Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast Starter: yes
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: no
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.055
Final Gravity: 1.010
Boiling Time (Minutes): 6
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7 @ 60
Additional Fermentation: no
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14 @ 40
Tasting Notes: Tasty
This is my red house red ale. It's not really an Irish Red due to yeast/hops but I call it one since did this trying to appeal to my Killians-drinking friends. This was difficult due to the fact that I've never drank Killians.
6 lb 2 row
4 lb munich dark (weyermann munich II 8-10L)
1/4 lb caramunich 45
1/4 lb crystal 120
Mash @ 150 for 70 minutes. I got 86% efficiency on this, best I've ever gotten!
hops: (all about 5% aa, don't recall the specifics)
1/2 oz kent golding @ 60
1/2 oz kent golding @ 30
1/2 oz kent golding @ 15
1/2 oz kent golding @ 5
I used pacman yeast that I built up out of a couple rogue shakespeare stout 22oz bombers but if you don't have access to this your standard 1056, safale us-05 etc. are what to go for. I wanted a really clean, lager-like taste.
Fermented as low as I could get it (hot in my apartment, but was able to keep it around 60 or so). Once primary fermentation was over, I waited a day or two to make sure, then kegged it and put it in the fridge at 40 on gas. Tried it yesterday after about 2 or 3 weeks of conditioning and it is very tasty. Very, very clean taste to it. The kent goldings hops shine through in a very balanced way and complement the munich sweetness very well. The only disappointment to me is that the color isn't as boldly red as I expected-- it's more of a "dirty water" red.
For a beer that I brewed with intent to satisfy my miller lite loving friends, I think I really outdid myself. This will definitely be my house ale for some time.
Future modifications I might try are replacing the dark munich with "regular" munich, using pilsener malt instead of 2-row, and trying this with a bavarian lager yeast. But this beer definitely does not need improvement to taste great.