I just sampled this after two weeks in the bottle tonight and it turned out great! In fact, I can't wait to put the rest in the fridge! It is very nice and quite hoppy. This was my last extract brew.
Kilkenny Red is an Irish Red Ale not found in America, as far as I know. The name of this brew is a play on that ales name, with a tip 'o the cap to South Park.
I was aiming to replicate something similar to Goose Island Kilgubbin Red Ale, Murphys Irish Red or Boulevard Irish Red Ale from Kansas Citys Boulevard Brewing, one of my all-time favorite American breweries. Boulevards is a bit hoppier than the traditional Irish Red. I was aiming for their version. I think mine is even hoppier! But, damn, it's good!
I was tired of the low hop flavor and aroma of my extract brews. It seemed, no matter how much I tried, it was never enough. So, with this recipe, I doubled the hop amounts. You may want cut the hops in half, especially if you are doing AG.
Now, I just have to convert this recipe to an AG format!:
Kill Kenny, You Bastards! Irish Red Ale
Recipe Ó 2005 by Mark Pannell
ABV = 6.2%
3.3 lbs. Briess amber extract
3 lbs. plain light DME
1 lb. U.S. crystal malt, 2-row (30-L)
1/2 lb. Belgian CaraPils malt, 2-row (5.9-L)
1oz. Simpson Chocolate malt, (425-L)
2oz. flaked wheat
2.0 oz. Nugget [12.6% AAU] (60 mins.)
1 oz. Willamette [4.5% AAU] (30 mins.)
1 oz. Kent Goldings [4.7% AAU] (30 mins.)
1 oz. Willamette [4.5% AAU] (5 mins.)
1 oz. Kent Goldings [4.7% AAU] (5 mins.)
1 oz. Kent Goldings [4.7% AAU]
1 tsp. Irish moss (20 mins.)
1 lb. Orange blossom honey (15 mins.)
Yeast: White Labs WLP007 Dry English Ale yeast
Primary: 5 days at 72o F
Secondary: 14 days at 72o F
Total boil: 60 minutes
Crack the grains, place in muslin grain bag and hold in ~3.5 gal. water @ 155o F for 30 minutes. Remove grains, and increase heat to a boil. Add extract and honey to schedule above. Cool wort to 70o - 80o F, top off to 5 gallons and pitch yeast. Prime with 1-1/4 cups plain DME.