Subject: Bottling, Color Perception, etc.
Date: 1990-04-18 14:15:01 GMT
Well, I bottled my IPA last night (actually I started filling bottles at
about 12:30 AM :-). The final gravity was 1.008 (O.G. 1.043) and the color
is a good bit lighter than I thought it would be. I think it's difficult to
judge the color in the fermenter, as it looked way too dark, even when I
siphoned it into the priming bucket. However, the sample in the hydrometer
jar looked about on target, and when I poured the sample into a glass to
taste, it looked BEAUTIFUL (rich golden color tinged with copper)!!!
So, I was a little hasty judging the color of this batch. However,
since most of the previous batches were porters and stouts, I guess I had no
frame of reference for pale ales (in the fermenter, anyway).
This batch is probably the best I have made to date, and since it was my
first journey into all-grain brewing, it came out better than I might have
anticipated in the beginning. For those who have followed my all-grain epic,
here's the recipe (please try this one at home :-)
All Grain India Pale Ale
(proportions for 2 US gal.)
2.4 # Pale Ale Malt
5 oz. Crystal Malt (80L)
5.5 AAU Flavoring hops (1 oz. of 5.5% alpha Willamette)
0.5 oz Finishing hops (5.5% alpha Willamette)
Mash in: 132 deg. F (140F strike heat)
Mash pH: 5.3 approx. (adjust as necessary with gypsum or carbonate)
Boost temp. to 150 deg. F
Mash time: 2 Hrs.
Mash temp.: 146-152 deg F
Mash out: 5 mins @ 168 deg. F
Sparge: 2.0 gal H2O @ 165 deg. F
Boil time: 90 mins
Hop Schedule: 1 addition, 60 mins from end of boil
Finishing hops added 5 mins before end of boil
Yeast: Wyeast #1028 London Ale
Fermentation temp: 70 deg. F, 6 days in primary, 4 days in secondary
If you haven't tried mashing yet, you really should. You CAN start small
and grow as equipment and funds permit. Also, by starting small, you don't
have a large sum invested in equipment if you decide mashing isn't for you.
Anyone with questions can drop me an e-mail, and I'll be happy to try and
Todd Enders ARPA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer Center UUCP: ...!uunet!plains!enders
Minot State University Bitnet: enders@plains
Minot, ND 58701
PS: I neglected to mention that I used 5 qts of water for the mash, and I
also discovered that I neglected to add the finishing hops to this batch, so
there isn't a lot of hop aroma :^) Oh well, next time!!
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