Brewed: Honey Pot Pale Ale

crushed grain

It has been almost two years since I last brewed up a batch of Honey Pot Pale Ale. This is one of those beers that is for my wife. She purchased the honey over the holidays and has been asking me to brew up a batch since that time (and probably before). I couldn’t keep telling her no any longer. I picked up a packet of S-05, honey malt, and crystal 40. Of course I tweaked the recipe a bit more to my liking: dropping the 0.5 ounce of Fuggles, while upping the Amarillo addition to an ounce from a half-ounce. My wife is coming around on hops, so this should be an acceptable change.

Last week I brewed an IPA named Clash of Hops. The efficiency of that batch was a bit lower than I would have expected. The setting on my mill was right were I had set it: 0.35 mm (or is that 0.035 mm). While reading a post on homebrewtalk.com for some other reason than efficiency, I noticed a reponse that said their mill was set at 0.2 mm, with immediate increase in efficiency. The writing was on the wall: tighten up the gap to 0.31 mm.

wort from first inital sparge

The change increased efficiency greatly over that last Honey Pot Pale Ale brew day. I didn’t have any issues with a stuck sparge either (why I only cranked it to 0.31 mm). There is a chance I will crank it down a bit more but I am worried about some of the home brews in which I use a heavier dose of wheat in. I might continuously tighten the mill by 0.01 mm until I get to the point of ease of sparging diminishing.

This beer should be ready, in the bottle, by mid-April, just in time for that hopeful first stretch of warm weather. Enjoy!

General Information:
Brew Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-05
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.062
IBU: 31.5
Color: 6.4 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 6.7%
Primary Fermentation: 14 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
6.50# 2 Row
0.50# Caramel 40L
0.50# Honey Malt
2.50# Local Honey

Mash:
Saccharification @153.6*F

Hop Bill:
1.00 ounce Amarillo @60 minutes
1.00 ounce Centennial @60 minutes

Extras:
1.0 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 minutes
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 15 minutes

Update(s):

  • 2015-03-22: Fermentation beginning to slow, upped temperature to 70.0*F.
  • 2015-03-28: Took of heat. Left at ambient basement temperature.
  • 2015-04-19: Bottled with 4.0 ounces priming sugar and 2.0 cups of water. Gravity at 1.002.

Useless Fact: A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

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