Aberdeen Brewery - Session Haus Ale (3.5%), AG
I brewed this a few weeks ago in preparation for a small party at the house. A bunch of the SWMBO’s work friends who have had zero exposure to homebrew were coming over. It was a combination end of summer, back to school (they’re all teachers) BBQ. I whipped up this super easy beer and it was a huge hit. Very lite. Very crisp. Just the right balance of malt and bitterness, low IBU and hop aroma and very reminiscent of a pilsner.
Plus at 3.5%, I felt very comfortable having both taps flowing. I couldn’t wait to brew it again so it’s on deck for this weekend.
If you’re looking for a super easy brew that appeals to all audiences and is a great session ale, this is a can’t miss. If you prefer a hoppier edition, I’d suggest dry hopping an ounce of cascade in the keg or in the secondary.
Batch Size: 11.00 gal
Boil Size: 13.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.040 SG
Estimated Color: 3.8 SRM
Estimated IBU: 19.6 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes
Estimated ABV%: 3.5%
14.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
1.00 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)
1.00 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM)
0.50 oz Simco Hops [12.00%] (60 min)
0.50 oz Pearle [8.00%] (60 min)
0.50 oz Cascade [6.60%] (5 min)
1 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-)
Mash at 153 degrees for 80 minutes.
If you want to do a five gallon batch, simply cut the ingredients in half.
TASTING NOTES: This was a great beer. The SWMBO loves it. Very crisp and low hop aroma. Makes a great simple house beer that any beer lover will like. Great clarity. Good color and nice mild aroma. It comes highly recommended as an AG recipe for someone wanting to brew for a wide audience.
After the secondary fermentation how long did you condition this brew and at what temperature. This sounds like a great recipe. I want to try and brew it soon.
Thanks in advance
I keg, so I force carb’d at 37 degrees and within days it was drinkable and we tapped the keg for company within a week of kegging.
If you bottle, allow the normal 21 days at 70 degrees to carbonate. This is a light ABV beer, so it is very fast from brew, to glass.
The definition of “fresh” beer.
I tried this recipe and just had my first taste and it was great (see picture). I followed your directions and it turned out fantastic. This was my first all grain brew session and exceeded my expectations. I have your SWMBO Slayer - Belgian Blonde in the primary now and can't wait to try a mug of it.
Thanks for sharing.
I'm glad you liked it. It's a staple around here.
Seems to be the first one that people line up for when they come over. Nottoo hoppy. Low-moderate ABV%. And it's a great beer for washing down food.
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I'm having a Halloween party on 10/27 and I want to have a beer ready. I will be brewing this Saturday, 10/06, (if my equipment comes). I just ordered a Bayou Classic SP10 and will be getting a pot and IC from the homebrew store.
So that leaves me 3 weeks from brew day to party, and this sounds like a perfect fit!!!! And not to hard for my first AG!!! WOOOOT!
Dissolve 2 tsps (per five gallon batch) of unflavored gelatin in a cup of water and let sit for 45 minutes. Then heat over stove until almost boiling, or until completely dissolved. Let cool for about 20 minutes. (doesn't have to be completely cooled).
While racking to secondary, about half way through, add the gleatin mix. (No need to agitate any further).
This will greatly enhance the clarity of the beer in the secondary. You should be able to rack to a keg within 2-3 days. Then get the keg chilled and gassed and keep it chilled. You should have enough time to get past the chill haze.
This method is not best for heavy grain bills, but a light beer like this it's great.
Yes, I do keg...just started on my last batch.
I have read about using gelatin, but it freaks me out, lol. What happens to it in the beer? Does it all settle to the bottom? What if you transfer it to the keg, is it safe?
I dont think my burner is gonna get here by this weekend, so I may be screwed...we'll see.
Inflavored gelatin is sold with baking goods in the gorcery store. It's ll food grade.
I'll take that under consideration when I transfer my Canadian Ale to the secondary on Monday. Thanks!!
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