Archive for May, 2013

Brewed: Autumn Sun Amber Ale

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Autumn Sun Amber Ale

This is the second go around for Autumn Sun Amber Ale. I brewed 18 months ago, as an autumn amber, to highlight the harvest of the hops. I don’t have online notes of that original brew day but I did have Autumn Sun as part of 365 Days of American Craft Beer.

Since I don’t remember much of that first go around, outside of the notes mentioned above, I decided to the leave the recipe in tact.

I have always thought that the American amber ale style is a vast array of beers. Almost a dumping ground of American ales that don’t fit. I was looking for some toast, dark fruits, and heap of hops. The malt profile should bring out the first two qualities. The hops, which included dry hopping, should bring out a good northwest aroma and flavor. I wanted ample body and enough sweetness to hold up to the high mash temperature along with the ample hopping schedule.

I am looking forward to this batch, taking more detailed notes of the tasting experience. Enjoy!

General Information:
Brew Date: Monday, May 06, 2013
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S05
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.058
IBU: 70.2
Color: 17.4 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 68%
Alcohol by Volume: 6.3%
Primary Fermentation: 21 days @68*F, 7 days dry hop @68*F

Grain Bill:
8.75# 2-Row
1.00# Crystal 40L
1.00# Munich
0.50# Crystal 120L
0.50# Victory
0.19# Chocolate

60 minute batch sparge

Hop Bill:
0.75 ounces Warrior (14.60%) @60 minutes
0.50 ounces Galena (13.20%) @60 minutes
1.00 ounces Chinook (11.40%) @10 minutes
1.00 ounces Cascade (7.50%) @1 minute

1.00 ounces Chinook (11.40%) 7 day dry hop
2.00 ounces Cascade (7.50%) 7 day dry hop

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

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