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!