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.






2 responses to “Brew Day!”

  1. marcus Avatar

    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.

  2. Steve Downey Avatar

    Marcus, It doesn’t seem that distant, even if it has been more than 20 years. My email is sdowney at

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