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Old 04-10-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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Default American Special Bitter (session apa)

Any suggestions for this recipe.. I'm thinking of brewing this one for my wedding..


Style: American Pale Ale OG: 1.043
Type: All Grain FG: 1.010
Rating: 0.0 ABV: 4.32 %
Calories: 140 IBU's: 30.38
Efficiency: 75 % Boil Size: 13.25 Gal
Color: 5.4 SRM Batch Size: 12.00 Gal
Boil Time: 90 minutes

Grains & Adjuncts
Amount Percentage Name Time Gravity
2.00 lbs 10.00 % Munich Malt - 10L 60 mins 1.035
15.00 lbs 75.00 % Pale Malt (2 Row) US 60 mins 1.036
2.00 lbs 10.00 % Wheat Malt, Ger 60 mins 1.039
1.00 lbs 5.00 % Victory Malt 60 mins 1.034

Hops
Amount IBU's Name Time AA %
1.00 ozs 1.96 Cascade 5 mins 5.50
0.80 ozs 19.93 Chinook 60 mins 13.00
1.00 ozs 1.75 Cascade 0 mins 5.50
1.00 ozs 3.56 Centennial 5 mins 10.00
1.00 ozs 3.18 Centennial 0 mins 10.00

Yeasts
Amount Name Laboratory / ID
2.0 pkg California Ale White Labs 0001

Additions
Amount Name Time Stage
1.00 each Whirlfloc Tablet 15 mins Boil

Mash Profile
Light Body Infusion In 60 min @ 149.0°F
Add 26.00 qt ( 1.30 qt/lb ) water @ 162.0°F

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Sounds good. A little like a light Bell's two hearted.

I understand your reservations about keeping the hops bittering low for a wide range of guests/palates, but with that much aroma and flavor, I'd maybe bump it closer to 35-45 IBUs or so to get a OG:IBU ratio closer to 1?

Don't take my word for it though, I'm no expert, just like hoppy beers

Maybe do a test batch, and send me some

Actually I'll do you one better and probably brew this next, I've been looking at bitters and other session beers to find a good one, although I've got some british whitbread yeast I'll use, which from my experiences works similar to a california ale yeast, especially using a starter.

Are you doing a 90 min boil and just adding the chinook at 60?

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Old 04-10-2012, 03:38 PM   #3
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Sounds good. A little like a light Bell's two hearted.

I understand your reservations about keeping the hops bittering low for a wide range of guests/palates, but with that much aroma and flavor, I'd maybe bump it closer to 35-45 IBUs or so to get a OG:IBU ratio closer to 1?

Don't take my word for it though, I'm no expert, just like hoppy beers

Maybe do a test batch, and send me some

Actually I'll do you one better and probably brew this next, I've been looking at bitters and other session beers to find a good one, although I've got some british whitbread yeast I'll use, which from my experiences works similar to a california ale yeast, especially using a starter.

Are you doing a 90 min boil and just adding the chinook at 60?
I'm doing a test batch in a few weeks.. Probably going to split it between 001 and 007.

I plan on doing a long whirlpool hop stand at the end of the boil.. This should take the IBU's up several points even though the formulas don't account for it..

I do 90 min boils for all of my beers to drive off DMS precursors.. Also I cover the kettle during my long hop stand at the end.. With a 90 min boil I don't worry about getting DMS in my beer
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yea, I usually do a 10-15 min whirlpool, but I do it after I cool because I read somewhere from Jamil that the hop aroma and flavor can be lost because of it.

But I see that you cover it...does the pressure keep the volatiles in?

But yea, I'll do a batch as well and let you know what I think.

Thanks for posting the recipe, can't wait to try it

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I brew a similar american session pale (with some rye) and I've found a BU:GU ratio of .75-.85 is where I get the most universal enjoyment from a range of people. If you are targeting a beer for all tastes, that seems to be a nice middle ground

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I'll shoot for 0.8 and see how it goes. Gotta be good

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Don't be afraid of WLP051. Out of all the White Labs American Ale yeasts, that's my favorite. It's actually got some flavor.

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Don't be afraid of WLP051. Out of all the White Labs American Ale yeasts, that's my favorite. It's actually got some flavor.

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I've tried it... It was ok, if I want a beer that has fruity character I usually just use 002
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Just ordered the ingredients... Going to brew next weekend!

Thinking about mash temp... I want it to finish at 1.012 - 1.011

Anyone have experience with low gravity mash temps and fg?

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1.043? You should be fine at 150-152F.

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