Today I brewed my second batch of Amarillo Red, but decreased the bittering hops a little since its going to be for mass consumption. The final IBU was 38.8, which is still in style, and really not that much of a change. Oh well, I tried.
The boil and such all went normally, though I noticed more hot break junk than usual. I’m not sure if that is partly due to using DME or something else, but it makes me somewhat nervous. I’m also going to use Edinburgh Ale Yeast instead of Irish Ale yeast. I think it’ll be nicer, but I’ve got a scottish bent.
The Yakima IPA #6 was popular at Michelle’s Graduation party, as was Scott’s RyePA. Though I would have been happy enough to have a palatable batch after the last couple IPA disasters, I was especially pleased how it turned out. I plan on keeping the recipe. I hope this Red works the same.
I’m kegging my Yakima IPA #6 (recipe 6), and the final gravity is at 1.012, the color is perfect, and the aroma and flavor are magnificent. With any luck, carbonation will be the icing on the cake, and I’ll have a superb IPA to serve at Michelle’s graduation party.
I’ve used Amarillo & Cascades for the hops, and I don’t think I can get enough of those two.
Today I’m brewing a cream stout. Its kind of an experiment to try out two new techniques.
- Using lactose at bottling to give it that wonderful sour taste common among great Irish stouts.
- I’m reusing the yeast from a previous batch. I read about it in Brew Your Own, and the thought of saving $3 and getting a virulent fermentation sounded cool. We’ll see how luck fares.
I’ve added the recipe already, but not included many details yet. I’ll update them once I get qbrew rebuilt.
I’ve just racked an Irish red ale to secondary. It tasted wonderful, and it was the first batch I’ve brewed using Amarillo hops. The recipe is my own, and its available in the recipe section.
Since its so cool in the house the fermentation has gone slowly. Its currently at 1.020, and I’d like to drop another 6 points, so I got out the old lizard heater. Lets hope that does the trick.