I have named this beer in honour of a friend from Seaham, County Durham who has just bought himself a homebrew setup & brewed his first beer - an all grain American Pale Ale - last week. Good luck with everything Al! Hope to see some of your brewing experiences on here soon.
All the hops have been added late in the boil to try & get a low level of bitterness (33 IBUs), but a high level of hoppiness (102g total hops with the Chinook & Cascade being particularly pronounced).
Mash - 1 hour in total - initial temperature 68°C falling to 65°C at 30 mins, 68°C at 35mins & finishing off at 69°C on the hour.
4.5 Kg pale malt
200g crystal malt
50g chocolate malt
Boil - 1 hour
Cascade hops (4.8% alpha acid): 25g at 30min & 17g at 40min.
Chinook hops (11.8 alpha acid): 10g at 50min.
Hallertau Hersbrucker hops (3.0% alpha acid): 50g at 50min.
Irish Moss: 5g at 55min.
Juice of half a lemon added to the fermentation vessel just before transferring the wort into it. I just happened to be slicing lemons during the brew & had half of one left over, so I squeezed it in!
Final volume 22 litres & OG 1052. From the handy calculator this should give me 33 IBU & (with an FG of 1.014) 5.0% alcohol roughly. Yeast strain used: Safale us-05 dry ale yeast taken from the bottom of my Dry Smoked Stout, which is only 1 generation old.
Fermented during a heatwave, so the temperature in the room was between 21 & 28ºC for from day 2 and is still going on as I've bottled the beer.
Bottled on 26/5/12
29/5/12 - already clearing nicely. Maybe the heat wave (which is calming down a little today) have attenuated the beer super quickly.
Verdict after 1 week in the bottle: A chestnut brown beer. Very citrussy zesty-hoppy beer, but the Hallertau is not lost amongst the Chinook & Cascade at all - in fact it stands out a mile. A fair amount of gum-tingling bitterness in the aftertaste.
Verdict after 2 weeks in a bottle: Crystal clear now. Its now mellowed a little, with the sharp bitter edges rounded off. A very hoppy, brown beer. A really great beer if I say so myself.