Friday, February 25, 2011

Pale Ale

A personal recipe from the guy down the brew shop - which kindness I have repaid by losing the bit of paper with his name on it, so I can't even give him credit for it. On this blog that nobody really reads but me when I'm trying to remember a recipe. Which is either consolation or insult to injury - I'm not entirely sure.

Anyways, no final SG for the last one, or any SG for this one, because the hydrometer got broke. I reused the yeast from the previous cream ale on this guy, and it got almost two weeks in the fermenter - partially because I had no hydrometer to tell when it was done, and mostly because I was sick as a dog and didn't want to deal with it. Fermenting was so vigorous that it blew the lid clean off the fermenter at one point, so hopefully it didn't get contaminated. But seriously? When the yeast is going _that_ gangbusters I don't rate the chances of your average bacteria...

11 lbs. 2-row pale malt
0.25 lbs Crystal 20L
0.25 lbs Crystal 90L
1 lb. Munich malt

1 oz. Amarillo Gold @ 60 mins.
1 oz. Cascade @ 10 mins.
1 oz. Centennial @ 10 mins.
1 oz. Cascade @ 0 mins.
1 oz. Centennial @ 0 mins.
Just cracked the keg on this one; very nice. Got some hops to it, but not in the rip-the-back-of-your-head-off way that seems to be getting more and more popular with IPAs these days. I mean, don't get me wrong; I love a pint of Arrogant Bastard, but I'm not sure I want nothing but it in the keg in the garage, yes? Give the taste buds a chance to come reeling to their senses every once in awhile...

Anyways, this is a nice brew. Make it again.