23 May 2009

posted by benjy edwards

Today we brewed an American pale ale hopped with Amarillo and Cascade.  The target gravity was 1.058, we reached 1.057 after the normal 90 minute boil.  The malt was Maris Otter, a pound of kiln amber, two pounds of Munich, 1.25 pounds of wheat, and half a pound of carapils.  We had some high-alpha Newport hops to use up, so they provided the bittering, with Amarillo at 30 minutes, Cascade and Amarillo at 15 and 0 minute additions.

The English IPA had eight days in the primary to ferment, and it did well, with one carboy reaching 1.013 and the other 1.014.  Both were liberally dry-hopped with East Kent Goldings, one to condition for serving on handpull, the other will be force-carbonated after aging a little while. We opened the last bag of Maris Otter to brew the pale ale, so we need to order more, as we probably have only enough malt left to brew two more batches.

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