This started out to be a replica of Jamil's Red Rocket Amber clone. But, I made a few changes like adding the golden naked oats, and reducing the basemalt. I wanted a malty rich mouthfeel, to balance out the hops, so I used Wyeast special release, Denny's Favorite 50. That worked! It's a malty, rich, hoppy beer. It's either a hoppy and slightly higher OG American amber, or it's a too-dark malty American pale ale. In short, it's my husband's new favorite beer! We were looking for a balanced APA, with plenty of hops but with a nice creamy and slightly sweet finish like an amber. As Bob just described it- "the perfect beer".
10 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 73.38 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 7.34 %
1 lbs Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 7.34 %
8.0 oz Biscuit Malt (23.0 SRM) Grain 3.67 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 3.67 %
8.0 oz Golden Naked Oats (6.0 SRM) Grain 3.67 %
2.0 oz Chocolate malt (pale) (200.0 SRM) Grain 0.93 %
1.00 oz Magnum [13.40 %] (60 min) Hops 38.2 IBU
1.00 oz Centennial [9.60 %] (10 min) Hops 11.0 IBU
1.00 oz Cascade [8.00 %] (10 min) Hops 9.2 IBU
1.00 oz Cascade [8.00 %] (0 min) Hops -
1.00 oz Centennial [9.60 %] (0 min) Hops -
1.05 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Denny's Favorite (Wyeast Labs #1450PC) [with a starter]
60 minute mash at 152. Boil for 60 minutes. Ferment cool (64-66 degrees).
The water profile was a high carbonate water. My tap water was mixed 50/50 with RO water, so the water profile is like this:
Ca Mg Na SO4 Cl HCO3
29 13 4.5 7.5 7 114
I didn't add any salts- I thought about gypsum, but my records don't show any additions.
Anyway, this beer is terrific!