Brew session this past weekend – Irish Red Ale

Since I ended up getting Monday off for MLK, I thought that is is high time that I brew up a batch of beer, since I’m running low of both BL and homebrew. Sure I still have the keg of Christmas beer that hasn’t been tapped (even though all the bottles were drank in early December.)

I really don’t remember how this recipe developed other then JRR mentioned that he also planned on brewing a irish red ale. So I basically took the base recipe that he gave me, made a couple of tweaks and I was off and running. We’ll see how this batch turns out in a couple of weeks.

Recipe: IRA Bomber – Irish Red Ale – 5.5 gals
7 lb – Pale Malt – Marris Otter
2 lb – Rye Malt
1 lb – Caramal/Crystal Malt – 30L
.75 lb – Cara-Pils/Dextrin
1 lb – Rye Flaked
.25 lb – Barley, Roasted
.25 lb – Biscuit Malt

First Gold – 0.5 oz pellet – 45mins – 8.0% AA
Mt Hood – 0.5 oz pellet – 30mins – 4.0% AA
Mt Hood – 0.5 oz pellet – 15mins – 4.0% AA
First Gold – 0.5 oz pellet – 5mins – 8.0% AA
Hallertauer – 1.0 oz pellet – dry hop – 3.0% AA

OG – 1.052 @ 60F
Yeast: 2nd generation Wyeast Irish Ale 1084
1 tsp of Irish Moss added during the last 15 mins of the boil.
Mash: 90 mins @ 154F

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Side note:

  • I need to work on my grain absorption factor , since 0.1 gal a pound is on the low side while 0.2 gal a pound is to high.
  • The color seems a bit off, more of a brownish color then a reddish color.
  • Since I couldn’t find Whitbread Golding hops, I used First Gold instead.

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