Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Final Version: the completion of a session pale ale (recipe include)

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Over the past year, I have been developing an ale that started out as a big, citrus IPA.  Overtime I kept dialing back the amount of bitterness and the IBU’s until I found a really nice balance.  This is my second time brewing this beer exactly the same way, and it has turned out to be a homerun. Easy drinking, and everyone keeps refilling their glasses. Try it out! Cheers

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Here is the review:

Appearance: a clear orange brown with a few hop particles floating around.

nose:  The galaxy citrus aroma shines through with hints of melon and grapefruit.  There is a malt sweetness underneath the floral characteristics that reminds me of biscuits and toasted bread.

Flavor:  A mild but assertive hop bitterness that finishes easily, but with a noticeable hop finish. Very easy to drink

mouth feel: Medium bodied and a very balanced experience

overall:  This tastes like it came from a brewery! looking forward to entering it into a competition in the future. 9/10

Here is the recipe:

10 lbs 2 row

1 lb crystal 40

.3 lb Honey Malt

.3 lb Vienna Malt

.3 lb Caramunich

.3 lb aromatic

stepped at 152 for 60 min.

.8 oz galaxy hop for first wort hop

1 oz cascade with 10 minutes left of boil

.5 ounce galaxy at flame out

.7 ounce galaxy for dry hop

British Ale yeast at 67 degrees

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Yeast classes, new apartment, new brew setup

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today marks a brand new year, and with that number change, I have also experienced many personal changes to go along with it.

First off, I am teaching my first brewing classes at Brooklyn Homebrew this month.  They are going to be focused on practical understanding and application of yeast in our own homebrewers.  I’m tremendously excited for this, but also very nervous.  Adults are a different world than teenagers, I just hope the lessons I learned for teenagers will still work on adults.

check out the classes here:

http://store.brooklyn-homebrew.com/Classes.html

I’m doing 3 classes this month, and hopefully many more in the future.  I am also planning on reworking this blog for the class as well, so… many changes to come

Secondly:  NEW APARTMENT! I recently moved into my new apartment with my girlfriend and I am finally getting my brewing schedule in order. I also picked up a new chest freezer, so I now have 4 fridges devoted to brewing! I can’t wait to start lagering.

Thirdly:  I think I have finally finished my pale ale and brown recipe (thanks simon!) both with be posted in full detail asap.

Lastly: Happy new year everybody.