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bigdaddybrew 10-08-2012 05:40 PM

Donovan's Irish Sunset
88% 8 lbs Maris Otter
5.5% 1/2 lbs 80L Crystal
5.5% 1/2 lbs 20L Carared
1% 1/8 lbs Roasted Barley

1 tsp Irish Moss last 15 minutes of boil

1 oz of Kent Goldings Hops pellets for 60 min

1/8 tsp Chalk
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1 1/2 tsp Gypsum
1/4 tsp Epsom
1 tsp Salt
Add minerals to a pint of Club soda to dissolve then add to 8 gallons of Reverse Osmosis water.

pre-heated mash tun with 5 gallons of hot tap water, drained
4 gallons of strike water at 160f
Mashed for 60 minutes at 150f, drained
Batch sparge 2 gallons at 180f, stirred, waited 10 minutes, drained
Batch sparge 2 gallons at 170, stirred, waited 10 minutes, drained

80% efficiency
5.125 galons in the Primary

Beautiful amber/red color, just enough hops to balance the caramel sweetness, toastiness from the maris and a hint of roasted barley, creamy head with good retention, some lacing. Delicious Irish Red.

bigdaddybrew 10-08-2012 06:13 PM

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bobby4 11-23-2012 12:19 AM

That is a nice looking beer! I just did my first all-grain with a very similar recipe, but a bit darker. I may try yours next time :)

bigdaddybrew 11-23-2012 03:21 AM

It was very smooth and delicious. I might add 2 more ounces of roasted barley next time for a little more of that irish roasted flavor. Took my corny to a pig roast and they drank it all. First time thats happened for me. Maybe I should leave the recipe alone.

kombat 01-02-2013 03:14 PM

I brewed this back in mid-November. I cold crashed it mid-December and followed-up with gelatin. It went into the keg on Dec. 19. At that time, I took a small sample. I was a little discouraged with the flavor, but nevertheless left it to carbonate over the Christmas break while I was out of town.

I came home last night and tasted another sample (now that it's carbonated), and wow, what a difference! It tastes fantastic. It definitely evokes a flavor profile similar to Smithwick's, in my opinion. The carbonation still has a little ways to go (I think I overfilled the keg), and the colour is a little too light to be considered a true "red," but overall, this is one of the best beers I've brewed to date.

Thanks for the recipe!

bigdaddybrew 01-10-2013 11:42 AM

I'm gald you liked the recipe. It is a little light for a red. Was yours lighter than mine? I find it very smooth and chuggable. This is on my brew rotation. Happy New Year!

kombat 01-10-2013 12:39 PM

Mine is actually a little bit lighter than an IPA I brewed at the same time. I reused the yeast and just brewed a different red recipe (Saccharomyces' recipe in the Scottish and Irish Ale recipe database), which has 3 times as much roasted malt, so I can compare the two. But so far Donovan's has gotten rave reviews from everyone I've shared it with. :)

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