Spring is starting to show itself here in Denver. We have had a week of absolutely beautiful weather, and I couldn't be happier. Yesterday I blew a keg, which means I had a free fermenter, which means BREW DAY! Huzzah! So I busted out Beer Smith and worked up this little number.
|Amount||Item||Type||% or IBU|
|4 lbs||Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)||Grain||63.49 %|
|1 lbs||Biscuit Malt (23.0 SRM)||Grain||15.87 %|
|8.0 oz||Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM)||Grain||7.94 %|
|8.0 oz||Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM)||Grain||7.94 %|
|4.8 oz||Carapils (1.6 SRM)||Grain||4.76 %|
|0.30 oz||Amarillo Gold [8.60 %] (60 min)||Hops||14.9 IBU|
|0.20 oz||Amarillo Gold [11.20 %] (45 min)||Hops||11.8 IBU|
|0.30 oz||Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (15 min)||Hops||7.3 IBU|
|0.30 oz||Williamette [4.80 %] (10 min)||Hops||3.0 IBU|
|0.50 oz||Williamette [4.80 %] (5 min)||Hops||2.8 IBU|
I was aiming for an amber ale. No real reason why, except that I had a terrible amber from Breckenridge Brewery the other day called Avalanche Amber. Think amber colored Pabst. Ugh. I guess I did have a reason why... to prove that I can do it better.
I'm not really one to stick to specific style restrictions, but... it will be amber colored, and it sure as hell won't taste like Pabst! I used Amarillo for bittering mainly because it was in the fridge. I have always loved Williamette, and figured this might be a good opportunity to use the two together.
The brew day was very smooth, and I ended up with this beauty
O yea, and good news... 15 bucks til I get a free batch from my LHBS! I feel pretty lucky to not only have a homebrew shop nearby, but to have one that has a kick ass rewards program. Spend x amount and get 15 bucks in beer shiz for free. My batches usually run around $12-14, unless its an IPA, so hell ya. Free beer is good beer.