Denny Conn recipe, brewed with friend Nick, his 3rd batch.
Crystal 20L is actually Weyermann CaraRed. Cascade addition is FWH.
|Enter desired final yield (volume):|
|7.50 pounds||53.6% of grist|
|4.00 pounds||28.6% of grist|
|2.00 pounds||14.3% of grist|
|0.50 pounds||3.6% of grist|
Total Grain Weight (Water Amounts
|100% of grist|
Cascade4.3% Pellets @ 70 minutes
Magnum11.6% Pellets @ 60 minutes
Amarillo6.8% Pellets @ 0 minutes
|3.30 ounces||Total Hop Weight||22.4 AAUs|
|Total Boil Time:||70 minutes|
|Name:||American Ale II|
3/9/11 - 3 days prior to brew day, pitched smackpack of Wyeast 1450 Denny's Favorite to 1L starter (~93g DME) and put on stir plate.
3/11/11 - Put starter in refrigerator to sediment yeast
3/12/11 - Brew Day
Mash - 5 gallons untreated Milwaukee tap water
3.2 gallons first runnings @ 1.082
6.6 gallons pre-boil wort @ 1.056
First time using first-wort hopping. Added 1tsp gypsum to boil.
Pitched decanted yeast starter at 3pm, 70F, brought down to 65F.
3/13/11 Nice thick krausen at 8am
3/16/11 Day 4 - SG=1.026
4/9/11 Bottling Day, Day 28 - Sampling revealed a nice Cascade flavor with more bitterness than I expected. Nice Amarillo aroma with the malt more in the background and less grainy/bready than earlier samples. Did not take a FG reading. Bottled 50 12oz, received a six pack for my troubles.
5/16/11 - I'd say the beer has peeked 8-10 weeks after brew day. The bitterness was more than I expected and may have caused a bit of harsher aftertaste that has or is mellowing out as a really good beer. I think either the FWH or bittering hops were a bit much (I expected more malt balance) or the gypsum really brightened up the hops. I expected a shorter aging requirement so perhaps something is amiss if I want to drink it earlier. Next time I either reduce the hops or drop the gypsum, or just expect it to be a punchy west coast amber - the recipe is from Oregon anyway!
|Primary:||28 days @ 65° F|