Bayou Beer

All about beer brewing and drinking in South Louisiana.

Pound Town IPA

February 16th, 2017

So it’s time to brew for Zapp’s beerfest. I’ve decided to brew a beer with 5 pounds of hops per gallon. I have a newer hop called Ariana I want to try out. Supposedly it’s an excellent dry hop for big fruity aromas.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
6 gal 60 min 45.6 IBUs 9.1 SRM 1.062 1.012 6.6 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American IPA 14 B 1.056 - 1.075 1.01 - 1.018 40 - 70 6 - 15 2.2 - 2.7 5.5 - 7.5 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pilsner (2 Row) Bel 8 lbs 54.24
Munich Malt 5 lbs 33.9
Cara-Pils/Dextrine 1 lbs 6.78
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L 8 oz 3.39
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L 4 oz 1.69

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Centennial 2 oz 15 min Boil Pellet 10
Simcoe 4 oz 3 min Boil Pellet 13
Mosaic (HBC 369) 4 oz 0 min Boil Pellet 12.3
Ariana 2 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 10.2

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 8.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 7.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 5.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale American (US-05) DCL/Fermentis 77% 59°F - 75°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 150°F 75 min

Blonde Ale Before Halloween

October 14th, 2016

Trying to brew a simple blonde ale before Halloween because my wife decided to throw a party. Super simple based on Jamils but with Centennial because she likes Centennial.

Update 10/16/2016
Brew day went great. Beer looks beautiful and was fermenting well in less than 24 hours. I love just pitches 2 packs of Safale 04 since it’s a great yeast count and far less expensive than liquid yeast or starters. I did end up adding about a half pound of pilsner dry malt extract due to low efficiency. I tried out a thinner mash and went a little fast. It dropped efficiency.

Update 10/24/2016
Fermentation went extremely fast. Done in 2 days so left it on the yeast for 4 before crashing and fining with gelatin. Racked over on 21st and it was crystal clear. Started carbonating at 30 PSI for 3 days. It has a subtle hop fruitiness to it and just a slight honey sweetness. Should be a great beer for Michelle’s Halloween party where a bunch of non-craft drinkers will want to try something.

Update 11/2/2016
This ended up being a nice, refreshing beer. Everyone enjoyed it. Would brew again. Wouldn’t mind serving it with a few bottles of fruit lambic on the side to mix with it. Or just drink it tailgating.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.5 gal 60 min 17.0 IBUs 3.6 SRM 1.044 1.010 4.4 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
Blonde Ale 6 B 1.038 - 1.054 1.008 - 1.013 15 - 28 3 - 6 2.4 - 2.8 3.8 - 5.5 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pale Malt (2 Row) US 9 lbs 94.74
Caramel Malt - 10L (Briess) 8 oz 5.26

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Centennial 0.5 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 10

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Calcium Chloride 8.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Lactic Acid 8.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
SafAle English Ale (S-04) DCL/Fermentis 73% 59°F - 75.2°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 150°F 75 min

American Pale Ale With Decoction

September 3rd, 2016

So I’m out of pale ale! I’ve been happy with what I’ve been brewing but time for a few tweaks as an experiment. Bruce Baker is always talking about a small decoction being awesome with his so I’ll try it with mine. Also going to just move the bittering addition back as a first wort hop. Oh and finally I’m using BestMaltz because the homebrew shop was out of Weyermann which I’d been using.

Update 9/5/2016

Well this has been one of those brew days. Started pouring raining during the run off. Had to fix the pump when the mash started. Had the hardest time getting the wort to run clear during the mash. Lots of stuck lines due to the grain getting clogged.(I’m guessing I need better stainless washers for the Blichmann screen) Just a total pain in the ass. Skipped that decoction just because enough was already problematic. I think all this is a combination of me not brewing for several months due to life as well as the total disarray of my brew room and garage due to the great flood which had us taking on my inlaws. The gravity came out high at 1.050 which shouldn’t be a problem and will likely help with the bitterness dude to the first wort hopping with the centennial.

Update 9/14/2016

Fermented out fine. Added dry hops once it was mostly done. 2 ounces of Amarillo and 2 ounces of Centennial which I believe is different from the recipe. That stayed for about 7 days. Transferred and carbonating. One note on this batch from the brew day: I forgot to add the crystal until the mash was about 80% done.

