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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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Home Brew Autumn Sun Amber Ale (365 Day 313)

Monday, October 10th, 2011

The last day of the great American home brew drinking weekend. I am proud to say for the first time ever, anyone and everyone that ventured over to my house for the weekend festivities drank my home brew. No one threw up either, which is an added bonus.

I had four of my beers ready to go:

  • Fairway Cut – a wheat beer brewed with coriander and orange zest
  • Honey Pot – a honey pale ale brewed with three pounds of honey
  • Dirty Balls – a Cascadian dark ale with a pleasant hop profile
  • Autumn Sun – an amber ale over hopped to my liking and American craft beer number 313

Autumn Sun is my new favorite home brew, taking the place of Dirty Balls. This is the first time I brewed it and I don’t know if I would change much: maybe a 90 minute boil next time to see how the malt profile might change. Just a touch of dark malt high lights the big, caramel grain bill with Chinook and Cascade hops balancing, leaving a bit of bitterness in the finish. Easy to drink and darn tasty.

I don’t like my own beers all that often so this is a good feeling. I will probably be posting recipes in the future as well as I am looking into Belgian and sour beers to come next. I will continue to make the four staples while looking for a few others to throw in. I have a milk stout ready to bottle tomorrow. Enjoy!

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