Monday, October 4, 2010

October Bitter and Citrus Wit

So, Corrine asked that I make some beers for her sister's baby shower. This keeps costs down and is also likely to mean evereyone gets to drink high-quality fresh beer than they otherwise would. So, I decided to make a girl-friendly witbier and a universally-drinkable red autumn English Bitter (something along the lines of Shepherd Neame's Late Red, which is actually brewed with Kent-grown Cascade hops).

The witbier was brewed with raw soft white wheat berries, domestic 2-row, instant oats, cascade hops, lime peel, coriander, and a little bit of cardamom. I will serve this one with orange or lemon slices. The yeast I used was 3711 French Saison - and I used a pretty big starter for such a low-gravity beer.

October Bitter Recipe

Recipe: October Bitter
Style: 8B-English Pale Ale-Special/Best/Premium Bitter

Recipe Overview

Wort Volume Before Boil: 7.75 US gals
Wort Volume After Boil: 5.50 US gals
Volume Transferred: 5.28 US gals
Water Added: 0.00 US gals
Volume At Pitching: 5.28 US gals
Final Batch Volume: 5.02 US gals
Expected Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.032 SG
Expected OG: 1.045 SG
Expected FG: 1.011 SG
Expected ABV: 4.5 %
Expected ABW: 3.6 %
Expected IBU (using Tinseth): 37.9
Expected Color: 13.1 SRM
Apparent Attenuation: 75.6 %
Mash Efficiency: 78.0 %
Boil Duration: 90.0 mins
Fermentation Temperature: 64 degF

UK Pale Ale Malt (Maris Otter) 7lb 12oz (89.5 %) In Mash/Steeped
UK Medium Crystal (120EBC) 12.00 oz (8.7 %) In Mash/Steeped
German Carafa Special II 2.58 oz (1.9 %) In Mash/Steeped

US Nugget (9.8 % alpha) 20 g Loose Whole Hops used 60 Min From End
US Citra  (9.0 % alpha) 14 g Loose Whole Hops used 20 Min From End
US Crystal (3.0 % alpha) 32 g Loose Whole Hops used 5 Min From End
US Nugget (9.8 % alpha) 8 g Loose Whole Hops used At turn off
US Cascade (5.7 % alpha) 20 g Loose Whole Hops used Dry-Hopped

Yeast: White Labs WLP006-Bedford British Ale

Mash Schedule
Mash Type: Full Mash
Schedule Name:Single Step Infusion (66C/151F) w/Mash Out
Step: Rest at 151 degF for 60 mins
Step: Raise to and Mash out at 168 degF for 10 mins

Both of these will get 2 weeks in primary, followed by a kegging. The difference will be that the bitter will get dry-hopped in the keg, and the witbier will not.

Ooh, and I accidentally put thrice the recommended amount of brewing salts in the mash - so the beer may come out overly minerally and somewhat harsh - time will tell, I suppose.