Update 10/10/2016

This beer is just wonderful to drink. To me it could use a little more residual sweetness but to anyone who loves a west coast pale ale this is it. Big hop aroma and huge hop flavor. Very resinous. Lots of pineapple, passion fruit, various shades of citrus. Just enough maltiness to support. I sent it to Dixie Cup so maybe I’ll get lucky and win something in the pale ale gauntlet.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.5 gal 60 min 44.3 IBUs 9.0 SRM 1.046 1.011 4.5 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Pale Ale 18 B 1.045 - 1.06 1.01 - 1.015 30 - 50 5 - 10 2.3 - 3 4.5 - 6.2 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pilsen (BestMälz) 7 lbs 66.27
Munich (BestMälz) 3 lbs 28.4
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L 3 oz 1.78
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L 3 oz 1.78
Special B Malt 3 oz 1.78

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Centennial 1 oz 60 min First Wort Pellet 10
Amarillo 1 oz 1 min Boil Pellet 9.2
Centennial 1 oz 1 min Boil Pellet 10
Mosaic (HBC 369) 1 oz 1 min Boil Pellet 12.3
Citra 2 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 12

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 10.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 5.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 5.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale American (US-05) DCL/Fermentis 77% 59°F - 75°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 154°F 60 min

Notes

Doing a hop stand at 160ish for 15 minutes. Adding the bittering hops as a first wort hop addition.

German Pilsner 1.5 Gallon Attempt A

May 14th, 2016

So this will be my first go at brewing 1.5 gallon batches of beer. Lately I’ve had an interesting go of it with brewing beers I’ve not perfected yet. American stout and American porter came out mediocre at best. I straight dumped about 8 gallons of the stout because to me it was undrinkable. My 10 gallons of German pilsner were very nice and a great lager but I want world class. I mean hell who wants to drink 8 gallons of great lager when you want great German pilsner? So I’m going to try my hand at small batches. It’ll allow me to do induction brewing in my beer room with air conditioning. It’ll allow me to take up less room and not have to waste so much if it doesn’t end up well. Most importantly it’ll allow me quick turnover to perfect some of these recipes that require very honed in recipes and practices.

So I’d already built a small mash tun for single infusion brewing. It’s a 5 gallon water cooler. I purchased a 5 gallon induction ready pot off Amazon. Also picked up a 1800 watt induction cook top on Amazon. I already had a couple of 3 gallon better bottles I purchased a few years back to small brew lager batches. I think this small scale will give me good feedback on new recipes. It’ll also allow me to brew in the air conditioning and do it quickly. Time is always tight with kids.

This will be German pilsner rebrew of the recipe I brewed a few months back. Feedback from 2 different judging sessions was scattered at best. From what I can tell it needed improvement in two places. 1. It wasn’t bitter enough or hoppy enough. So Going to give it late hops and a bit more bitterness. 2. Improve maltiness yet make it dry. So adding a tad of melanoidin malt. Also going to make it a bit more carbonated to impress dryness since the last beer was dry enough as far as gravity was concerned.

Update 5/17/2016

So the brew day went very smooth in terms of process. I did have a few issues in regards to volume. The volume ended up a little low due to my Beersmith equipment profile being off in the calculations. The beer will be pretty close in it’s original gravity at 1.05 but I’ll be lucky to end up with a gallon. I suppose I didn’t think about the loss to trub and the boil off not being linear things when scaling down to a 1.5 gallon batch. So we’ll see how this guy ends up but I’ve already concocted the Attempt B to try again.

All in all it was a lot of fun to brew in the air conditioning with the control of the electric cook tops and the small size, weight and cost. I ordered a 1.5 gallon Torpedo keg from Morebeer.com and am looking forward to trying that out. Hoping to end up with a stack of 4 of those kegs in my kegerator along side 3 regular rotating beers so that I can experiment without having to waste or choking down a bad beer.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
1.8 gal 60 min 38.8 IBUs 4.8 SRM 1.045 1.009 4.8 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
German Pils 5 D 1.044 - 1.05 1.008 - 1.013 22 - 40 2 - 5 2.5 - 3.2 4.4 - 5.2 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pilsner (2 Row) Ger 3 lbs 96
Melanoidin (Weyermann) 2 oz 4

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Hallertauer Hersbrucker 0.55 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 6
Hallertauer 0.13 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 4.8

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 4.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 2.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 2.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
German Lager (WLP830) White Labs 77% 50°F - 55°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 150°F 75 min

German Pilsner

January 17th, 2016

I always love brewing lagers when it’s cold. Living in South Louisiana it just seems easier to manage lager fermentation when it’s cold and the beer will be ready in time to start the Summer. So…given that some of the 2016 Bayou State Circuit homebrew competitions are sporting German Pilsner I went with that one. I decided to do 10 gallons and vary the yeast. One will be the bock strain of WLP833 while the other will be WLP830 or simply “German Lager Yeast”. I chose to go with straight Magnum because in the past when brewing this sort of beer I got comments concerning the beer being too hoppy. I suspect this is due to judges being used to trying pilsners which were not fresh from shipping across the ocean. We’ll see! The grain bill was simply Weyermann Pilsner malt which is supposed to be great for this.

