Irish Red but Hopped Up
10 lbs Marris Otter
2 lb Carared
1 lb flaked barley
8 oz Carastan
8 oz medium crystal 40 L
1 oz chocolate malt 625 L
1 oz Fuggles, 60 minutes 4.2 alpha, 2.5 beta
1 oz Fuggles, 30 minutes 4.2 alpha, 2.5 beta
1 oz Fuggles, 15 minutes 4.2 alpha, 2.5 beta
1 oz Fuggles, 5 minutes 4.2 alpha, 2.5 beta
Mashed grains at 153 degrees for 90 minutes. Total boil time was 60 minutes with the hop schedule above and 1 tsp of Irish moss at 15 minutes before the end of the boil. Primary fermentation volume was 6 gallons.
HERE'S THE TRICK! Racked into two 3-gallon secondary carboys. In one, I dry hopped with 1 oz Fuggles leaf hops. In the other, 3 oz of Willamette pellets. This link shows the two carboys and discusses an issue I thought I was having (cold crashing DID fix the perceived cloudiness).
The beer was AMAZING! It had the malt profile of Killians Irish Red but with hops. It had a great hop aroma and flavor, but was NOT too bitter! Some friends said it was the best homebrew they had ever had.
The two pictures show the great red color. The Fuggles one (left) is cloudy only because the sediment found its way into the pour. The beer cleared up nicely. The Willamette one (right) has a much more pronounced hop aroma and flavor.
I am making it again.
Sounds delicious!! I am going to brew a red again soon, and the last one was a bit hopped up. Everyone loved it, and your recipe sounds even better ;)
Your recipe caught my attention. I see a lot of hop additions. Was it really bitter like an IPA or well balanced?
Recipe looks great and pics look even better! Never used Carared, but I think the next time I make a red I'm going to get some 🍻
Not sure what those numbers and letters mean... Ghost in the machine??
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