Here's what I did for my Gingered Ale:
7018 - Gingered Ale
Brewer: Bill Elwell
Beer: 7018 - Gingered Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Size: 5.25 gallons
Color: 7 HCU (~6 SRM)
Bitterness: 9 IBU
Alcohol: 4.4% v/v (3.5% w/w) (ACTUAL: 4.095% ABW / 5.119%ABV)
Water: Same procedure as always - 4 gal of PUR filtered tap water in the freezer for 4-5 hours prior to brewing.
Boil: 60 minutes
SG 1.162 @ 1.5 gallons
5 lb. Extra Light DME
8 oz. Wheat DME
1.4 oz grated Ginger (I forgot the Irish Moss)
.5 oz. Cascade (5.8% AA, 60 min.)
.5 oz. Cascade (5.8% AA, 30 min.)
.5 oz. Cascade (5.8% AA, 15 min.)
3rd generation Safale-56, dated 3/07.
BREW DATE: 25 May 07
Warm 1.5 gals of water.
Add and dissolve 1 lb XLDME and .5 oz of hops.
Boil 30 mins.
Add another .5 oz hops
Boil 15 mins. Remove from heat.
Add and dissolve .5 lb (8 oz) Wheat DME, 4 lbs XLDME, 1.4 oz Ginger, and .5 oz hops.
Let steep for 15 mins.
Sparge hops and ginger on way to primary and top off to 5.25 gals.
Sample tastes spicy, hoppy. Some ginger flavor comes through. Pitch yeast.
2 Jun 07: Temp: 55 / Gravity: 1.011 – 1 = 1,010. Racked to secondary. Nice ginger flavor comes through. Light color and good body. Washed yeast.
4 Jun 07: Same notes as above. Kegged. No priming solution. Gassed up to 20 psi to check for leaks.
30 Oct 07: This brew is still cloudy, but getting there. The ginger flavor comes through nicely. Definitely ginger. Some bite still comes through, but it is quite drinkable. Gassed up again to about 10 psi.
10 Mar 08: Gassed up to 30 psi.
11 Mar 08: Sampled a glass. This brew is very smooth, light ginger flavored and well balanced. Not harsh in any way. Very pleasant. All bite is gone. This is ready to share with others without fear. I like it.
1 Aug 08: I placed the keg on tap.
16 Aug 08: The beer has been on tap for 2 weeks, but I have been on travel most of that time. The brew has a very subtle flavor to it that is very enjoyable (to me). I only used 1.4 oz of ginger, but there is another recipe on HBT that uses 40 oz!! I think it’s a waste of ginger…but then I haven’t tasted it either.