A pint for Dionysus

December 11, 2013

Red Ale 2013

Filed under: homebrew — Tags: , — grotusque @ 10:46 am

This ale was merely OK. I had attempted to hop this a bit more but it just didn’t bear out. In this case, I blame my own brewing schedule. For some brews, I won’t use my entire stock of hops, so I’ll put them in a plastic bag and keep them in the fridge until I brew next. Sometimes, though weeks can pass before I use them and old hops just aren’t as effective a fresh ones.

The other thing I’ve noticed is that I’ve been reducing the amount of hops I’ve used in my beers. This I blame on bad habit: it used to be that hops came in two ounce packages and now they come in one. So now when I go to put hops in a beer, I have less than I had for the first seven years I spent brewing! Sure, I make it work but the fact of the matter is: I need to pay attention and buy enough of what I need to make a beer work.

Brew date: 10.12.13

Malt:
2 lb 2 row
3 lb pale
1 lb C80
1 lb Vienna
.5 lb C120

Fermentables: 3 lb LME

Hops:
.25 oz Wakuna in preboil
.5 oz Wakuna @ 60
.25 oz Millenium @60
.25 oz Millenium @ 30
.25 oz Mt Hood @ 30
.25 oz Wakuna @30

Yeast: Reuse Wyeast 1813-final use

OG: 1.058

FG: 1.014

2ndary 10.24

ABV: 5.96

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2 Comments »

  1. Where do you buy ingredients?

    Comment by Aaron Hodges — December 11, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

    • Almost always at FH Steinbarts. I may change up the source of my hops, though. One of the last bags I opened had hops of a more yellowish color instead of green. Smell was OK though.

      Comment by grotusque — December 12, 2013 @ 4:33 pm


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