All-Grain - Bliss Brews Copper Ale
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast Starter: None
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: None
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.052
Final Gravity: 1.012
IBU: Approx 40
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 68-72
Additional Fermentation: none
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): none
Tasting Notes: balanced
6 lbs 2-row pale
3 lbs munich
1 lbs crystal 90L
.5 lbs flaked oats
.5 lbs rye malt
60 minute mash in cooler MLT in 4 gallons of 165 water. Temp stabilized at 155.
temp dropped to 148 ish by completion.
double batch sparge with 4 gallons at 195 (2, 2 gallon runs)
Yielded about 6 gallons
60 minute boil as follows:
Czech saaz: 1 oz 60 mins
Cascade: .5 oz 45 mins
Cascade: .5 oz 30 mins
U.K. Fuggle: .5 oz 30 mins
U.K. Fuggle: .5 oz 15 mins
Irish Moss: 2 pinches 10 mins
Calculated 66% brewhouse efficiency using a grain bag in the cooler instead of a false bottom.
This was my first all-grain and I was going for something like Redhook's Copper Ale but this recipe fits well within the ESB category which I also like a lot so that's where I'm putting it. I wanted to maintain a nice British hops flavor profile throughout the beer without making it overpoweringly bitter, thus the drawn out hops schedule. In terms of color it's spot on. A bright coppery hue that looks awesome. Flavor....don't know, we'll see in a few weeks and I'll update this post.
-Update: This has turned out delicious! A very nice hop flavor profile all the way through the beer. A slight amount of bitterness but not off-putting. Even my dad (who drinks bud light exclusively) said it's very drinkable and has a lot of flavor. It's probably not quite an ESB but I'm not a style queen anyway. Overall I'm pretty proud of this one.
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Secondary: American Light Lager
Bottled: Glücksweizen (closest to an amber wheat I guess).
Kegged: Cream Ale
Upcoming:a Brown Ale, and a Belgian Ale, maybe a Porter.
Last edited by PhlyanPan; 03-18-2009 at 12:43 AM.