I brew a fair number of beers that I don’t blog about – basic bitters, pale ales and the like which have nothing special, funky or unusual about them. Crowd-pleasers for BBQs, camping, etc. Today’s beer is one of these, but I’m blogging it anyways for two reasons: 1) I feel the need for some redemption after my series of disastrous brews, and 2) I’m doing a harvest (wet-hop) ale, using the last of this years cascade harvest.
It was a bad year for the hops – too wet, too cold (the combination of which destroyed my Goldings), and one Cascade plant got decimated by mites. But, despite that I’ve got ~8oz of dried cascades in the freezer, and close to that sitting on my drying rack after a very wet morning spent picking hops. I’m planning on putting 250 g (over 8 oz) of wet hops into this beer, but even so, I should have about that much left over – after drying giving another 2.5 or so ounces of dried cascades for the freezer.
The one point I want to make before hitting the fold is how I guesstimated the alpha acids in the wet hops. Wet hops are about 6 parts water and 1 part dry-weight. So the 1% alpha acid number used in the recipe is equal to the average alpha acid content of dried Cascade hops (6%) divided by the wet:dry ratio (6X).
|2014 Redeption Harvest Ale|
|American Pale Ale|
|Type: All Grain||Date: 09 Sep 2014|
|Batch Size (fermenter): 20.00 l||Boil Time: 60 min|
|Boil Size: 25.49 l||End of Boil Volume 21.84 l|
|Est Original Gravity: 1.052 SG||Est Final Gravity: 1.009 SG|
|Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.7 %||Bitterness: 45.7 IBUs|
|Est Color: 14.5 SRM|
|Mash Name: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge||Total Grain Weight: 4.79 kg|
|Sparge Water: 15.92 l||Grain Temperature: 21.0 C|
|Sparge Temperature: 75.6 C||Tun Temperature: 21.0 C|
|Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUE||Mash PH: 5.20|
|Sparge Step: Batch sparge with 2 steps (3.05l, 12.87l) of 75.6 C water|
|Mash Notes: Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).|
|A US-style PA/IPA made with fresh-picked home-grown cascade|
“redemption” because this is meant to make up for the infected brews produced lately…
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