So, I've found various attempts at Mirror Pond out there and this is my first shot. My goal is to get as close to the actual product as possible. I know that it is a little out of style in terms of color, but I think that the target beer itself is as well. I'm going for a fuller body so mash is 154.
My original recipe only had .5 lb of Crystal, but I feel asleep while getting the grains and accidentally bought 1 lb. I milled it at the LHBS and it's all mixed up so I can't separate it at this point. So, unfortunately, advice given in terms of grain will be implemented next time around. How do you guys feel about the grain/hops ratio? I know Mirror Pond is quite full bodied for an APA, but I feel like I'm high on the grain bill. How about the yeast? English Ale instead?
Thanks in advance for your comments.
Mirror Pond Pale Ale
10-A American Pale Ale
Size: 5.5 gal
Calories: 188.98 per 12.0 fl oz
Original Gravity: 1.057 (1.045 - 1.060)
Terminal Gravity: 1.014 (1.010 - 1.015)
Color: 14.3 (5.0 - 14.0)
Alcohol: 5.58% (4.5% - 6.0%)
Bitterness: 44.53 (30.0 - 45.0)
9.5 lbs Maris Otter
.25 lbs Cara-Pils® Malt (Organic)
1.0 lbs 2-Row Caramel Malt 40L
1.0 lbs Crystal Malt 40°L
1 oz Centennial (10.0%) - added first wort, boiled 60 min
.5 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 15 min
1 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 7 min
1 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 1 min
1 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added dry to secondary fermenter
1 ea Fermentis US-05 Safale US-05
Mash for 1 hr @ 154, 1.25 qts per lb of grain. Two step batch sparge to obtain 7 gallons in the brewpot.
Ferment in primary 10 days, or until you hit FG, then transfer to secondary and add 1 oz Cascade for 10 days. Keg, crash cool(1 week minimum), and force carb. Drink, repeat, drink.
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