Saturday, July 2, 2011

God Judge America Pale Ale

Scott and I are gearing up for a 40 gallon brew day for the 4th of July. What better way to get ready, then to brew early? We decided to do a pale ale so we adapted Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone. If you're wondering what's up with the name, I got into an argument with a friend the other day as to whether God has blessed America or if he is storing up wrath on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed. You'll never guess which side I'm on. Anyways, that and that it's almost America's birthday is the reason for the beer's name.

11.4 lbs GW 2-row
1.2 lbs GW Crystal 60

.8 oz Milenium @60
.6 oz Chinook @30
1 oz Cascade @3
4 oz Willamette dry hopped 10 days

WLP 051 California V Ale slurry

4 gallons strike @ 162
Collected 2.25 gallons
4 gallons double batch sparge @170
Collected 1.25 gallons first sparge, 2.6 second sparge, then recirculated 3 times

Whirfloc @20
Yeast Nutrient @20

7-2-2011--I caved in and changed my sparge technique under Scott's recommendation. I used to heat my sparge water up to 180+ and recirculate (empty the sparge water and dump it back in again). I guess a true double batch sparge is sparging with half the water, dumping that in the kettle, then sparge the rest. I worked out well. Efficiency was around 80%.
7-17-2011--Bottled. FG was around 1.015+
8-1-2011--Had my first pint. Really, really tasty. Sort of a carmelly-hoppiness with a smooth finish. Yummy fo sho!