Thursday, May 7, 2009

Small Beer

A super high gravity Imperial IPA called Wayward was pulled from the first runnings of a huge Parti-Gyle batch. Now for the Small Beer part. It's been nice having lower alcohol session beers around. My friends appreciate them as well. More brew with less the punch and carbs. Good stuff.

Initially I thought the 2nd/3rd runnings of the mash might provide enough malt for a light beer. But then I recalled reading about adding crushed crystal malts to this portion of the sparge to add things like color, body and sweetness to a very light ale. Since I had some various crystal malts on hand, in they went. the crystallized sugars on the inside of the kernels simply dissolve in hot water.

The hopping for this small beer is utterly simple. One bittering hop addition at 60+ minutes. That's it.

The volume for this beer came directly from the second sparge. The OG turned out only 1 point below target, and it tasted sweet enough for me. It should turn out light with some sweetness. The bitterness may come out a tad high at about 24 IBU's.

Small Beer

Grain Bill...See 1st Parti-Gyle

1.25 oz. Willamette, 4.8%, pellet, 60+min

Wyeast 1056: American Ale yeast cake

Brew Day Stats

Brewed: May Day 2009
Kegged & Bottled: 5/11/09

Pre-Boil Vol: 7.25 gallons
Pre-Boil SG: 1.021
Boil Time: 60+min
Post-Boil Vol: 6 gallons

OG: 1.029
IBU: 24
Color/SRM: golden/8
Ferment Temp: 68°F

FG: 1.010
ABW: 2%
ABV: 2.5%


1. Tasting this beer at racking time actually made me think of pouring it right down the drain right then and there. It almost tasted like how my feet smell after a long day at work.
2. Sampling a bottle sitting a room temperature only 3 days after bottling, changed my perception completely. It tastes great! Very smooth, light, not too sweet, not really all that dry, with enough bitterness carrying through.
3. Can't wait to try it fully carbonated and conditioned in a couple weeks. Most of it was kegged, and light on the priming sugar...didn't want this one being too carbed.
4. Thanks to Kevin for persuading me to keep the hopping simple after considering more hop addition.
5. Now that its kegged, softly carbonated, and sitting at cask temp, this is probably one of the best beers to date. Strange to think that a super low ABV with delicate flavors and a beer that is basically the "run-off" from a big on e would be so great tasting. It's clean, smooth, bittered right, has soft malt profile, easy drinking, and simply delicious.


-- said...

good luck on your parti-gyle. i dig this blog

Ted Danyluk said...

Thanks James.

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Ted Danyluk said...

Thanks who ever you are. I will.