Wednesday, August 1, 2012

#22 - Raging Red Ale [All Grain]

I had an Odell's Red Ale recently and while I enjoyed the flavour I didn't enjoy the €7 price tag. I had been contemplating brewing a red ale since making the Ruby Red Ale kit. I knew I couldn't replicate that unique, sweet, hoppy aroma and flavour that is common across most of the Odell's range but I wanted something similar. While searching for a recipe I discovered that they used to brew a beer called "Extra Special Red Ale". I found an all grain recipe (see end of post) for this beer and modified it based on the ingredients which I could find in my local home brew store. 

The fist issue with this recipe is that it doesn't really conform to any BJCP style guide lines. Its really an imperial red ale but that style doesn't exist. I have put it in as an american amber ale due to its deeper red colour but even at that all the other categories are maxed out for the style. An American IPA style might have fitted better perhaps but does it really matter? 

My efficiency has been consistently poor in the 50 to 60% range so I have been adding more grain to account for this. I also forgot that the plumber had replaced my tap in the kitchen so my hose to tap connection, for hooking up the wort chiller, no longer fitted at all. I had to fill my mash tun with water and run that through the chiller instead which was a pain. After nearly an hour of water slowly trickling through the wort chiller, the temperature was down to 28degrees C, being impatient and tried after the brew day I decided to pitch the yeast at this temperature. It was fine and kicked off the next day, it is still in the primary fermenter so I don't know whether I will pay for that impatience later in terms of affects on flavour. 

Recipe: Extra Special Red Ale
Style: American Amber Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 26.21 l
Post Boil Volume: 22.71 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 19.00 l   
Bottling Volume: 17.00 l
Estimated OG: 1.063 SG
Estimated Color: 35.3 EBC
Estimated IBU: 79.9 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 60.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 69.0 %
Boil Time: 75 Minutes
Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
3000.00 g             Pale Malt, Maris Otter (5.0 EBC)         Grain         1        46.2 %        
2000.00 g             Munich Malt (14.0 EBC)                   Grain         2        30.8 %        
500.00 g              Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (78.8 EBC)    Grain         3        7.7 %         
500.00 g              Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (200.0 EBC)   Grain         4        7.7 %         
500.00 g              Munich Malt - 10L (22.0 EBC)             Grain         5        7.7 %         
35.00 g               Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min         Hop           6        46.9 IBUs     
15.00 g               Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 45.0 min         Hop           7        18.4 IBUs     
7.00 g                Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min         Hop           8        7.2 IBUs      
15.00 g               Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min   Hop           9        4.8 IBUs      
15.00 g               Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min    Hop           10       2.6 IBUs      
30.00 g               Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 0.0 min    Hop           11       0.0 IBUs      
30.00 g               Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min          Hop           12       0.0 IBUs      
1.0 pkg               California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) [35. Yeast         13       -             
Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Single Batch Sparge [Shanes AG]
Total Grain Weight: 6500.00 g
Name              Description                  Step Temperature       Step Time       
Mash In           Add 12.11 l of water at 168. 152.0 F                60 min          
Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun, , 23l) of 168.1 F water

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