The brew day went fine although the gravity was coming in a little high so I adjusted with tap water. Pitched the yeast in the very yellow wort. Fermenting at about 50F. Hopefully it comes out great because the wort tasted very nice.

Following this I’ll be using the yeast for schwarzbier and finally doppelbock.

Update 2/6/2016
The WLP830 version ended up being the best pilsner I’ve ever brewed. Professional quality clear, crisp, refreshing and drinkable by the liter. Very delicate with a fine head. The WLP833 is also better than any other pilsner I’ve ever brewed before but just a tad less clear and not quite as spot on for pilsner as the WLP830. So next time I brew this beer it’ll be the WLP830 along with some other like WLP838 Southern German Lager for example.

Update 4/7/2016
So much to my disappointment this beer didn’t place with comments being it needed more bitterness. Scoring was 37 on the points scale which is a win and still the only 30+ pilsner score I ever received so I’m happy about that. Point of this update is next time add more hopping. Possibly a small late hop addition.(although topping up 10% with water probably dropped bitterness some also) It was also commented that the carbonation should’ve been higher for a pilsner. Perhaps that contributed to the lower perceived bitterness. Carbonation will be the next issue I tackle since my beer comes out the kegs perfectly carbonated by transferring via the beer gun appears to lose some of that. So this beer only needs a very minor recipe tweak and I need to tune my carbonation to bottling process.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
12 gal 90 min 35.6 IBUs 3.9 SRM 1.049 1.010 5.1 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
German Pils 5 D 1.044 - 1.05 1.008 - 1.013 22 - 40 2 - 5 2.5 - 3.2 4.4 - 5.2 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pilsner (2 Row) Ger 25 lbs 100

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Magnum 2 oz 45 min Boil Pellet 12

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 8.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
German Bock Lager (WLP833) White Labs 73% 48°F - 55°F
German Lager (WLP830) White Labs 77% 50°F - 55°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 148°F 75 min

American Pale Ale

November 29th, 2015

Wow it’s been probably the longest drought between brews I’ve had in a while. I did brew a barleywine last month in the event I forget to post it. Just haven’t had the time to do anything since September. I have been doing beer related things such as judging and trying to figure out how to adjust my beers based on scoresheet feedback from the last few competitions I participated in. The desire to try some IPA/pale ale hopping theories combined with running out of beer got me out of my rut.

  1. All hopping additions were done with the flame off at 215F or below as it dropped. Basic issue I’m trying to address is reduced astringency I believe is due to boiling hops and taking too long to reduce temperature. I’d also like improved hop aroma although my procedures to date have been aromatic enough.
  2. Reduced lactic acid additions based on new understanding of using acid to adjust Ph.
  3. Dry hop added as soon as the airlock starts bubbling based on Sierra Nevada notes on the effects of fermentation on dry hop.
  4. Note. Trashcan beer. Meaning the grain bill changed a bit due to not having things around the house I thought I did.
  5. Volume was low and 1.047 was a little lower than intended gravity. I keep forgetting to adjust Beersmith for my efficiency to volume ratio on calculations.

Update 12/1/2015
Fermentation going well. Added the dry hop of Amarillo today. Went ahead and added 2 ounces of Columbus because I was reading brulosopher and make a decision to up my dry hop.

Update 12/3/2015
Gravity finished at 1.01. Pretty darn dry. Tastes great. Cold crashing today.
Update 12/6/2015
Racked to keg and fined with gelatin for the first time ever today. Felt strange adding gelatin to a beer but appears to work. Lots of pine, onion, tropical fruit in this beer aroma/flavor hop profile. Should bee a great brew when its carbonated.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
4.7 gal 60 min 45.3 IBUs 7.7 SRM 1.047 SG 1.013 SG 4.5 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Pale Ale 10 A 1.045 - 1.06 1.01 - 1.015 30 - 45 5 - 14 2.3 - 2.8 4.5 - 6.2 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pale Malt (2 Row) US 4.25 lbs 45.95
Pale Malt, Maris Otter 3.75 lbs 40.54
Munich Malt - 20L 8 oz 5.41
Aromatic Malt 4 oz 2.7
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L 4 oz 2.7
Caramunich II (Weyermann) 4 oz 2.7

