Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: WY 1450
Yeast Starter: Aye
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: 1000ml starter on stir plate
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.038
Final Gravity: 1.009
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 2 weeks
Additional Fermentation: None
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 2 weeks (due to keglessness + need for fermenter)
Tasting Notes: So good that I had to post and share it. It's only fair.
7.00 lb British-style Pale Ale Malt (I used Gambrinus ESB) (4.0 SRM) 81.4 %
0.75 lb Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) 8.7 %
0.50 lb Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM) 5.8 %
0.25 lb 70-80 deg. L - Crystal/Caramel (75.0 SRM) 2.9 %
0.10 lb Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) 1.2 %
0.70 oz Whole - Amarillo [11.20 %] - Boil 60.0 min (26.8 IBUs)
0.50 oz Whole - Willamette [4.20 %] - Boil 10.0 min (2.6 IBUs)
0.50 oz Whole - Centennial [9.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min (5.9 IBUs)
0.50 oz Whole - Willamette [4.20 %] - Boil 0.0 min (0.0 IBUs)
0.50 oz Whole - Centennial [9.50 %] - Boil 0.0 min (0.0 IBUs)
1.0 pkg Denny's Favorite (Wyeast #1450) [1000.00 ml starter]
Est ABV% 3.7%
Measured efficiency 67% (ensure that your recipe is adjusted for your normal efficiency)
First comment: In the interest of full disclosure and props to my LHBS, this is a rye-ified version of Dan Small's (Dan's Homebrewing in Vancouver, Canada) delicious Irish Red recipe.
Rationale: I call this Early Riser since, as a teacher, I have to be up early and be clear-headed to do my job. The days of going to work hungover are long, long gone and a tasty, low gravity ale is exactly what is needed for weekday night quaffing. A few half pints on a school night makes for a great wind-down and an easy morning the next day.
Tasting notes: Smooth, malty flavour with a touch of spiciness and fruit. Malt comes through very well along with the hops - nice bitterness with some present hop flavour and aroma on the nose. Hoppier than a traditional IRA. A nicely balanced pint. The key aspect of this ale is the full-bodiedness from such a low-gravity beer. Certainly a session beer, that's anything but thin, boring and rough around the edges. Quickly becoming my house beer.