Monday, March 28, 2005

Batch 13, Cascade Pale Ale

Batch #13, March 28, 2005, same as batch #7, with a slight change on the hops.

Malt extract:
6 3/4 pounds amber gold extract (bulk)

Malted grain:
1 pound crystal malt 20L

1 oz Perle60 min
1/2 oz Nugget30 min
1/2 oz Nugget10 min
1 oz Cascade7 days
1 oz Mt. Hood (previous recipe had 1/2 oz)7 days

Wyeast 1056, American ale yeast

OG: 1.045
FG: 1.007

Kegged: April 11, 2005

Comments: I ordered some bulk hops from the internet and am using them for the first time in this batch. I'm a bit concerned that this batch will come out a lot different tasting that previously -- I'd been buying hops from Larry's in 1 oz bags, but my 1oz bag is about twice as large as Larry's. I'm using my kitchen scale, which is pretty accurate, so previous batches may not have actually had the amount of hops that I thought it did. This may turn out to be really hoppy!

Yep, definitely hoppy. I should have NOT increased the Mt. Hood hops. This is more of an IPA than an American pale ale. Good, though. The hops seem a bit overpowering at first, but after 2 or 3 glasses, it is tasty, and the longer it sits in the keg, the better it gets.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Batch 12, Moose

Batch #12, March 13, 2005.

Malt extract:
7 1/2 pounds amber gold malt extract

1/2 pound crystal malt 80L
2 oz Breiss chocolate malt
1 oz black patent malt

1 oz Kent Golding60 min
1/2 oz Mt. Hood30 min
1/2 oz Willamette10 min
1/2 oz Willamette0 min

Wyeast #1056 American Ale Yeast

OG: 1.032
FG: 1.014

Kegged: Mar 28, 2005

Comments: The OG is low, it should be in the 1.045 - 1.050 range. Not sure what caused this... FG was a bit higher than previous batches also.

Drinking it now (April 2) and it's as good as ever. I was concerned that the alcohol content would be low because of the OG being off, but it still has a decent buzz. Nothing to worry about, I guess.