Friday, April 30, 2010

Rye Pale Ale Recipe

I'm a big fan of Terrapin Beer Company out of Athens Georgia and have always wanted to try to brew their popular Rye Pale Ale. The Brewing Network recently interviewed the folks at Terrapin as part of their "Can you Brew It" program and I decided to give the beer a try. As I usually do I put my own twist on the recipe so here it is (main difference is my use of Citra hops in this recipe). I plan to brew the beer this Saturday so if you are around feel free to swing by after all it is National Homebrew Day (and yes it is an officially recognized holiday).

6 Gallon Batch

Brew Day = 5/1/10

11 lbs of American Pale 2 Row
1.5 lbs of Rye Malt
1 lb of Munich
.5 lbs of Victory Malt
.5 lbs of Honey Malt

1 ounce of Magnum for 60 minutes (10.4% AA)
1 ounce of Fuggles for 30 minutes (4% AA)
.5 ounce of EK Golding for 20 minutes (5% AA)
.5 ounce of EK Golding for 10 minutes (5% AA)
.5 ounce of Citra for 3 minutes
1 ounce of Citra @ KO

Dry Hops
1.5 ounce of Amarillo for 5 days

Wyeast 1272 1 pack with a starter

Pre-Boil Gravity = 1.044
OG = 1.060
FG = 1.014
ABV = 6%
IBUs = 43

4.5 gallons of water @ 154 degrees for 1 hour

7 gallons of water for 1 hour

Friday, April 16, 2010

Belgian Honey Pale Ale Recipe

I'm a member of the local homebrew club Bruclear that meets every first Tuesday at the Craft Ale House in Limerick PA. Every quarter the club does a "club only" competition. The 2nd Quarter 2010 comp is being referred to as the "Iron Chef" Competition. Basically there is a set list of ingredients that we have to choose from and one specialty ingredient that everyone has to use. In this case that ingredient is honey. I decided to brew up a Belgian Honey Pale Ale for the competition. If you live in the area and feel like stopping by I plan to brew on Saturday afternoon. Here is the recipe.

6 Gallon Batch

Brew Day = 4/17/10

10 lbs of 2-Row
1 lb of Crystal 40
½ lb of CaraPils

.75 lb of Wildflower Honey

0.75 oz of Chinook for 60 Minutes
1 oz of Saaz for 15 Minutes
1 oz of Cascade @ KO
.25 oz of Chinook @ KO

Wyeast 1214 and 3522 (this is the Chimay and AChouffe strains, heard they go well together so going to give the whole pitching two yeast strains idea a go)

Pre-Boil Gravity = 1.038
OG = 1.054
FG = 1.013
ABV = 5.5%
IBU = 33

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Double IPA Recipe V2.0

Planning to brew a new version of my Double IPA this weekend. This time around I'm going to go with all Columbus for bittering, using Citra instead of Centennial and plan to introduce some Carapils malt into the mix. I broke my collar bone this past weekend (bike accident) so hopefully that won't impact things too much, could be interesting.

6 Gallon Batch

16.5 lbs of American 2 Row
1 lb of Wheat Malt
½ lb of Crystal 40
½ lb of Carapils
1.25 lbs of Corn Sugar

1 oz of Columbus (14.2 % AA) – FWH
3 oz of Columbus (14.2 % AA) – 90 Minutes
1 oz of Simcoe (12.3% AA) – 45 Minutes
1 oz of Columbus (14.2% AA) – 30 Minutes
2 oz of Citra (9.1% AA) – KO
1 oz of Simcoe (12.3% AA) – KO

Dry Hops
2 oz of Amarillo for 12 days
1 oz of Citra for 12 days
1.5 oz of Simcoe for 12 days
0.25 oz of Citra for 5 days
0.75 oz of Amarillo for 5 days
0.5 oz of Simcoe for 5 days

WLP 001 – American Ale Yeast (2 vials with starter)

Pre-Boil Gravity = 1.064
OG = 1.088
FG = 1.018
ABV = 9.3%
IBU = 156