Sunday, April 26, 2009

Hooded Sterling APA

A fellow crew member at TJ's became interested in the idea of brewing as we began to talk more and more about it. A couple months back he decided to try his hand at it, so we planned a drew day. He definitely wanted a keg for a party at the beginning of June. I then suggested a bright and hoppy American pale ale. That sounded good, and so last week Mik and his friend Rafe brewed their own batch with me on my equipment.

For this one, I wanted to make some alterations based on the two Sterling ales of 2008. I liked the assertive quality and bigger body of the Sterling Pale Ale, but I also really like how balanced of the Sterling Moon and it's lighter color.

So in this version, I hope to hit some of the strengths in both those brews. The color and caramel malt flavors should be a tad lighter. The body should still be medium-full. It's a hoppy beer so there will be tons of hop flavor and aroma with Simcoe and Mount Hood backing up Sterling's dominating presence. I took the overall IBUs down 5 points, and the OG was also lowered a tad to make it a bit more drinkable.

Overall, I'm looking forward to tasting the results. It's a 9 gallon batch, so I get to put some of it on tap here at home. A big thanks to Mik and Rafe for supporting me, while taking the plunge into brewing their own. Thanks also to Isaac for lending a helping hand & sitting down for a couple pints after it was all said and done. In all, 9 gallons brewed and a total of 10 gallons bottled and kegged...what a day!

Hooded Sterling APA

Grains
14.5 lbs. Organic 2-Row Pale Malt
1.00 lbs. American Crystal 20L
0.50 lbs. American Crystal 40L
0.50 lbs. Belgian Biscuit
0.25 lbs. Belgian Aromatic
0.25 lbs. Canadian Honey Malt
1.25 lbs. CaraPils


Hops
1.00 oz. Sterling, 5.3%, pellet, 60min
1.25 oz. Sterling, 5.3%, pellet, 20min
1.00 oz. Sterling, 5.3%, pellet, 15min
1.00 oz. Simcoe, 13%, pellet, 10min
1.25 oz. Sterling, 5.3%, pellet, 5min
1.50 oz. Sterling, 5.3%, pellet, KO
1.00 oz. Mt. Hood, 5.2%, pellet, KO


Yeast
Wyeast 1056: American Ale yeast from 1gal batch

Brew Day Stats

Brewed: 4/16/09
Racked: just primary
Bottled: 5/1/09

Water Adjustment:
Strike: 1.5 tsp Gypsum, .5 tsp CaCl, 1tsp Acid Blend
2nd Sparge: 1.5 tsp Gypsum, .5 tsp CaCl, 1 tsp Epsom, .25 tsp Kosher Salt

H2O/Grain Ratio: 1.25 qt/lb
Mash Ph: 5.5
Sacch. Rest Temp/Time: 152°F/50min
Mash Out Temp/Time: 169°F/vorlauf
1st Batch Vol/SG: 6.1gal/1.080

2nd Batch Sparge H2OTemp/MashTemp: n/a
2nd Batch Vol/SG: n/a

Pre-Boil Vol: 11.25
Pre-Boil SG: 1.043
Boil Time: 75min
Post-Boil Vol: shy of 9 gallons
Mash Efficiency: 74%

OG: approx. 1.055
IBU: 40
Color/SRM: Deep Gold/7
Ferment Temp: 68°F

FG: 1.013
ABW: 4.4%
ABV: 5.5%

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