Brewed up an amber based on this Irish Red. I have been using this recipe for a while, but I finally managed to find brown malt.
- 10# two row
- 0.25# crystal 40L
- 0.25# crystal 60L
- 0.25# brown
- 0.5 carapils
- 0.75 oz Fuggles for 60 min
- 0.5 oz Goldings for 60 min
- 0.25 oz Fuggles at flame out
- 0.5 oz Goldings at flame out
I got all of the grain and about 7 gallons of water in the mash tun. I am again doing a no-sparge method, but I only mashed for 90 minutes in stead of 3 hours. The gravity reading was about 1.041 with both instruments. About 5 gallons went into the brew pot and 1.5 gallons of heated water went back into the mash tun for a mini-sparge. I stepped out to get an adapter to properly connect my wort chiller to my faucet. I needed a 3/4″ to 13/16″ adapter, I had been having a difficult time finding, but Ace was the place. After a side trip to Brew & Grow for a new fermentor and some DME, I got back home to drain off the mini-sparge which had a gravity reading of about 1.020 at 128 deg F. I started boiling the main brew pot and the liquid from the mini-sparge separately. After 40 minutes of boiling, I added the remain 1 gallon from the mini-sparge into the main brew pot and added 1# of DME.
Then stuff started to go to hell. I broke the tip off of the floating thermometer. Of course that happened after I went to the brew store. I also again had trouble with the wort chiller. I am now using the correct intake tubing which has a garden hose (3/4″) attachment. The 3/4″ to 13/16″ adapter I bought at Ace fit the tubing to the faucet correctly, but when I turned the faucet on water went everywhere. I eventually minimized the leakage at the connection, but I could not get the tube clamped down tight enough on the chiller to stop dripping at that point. I also tore up my hand trying to tighten up all of the connections, so into the bathtub the brew pot went.
I pitching White Labs Irish ale yeast into 5.5 gallons of wort in the fermentor with an OG of 1.060.
Update: FG was 1.010. Which should give it a 6.5% abv. 20 IBUs