Monday, April 30, 2012

Simtra Pale Ale

For this brew, my goal was simple: I wanted to make something reminiscent of the amazing Hill Farmstead Edward PA.  Since I didn't have a recipe for this, but I did know the hops that they include, I decided to make my own version (and before you say it, I know I didn't use the same hops).  I used a fairly basic grain bill for this, which should serve to underscore the hops with a nice, clean backbone.  A little bit of Crystal and Munich malts for some character should add some interest.

This was my first time doing a first wort hop, and I have to say that I am extremely pleased with the results.  I definitely noticed the smoother, less harsh bitterness that this method imparts.  The blend of citrusy/fruity hops definitely made this beer smell like fruit candy.  While that may not be something I want to drink all the time, it is absolutely tasty.  One thing I would change for next time is to mash a little higher.  I think the body on this beer was a little light.  Maybe by bumping the mash temp up to 154°F, I can get it to finish around 1.014 or so, giving it that little bit extra.

Simtra Pale Ale

Recipe Specs
Batch Size (G):           5.25
Total Grain (lb):         5.5*
Total Hops (g):          213
Original Gravity (OG):    1.052
Final Gravity (FG):       1.010
Alcohol by Volume (ABV):  5.5%
Colour (SRM):             8
Bitterness (IBU):         47   (Rager)
Brewhouse Efficiency (%): 75%
Boil Time (Minutes):      60

Grain Bill
4.0 lbs Pale malt
12.0 oz Crystal 40
12.0 oz Munich Malt - 10L
*3.0 lbs Light DME

Hop Bill
14.2 g Centennial Leaf (10.8% Alpha) - FWH
14.2 g Cascade Leaf (9.1% Alpha) @ 10 Minutes
14.2 g Citra Leaf (13.7% Alpha)     @ 10 Minutes
14.2 g Simcoe Leaf (11.9% Alpha) @ 10 Minutes
14.2 g Cascade Leaf (9.1% Alpha) @ 5 Minutes
14.2 g Citra Leaf (13.7% Alpha)     @ 5 Minutes
14.2 g Cascade Leaf (9.1% Alpha) @ 0 Minutes
14.2 g Citra Leaf (13.7% Alpha)     @ 0 Minutes
14.2 g Simcoe Leaf (11.9% Alpha) @ 0 Minutes
28.3 g Cascade Leaf (9.1% Alpha) @ Dry Hop 5 days
28.3 g Citra Leaf (13.7% Alpha)     @ Dry Hop 5 days
28.3 g Simcoe Leaf (11.9% Alpha) @ Dry Hop 5 days

Mash (in a bag)
152°F for 60 minutes.

Brewday.  Collected 5.25 gallons of wort and pitched 11g packet of rehydrated US-05 ale yeast.  Better bottle in tupperware bin full of water at ~67°F.  Added 1/2 tsp Wyeast yeast nutrient and a pinch of Irish Moss with 10 minutes left in the boil.

Added dry hops.  Swirled carboy frequently and fairly vigorously over next few days to attempt to hydrate and immerse this immense mound of hops!

Moved carboy to fridge to cold crash yeast and hop material.  Swirled every so often to help with settling.

Bottled with 116.9 g of corn sugar for ~2.5 vols of CO2.

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