Sunday, June 28, 2009

T-90 Chinook Pale Ale

Chinook...oh Chinook! A lively little hop in deed. A special pack T-90 Chinook pellets from Hop Union found its way into my home as a special gift from my friends at Half Acre. Sample hops are sometimes put in with orders. Since they couldn't use them for any beers they make, Tommy still wanted to know what a beer would be like with these being the showcase. So I finally brewed a strong pale ale.

I decided to keep the malts very light in color, and even substituted some Belgian Pils from the organic 2-row base malt. Bittering hops are Centennial. All the hop flavor and aroma is coming from this special pack of T-90 Chinook.

Breaking open the bag, these hops smelled so green and fresh from the vine. Really, they reminded me of the fresh hops I used in Golden Nugget Harvest Ale last year. I can't wait to taste this beer and see how some of the freshest hops may enhance my pale ale.

I've mentioned before that in my 7th year, I've been dealing with a lot of brewing misfortune. My beers have all turned out great, but small problems have popped up at just about every brewday. This time, my replacement exit hose (regular, thin brewing hose) for the immersion chiller melted again, and a large hole near the copper formed. This happened only a few minutes before knock-out. Luckily I had some unexpected helpers, and we tried to duct tape it, but that didn't work. We tried to duct tape it some more, and some more, and more until a huge mass of duct tape formed, and a number of tiny streams of hot water spraying out in all directions. Eventually, I replaced the hose in time to "sort-of" save the beer. The 2 flavor additions were a bit over extracted, but the late KO addition was put in at its normal time.

T-90 Chinook Pale Ale

Grains
7.0 lbs. Organic 2-Row
5.0 lbs. Belg. Pils
.50 lbs. Am. Crystal 10L
.50 lbs. Belg. Aromatic
1.0 lbs. CaraPils


Hops
0.75 oz. Centennial, 9.1%, pellet, 60min
1.25 oz. T-90 Chinook, 11.4%, pellet, 15min
1.25 oz. T-90 Chinook, 11.4%, pellet, 5min
1.00 oz. T-90 Chinook, 11.4%, pellet, KO


Yeast
Wyeast 1056: American Ale yeast cake

Brew Day Stats

Brewed: 6/26/09
Racked:
Bottled:

Water Adjustment:
Strike: .75 tsp Gypsum, 1 tsp Acid Blend
Boil: 1.8 g Kosher Salt

H2O/Grain Ratio: 1.25 qt/lb
Mash Ph: 5.3-5.4
Sacch. Rest Temp/Time: 151-150°F/90min
Mash Out Temp: 167°F
1st Batch Vol/SG: 4.4gal/1.058

2nd Batch Sparge H2OTemp/MashTemp: 180°F/168°F
2nd Batch Vol/SG: 3.1gal/1.029

Pre-Boil Vol: 7.5 gallons
Pre-Boil SG: 1.049
Boil Time: 90+min
Post-Boil Vol: 5.9 gallons
Mash Efficiency: 71%

OG: 1.060
IBU: 52
Color/SRM: Pale-Gold/7
Ferment Temp: Fluxing at 68-72°F

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ABW:
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1 comment:

Patrick said...

Chinook is one of my favorites! I brew both an IPA and an Imperial version showcasing this hop. If done right, the grapefruit character of the hop will really show