In the pursuit of perfect homebrew, failure still makes beer.

Celebration Pale Ale (Palilalia Pale Ale Modified Recipe)

Brew Date: 2/19/11

Brew Partners: ManofSteele

Final Picture:

Ingredients:

  • 5.5lbs Light DME
  • 1.0lbs 20L Crystal Malt
  • 0.5lbs Victory Malt
  • 2tbs gypsum
  • 2oz Northern Brewer (60min)
  • 0.75oz Cascade (finishing)
  • 1.0oz Amarillo (Dry hop)
  • Safale US-5 Dry Ale Yeast

Recipe:

  1. In a LARGE muslin bag, steep grains in 2.0gal water for 30min at 126F for a protein rest.
  2. Raise temperature to 150F for starch conversion, and hold for 10 minutes.
  3. Raise temperature to 158F for full starch/dextrin conversion, and hold for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove grains and sparge with 0.5 gal water.
  5. Add DME and 60min hops, and bring wort to full rolling boil.
  6. After 60min, remove from heat and add finishing hops.
  7. Chill to 80-75F.
  8. Add wort to your carboy with 2 gal cold water. Top off to 5gal.
  9. Pitch yeast at 70F.
  10. After primary fermentation is complete, rack to secondary and add dry hops.

Primary Date: 2/19/11
Rack Date: 2/28/11
Package Date: 3/26/11
Package Type: Keg
OG: 1.060
FG: 1.012
Final ABV: 6.4% appx
Bitterness (appx): 56IBU
Color (appx): 8.2L SRM

Appearance: Pale amber,  hazy in the body – attributed to the lack of gelatin in the keg. I’ll use gelatin for all appropriate styles to follow.

Aroma: Deliciously hoppy, sharp and crisp. Not as much as I thought would be present. Amarillo hoppiness definitely present in the nose.

Taste: It is a little sweet, which I was afraid of, and makes me miss my style target. But after I console myself for that failiure, the beer tastes pretty goddamn good. The hop bill really went to work for me, ramping up from the middle to back palate and lingering for a bit after you swallow it down. The malt is pretty unassuming, and it attributes a good drinkability and thin mouthfeel, but let’s be honest – this beer wasn’t about the malt, it was about the hops. I freaking love hops. From Others: Smooth. A bit sweeter on the palate for the style, attributed to the higher FG. Sweet on the front, pleasantly bitter and a little earthy (Northern Brewer) on the toungue and lasting through the finish, with a little herbal taste on the finish. A quite drinkable IPA!

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