I’ve done a poor job of blogging recently, so here’s my first attempt to getting back on track. Back in February I helped a friend (Adam) learn to brew on my system. This beer was designed with his tastes in mind – hoppy but not too bitter. A classical-ish American-style Pale Ale…an Adam’s Pale Ale…an APA (get it, that’s a beer “joke”, or maybe a dad “joke”…regardless, its some sort of a joke, I swear).
Appearance: Golden with a modest white head. Sightly cloudy, although not as cloudy as it appears in the picture.
Aroma: Peaches. Lots and lots of ripe peaches…but there are no peaches in this beer.
Flavour: Overall I am happy with this flavour, although I would tweak the balance of flavours if I rebrew this beer. Upfront is a fruity hop character with a slight catty bite – courtesy of the large late addition and dry-hopping with Amarillo and Simcoe hops. Behind this was a slightly sweet, but otherwise fairly neutral, malt backbone. The hop bitterness was low – to my tastes a little too low to properly balance out the malty sweetness and hop fruitiness. Either a lower mash temp, or drawing back on the Munich malt, would give a more pleasant balance of flavours.
Mouthfeel: Modest body, accentuated by a lower level of carbonation, made for a creamy feel to the beer. Aftertaste was malt-sweetness and hop fruitiness. No lingering bitterness what-so-ever in the aftertaste.
Overall: A pretty good beer. The balance of sweet and bitter is a bit more towards the sweet than I would prefer, but its easy-drinking, hop-forward and delicious – just what Adam ordered.
|Adams American Pale Ale|
|American Pale Ale|
|Type: All Grain||Date: 04 Feb 2017|
|Batch Size (fermenter): 40.00 l||Brewer: Bryan|
|Boil Size: 48.20 l||Asst Brewer: Adam|
|Boil Time: 60 min||Equipment: Big Pot, 40L, 60min|
|End of Boil Volume 44.20 l||Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %|
|Final Bottling Volume: 39.50 l||Est Mash Efficiency 76.5 %|
|Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage|
|Est Original Gravity: 1.051 SG||Measured Original Gravity: 1.053 SG|
|Est Final Gravity: 1.012 SG||Measured Final Gravity: 1.012 SG|
|Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.2 %||Actual Alcohol by Vol: 5.4 %|
|Bitterness: 36.7 IBUs||Calories: 497.1 kcal/l|
|Est Color: 6.1 SRM|
|Mash Name: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge||Total Grain Weight: 9.31 kg|
|Sparge Water: 33.24 l||Grain Temperature: 17.3 C|
|Sparge Temperature: 75.6 C||Tun Temperature: 17.3 C|
|Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUE||Mash PH: 5.20|
|Sparge Step: Batch sparge with 2 steps (9.01l, 24.23l) of 80 C water|
|Mash Notes: Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).|
Carbonation and Storage
|Carbonation Type: Keg||Volumes of CO2: 2.3|
|Pressure/Tempt: 12 PSI @ 6C|
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