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cuinrearview 12-14-2008 12:53 AM

Gumballhead inspired WPA
 
1lb. Caravienne(now called Belgian Cara-20)
1lb. 2-row
1lb. White Wheat
5lb. Briess Wheat DME
.5oz Amarillo whole (9.8 AA, 60 min.)
.5oz Amarillo whole (9.8 AA, 15 min.)
.5oz Amarillo whole (9.8 AA, 5 min.)
.5oz Amarillo whole (9.8 AA, flameout)
1oz Amarillo whole (9.8 AA, dry-hop)
1oz Simcoe pellet (12.1 AA, dry-hop)

Safale-05 fermented as noted

I mashed the grains in a pot with a gallon of water for an hour at 152 and then dumped through a strainer into the brewpot, followed by another gallon of water as a sparge. I called this an extract recipe because it can be done with household items. A steeper could just steep the caravienne and add a half pound more of DME to the boil.
This was my first experience with the "simarillo" dry-hop combination, and it is a winner. Big grapefruit aroma with the same flavor and a finish of tangerine. This is a very drinkable summer session beer for the lupomaniacs among us, but it will be a staple at my house year-round. I made this with Spartan Spring water and primaried as cool as I can, around 62-64 degrees. When it went to secondary it was pretty much ambient in my house.

I've already drank 1/3 of my first batch with less than two weeks in the bottle. The big hop blast is already fading.


Enjoy!! If anyone has access to Gumballhead I'm up for an exchange to compare. I realize that the real thing uses only amarillo, that is why I'm interested in tasting it.

Grain bill for the AG crowd. All hop additions are the same since this was a full boil originally.

5lbs. Wheat malt
3.5lbs. 2-row
1lb. Caravienne(now called Belgian Cara-20)

Mash at 152

OG 1.051
FG 1.012

eriktlupus 12-14-2008 01:31 AM

i've got the sample in the glass now cu. w

aroma: wow the hops reach out of the glass and smack ya inthe nose. citrus from the holy land, tangerine mix with grapefruit is what i'm getting

appearance: a hazy golden yellow reminescent of oberon. nice head on the pour with a fine lacing that is sticking around well.

taste: grapefruit upfront with a limelike back of the tongue bite.

mouthfeel: well carbed gives a nice round feel to this. not sure if i could drink more than a couple though, little too much carb fills ya up:D

overall: i like this, the only change i can see is to maybe drop the primiung down a 1/4 or 1/2 volume. i'll be converting this to an AG recipe i believe.



ps glad the amarillo went to a good cause:D:rockin:

cuinrearview 12-14-2008 11:15 AM

Glad you enjoyed it Erik. I didn't account for the batch being a little short to bottles due to all of the leaf hops in the kettle and in secondary when I primed it with the full 5 oz. of priming sugar.

ftlstrings 02-11-2009 12:02 AM

This does look interesting. Maybe closer to the spring/summer I'll have to get this on tap.

:tank:~M~:tank:

nickwin 05-08-2009 07:40 PM

what to do with grains
 
Are the grains in this recipe for steeping, or is this a partial mash recipe? I was under the impression that 2-row and white wheat were must mash grains. Would I be missing much if I made this without the White wheat and 2 row?

eriktlupus 05-09-2009 02:53 AM

when you steep with 2row it will convert and in essence you are mashing it.

cuinrearview 05-11-2009 02:31 AM

Thanks for the pickup erik. I feel that the key grain here is the caravienne. It adds a candy-like sweetness to the citrus flavor in the back of your throat. This one will act on the beer whether steeped or mashed. I'm kind of in a "want to do AG" rut and will make a mini-mash with the grains just because it makes me feel like I have a bit more control. You could either steep a lb. of caravienne and add ~.5 lb. wheat DME or mash the three lbs. of grain at 152 for an hour. I've switched to pellet amarillo for the last three batches because I liked this beer so much I bought a pound but will switch back to leaf after that because there's just a little teeny something missing in the finish.

Some may say that this is too sweet to be a summer beer, but the FG doesn't lie. I'm anxiously awaiting someone to brew this. This beer will take summer OVER!.............sorry.

Damonic 05-11-2009 08:21 PM

Another tasty sounding brew added to my list....

cuinrearview 05-12-2009 10:20 PM

This evening on the deck, and a pitch for my favorite local.

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x...w/DSC00755.jpg

nickwin 06-03-2009 10:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cuinrearview (Post 1314569)
Thanks for the pickup erik. I feel that the key grain here is the caravienne. It adds a candy-like sweetness to the citrus flavor in the back of your throat. This one will act on the beer whether steeped or mashed. I'm kind of in a "want to do AG" rut and will make a mini-mash with the grains just because it makes me feel like I have a bit more control. You could either steep a lb. of caravienne and add ~.5 lb. wheat DME or mash the three lbs. of grain at 152 for an hour. I've switched to pellet amarillo for the last three batches because I liked this beer so much I bought a pound but will switch back to leaf after that because there's just a little teeny something missing in the finish.

Some may say that this is too sweet to be a summer beer, but the FG doesn't lie. I'm anxiously awaiting someone to brew this. This beer will take summer OVER!.............sorry.

Thanks for the tips, I cant wait to try this one out. :mug:


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