Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Brew Day: American Pale Ale

I don't know if I'm imagining this or not, but there seems to be a lot of talk these days of how the craft-beer industry is starting to distance itself from hugely hoppy and alcoholic beers in favor of producing more sessionable offerings. I would certainly like to believe this is true and that people might one day have the same enthusiasm for a well made session beer as they do for a hop-bomb. However, if the beer on tap at my local is any indication of the future, the days of session beer appreciation are still a long ways off. And as much as it kills me to say this, that might not be so horrible after all. On the homebrew side of things, while I still prefer to drink malty session beers over those hugely bitter and alcoholic ones, I must admit I've begun to appreciate a properly hoppy pint of IPA. Besides from being ubiquitous, often times it is far easier to order a $7-8 IPA, knowing you'll be getting some value for your money, rather than paying the same money for a crappy Belgian concoction or flavorless whatever-they call it. Anyways, the recipe I am brewing today is my usual hoppy APA, a beer I've brewed a number of times now and have very much enjoyed. The malt bill is the same as usual... golden promise, munich, with some medium crystal... and I'll be going way over the top with the dry hopping; using Amarillo, Citra, and Simcoe at 15 min and flameout, with dry-hopping in the secondary and again in the keg. A properly hoppy pint.

Not bad...
Levi's Pale Ale: American Pale Ale
           
Recipe Specifics:
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Batch Size (Gal): 4.25
Total Grain (Lbs): 10.25
Anticipated OG: 1.062
Anticipated FG: 1.010
Anticipated SRM: 9
Anticipated IBU: 60
Efficiency: 70%
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Grain/Sugar:
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87.8%  - 8.5 lbs. Golden Promise
7.3%   - 0.75 lbs. Munich Malt
4.9%   - 0.50 lbs. Crystal 60L

Hops:
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0.50 oz. Magnum @ 60 min for 25 IBU
0.50 oz. Amarillo @ 15 min for 10 IBU
0.50 oz. Citra @ 15 min for 13 IBU
0.50 oz. Simcoe @ 10 min for 12 IBU
1.50 oz. Amarillo @ flameout
1.50 oz. Citra @ flameout
1.50 oz. Simcoe @ flameout
1.00 oz. Amarillo @ dryhop secondary
1.00 oz. Citra @ dryhop secondary
1.00 oz. Simcoe @ dryhop secondary
1.50 oz. Amarillo @ dryhop keg
1.50 oz. Citra @ dryhop keg
1.50 oz. Simcoe @ dryhop keg

Yeast: Wyeast 1332 Northwest Ale
Mash 154F for 75 min
Brewed on 17 Septemeber

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