurements and ended up with 7.5 gals in the kettle.  To prevent boilover I removed 1.5 gals of wort and ketpt it in reserve.
- Added LME, and brought back to boil.
- Once back at boil added bittering hops.  After foaming had subsided, I returned 1 gal of liquor to the kettle, and returned to boil.
- At 50 minutes added flavour hops, and remaining 0.5 gal of liquor.
- At 59 minutes added aroma hops.
- At 60 minutes removed from heat and turned on wort chiller.
- When wort reached 86°F, transferred to fermenter, leaving about 1 gal, full of sediment, in kettle.
- Pitched yeast at  84°F (actually, not much above room temperature today).

Gallons in fermenter: 5.5

Active fermentation within 24 hrs.

Kegged beer.  Set CO2 at 30 psi to try to carbonate it in time for NCHF.

9/14: Overcabonated it. Oops!   Tastes quite mild, very drinkable on a hot day.    Liz likes it as well.

OG: 1.045
FG: Sample not large enough.  Hydrometer rested on bottom of tube.
ABV:  Unable to calculate. 
IBUs:  46-52