Home Brew Forums > Recipe Database > HomeBrewTalk.com Recipe Database > Scottish and Irish Ale > All-Grain - Caffrey's Irish Ale clone

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-16-2010, 06:12 AM   #1
Captain_Bigelow
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 834
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts

Default All-Grain - Caffrey's Irish Ale clone

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Wyeast London Ale 1028
Yeast Starter: Yes
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.047
Final Gravity: 1.011
IBU: 27.1
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 2 weeks @ 65-72
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 4-6 weeks @ 65-72
Tasting Notes: Smooth creamy caramel flavor.

This is my first recipe which I have posted on this forum. Caffrey's was one of my favorite beers in the UK before I moved to the USA. Unfortunately Coors bought the brewery which makes Caffrey's and canceled export to the USA a few years back.

This beer is kind of a hybrid. On CO2 it is a basic English bitter. But add your Nitrogen (beer gas) and you have your creamy tasting Irish ale.

If you have a stout faucet and looking for something lighter than a regular stout I recommend this. I have not had a real Caffrey's for several years, so can not comment on the taste compared to the original, but believe it is pretty similar.

It is very smooth and has a creamy caramel flavor. There is also some fruitiness from the 1028 yeast used.

Ingredients
9lb 8oz Maris Otter
7oz Crystal 60L
3oz Torrified Wheat
2oz Chocolate Malt

0.75oz Northern Brewer 9.7% - 60 mins
0.25oz East Kent Goldings 6.5% - 60 mins

1 Pkgs London Ale (Wyeast 1028)

Mash for 60 mins at 153

Boil for 60 mins

__________________
Captain_Bigelow is offline  
CGJesse Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-17-2010, 08:00 PM   #2
Teaman
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Valley Of The Sun
Posts: 155
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default


Sweet. Thanks for the post. I will try this one. I used to get Caffreys at the bars here but then.... poof. As you said. I'll give it a go!

__________________
Next Brew: Cascades Orange Pale Ale
Primary: Indus IPA
Secondary: Belhaven 80 Shilling
Carbing Up: Simply Hefe
On Tap: Fat Tire, Watneys Cream Stout, Bombshell Blonde
Teaman is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-20-2010, 07:03 PM   #3
Roudy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Snellville, GA
Posts: 31
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default


I used to love Caffrey's - fell in love with it in some pubs in Wales and Ireland. Bitterly disappointed in Coors about discontinuing it here in order to support their Killian's swill. I've written them twice about making it available in the U.S. I'm going to try this soon. I make almost exclusively IPA's and IIPA's, but I love the "quaff-ability" of a true Irish Ale.

__________________
Roudy is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-20-2010, 07:17 PM   #4
brrman
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 1,481
Liked 39 Times on 34 Posts
Likes Given: 24

Default


VERY glad you posted this! I have been searching for a proven Caffrey's clone for a long time.

__________________
* My Bar Build
8-Paws Brewing Co.
Tap 1:. Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout
Tap 2:. Heavenly Scourge Black IIPA
.
Primary:. Sycamore Porter, Scottish Ale
brrman is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-21-2010, 12:33 AM   #5
Captain_Bigelow
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 834
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts

Default


I am interested to hear your guys feedback. The color is darker than the real thing, but I like the taste. I found that this beer really gets better with age. I would recommend that you leave it at least 6 weeks before kegging.

Also like I said in my original post, the key to this recipe is the nitrogen set-up. Without it, you won't have anything similar to the original.

__________________
Captain_Bigelow is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-01-2011, 02:52 AM   #6
boxerbrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Michigan
Posts: 63
Default


just finishing the last one. I used WLP 004 and a little more chocolate malt. Was good though. Definitely on the repeat list. This ones an easy drinker.......very close to a mild.

__________________
boxerbrew is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-23-2011, 02:59 PM   #7
maltoftheearth
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
maltoftheearth's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Carthage
Posts: 499
Liked 11 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 20

Default


Wow, I am so happy to have found this. Makes me think that a nitrogen setup is something to try.

I first tasted McCaffrey's about a month before it disappeared from a local pub in Charlottesville, VA. It was a fantastic beer, I enjoyed two long nights of session drinking with it and went back for a third and it was gone forever. Definitely next on my list of what to brew.

__________________

Brewed in 2014: Rye IPA, Honey Sage Ale, Belgian Golden Strong, California Common, Bavarian Style Lager, Weizen, Coffee Stout, Gruit, Gale Ale, Isle of Skye Golden clone, Oktoberfest, Rauchbier, Alpha Male IPA & Chocolate Pepper Stout.

maltoftheearth is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-23-2011, 09:59 PM   #8
Captain_Bigelow
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 834
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts

Default


I have to brew me another batch of this soon, it's been almost 6 months.

__________________
Captain_Bigelow is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-02-2011, 02:53 PM   #9
maltoftheearth
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
maltoftheearth's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Carthage
Posts: 499
Liked 11 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 20

Default


Bumpity bump -- brewed this yesterday and it was smelling fantastic. That 1028 has a heck of an initial fermentation, am counting down the days to enjoying this great beer once again!

__________________

Brewed in 2014: Rye IPA, Honey Sage Ale, Belgian Golden Strong, California Common, Bavarian Style Lager, Weizen, Coffee Stout, Gruit, Gale Ale, Isle of Skye Golden clone, Oktoberfest, Rauchbier, Alpha Male IPA & Chocolate Pepper Stout.

maltoftheearth is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2011, 12:16 AM   #10
dogunter
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Santa Fe
Posts: 3
Default


We just returned from a trip to the UK and I brought 8 nitrogen-pack cans of Caffreys back with me. We also found it on tap while there and I fell in love with it all over again. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe on my next brew day and seeing how it compares. Thanks for posting this!

__________________
dogunter is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
St Fuad's Irish Red Pumbaa Scottish and Irish Ale 73 02-20-2014 04:57 PM
All-Grain - Big O. Irish Red Ale johnodon Scottish and Irish Ale 1 09-25-2013 05:32 PM
All-Grain - Gremlyn's Irish Red Gremlyn Scottish and Irish Ale 9 11-21-2011 09:00 PM
All-Grain - Red Coat Irish CheemsAF Scottish and Irish Ale 0 05-02-2010 06:50 AM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS