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

Evil Twin Red Ale Dry Hopped!

On July 15, 2008, in Homebrewing, by Mark Ranes

I put an ounce each of Amarillo and Centennial in each carboy this afternoon.  The fermentation is all but done, and I want to get this ale dry hopped and kegged ASAP.  It smells wonderful and has a dark red color.

The Two Hearted Ale clone should be ready to keg in the next couple days and the Blue Moons Belgian wit is ready right now.

Amarillo IPA in Glass!

On July 2, 2008, in Homebrewing, Music, by Mark Ranes

Recirculating WortThe Amarillo IPA brew day went well.  I purposely mashed in a bit low at 150 degrees to make up for the fact that White Labs Pacific Ale yeast attenuates a bit lower than the Cal Ale yeast I usually use for this brew.  I know I say this every time I brew an IPA, but I swear that Amarillo hops are the best smelling hops in the boil.  The aroma in my backyard while putting almost eight ounces of Amarillos in the brew was the best I’ve ever smelled:)  I usually mash in to Marley, but today I mashed in to Mayer – a new live CD was released yesterday.  Good stuff.

My OG was a bit lower than the recipe projected and came in at 1.062.  I’m a bit surprised as I’ve been regularly hitting my numbers lately, since I’ve been recirculating longer while mashing out.  This should be a fairy dry IPA with the lower mash temperature and the addition of 10 ounces of dextrose.

Lots of Amarillo hops BoilingI got the wort put to bed about 2:15 p.m. and was cleaned up by 3:00.  I now have 30 gallons in glass.  The wit and the all Centennial IPA are still chugging away and the krausen heads have yet to fall on either brew.  Hopefully they finish up pretty soon so that I can get them kegged up.  The Two Hearted IPA still needs two weeks of dry hopping.  I was hoping to enter this ale into my brew club’s open style competition, but it doesn’t look like it will be ready – and I refuse to put a sub-standard, green beer into a club competition.

ColonaOnce I was chilling the wort, I had Colona Mexican lager (it’s a clone of Corona – get it? :).  It’s not my favorite style of beer by a long shot, but it is quite refreshing when you’ve been working in the heat all day – and it really is a pretty beer to behold:)

Next up on the brew schedule is Jamil Zainasheff’s Evil Twin Red ale.  Even though it only comes in at 24 IBUs, all of the hops are added in the last 20 mintes of a 90 minute boil, so you get a pretty intense hop flavor and aroma.  I have all the grains weighed out ready to go for this brew on Monday.  I  just rinsed out my two yeast starter flasks and got a new batch of yeast going!  Life is good!

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