Brew Day!

Brewer: Steve Downey
Beer: February Ale Style: American Amber Ale
Type: All grain Size: 5.5 gallons
13 HCU (~9 SRM)
Bitterness: 38 IBU
OG: 1.052 FG: (Est)
Alcohol: 5.2% v/v (4.1% w/w) (Estimated)
Grain: 2 lb. Weyermann Dark Wheat
10 lb. Weyermann Vienna
1 lb. Weyermann Cara Amber
Mash: 60% efficiency
Boil: 60 minutes SG 1.044 6.5 gallons
Hops: 1 oz. Cascade (5.3% AA, 60 min.)
1 oz. Cascade (5.3% AA, 30 min.)
1 oz. Cascade (5.3% AA, 5 min.)

Recipe formatting and calculations by The Beer Recipator.

Mashed with a single decoction. Doughed in with three gallons of water to 135 degrees F. Let rest for 15 minutes, then pulled a third of the thick mash and boiled for 15 minutes. Added back, and added hot liquor to reach 158 degrees F, and let rest for about an hour (during a trip to Target with the kids…)

Sparged with another 4 gallons of liquor and collected 6.5 gallons of sweet wort. Estimated efficiency, 60%. Low. Should probably investigate.

Added the first hops in while collecting the runoff.

Boiled for 60 minutes, with two hop additions at 30 minutes and at 5. Also added 1 tsp of irish moss at 15 minutes.

Collected 5.5 gallons of 1.052 wort, and pitched 20 grams of Safeale 33 yeast.

Total time, around 6 1/2 hours. Although I still have some clean up.

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  1. Hi; This is marcus, a ghost from your distant past. I didn’t see any way to send you an e-mail, so I am posting a comment. How do I get in contact with you? I am in Maryland these days and a suburban dad like yourself, although I don’t have a beard, and I can’t find time to make beer anymore. Talk to you soon.

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