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Location
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Recipe Type
All Grain
Yeast
SO-5
Yeast Starter
NO
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter
NO
Batch Size (Gallons)
5
Original Gravity
1.052
Final Gravity
1.016
Boiling Time (Minutes)
60
IBU
35.5
Color
14.7
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp)
21
Tasting Notes
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Ambers are my favorite style and I've been working on a standard house version. I think I've finally got it. I threw a little party over the weekend with bottles of all my favorite commercial beers plus three homebrews on tap. This was the most popular of all by far.

It's got a nice rich caramel flavor, a little toffee and is just malty enough. The hops balance the sweetness perfectly. If I do any tweaking next time, I may bump the Munich up a notch just to see what happens.

My efficiency was not great with this batch, but the flavors are awesome.

OOPS! - yeast is US-05.

Almaden House Amber
American Amber Ale


Type: All Grain
Date: 10/11/2008
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Brewer: Quicksilver Home Brewery
Boil Size: 7.00 gal
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Brew Pot (7.5 gal) and Cooler (50 qt)
Brewhouse Efficiency: 65.40


Ingredients

Amount Item Type % or IBU
8 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) UK (3.0 SRM) Grain 71.11 %
1 lbs Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 8.89 %
1 lbs Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 8.89 %
12.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 6.67 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 4.44 %
0.50 oz Centennial [8.80 %] (60 min) (First Wort Hop) Hops 17.5 IBU
0.25 oz Centennial [8.80 %] (20 min) Hops 4.8 IBU
0.25 oz Amarillo Gold [6.75 %] (20 min) Hops 3.7 IBU
0.25 oz Centennial [8.80 %] (15 min) Hops 3.9 IBU
0.25 oz Amarillo Gold [6.75 %] (15 min) Hops 3.0 IBU
0.25 oz Amarillo Gold [6.75 %] (10 min) Hops 2.2 IBU
0.10 oz Amarillo Gold [6.75 %] (3 min) Hops 0.3 IBU
1.00 tsp Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 min) Misc
1.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Safale (Fermentis #US-56) Yeast-Ale



Beer Profile

Measured Original Gravity: 1.052 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.016 SG
Actual Alcohol by Vol: 4.69 %
Bitterness: 35.5 IBU Calories: 233 cal/pint
Est Color: 14.7 SRM Color:
 

Smits07

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Looking for a good house amber All Grain recipe. I'm gonna give this a try next week. Looking forward to it. Just one quick question. Only done a few All Grain batches so far. Is there a point in have crystal 60 and crystal 120 in a recipe? Wouldn't just keeping it simpler by only using Crystal 90 be pretty much the same?
 

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Do not make the mistake of only looking at the color the grain provides. Each crystal has a distinct flavor. You cannot replace white chocolate and dark chocolate with milk chocolate; it would not taste the same.
 

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