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Old 01-24-2008, 09:25 PM   #1
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Default Ithaca Brewery Cascazilla

One of my favorite summertime drinks is Ithaca's cascazilla. I'm still brewing with kits and I was wondering if anybody could give me an educated guess on whether or not I could use a doctored up True Brew Red Ale kit to make something similiar? Unfortunately I can't find anything that tells exactly what comes in the kit.



The name CascaZilla is a play on both the name of our local Cascadilla Gorge and the monster amounts of Cascade hops in this beer. This red ale gets its distinctive color from a healthy portion of caramel malt, which also lends some body and sweetness to the beer. The predominant flavor and aroma of this beer, however, is brought to you by the fresh American hops. If you haven't done so yet, treat yourself to Ithaca Beer's new monstrously hoppy Red Ale.

Original Gravity 14.5P
Alcohol Content 6.5%
Malt 2-Row Brewers, Caramel 60
Hops Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook, Crystal

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Old 01-25-2008, 12:07 AM   #2
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What are you a salesman? Just kidding, I've had it and it's pretty good. But I'm a hop head.

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Old 01-25-2008, 12:16 AM   #3
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My brother's been bothering me to come up with a recipe so here it is.

I'm not familiar with the kit you mentioned but here's the all-grain recipe I was going to use when I got around to brewing this. Might be your time to go all-grain.

I never got around to brewing it because I was having a tough time getting a hold of the hops in it. That, and I prefer darker and heavier beers in the winter.


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Recipe: CascaZilla
Brewer: Chris
Asst Brewer:
Style: Irish Red Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (35.0)

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Size: 6.56 gal
Estimated OG: 1.053 SG
Estimated Color: 13.7 SRM
Estimated IBU: 71.4 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 68.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount Item Type % or IBU
10 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 83.33 %
2 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 16.67 %
0.50 oz Chinook [12.20 %] (60 min) Hops 19.3 IBU
2.00 oz Cascade [7.60 %] (60 min) Hops 48.1 IBU
1.00 oz Cascade [7.60 %] (Dry Hop 3 days) Hops -
1.00 oz Crystal [3.50 %] (10 min) Hops 4.0 IBU
1 Pkgs American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) Yeast-Ale


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 12.00 lb
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Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash In Add 3.75 gal of water at 165.9 F 154.0 F
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What are you a salesman? Just kidding, I've had it and it's pretty good. But I'm a hop head.
I wish I was a beer salesman. Actually I only live 30 miles from the brewery and I've become a big fan of their beer. Since you are a hophead I would suggest trying their Flowerpower and Double IPA.
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I wish I was a beer salesman. Actually I only live 30 miles from the brewery and I've become a big fan of their beer. Since you are a hophead I would suggest trying their Flowerpower and Double IPA.
I don't recall seeing either at our local big liquor store. But I wasn't looking. I think I had there brown and recall it being pretty good. Have a good one
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I just got an email from ithaca they are raising their prices so buy a case or two while its still a little cheaper. Damn the hop and malt situation.

some of those cascades are grown in flint NY. sorry I haven't had cascazilla in quite a while so I cant help with the recipe.

I'm in canandaigua where are you guys?

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Wow... Ithaca has changed. I went to college at IC from 1990-1994. The biggest news I recall was when Cristianos closed up shop in the commons. Wish there was a brewery to visit back in the day...

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I wish I was a beer salesman. Actually I only live 30 miles from the brewery and I've become a big fan of their beer. Since you are a hophead I would suggest trying their Flowerpower and Double IPA.


where abouts... I grew up in Watkins Glen and my parents moved to the west hill of Ithaca like 7 years back.
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where abouts... I grew up in Watkins Glen and my parents moved to the west hill of Ithaca like 7 years back.
I live just outside of Seneca Falls. If you visit Ithaca you should swing over to Watkins Glen, there is a great little brewery in Town called Roosterfish Brewery. They have very good beer.
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Old 02-12-2008, 03:23 AM   #10
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I highly recommend trying any of Ithaca's Excelsior beers to anyone who can get your hands on them. The brewery started putting out these ultra-high quality, bottle conditioned ales last spring. The IPAbbey hybrid was truly the nectar of the gods.

I've moved on from Ithaca, though, and now find myself among the hop fields of Eugene, Oregon. However, I miss those 6 dollar growler fills.

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