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Old 04-09-2009, 04:12 PM   #1
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Well, I am not really sure what style it is or what it should be called, but I brewed my latest batch yesterday. At this point, all I am really concerned about is whether or not it will taste good. I have never really been too concerned with staying within specific style guidelines, so we shall see what happens. Here is the recipe:

Boil Volume: 4 gal
Batch Volume: 5 gal
Boil Time: 1 hr

3.75lbs Coopers Australian Lager LME
3.3lbs Coopers Light LME
0.5oz Cascade (7.4% AA) @ 60 min
0.5oz Cascade (7.4% AA) @ 30 min
0.5oz Hallertauer (4% AA) @ 5 min
1 tsp Irish Moss @ 10 min
Yeast: Coopers Dry Ale Yeast (2 x 7.0g packets rehydrated in 500mL purified water)

It certainly isn't light in color which I have a feeling is due to the extended partial boil. I actually kinda like the little bit of carmelization flavor that is a result of this, but it is more a light amber than straw yellow. I also used some hop bags for the first time on this batch. What a time saver! I will never use loose hops in the boil again. I thought about dry-hopping on this one, but I think that the schedule above should provide plenty of IBUs for the recipe.

As I type this, it sits upstairs in my bathtub that I filled with water to help maintain a more consistent temperature (about 68F). It started bubbling away after only 8 hours, so healthy yeast are having fun in there. The plan is to go for my typical 10-day primary followed by two weeks of bottle conditioning at room temperature. I can't wait to taste this one. Cheers!


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I'm sure that will be good. I made the same thing without the extra hops - just the Cooper's LME and it was great.


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I'd call this a pale ale of some sort - your prioritization of flavor over style is right on the money, I think. With the heavy emphasis on Australian ingredients, how about Boomerang Pale Ale (they keep on coming back for more...).

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I gotta tell ya. For such a simple little recipe I think that it is one of the best I have made to-date. I think if I make something like it again I will use another ounce or so of Cascade for bittering, but me thinks this wasn't a bad batch.
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