Submitted by Al on Sun, 18/08/2013 - 21:07

27/05/13. My 19th homebrew, AL-E³ as the 3rd incarnation of the AL-E brand (Amarillo hops). 

Mash tun filled with water and brought up to 73°C

Mash 1hr 30min 67°C throughout

4.75kg Pale Malt

300g Crystal Malt

300g Flaked Barley

Run off through bottom tap in mash tun into fermentation bin and then sparged with 6l of hot water to give 20l which was returned to the mash tun

Boil 1hr total

30g Amarillo (10.9%) at the start

30g Amarillo (16.1) 30 minutes in

40g Amarillo and 2g Irish Moss added with 10 minutes to go

Filtered to fermentation bin and 6l of boiled water added to bring volume back to 5 gallons (22.7l)

Wort cooler utilised to crash temperature from 74°C to 25°C in 45 minutes. Syphoning from rather than main pressure through cooler.

OG 1050. White Labs English yeast WLP005. Used this rather than WLP001 as I've had a few contaminated batches and I don't know if the yeast isn't keeping.

FG 1012 5.2% 90 IBU

09/06 Bottled

Bit grassy this one. Not bad but just not up to the usual standard. With hindsight I think using the English yeast has given it this flavour.



I'm not a big fan of this Al. There's some diacetyl & phenolic flavour with a little sulphur in the aftertaste. I'm afraid it's all too much for me to enjoy this beer.