Sunday, June 19, 2011

Beer 0 Results

So Beer 0 is done. I've been drinking singles for the past few weeks and it's been getting better with age. It's finally to the point where I transferred all of the remaining bottles to the refrigerator for drinking!

It's not perfect, but it tastes good enough for me. For my first batch, I'm happy with it. The biggest problem? It has a bit of a fruity aftertaste. This is a result of me not being able to get the fermentation temperature low enough. For my next batch, I bought a temperature controller and plan on using my kegerator to keep the fermentation bucket at exactly 65 degrees. It's clearly a pale ale though, and a decent one at that. A few of my friends have asked for some bottles to take home so people seem to like it.

Here's the recipe I used (from a Brewers Best kit):
3.3 lb Light LME (liquid malt extract)
2.0 lb Golden DME (dried malt extract)
8 oz Caramel 60L specialty grains
2 oz Kent bittering hops
2 oz Spalt flavoring hops
1 oz Cascade aroma hops

30-33 IBU nominally (mine will be higher since I did a larger boil)
OG 1.042 - 1.045
FG 1.010 - 1.014 
ABV 4.25% - 4.5% (mine is a bit higher since I had a higher OG due to not adding enough water)

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