Just a Taste…

Normally, when allowing bottled beer to naturally carbonate, you need to let them sit for 3 weeks to reach full carbonation and to allow the yeast to settle (otherwise, the beer can have a nasty yeast ‘bite’ to it).  But, despite bottling less than 2 weeks ago, I couldn’t wait any longer and had to imbibe in a bottle of my Parallax Pale Ale.

It was good – really, really good.  Some notes, pics, and the recipe, below the fold…

Tasting Notes:

Despite being bottle-conditioned, the beer was quite clear, almost totally lacking in chill-haze.  When poured, it was reasonably carbonated (although it should carb some more over the next 1.5 weeks), the yeast stayed mostly settled in the bottle, and the beer formed a nice head.  However, the head readily dissipated (pic to the right).

While the head retention was not as good as expected, this may simply be an issue of it not being fully aged, being under-carbonated, or due to a less-than-clean glass.

The beer itself was unexpectedly dark – the recipe predicts a colour of 9 SRM (slightly darker than your average bud/coors/molson), and instead I ended up with ~17 SRM.  That doesn’t bother me any, although I’m unclear as to why it happened.

Of course, none of the above really matters – how it tastes is all that truly matters.  The smell of the cascade hops came through clearly, and as expected with a 50 IBU beer, there was a strong, but not overpowering, hop-bitterness to the beer.  Often, at such a young ‘age’ this kind of bitterness can be harsh, but much to my delight, it was already smooth and pleasant.  As expected, the beer was low-body with only modest maltyness, and a touch of sweetness, making it ideal for today’s 40C temperatures.

Strongly hopped beers typically age well; becoming smoother and mellower with age.  Given how good this green beer tastes, I expect great things from it.

The recipe:

Parallax Pale Ale
American Pale Ale


Type: All GrainDate: 12-05-25
Batch Size (fermenter): 23.00 lBrewer: Sui Generis
Boil Size: 27.80 lAsst Brewer: SWMBO’d
Boil Time: 60 minEquipment: My Equipment
End of Boil Volume 24.96 lBrewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Final Bottling Volume: 22.50 lEst Mash Efficiency 75.1 %
Fermentation: Ale, Single StageTaste Rating(out of 50): 30.0


5.25 kgPale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)Grain188.2 %
0.45 kgCaramel/Crystal Malt – 60L (60.0 SRM)Grain27.6 %
0.25 kgCara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)Grain34.2 %
30.00 gNugget [13.00 %] – Boil 60.0 minHop441.7 IBUs
1.20 tspIrish Moss (Boil 15.0 mins)Fining5
15.00 gPerle [9.10 %] – Boil 15.0 minHop67.2 IBUs
33.00 gCascade [6.40 %] – Boil 1.0 minHop71.0 IBUs
1.0 pkgSafale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml]Yeast8
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.056 SGMeasured Original Gravity: 1.056 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.009 SGMeasured Final Gravity: 1.010 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 6.2 %Actual Alcohol by Vol: 6.0 %
Bitterness: 49.9 IBUsCalories: 523.6 kcal/l
Est Color: 8.8 SRM
Mash Profile
Mash Name: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch SpargeTotal Grain Weight: 5.95 kg
Sparge Water: 18.29 lGrain Temperature: 24.0 C
Sparge Temperature: 75.6 CTun Temperature: 24.0 C
Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUEMash PH: 5.20

Mash Steps

NameDescriptionStep TemperatureStep Time
Mash InAdd 15.72 l of water at 71.5 C64.4 C60 min
Sparge Step: Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun, , 18.29l) of 75.6 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: BottleVolumes of CO2: 2.8
Pressure/Weight: 177.50 gCarbonation Used: Bottle with 177.50 g Corn Sugar
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 21.1 CAge for: 30.00 days
Fermentation: Ale, Single StageStorage Temperature: 18.3 C
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