A Cascade of Ale


For the first time I was happy with a beer. Not over the moon but satisfied that what I had made I would be willing to let others taste. My clone of Bee Cave APA was successful so I thought I may as well keep a good thing going to stock up for the summer. I have also put most of the APA over kumquats to see what they would do. This turned out great but I’d like a “plain” APA to keep around too. I has also used left over hops from various brews the last time and this time I was using just cascade. Another change was dusting off the immersion chiller so that I could stop chucking bottles of ice into my nice clean beer.

Style: American Pale Ale (18 B)
Est Original Gravity: 1.057 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.015 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.5 %
Bitterness: 37.7 IBUs
Est Color: 8.6 SRM

Ingredients
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
3.50 kg Pale Ale Malt (Muntons) (3.2 SRM) Grain 1 73.7 %
1.00 kg Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 2 21.1 %
0.25 kg Crystal Light 110 (55.8 SRM) Grain 3 5.3 %
30.00 g Cascade [5.50 %] – Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 22.3 IBUs
20.00 g Cascade [5.60 %] – Boil 30.0 min Hop 5 11.7 IBUs
10.00 g Cascade [5.60 %] – Boil 15.0 min Hop 6 3.8 IBUs
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml] Yeast 7

Lotsa grain
Malt Process

  1.  [18:21] Filled pot with 24 liters of water and added
    • 3T of Lactic acid
    • 2t Citric Acid
    • 1 Campden tablet
  2. [18:21]Waited till temp came down to 71℃ and then poured into mash tun along with grains
    • Temperature 68℃
    • 5.5 pH
  3. [19:58] Mashed out after 90 minutes and started the to bring to a boil
    • Temperature 60℃
    • 5.5 pH
    • 21 liters 
    • Pre-boil gravity 1.044 SG
  4. [20:33] 60 minute boil with hop additions
    • 60 minutes: 30g Cascade
    • 30 minutes: 20g Cascade
    • 15 minutes: 10g Cascade
  5. [21:35] Removed from heat and cooled using immersion chiller
  6. [22:03] Temperature 30℃ and pitched US-o5 dreggs from #018
    • Original Gravity: 1.051 SG
    • 5.5 pH

Immersion Chiller up and Running
Fermentation

  • 30/03/16: 18 liters of wort into Better Bottle
    • 18 liters wort

#018 Yeast Cake
Notes

  • Starting using an immersion chiller again which makes a big difference I reckon with getting the beer cold crashed quickly with minimum stuff touching the beer post boil
  • My efficiency is still off by a bit, time to get a grain mill so I can do this myself at home to get the grain finer.

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