This is another one from Brulosopher’s website, titled “Tiny bottom pale ale”. The combination of American malts and European hops intrigued me, so I decided to give it a shot.
- 8.6 lb 2 row
- 11 oz Vienna
- 0.5 lb Crystal 15
- 0.5 lb Victory
- 0.3 lb Crystal 60
- 0.5 oz Magnum (60 min)
- 0.4 oz Perle (25 min)
- 0.5 oz Fuggles (10 min)
- 0.5 oz Fuggles (2 min)
- WLP090 San Diego Super Yeast (1L starter)
// Mash-in w/ 4.5 gal at 154 for 60 minutes, mash-out at 168F for 5 minutes. Sparge w/ 3 gallons to collect around 6.5 gal 1044 pre boil wort. Boil 60 minutes, collect 5 gallons 1052 wort. Chill to 60F, pitch whole starter. Let to ferment around 69F. Brewed 12/11/16. //
2 tsp Gypsum to mash.
12/12/16: Good airlock activity by next morning.
12/14/16: Gravity down to 1016. Still slightly sweet and yeasty. The hop flavor does not appeal to me right now- kinda earthy, dirty. Gave the carboy a good shake to help it finish.
12/16/16: Gravity down to 1013. Flavor improved, thinned out more, yeast dropped out a bit, less dirty hop flavor but it’s still there. Gave the carboy another good shake.
12/18/16: Moved carboy to fridge to crash cool.
12/19/16: Added gelatin to carboy.
12/27/16: Finished carbonating. Great crisp flavor, very “old school” craft pale ale vibe going on. Tasting notes soon.
1/2/17: I brewed this for my in-laws to put in their kegerator, so I didn’t get to experience a ton of it, but boy was it tasty. It was hoppy, but only in a crisp/bitter sort of way – not much discernible hop flavor, but its presence was felt. That quality allowed the malts to be more in play, and it was a beautiful graham cracker-y breaded experience. The clarity was stellar and attenuation was high making it super clean and refreshing without seeming thin. I really enjoyed this beer but also thought that the Fuggles could be replaced by something a little more modern, i.e. Amarillo or Simcoe or Cascade, to add a nice spritzy burst of citrus. Otherwise, this recipe was on point!