Sunday, November 6, 2011

Brew Day: American Pale Ale II

It's been a long couple of weeks. I dumped a batch, have an oatmeal stout that might not turn out, missed the entry for the first homebrew competition of the year, and the dunkel I have lagering is much too sweet for my taste. But that's not really important in the long run. Beer can be brewed, re-brewed, and there are always more competitions to enter. At the end of the day, it's all just beer. I often forget that. Yet, what is really on my mind is that I had to put down my brew buddy of 11 years just yesterday. I don't really feel much like brewing, especially anything too complicated. The Belgian Dark Strong can wait for a better day. Instead I'll make something easy, a Pale Ale/IPA of sorts. Golden promise, Munich, medium crystal, and amber malt for a nice malt base and a bunch of citrusy American hops. The weather is nice, the packers are on, and the kegerator is full of good (enough) cold beer...

Levi's Pale Ale : American Pale Ale

Recipe Specifics:                                    ----------------------
Batch Size (Gal): 4.5
Total Grain (Lbs): 10
Anticipated OG: 1.057
Anticipated FG: 1.012
Anticipated SRM: 10 
Anticipated IBU: 45                                   Efficiency: 70%

Boil Time: 60 Minutes    

85%  - 8.5 lbs. Golden Promise
7.5%  - 0.75 lbs. Munich Malt
5.0%  - 0.5 lbs. Crystal Malt 60L
2.5%  - 0.25 lbs. Amber Malt

0.25 oz. Columbus @ 60 min 
0.50 oz. Amarillo @ 15 min 
0.50 oz. Simcoe @ 15 min 
0.50 oz. Centennial @ 15 min 
0.50 oz. Simcoe @ 5 min  
0.50 oz. Amarillo @ 5 min
0.50 oz. Centennial @ 5 min
0.50 oz. Simcoe @ flameout
0.50 oz. Amarillo @ flameout 
0.50 oz. Centennial @ flameout
1.0 oz. Amarillo dry hop (7 days)
1.0 oz. Centennial dry hop (7 days)

Yeast: Wyeast 1332 Northwest Ale
Brewed on 6 November


  1. Sorry to hear about your brew buddy :( I had a black lab when I was a kid and I know how loyal and awesome retrievers can be.

    That beer will turn out I'm sure.

  2. Just stumbled across your blog. I'm sure your buddy will be watching. Make it a good one :)

  3. Sorry to hear that...what a bummer. Brewing along can be tough. I'm brewing up 10 gal tonight and it looks like I'll be alone, takes some of the fun out of it in a way. Hope you find a new brew partner soon.

    The recipe looks solid.


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