Please Critique my Bitter Buddy Honey Ale
I have a half day of vacation this week, so I'll be racking my stout, leaving behind a cake of White Labs Irish Ale Yeast in the primary. So as not to waste that yeast, I'll be brewing the recipe below, which I quickly researched and developed over the last couple of days.
Please offer any criticism or suggestions you can. I am shooting for a cross between an English Bitter and a light Budweiser-style Pilsener, with a touch of honey - a nice Summertime ale. :cool: The name is a play on words. I have a friend who should really like this ale. He likes to rant and rave and my friends and I tease that he's a bitter old man! :mad: ;)
Bitter Buddy Honey Ale
Recipe 2005 by Mark Pannell
3 lbs. plain extra light DME
2 lbs. plain light DME
1/2 lb. British crystal malt, 2-row (40-L)
1/2 lb. torrified barley
.5 oz. Cascade [6.0% AAU] (60 mins.)
.5 oz. Cascade [6.0% AAU] (30 mins.)
.5 oz. Kent Goldings [4.0% AAU] (5 mins.)
1 tsp. Irish moss (20 mins.)
1 lb. wildflower honey (30 mins.)
White Labs WLP004 Irish Ale Yeast
Primary: 7 days at 72o F
Secondary: 14 days at 68o- 70o F
Total boil: 60 minutes
Crack the grains, hold at 155o F for 30 minutes. Remove grains and increase heat to a boil. Add wildflower honey after 30 minutes. Cool wort to 70o - 80o F and top off to 5 gallons. Pitch yeast when cooled to 70o F. Prime with 1-1/4 cups plain DME.
I appriciate any suggestions! Thanks!
Using only .5oz of Cascades for bittering, I doubt it will be very bitter at all. Besides that, I think it looks pretty nice. I don't know much about using honey in the boil, but it sounds interesting.
very intriguing recipe....
Have you run that through Promash or any kind of recipe/brewing software? What did you come up with for IBU's? I can input the numbers for oyu and see what it gives you (if you don't have promash)
The reason I ask is I looked at some recipes for a bitter and I think you might be a touch low on hops. Its going to come out more malty than you may want. To tweak it I'd add a bit more bittering hops, say another half ounce to an ounce. I'm also intrigued by your choice of Cascades as a bittering hop. I think that will help make it more of a summery tasting beer vs. a Kent Goldings or Fuggles as a bittering hop, which are the primary styles of hops used for English bitters from what I've seen.....interesting....
Otherwise, that sounds like a damn good recipe. Please let us know how it turns out, as I'd like to try it!
One question--is 72 deg. the recomended temp for fermenting with that yeast? Seems that would come out way too "fruity" at that high of a temp......just wondering.... ;) IMHO you won't get a pilsner "finish" with it being that fruity...if you fermented at the low end of the temp scale (67-68 deg.) for that yeast it might turn out more accurate to the style you are looking for, no?
Just some thoughts.....
Keep us up to date!!!
Thanks guys! Yes, I did run this through Q-Brew and it looks pretty close to style, although on the low end. According to Q-Brew, IBU = 39, color = 12o, estimated FG = 1.014, estimated ABV = FG = 5.4%. Good point on the temperature. The WLP004 is supposed to ferment between 64o-68o. I brewed this last Sunday night and I comprimised by keeping the temperature at 70o.
The actual OG was 1.050. It was a pretty violent ferment over the first 48 hours. It began to taper off this morning and I may well rack it to secondary tomorrow. Tonight (Wed.), the bubbles in the airlock are down to about one every 90 seconds.
I sampled it when I took the SG and it is light, with a small, slightly harsh aftertaste that dissipates very quickly. I am figuring that will eventually mellow out and be gone over time. I might add an ounce of hops in the seconday for a hop aroma, but I haven't decided what yet. Maybe Kent Goldings?
If this were strictly for me, I would have upped the hops. But I was aiming for a summery 'everyman' beer - a 'quality lawn-mower' brew, if you will!
Are you going to bottle it? I'd love to trade with you.
Can't wait to hear what you say about the finished product!
I am racking it tonight (Thursday, I inadvertently typed Wed., above - it was already Wednesday when I typed that!). Now, I just have to figure what hops to add at secondary! :confused:
Kent Goldings would be a good one for sure. Cascade is another good choice if you want that citrusy Cascade thing.
send me a bottle or 10 and I'll give you an opinion :p
Any update on this baby? I'd be curious to see (errr, taste) how it came out!!!
Honey in the boil
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