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Old 02-05-2008, 05:52 PM   #1
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Default I’m thinking 3.2%…Something Light and Zesty.

I’m needing a new session beer. Something I can drink all day. Something in the 100 calorie (per 12 ounce) range, but full of flavor. Something the chics will dig.

I have a pound of 7.5% Sterling hops being delivered today from Fresh hops. (Aroma: Herbal, Spicy, some floral and citrus hints Substitutions: Saaz, Polish Lublin)

I already have nearly 20 gallons of highly hopped Pale Ales (Kona, Bridgeport, My Own Recipe)…ten gallons of Jamil’s Mild Brown, Some Irish Stout, a 5.8% American Wheat, a keg of Ole Speckled Hen and a low hopped house ale for my BMC friends.

Now I need to get another true session beer on tap. Something around 3%. Lightly hopped but with some spice and floral aroma. A bit of zest to make it refreshing and different. A light grain bill (pils, #10, cara) for a bright beer.

I’m thinking “Sterling Gold”.


Batch Size: 11.50 gal
Boil Size: 15.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.033 SG
Estimated Color: 4.4 SRM
Estimated IBU: 13.5 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.0 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Ingredients:
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12.00 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM)
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM)
0.50 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)

0.75 oz Sterling [7.50%] (80 min) (First Wort Hops )
1.00 oz Sterling [7.50%] (5 min)

0.75 oz Coriander Seed (Boil 5.0 min)
0.75 oz Orange Peel, Bitter (Boil 5.0 min)

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body
Total Grain Weight: 14.50 lb


Once my sack of Pils shows up I’m brewing this one…and I’ll post the results.

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You might try a little rye in there. The spicy elements can really fill out a small beer.

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You might try a little rye in there. The spicy elements can really fill out a small beer.
I agree, especially if the hops are citrusy. Rye spiciness goes very well with the citrus...
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That certainly sounds like something that you could drink all day. You had better brew up 22 gallons!

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This sounds great. A non wit orange/corriander brew, with a low abv...

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Oohhhhh.

I like that idea. I have 10# on its way too....
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Oohhhhh.

I like that idea. I have 10# on its way too....
Definitely. I'm making some Rye Pale as soon as the weather warms...
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I like that idea. I have 10# on its way too....
So you'll post the new recipe then?
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If you're going for something the skirts will really enjoy, why not cut the coriander/orange, and add some watermelon extract to your secondary....I'm thinking something along the lines of "Liquid Panty Remover."

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If you're going for something the skirts will really enjoy, why not cut the coriander/orange, and add some watermelon extract to your secondary....I'm thinking something along the lines of "Liquid Panty Remover."
21st Amendment, I think, makes a watermelon wheat that's well-regarded. Dude had something similar to that on draft that was pretty good; a bit too light for what I'd usually drink, but really nice when we were brewing in 100° weather. But, I'd start in that direction - an American Wheat beer - for that particular flavor.
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