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Old 04-23-2013, 06:51 AM   #1
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Default Bittersweet Symphony (Honey Ginger Amber)

Recipe Type: Extract
Yeast: WLP001, White Labs Cal Ale
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.053
Final Gravity: 1.018
IBU: 25
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: dark amber
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14 days @ 70F
Additional Fermentation: dry hop
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7 days
Tasting Notes: Huge hop nose with honey mingling with caramel and ginger sparkling in the taste

This is an amber version of uknowwh00's Honey Ginger "IPA".
The honey definitely comes through in this beer and melds nicely with the toasty caramel from the munich malt. I didn't get as much ginger flavor with this one as my previous attempt but it's still there, the carbonation makes it almost effervescent. Although the hops are huge in the aroma (at least initially), the beer itself is not very bitter, letting the sweet flavors through.
I sought out advice from people who know more than me when crafting this beer and the results are in the beer.

Steeping grains: steep @ 155F for 25 min
2# crystal 80L
0.5# carapils

1oz Cluster pellets (60 min)
3# golden light DME (45 min)
3.3# Munich malt LME (45 min)
1oz cluster pellets (30 min)
18oz raw clover honey (15 min)
5oz peeled, shredded/grated ginger (15 min)
1oz hallertau pellets (2 min)

Primary: 14 days with WLP001 (single vial)

Secondary: 7 days dry hop
2oz citra pellets
2oz centennial pellets
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