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Simcoe 1 oz 10 min Boil Pellet 13
Amarillo 1 oz 7 min Boil Pellet 9.2
Simcoe 1 oz 5 min Boil Pellet 13
Amarillo 1 oz 3 min Boil Pellet 9.2
Simcoe 1 oz 1 min Boil Pellet 13
Simcoe 1 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 13

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Calcium Chloride 8.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Lactic Acid 8.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 5.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 154°F 75 min

Twelve Dazed Version Two

October 9th, 2015

The original brew of Twelve Dazed was extremely boozy. It hasn’t done well in competitions and I think that’s why. So this version is tweaked some in leaving out the sucrose and it’s much better this way. At the time of writing this I have 5 gallons on tap and it’s quite nice. Very toasty, bready, cocoa and chocolate from a malt standpoint. Very spicy, lemony and black currant like from a hop perspective. We brewed this beer as a barrel experiment so the other 5 gallons is in a LA1 whiskey barrel at a fellow brewers house. Really looking forward to getting that one carbed up.

Update 2/4/2016
This version is amazing. The barrel and non-barrel versions are both incredibly complex and savory beers. This beer is ideal for a whiskey barrel and it really melds together well. I bottled it up, taped it up and put most of it in a safe corner of the house until around Christmas.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
11 gal 120 min 58.2 IBUs 18.1 SRM 1.104 1.030 9.9 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
English Barleywine 19 B 1.08 - 1.12 1.018 - 1.03 35 - 70 8 - 22 1.6 - 2.5 8 - 12 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pale Malt, Maris Otter 23 lbs 51.11
Melanoiden Malt 4 lbs 8.89
Rye, Flaked 4 lbs 8.89
Vienna Malt 4 lbs 8.89
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L 2 lbs 4.44
Victory Malt 2 lbs 4.44
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L 1 lbs 2.22
Extra Light Dry Extract 5 lbs 11.11

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Magnum 3.5 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 12
Bramling Cross 2 oz 30 min Boil Pellet 6
Bramling Cross 2 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 6

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Scottish Ale (1728) Wyeast Labs 71% 55°F - 75°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 145°F 75 min
Mashout 170°F 40 min

Notes

Used a Scottish Export as a giant yeast starter. Split the cake between the two fermenters.

Gordon Knight Clone Type Beer

August 20th, 2015

I love the Oskar Blues G’Knight beer. It’s been one of my favorites lately. I’ve never brewed an Imperial Red / Red IPA / Whatever it is. I sure as Hell love drinking them. So based off of the Can You Brew It podcasts and some of my own observations I’ve developed a recipe.

Update 9/4/2015
Brew day went fine. Efficiency was low so I added some DME and ended up about 1.077ish. This beer is extremely hoppy with the 6 ounce charge in the last few minutes. I am extremely interested to see how this turns out. I have a feeling it’ll be the type of beer that’ll take a month to get right after kegging.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.5 gal 90 min 67.9 IBUs 11.7 SRM 1.079 1.013 8.7 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
Imperial IPA 14 C 1.07 - 1.09 1.01 - 1.02 60 - 120 8 - 15 2.2 - 2.7 7.5 - 10 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pale Malt (2 Row) US 13 lbs 70.27
Munich Malt 3 lbs 16.22
Rye, Flaked 1 lbs 5.41
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L 12 oz 4.05
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L 8 oz 2.7
Amber Malt 4 oz 1.35

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Magnum 1 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 14
Columbus (Tomahawk) 4 oz 5 min Boil Pellet 14
Amarillo Gold 1 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 8.5
Simcoe 1 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 13
Amarillo Gold 1 oz 5 days Dry Hop Pellet 8.5

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 18.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 8.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 5.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale American (US-05) DCL/Fermentis 77% 59°F - 75°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 148°F 75 min

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American Barleywine 2015 Harley of Barley Edition

May 30th, 2015

Although this was loosely based on the barleywine that did so well a couple of years ago it’s pretty different. Given my experiences with rye lately in English barleywine and American black IPA I felt like it’d be a good dose to this beer. Centennial was left out and substituted with Amarillo due to running out of Centennial.(time to order a few more pounds) Given the reception the beer got based on how hoppy it was before I decided to up the ante a little more with some additional flame out hops. Finally I substituted a healthy dose of Munich in place for crystal malts. I’ve found I’m getting far better reception for beers when crystal is balanced with Munich than I got before using straight pale malt with crystal. I think it just adds complexity to the malt bill overall.

So for the first month or so this thing will basically be an American Triple/Quad IPA if you will. I see the American Strong Ale listed in the 2014 BJCP guidelines and given how dry I’m shooting for with this thing I’d bet it could pass for one if it finishes out appropriately.

