Monday, May 24, 2010

Aztec (SDSU) Amber Ale - Hoppy Graduation

My sister is graduating so we need some beer to celebrate. Now she is on the complete otherside of the beer spectrum of myself. She likes big hoppy beers, enough hops you can feel like you're eating your veggies. And she likes a beer to be bitter enough to make you wince. Well I can't make a beer quite that unbalanced because it needs to please a big mix of people at her graduation party.
So I decided to make sure the beer has a huge hop taste and aroma. But try to create a nice balanced beer so the whole crowd can drink it as I BBQ tri-tip the whole afternoon.

Recipe: Aztec Amber Ale
O.G.-1.057  F.G.-1.010   IBU-57 
SRM-15   ABV-5.3   Cal-165

Grain Bill (75% Efficiency):
8 lb 2-row (77.1%)
12 oz Crystal 60L (7.2%)
12 oz Munich  Malt (7.2%)  
8 oz Crystal 120L (4.8%) 
6 oz Victory Malt (3.6%)

1 oz Centennial, 9.7%, pellet, 90 min 53 IBU
.5 oz Cascade, 5%, pellet, 20 min 4.5 IBU
.75 oz Centennial, 9.7%, pellet, 0 min
.75 oz Cascade, 5%, pellet, 0 min
200 mL slurry White Labs WLP001 (Note: I tried to use yeast cake from previous batch but did not brew quickly enough so the air left in the carboy contaminated the yeast, good reason to keep dry yeast on hand)
1 packet S-04

Brew Day:
Brewed: 5/11/10
Kegged: 5/22/10

San Diego (Alvarado) Tap Water
1 campden tablet for 5 gal.

Mash Details:
H2O/Grain Ratio: 1.25 qt/lb
Mash Volume: 3.25 gal
Sacc Rest. Temp/Time: 150F @ 60min
Strike Temp: 162F
Batch Sparge Volume: 4.25 gal
Sparge Temp/Time: 170F @ 30min

Boil Details:
Boil Volume: 6.5 gal
Boil Time: 90min
Post Boil Volume: 5 gal

Ferment Details:
O.G.: 1.057
Ferment Temp: 68-70F
Length: 10 days
F.G.: 1.010

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