Back at it with a red ale

Friday, November 09, 2007

Back at it with a red ale

So after an election week break (I hope everyone went out and voted!) we are back in business. We decided that this week we were going to brew up a nice hoppy American Red Ale. We were going for something along the lines of a fat tire red ale and a few others we saw.

Listed below is the 10 gallon recipe we came up with:

Recipe Specifications
Batch Size: 10.00 gal
Boil Size: 12.55 gal
Estimated OG: 1.054 SG
Estimated Color: 12.3 SRM
Estimated IBU: 38.6 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 59.0 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes


18.50 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 72.1 %
3.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 13.6 %
3.50 lb Munich Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 13.6 %
0.15 lb Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM) Grain 0.6 %
4.00 oz Goldings, B.C. [5.00%] (60 min) Hops 36.6 IBU
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50%] (5 min) Hops 2.0 IBU
1.00 oz Centenial [5.00%] (Dry Hop 8 days) Hops -
1 Pkgs London Ale (Wyeast Labs #1028) Yeast-Ale

Mash Schedule: My Mash
Total Grain Weight: 25.65 lb
Name Description Step Temp Step Time
Step Add 9.62 gal of water at 168.4 F158.0 F 70 min
Mashout Heat to 168.0 F over 2 min 168.0 F 10 min

This should come together nicely. It seems as though it's going to be a pretty hoppy red ale, obviously not like Cascazilla (Ithaca Brewing) or anything, but it should have a nice hop profile.

Nick made this recipe and this is his first stab at playing around with the creation of recipes. I will hopefully have a few more posts in the next few days to catch up on a few things that happened while I was running around including a cider update, new kegs and a keg system I built with Nick.


PS- I also entered the old balls into a brewing contest based out in Saratoga.


Ted Danyluk said...

In the post I don't know if you already brewed this beer.

The malts look good. Curious if you will get enough color from the lighter Lovibond sweet malts and a little bit of Black? But for a color like Fat Tire, this might be just fine.

For ten gallons, is 2 ounces of aroma hops going to be enough?

Seems like a lot of people are brewing up red ales these days.

I got mine in early to enjoy now. In that Simcoe 100, I used a good amount of darker crystals, but the overall color was a very deep/rich reddish color.

The London strain is quite fruity. Very nice, but I also think it causes the hops to taste and smell more fruity as well.

Let us know how this turns out.

Travis said...


Sorry for the comment moderation, I have been playing with the settings.

The hop profile on this one is based on Yukon Arctic Red that we doubled from a clone recipe we found. We actually added the dry hopping with one OZ leaf hops.

It's bubbling away right now and I was thinking about grabbing another OZ of leaf hops and when I rack it into the secondary, I would give it a smell and taste and if it needs more, just add it. That's the beauty of aroma hops!

As far as the color goes, it had a hint of red to it, but it was not anything to write home about. We were both wondering about where the red would come from. I think in the end, it will have a little red tint to it, but nothing to write home about.

I will keep you updated!