Strawberry Alarm Clock v3.0 (Strawberry Blonde)
EDIT: This recipe won a gold medal at Pacific Brewer's Cup 2009.
I ended up with 4.8 gallons of beer in bottles after this process, although on previous batches where I had pureed the strawberries I ended up spot-on 5 gallons. So, maybe the strawberries soaked up some of the volume? I probably will try to get another .25 gallons boil volume next time to account for this.
Recipe: Strawberry Alarm Clock v3.0
TYPE: All Grain
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 6.41 gal
Estimated OG: 1.054 SG
Estimated Color: 4.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 17.1 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes
5.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
4.00 lb White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM)
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 15L (15.0 SRM)
0.50 lb Wheat, Flaked (1.6 SRM)
0.25 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
1.00 oz Willamette [4.80 %] (60 min)
0.50 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min)
4.00 lb Strawberries (Secondary 3.0 weeks)
1 Pkgs SafAle English Ale (DCL Yeast #S-04) Yeast-Ale
Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body
Total Grain Weight: 10.25 lb
Single Infusion, Light Body
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
75 min Mash In Add 12.81 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F
10 min Mash Out Add 8.20 qt of water at 196.6 F 168.0 F
Sparge with 2.64 gallons 168.0 F water.
Base Style Blonde Ale 6B.
Transferred Strawberry Alarm Clock brewed on 6/27/2009 to secondary. Added 4 pounds of washed, halved, and frozen strawberries in a paint strainer bag to secondary, and racked on top of that.
Hydrometer reading: 1.012
Refractometer: 6.4 Brix
Estimated FG 1.012
Removed halved strawberries (in paint strainer bag) from secondary, and added 1 packet of gelatin dissolved in 1 cup water, stirring gently with whisk.
Hydrometer reading: 1.010
Started cold crash from room temp (~72F). Used frozen PET water bottles and ~1LB ice blocks from tupperware to bring cooler temp down, swapping out when ice is depleted.
morning temp is 41F, added 4 ice blocks + 8 PET bottles, by afternoon temp was at 35F and held steady.
morning temp went back up to 40F overnight, but quickly cooled to 35.
temp still at 35F, pulled out of cold bath and transferred to bottling bucket at 3:30pm.
There was a very thin white layer of what looked like possible lactobacillus floating on surface of fermenter, but no off flavors whatsoever.
Dissolved/boiled 4.0oz of cane sugar in 1 cup water to prime about 4.8 gallons of beer.
Sample read 1.010 @60F
Sample clarity is very good although not crystal clear.
Strong strawberry aroma, with excellent smooth blonde ale flavor and only a hint of strawberry.
I pulled out a few bottles of this and put them in the fridge to bring to a homebrew club meeting this evening. Good clarity, great head and lacing. The initial aroma smells intensely of strawberries. The flavor is smooth with just a tiny bit of tartness from the strawberries that gives the beer a crisp finish.
Sounds pretty good. Might have to make this for the wifey!
I am down to my last few bottles of this. It is a really delicious brew, and I'm trying to figure out how to work another batch of this into my pipeline.
Bump. I just found this beer is listed in 1st place under Fruit Beers for Pacific Brewer's Cup 2009.
This may be a dumb question but how did you get roughly 6.5 pre boil with only 21 quarts of mash/sparge water. Did you add water to the boil kettle?
Would you happen to have a similar extract version of this beer? SWMBO has been requesting a strawberry blonde and this seems to be the winner.
I'll see if I can dig up an extract version. The original version of this was an extract recipe, but that was before I had Beer Smith and I don't think I have that recipe saved. However, it shouldn't be too hard for me to work backwards from what I've got now and come up with something.
OK, substitutions for extract version!
Using DME (preferred):
3.0 lbs Extra light DME
3.0 lbs Wheat DME
0.25 lbs Cara-Pils (steep @165 F)
3.5 lbs Pale LME
3.5 lbs Wheat LME
0.25 lbs Cara-Pils (steep @165 F)
I would say the dry extract version is preferred to get a lighter color and hopefully lighter body as well.
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