Time for a Red – An Imperial Red!

On December 29, 2008, in Homebrewing, Recipes, Technology, by Mark Ranes
Mordicai's Red Flare Ale Tap Handle

Red Flare Ale Tap Handle

I really enjoyed the Evil Twin Red Ale I brewed this last summer.  It was supposed to be way hoppy, but came out like a more traditionally balanced red ale.  Tomorrow, I’m taking that recipe, bumping up the malt bill a bit, and then using the hopping schedule for my Columbus IPA and hoping for an imperial red ale.  I’m naming this red ale after my first World of Warcraft toon to hit 80 after the recent expansion, Mordicai – a hunter (yea, it’s nerdy – but the general public thinks that making homebrew is nerdy, too – so get over it!), with the ale’s name referencing a hunter skill.  If you play a WoW hunter, you’ll get it:)

This will be my 74th batch of ale, and the last I brew in 2008, so I’m hoping for an ale to remember.  I just finished prepping the brewing water, and milling the malted barley, for tomorrow’s brew day, so it should be an easy, uneventful brew day.  Here’s the recipe:

Mordicai’s Red Flare Ale
10-B American Amber Ale
Author: Mark Ranes
Date: 12/30/08

Size: 10.04 gal
Efficiency: 75.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 339.51 kcal per 16.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.076 (1.045 – 1.060)
Terminal Gravity: 1.019 (1.010 – 1.015)
Color: 16.65 (10.0 – 17.0)
Alcohol: 7.53% (4.5% – 6.0%)
Bitterness: 51.5 (25.0 – 40.0)

2.0 tbsp 5.2 pH Stabilizer – added during mash
26.5 lb Pale Ale Malt
1.25 lb Munich Malt
.75 lb American Victory
0.5 lb Crystal Malt 40°L
0.5 lb Crystal Malt 120°L
1.0 lb 2-Row Carapils Malt
0.5 lb Pale Chocolate
0.5 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added during boil, boiled 60.0 min
0.75 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added during boil, boiled 45.0 min
0.5 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added during boil, boiled 20.0 min
1.0 lb Corn Sugar
1.0 tsp Wyeast Nutrient  – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
2.0 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
1.5 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
1.5 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added during boil, boiled 0.0 min
2000.0 mL White Labs WLP001 California Ale
2.0 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added dry to primary fermenter
2.0 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added dry to secondary fermenter

One Response to Time for a Red – An Imperial Red!

  1. Mark Ranes says:

    The brew day went well. The red ale came in just a wee bit low at 1.072 OG, and it tastes and smells wonderful. It is a beautiful color and should be everything I’m looking for. I’ll probably mix up the dry hops a bit to take the edge off the Columbus taste, but I still want it to be sharp and in the front of the brew.

    Brad came by for three hours to watch and take notes (he’s starting brewing soon:), and Eric and Evan visited for an hour or so. All in all, it was a great brew day.

    Tomorrow we’re off to Monterey to celebrate New Years Eve and New years Day at the city’s annual First Night celebration. I’m looking forward to the events, and escaping my kids and hanging out with my honey and good friends! Life is good:)

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