Kolsch on Deck for Friday

On July 17, 2008, in Homebrewing, Recipes, by Mark Ranes

It’s time to brew a Kolsch again.  This ale was very well received by friends and family, and the last time I brewed it, the second keg was like liquid gold!  It is a nice crossover beer for those folks who don’t yet know they like craft beer.

A Kolsch is a bit of a challenge to brew though as it needs to be cold fermented, even though it is an ale.  My conditioning fridge is finally empty enough handle a couple carboys for 10 days or so.  I currently have forty gallons of ale in carboys (and no empty carboys), so I’ll be need to rack the wit into kegs this afternoon, before I get water and grain ready to brew.  I made a 2000 ml starter last night, so hopefully I’ll get the nice clean fermentation this ale requires.

Klassic Kolsch
6-C Kölsch

Size: 10.08 gal
Efficiency: 75.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 220.35 per 16.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.050 (1.044 – 1.050)
Terminal Gravity: 1.012 (1.007 – 1.011)
Color: 4.1 (3.5 – 5.0)
Alcohol: 4.88% (4.4% – 5.2%)
Bitterness: 24.96 (20.0 – 30.0)

Ingredients:
2 tbsp 5.2 pH Stabilizer – added during mash
18 lbs Pilsner Malt
1.5 lbs Cargill White Wheat
2 oz Hallertau (4.5%) – added during boil, boiled 90 min
1 oz Tettnanger (4.5%) – added during boil, boiled 50 min
1 tsp Wyeast Nutrient  – added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
2.0 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) – added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
1 oz Tettnanger (4.5%) – added during boil, boiled 2 min
2000.0 mL Starter White Labs WLP029 German Ale/Kölsch

The weather report is forcasting 94 degrees for tomorrow, so an early start on this brew day will be be in order.

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Evil Twin Red Ale on Deck

On July 6, 2008, in Homebrewing, Recipes, by Mark Ranes

Evil Twin Red Ale LabelTomorrow I’ll be brewing a red ale, Evil Twin Red Ale.  This is an all late hopped ale, with all the hops added in the last 20 minutes of a ninety minute boil, so the hop flavor and aroma should be pretty intense.  This is Jamil Zainasheff’s Evil Twin Red ale.  I had to sub in eleven pounds of Golden Promise as I only had eleven pounds Marris Otter, but it should be pretty close to Jamil’s ale. This ale is based on AleSmith’s seasonal Evil Dead Red Ale.

I’ll be getting up early (at least for me:) to light the burners and get this brew off the ground early, as the temperatures are projected to be right at 100 over 104 degrees tomorrow here in the valley…

Here are the recipe particulars:

Evil Twin Red
10-B American Amber Ale

Size: 10.0 gal
Efficiency: 75.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 308.09 per 16.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.069 (1.045 – 1.060)
Terminal Gravity: 1.017 (1.010 – 1.015)
Color: 17.0 (10.0 – 17.0)
Alcohol: 6.83% (4.5% – 6.0%)
Bitterness: 26.18 (25.0 – 40.0)

Ingredients:
2.0 tbsp 5.2 pH Stabilizer – added during mash
22.0 lbs Maris Otter Pale
1.25 lbs Munich Malt
.75 lbs American Victory
1.0 lbs Crystal Malt 40°L
0.5 lbs Crystal Malt 120°L
1.0 lbs 2-Row Carapils Malt
0.5 lbs Pale Chocolate
0.5 oz Centennial (10.0%) – added during boil, boiled 20.0 min
0.5 oz Amarillo (8.5%) – added during boil, boiled 20.0 min
1.25 oz Centennial (10.0%) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
1.25 oz Amarillo (8.5%) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
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
2.0 oz Centennial (10.0%) – added during boil, boiled 0.0 min
2.0 oz Amarillo (8.5%) – added during boil, boiled 0.0 min
2.0 oz Centennial (10.0%) – added dry to primary fermenter
2.0 oz Amarillo (8.5%) – added dry to primary fermenter
2000.0 mL Starter White Labs WLP001 California Ale

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