I did have something different while brewing. Erin and I went through Niagara region yesterday, and stopped at Silversmith Brewing to pick up some of their fantastic Black Lager (it has become one of E's favourite beers-- apart from the fine products out of Mount Breithaupt, of course.) On a whim I also got a pair of growlers (at $5 deposit per.. ouch), one of which contained their Bavarian Breakfast Wheat.
So: Dirty Fawcett Amber Ale: a simple beer, Canadian 2-row with two full pounds of this Thomas Fawcett Amber malt that I recently acquired. Modest additions of Willamette hops and a clean-fermenting yeast. This will be a very malt-characteristic beer, and I need that. Need to learn what I'm dealing with since I've got SO MUCH OF THE DAMN STUFF. Likely I will give some away, because I don't expect to be able to stuff 2lb of it into every batch, and I have... 38lb more of the stuff.
|Canadian 2-row and the dirty Fawcett.|
|Milling the malt with a Canadian Tire special.|
|Milled malt, prior to mash.|
|The same malt, spent after mash.|
Recipe below the cut.
|Dirty Fawcett Amber Ale|
|American Amber Ale|
|Type: All Grain||Date: 21/04/2013|
|Batch Size (fermenter): 5.25 gal||Brewer: Chris Klein|
|Boil Size: 6.86 gal||Asst Brewer:|
|Boil Time: 60 min||Equipment: Brew Pot (8gal) + Coleman Cooler|
|End of Boil Volume 5.86 gal||Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %|
|Final Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal||Est Mash Efficiency 75.1 %|
|Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage||Taste Rating(out of 50): 30.0|
|Est Original Gravity: 1.052 SG||Measured Original Gravity: 1.054 SG|
|Est Final Gravity: 1.011 SG||Measured Final Gravity: 1.010 SG|
|Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.4 %||Actual Alcohol by Vol: 5.8 %|
|Bitterness: 32.7 IBUs||Calories: 178.9 kcal/12oz|
|Est Color: 12.1 SRM|
|Mash Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body, No Mash Out||Total Grain Weight: 11 lbs|
|Sparge Water: 5.24 gal||Grain Temperature: 40.0 F|
|Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F||Tun Temperature: 40.0 F|
|Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUE||Mash PH: 5.20|
|Sparge Step: Batch sparge with 1 steps (5.24gal) of 168.0 F 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: Bottle||Volumes of CO2: 2.3|
|Pressure/Weight: 3.93 oz||Carbonation Used: Bottle with 3.93 oz Corn Sugar|
|Keg/Bottling Temperature: 70.0 F||Age for: 30.00 days|
|Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage||Storage Temperature: 65.0 F|
|Mash temp was about 151 instead of 152. Rolled
with that without correction. Substantial trub loss, so I deliberately
took another .25 gal of mucky stuff to bring the batch up to 5.25.
No mash-out means setting a mash bed without much head room. That was a little problematic... maybe consider doing mash-outs as a matter of course now?
Beautiful spring day, even if it only got up to 5 degrees the sun was very warm. Erin blessed this brew day with her presence rednecking it up on the driveway with me.
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