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The Experiment 4: the irish side

irish ale in carboyThis is the pale ale I made using Irish ale yeast. In contrast to the one with Belgian yeast, I also added a handful of Golding hops as well, because I wanted to give this beer something other than malt to work with. Irish ale yeast being very clean, I was afraid that the beer might come out bland.

The picture isn’t the best–the beer is much lighter looking than the photo suggests but the beer has been bottled now so there ought to be results next week on how it came out!

The other differences in the beer are in the Terminal Gravities: the Belgian had one of 1.011 and the Irish 1.016.

I don’t think there’s much difference in the ABV really but I figure that by noting even the small differences, I’ll know more about what happened with each beer.

The experiment pt 2

I’ve had a chance to brew the second beer in this project and so now is a good time to post the recipes. The Belgian ale:

Steeping Grains
10.5 oz C-20
12 oz red wheat
9 oz Munich

Malts
7 lb LME

Hops
2 oz Santitam pellets @ 60
.5 oz Golding @ 60
.5 oz Ahtanum @ 15
1/4 cup camomille tea

Yeast
Third and final use Wyeast 3499

OG
1.06

And the Irish Ale:

Steeping Grains
10.5 oz C-20
12 oz red wheat
9 oz Munich

Malts
7 lb LME

Hops
.5 oz Golding @ 60
.5 oz Ahtanum @ 15

Yeast
White Labs P-002

OG
1.06

So the recipes are nearly identical-some hop pellets I wasn’t able to add, the tea which didn’t belong in the second batch and the yeasts are different. The beers have both been progressing nicely so it should be interesting to see how they compare.

The Experiment, part 1

belgian paleThis is a shot of the first of two beers I’m going to make. The idea is to make two beers with the same (or nearly identical) ingredients, with the exception of the yeast.

This beer is using a Belgian yeast, the next one will be an Irish Ale yeast and the ingredients are a bit more on the pale side, and I’ll be listing them soon. But I’ve been wondering about what to do next that might be fun to write about, so let’s see what happens yes?