Monday, June 15, 2009

Split Amber Ales

A good friend has come back yet again to brew some more beer. Originally making a pale ale and then Stout, he wanted to go somewhere in between. Along with a couple other friends, they brewed a massive 9 gallon batch of amber ale. Instead of making one, we split the batch.

The first half is pretty much a straight up American Amber Ale with some common citrus hops Cascade and Centennial. The beer isn't really loaded with a lot of Crystal malts, so it should come out more like a darker pale ale, and the hopping will still allow some good old malt to come through.

The second half has a different blend of hops with some rough & touch Cluster, and to smooth it out, some Sterling in overall profile. Together it will give this beer distinct aromatic qualities. On top of that, at flame-out, we steeped the rind from one whole grapefruit. This beer will also go into a secondary fermenter with crushed pink peppercorns. Since these peppercorns are actually a berries from the Baies rose plant, they are quite floral and fruity. So the brew will get a healthy addition at this stage, and be tasted for it's readiness.

All together, I'm looking forward to the end results. They had a really good time learning the process and getting involved. Teaching the art and science of brewing is truly great when such enthusiastic and fun poeple are doing it.

Split Amber Ales

14. lbs. Organic 2-Row
2.0 lbs. Munich
1.5 lbs. Cara-Pils
.60 lbs. UK Crystal 45L
.50 lbs. Biscuit
.35 lbs. Special B
.31 lbs. Cara-Munich
.13 lbs. Honey Malt

Batch 1 - "Hops"
.30 oz. Centennial, 9.1%, pellet, 60min
1.0 oz. Cascade, 6%, pellet, 20min
1.0 oz. Cascade, 6%, pellet, 10min
1.0 oz. Cascade, 6%, pellet, KO
.30 oz. Centennial, 9.1%, pellet, KO

Batch 2 - "Pink Peppercorn"
.25 oz. Centennial, 9.1%, pellet, 60min
1.0 oz. Sterling, 5.3%, pellet, 20min
1.0 oz. Cascade, 6%, pellet, 10min
1.0 Organic Grapefruit Rind, 0min
1.0 oz. Sterling, 5.3%, pellet, KO

__ tsp. Pink Peppercorn, crushed, Secondary

Wyeast 1056: American Ale

Brew Day Stats

Brewed: 6/7/09

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