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Old 05-26-2011, 03:36 AM   #1
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So how does this look guys, maybe you would be able to help me out and give me some pointers.

Working on a summer ale recipe after I bottle my current two batches. This is the first recipe I am trying to create myself so bare with me and all criticism would be greatly appreciated.

I want this brew to be sort of on the lighter side, with honey, citrus and ginger notes. So here we go.

Ingriedients:
1 lb Honey Malt
1.25 lbs Torrified Wheat (for a nice head)
6.00 lbs Extra Light DME

.5 oz Hallertauer (bitterness)
.25 East Kent Goldings (Aroma)

1 Whole Orange Zest
1 Whole Lemon Zest
1 oz Ginger Root

White Labs American Ale Yeast

My process:

Going to steep the honey malt and torrified wheat in 2.5 Gallons of water @ 155 degrees for 30 minutes.

Going to sparge with .5 gallons of water @ 177 Deg.

Add Extra Light DME and bring to a boil.

Once boil starts add Hallertauer Hops and boil 45 minutes

Add East Kent Goldings, Orange and Lemon Zest, and Ginger and boils for 15 minutes more.

Cool wort to 75 degrees and add 2 Gallons of water.

Aerate and add yeast.

Fermenting in Primary for 14 days and Secondary for 14.


Any pointers would be great guys.

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Old 05-26-2011, 04:12 AM   #2
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I assume you dont want it very hoppy since it's a summer, lighter beer? That just doesnt seem like many hops in the recipe.

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Old 05-26-2011, 04:19 AM   #3
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I assume you dont want it very hoppy since it's a summer, lighter beer? That just doesnt seem like many hops in the recipe.
I'm going to tweak it. I can add a little more hops,not looking for it to be too bitter.

Right now this recipe is at 9.74 IBU's
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:23 AM   #4
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I'm going to tweak it. I can add a little more hops,not looking for it to be too bitter.

Right now this recipe is at 9.74 IBU's
Didn't realize they were that low. Upped it to 1 oz Hallertauer and .5 oz of East Kent Goldings. Bumped the IBU's up to 19.48
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:35 AM   #5
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The zest and ginger additions sound interesting. I would be worried about losing flavor during the fifteen minute boil. You could add at flameout to ensure the volatile oils are not lost because of the boil.

Are you concerned about clarity? Is there any reason you want to go to secondary aside from clarity? If it were me, I would just leave the beer in primary for four weeks. Less opportunity for oxidation/infection. As long as you are careful when racking to your bottling bucket, the beer should be relatively clear.

Good luck. Let us know how the beer turns out.

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Old 05-26-2011, 04:39 AM   #6
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The zest and ginger additions sound interesting. I would be worried about losing flavor during the fifteen minute boil. You could add at flameout to ensure the volatile oils are not lost because of the boil.

Are you concerned about clarity? Is there any reason you want to go to secondary aside from clarity? If it were me, I would just leave the beer in primary for four weeks. Less opportunity for oxidation/infection. As long as you are careful when racking to your bottling bucket, the beer should be relatively clear.

Good luck. Let us know how the beer turns out.
Would like it to be clear as possible. But I guess I could keep it in the primary.
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Would like it to be clear as possible. But I guess I could keep it in the primary.
It's your call. You could also add Irish moss or whirlfloc.

Either way you will likely have a great beer.
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Switched it to 1 OZ of Hallertauer, .5 Oz East Kent Goldings and I added .5 oz Cascade. Brough the IBU's up to 28.5 which should be evenly balanced for my OG.

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Switched it to 1 OZ of Hallertauer, .5 Oz East Kent Goldings and I added .5 oz Cascade. Brough the IBU's up to 28.5 which should be evenly balanced for my OG.
When I read the recipe, I thought you should make it 1.5 of hallertauer and .5 of ekg. What would that do to the IBUs?
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Definitely add whirlfloc if you want it clear as possible, and do not secondary...waste of energy and increased risks for infections.

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