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Old 08-22-2011, 02:38 PM   #1

Recipe Type: Extract   
Yeast: US-05   
Batch Size (Gallons): 5   
Original Gravity: 1.044   
Final Gravity: 1.012   
IBU: 37   
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60   
Color: 14   
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 3 weeks   
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 1 week   
Tasting Notes: Balanced and delicious. Great everyday drinker.   

Since I started brewing I wanted to develop a red ale that wasn't just your typical Irish Red. I wanted it to have an American hop slant to it. After numerous trials (an many errors) I finally nailed it.

This has become my haus brew. It's a session red that everybody who's tried it loves it. It's well-balanced, with a good malt sweetness an APA-like hoppiness.

I'll eventually try to convert this to a PM recipe, but the extract version comes out really nice.

BTW, the label below received honorable mention in BYO's 2011 Homebrew Label Contest.

I've tried this recipe with Briess LME and Northern Brewer LME. The batch where I used Northern Brewer LME (depicted below) was much better in my opinion.

3.15 lbs Amber LME
3.15 lbs Extra Light LME (late addition)
1lb Extrat Light DME
6oz Caramel 80L
3oz Special B
2oz Roasted Barley

1oz Mt Hood (6 AAU) @ 60 min
.5oz Centennials (9.2 AAU) @ 10 min
.5oz Cascades (5.5 AAU) @ 10 min
.5oz Centennials (9.2 AAU) @ 1 min
.5oz Cascades (5.5 AAU) @ 1 min
1oz Centennials (9.2 AAU) Dry-hop (optional)


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Old 08-22-2011, 07:55 PM   #2
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Sep 2007
Corpus, Texas
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sounds great and looks delicious, I love US-05. The name is hilarious, great work on your labels!

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Old 08-23-2011, 10:51 AM   #3

Thanks! The name is sort of poking fun at some of my relatives on my father's side. I recently found out some of them were supporters of the local communist party back in Italy.

I find it funny because many of those same people later came here and adopted (and prospered) under American capitalism. Pretty ironic.

I was originally going to call it Red Scare, but I went with Chairman Meow because all of my other beers are named after my cats in some way.

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Old 09-15-2011, 04:51 PM   #4
Aug 2011
Walnut Creek, CA
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Man, that roasted barley really gives it a nice color! I am brewing a red this weekend that is somewhat similar, but think I am going to give yours a try for my next brew!

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Old 09-16-2011, 09:47 PM   #5
Dec 2010
Lafayette, LA
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Nice house ale is Chairman Meow Pale Ale ;-)

You should never, never doubt what no one is sure of.
-Willy Wonka

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Old 01-15-2013, 03:46 PM   #6
Nov 2012
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Just brewed this. Cant wait to try it. Thanks.

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Old 01-16-2013, 07:14 PM   #7

Originally Posted by btio View Post
Just brewed this. Cant wait to try it. Thanks.
Glad to hear it!

I just brewed an Irish version of this:

6.3lbs Northern Brewer Maris Otter LME (add half at the end of the boil)
6 oz Caramel 80L
4 oz Golden Naked Oats
3 oz Special B
1.5 oz Roasted Barley

Hopped with EKG hops to 25 IBUs
Fermented S-04

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Old 01-17-2013, 12:57 AM   #8
Mar 2012
Clarksville, Tn
Posts: 16

Just the recipe I'm looking to try. I'm sold gonna brew it this weekend.

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Old 06-28-2013, 01:50 AM   #9
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Jun 2012
Port Orchard, Washington
Posts: 227
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Any more reviews on this brew? Looks amazing the wife wants me to brew a red next

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Old 03-04-2014, 02:52 PM   #10
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Jan 2014
Brownsburg, Indiana
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I'm buying the ingredients for this brew today! Where did you make your beer label???

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