Brew day was a stormy May 30th and it all went fairly well. Pump lagged a few times but the bigger grain bills seem to stabilize better on mash temperature. I had to modify the recipe some because I had pretty poor efficiency hence the two pounds of DME. Broke my refractometer near the end of the boil but it’d already gotten over 1.1 so I’m pretty certain it’s around the 1.11 we were shooting for. As always with this sort of beer the mash, boil and finished wort was heavenly. Cooled it down to 74ish then put it in the mash tank over night to chill down to 63F before transferring the wort on to the yeast cake from my oat/wheat pale ale I brewed a week or two ago. Oxygen added and it was fermenting in no time. 3 days later it’s still going but slowing down. If it’s anything like the English barleywine it should be terminal gravity by day 5-6.

Update 6/25/2015

I think this beer turned out quite fine. I really enjoy drinking it. I do wish I’d used some aromatic malt in this sucker since it has to warm before you get any of the fine maltiness in the nose. Small detail in the grand scheme of what can typically go wrong with a barleywine. I’m happy!

Update 10/17/2015

This beer really came together given a few more months. The maltiness came out a little more and the hop character settled in to a fine background note. It was just in time to finish 2nd at the Dixie Cup for 2015.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
6 gal 90 min 87.8 IBUs 17.5 SRM 1.122 SG 1.022 SG 13.5 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Barleywine 19 C 1.08 - 1.12 1.016 - 1.03 50 - 120 10 - 19 1.8 - 2.5 8 - 12 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pale Malt (2 Row) US 15 lbs 49.79
Munich Malt 6 lbs 19.92
Rye Malt 3 lbs 9.96
Cara-Pils/Dextrine 1 lbs 3.32
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L 0.5 lbs 1.66
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L 0.25 lbs 0.83
Special B Malt 0.25 lbs 0.83
Pale Chocolate Malt 0.125 lbs 0.41
Light Dry Extract 2 lbs 6.64
Cane (Beet) Sugar 2 lbs 6.64

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Magnum 4.5 oz 40 min Boil Pellet 12.5
Amarillo Gold 2 oz 0 min Boil Pellet 8.5
Citra 2 oz 0 min Boil Pellet 12
Simcoe 2 oz 0 min Boil Pellet 13

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 15.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 10.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 5.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale American (US-05) DCL/Fermentis 77% 59°F - 75°F

Notes

Was pitched on a yeast cake from an American ale. Also tossed a dry packet I had in there for good measure. Refractometer was dropped and broke so the actual OG was somewhere around 1.10+ last reading before that happened.

Pilsner Wheat Oat Pale Ale

April 18th, 2015

So in my continued trial of multiple combinations of pale ale here we go with the oats & wheat. This is another variation of my pilsner pale ale all of which have been wonderful. This is actually a variation of the Hopasaurus Sex from Zapp’s to be precise.

The brew day went well and I’m certainly looking forward to trying this beer. Fermented it out and racked it to secondary so I could pitch my American barleywine on it’s yeast cake. Added the dry hops and will let it go for about a week before kegging.

Update 8/3/2015

This beer turned out very well. It ended up placing first in American IPA and second in pale ales for clash of the carboys. Interesting since it was about 3 months from it’s complete and ready to drink date which was in May. I think the extra malts and reduction in crystal malts made it more interesting than what judges are typically used to. I think the wheat helps with presentation and bready savoriness with this beer. The oats added a substantial mouth-feel sensation without being heavy like you’ll get from too much crystal. I do feel like this beer needs a little bit of age though. 1-2 months before it clears well enough and mellows a little.

My next stop on this beer will be to convert it to an Imperial Red.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.5 gal 90 min 43.5 IBUs 4.6 SRM 1.054 1.009 5.9 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Pale Ale 10 A 1.045 - 1.06 1.01 - 1.015 30 - 45 5 - 14 2.3 - 2.8 4.5 - 6.2 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pilsner (2 Row) Ger 7 lbs 68.29
Munich Malt 1 lbs 9.76
Oats, Flaked 1 lbs 9.76
White Wheat Malt 1 lbs 9.76
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L 4 oz 2.44

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Magnum 1 oz 40 min Boil Pellet 14
Centennial 1 oz 1 min Boil Pellet 10
Citra 1 oz 1 min Boil Pellet 12
Centennial 1 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 10
Citra 1 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 12
Centennial 1 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 10
Simcoe 1 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 13

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 15.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 6.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 6.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale American (US-05) DCL/Fermentis 77% 59°F - 75°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Saccharification 148°F 75 min
Mash Out 168°F 10 min
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