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Sunday, March 23, 2008

amber brew day

I celebrated Easter by brewing an amber ale using the remains of my Fat Snow Tire ingredients.
Amber Ale
6 lbs. Pilsen LME
•1lb. Amber DME
•.5 lb. Crystal Malt (15L)
•.5 lb. Cara Pils Malt (1.5L)
•1 oz. Chinook hops (60 min.)
•1 oz. Cascade hops (10 min.)
•Wyeast 1056 American yeast (Chico)

Saturday, March 22, 2008

brown brew day

I'm brewing a brown ale today and plan to brew an amber ale tomorrow. Here's my brown recipe.
Brown Ale
•6lbs. Light LME (Pilsen)
•1lb. Amber DME
•.5 lb. Simpson’s med Crystal malt
•.25 lb. Black Patent malt
•.25 Chocolate malt
•1 oz. Liberty hops (60 min.)
•1 oz. Willamette hops (10 Min.)
•1 tsp. Irish moss (15 min.)

White Labs California Ale Yeast #WPL001

Thursday, March 20, 2008

tire change

The Phat Tyre coughed up it's last pint last night and has been replaced with the Fat Tire using this recipe listed previously.
Fat Tire Clone
8 lbs light extract
1/2 lb 20L crystal
1/2 lb dextrine malt (carapils)
1 oz Chinook hops
1 oz Cascade hops
New Belgium's Fat Tire Yeast (harvested)

I sampled about 1/2 pint and observed:
- a lighter golden color with a nice white head (due to the use of only light extract)
- good carbonation (been sitting in the cool garage gassed up for a couple weeks)
- not so much of the signature bready/biscuit taste from the Fat Tire yeast comes through
- good hop flavor and smell
- an elevated percent of alcohol! woo hoo!
This keg is probably going to go fast, so ya better git yer ass up here before it's gone!

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