First beer I've kegged. Did some modifications to it for a 5.5 gallon batch after reading Yooper's notes on it and some articles online. A little Victory malt, an extra ounces of NB, and a more micromanaged hopping schedule that I usually do.
10# Breiss 2-row
1# Crystal 60L
Mash at 150F for 60 minutes
90 minute boil because something happened with the mash and the grains decided to release an extra gallon of wort from what I normally calculate.
1oz Northern Brewer (60 min)
0.5oz Northern Brewer (20 min)
0.5oz Northern Brewer, 1 Irish Moss tablet (15 min)
0.5oz Northern Brewer (10 min)
0.5oz Northern Brewer (5 min)
Continually hopped with things falling out of the flowering tree above the kettle
Wyeast 2112 at ~65 (did this in the bedroom with the AC 'set to 65', entered a heat-wave at about that time) for three weeks
Crisp, light, airy with almost citrusy tones to it upfront (need more experience with defining hop flavors) and some definite hop bite around the back. Kind of gets me thinking about doing a lager or two in the winter (Baltic Porter with San Fran yeast would be awesome). Drinking it out of a tulip glass gives a nose-full of that good Northern Brewer aroma. A little bit of breadiness but also maybe some caramel - the 90 minute boil didn't darken the nice orange color to it.
I seem to be having a chill haze problem or I'm pulling yeast off the bottom of the keg. When I did the boil, I didn't get any hot break so that seemed kind of weird.
Very nice, I'll have to pick up a pack of Anchor Steam to compare it to but this worked out as well as my 3F Alpha King clone that I pulled off HBT. American Pale Ale and it's like-minded brethren are definitely my favorite style to date. If I can convince the lady that it's similar to Blue Moon this might be the first beer I put into rotation.
I'll be out of town for a few weeks this month so we'll see what it becomes while I'm away. With three weeks in primary and one in the keg with a one day forced carbonation process it seems like this could still be quite green.
Enter the Labrewtory.
In Progress: Winter Siege ESB (Oak+Brett C)
On Tap: Homewrecker Bitter, Akron Fog (steam beer), Huckel's Yule (Xmas IRA), Winter Siege ESB
Planning: Deception Coffee Stout