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Old 08-15-2009, 09:59 PM   #1
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So I tried SA Irish Red yesterday and have decided it's a darn fine brew! It has a fantastic irish character from the yeast. Anyone know which yeast they use for this and any input on ferm temps? My obvious guess is the Irish Ale yeast from Wyeast/WhiteLabs, but this is wonderfully strong for such a small bier.

Also thoughts on recipe. I've brewed an IRA before, it came out fairly close to Smithwicks. To me this is a quite different bier, certainly not as roasty, more caramel, & I just love the yeast character & mouthfeel.

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I'm making this for the SWMBO - you should check out Sam's site, they give a lot of detail on their brews. I use Wyeast 1084 or Danstar Notty - both work really well.

Brewsheet: Sam's Irish Red
Irish Red Ale
Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Time: 60 min

Prepare Yeast Starter Amount Item Type
1 Pkgs Irish Ale (Wyeast Labs #1084) [Starter 125 ml] Yeast-Ale

1.00 tbsp PH 5.2 Stabilizer (Mash 60.0 min) Misc

Mash or Steep Grains
Ingredients for Mashing Amount Item Type % or IBU
6.50 lb Brewers Malt 2-Row (Briess) (1.8 SRM) Grain 66.67 %
1.75 lb Pale Malt - 2 Row (Cargill) (2.0 SRM) Grain 17.95 %
1.50 lb Caramel Malt - 60L (Briess) (60.0 SRM) Grain 15.38 %

Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch Sparge
45 min Mash
Estimated pre-boil gravity is 1.041

Boil Ingredients Boil Amount Item Type
60 min 1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (60 min) Hops
30 min 0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (30 min) Hops
15 min 0.25 oz Spalter [4.50 %] (15 min) Hops
10 min 0.25 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min) Misc

Ingredients for Fermentation Amount Item Type % or IBU
1 Pkgs Irish Ale (Wyeast Labs #1084) [Starter 125 ml] Yeast-Ale
Primary fermentation (7 days at 70.0 F)
Secondary fermentation (7 days at 68.0 F)

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Thanks for pointing out the SA website reference, been years since I had visited there. I'm sure I'll simply go with the 1084.

Btw from the SA website it looks like it's just 2 row & crystal 60! The website list the grains as 2 row Harrington, Metcalf, & Crystal 60.

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Yeah I'm thinking the Harrington and such are not too different, my LHBS has them from Gambrinius (as one). I shot for the grain style, flavor & color whereas the ones they list out are primarily organic from Canada from what I can gather. I can't find more info on them nor for Beer Smith. I'm definitely brewing this up along with some Sam's Lager....

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