Pints for Prostates

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Acoustic Cream Ale

Brew Date: 2012-02-26
Recipe Name: "Acoustic Cream Ale" (based on Jamil's "Weed Feed and Mow")
Beer Style: Cream Ale
Batch Number: B5

This beer got its name because I spent the day listening to two acoustic Widespread Panic shows. Also, because the cream ale style strikes me as a down-to-earth, no-frills style, as opposed to electric and in-your-face like an IPA. Finally, the name just sounds good.

Expected Original Gravity: 1.050
Expected Final Gravity: 1.009
Expected ABV: 5.4%
IBUs (bitterness): 18
SRM (color):
Expected Efficiency: 70%
Actual Brewhouse Efficiency: 85%?

Yeast Starter Size: 2 liter
Water Volume: 2 liters
Dry Malt Extract: 200 grams
A vial of White Labs WLP001 California Ale Yeast
Grain Bill
  • 4.75 lbs of German Pilsener Malt
  • 4.75 lbs Canadian Two-Row
  • 1.0 lbs flaked maize
  • .75 lbs cane sugar (@ 30 minutes)
This grain is from Heidelberg, Germany!
Brew Day Start Time: 8:20 AM
(an acoustic show)

Strike Water Volume: 3.3 gallons
Strike Water Temperature: 165 F
Target Mash Temperature: 149 F
Actual Mash Temperature: 149 F
Mash Time: 60 minutes

Sparge #1
Sparge Water Volume: 2.5 gallons
Sparge Water Temperature: 155 F to 150 F
Mash Time: 20 minutes

Sparge #2
Sparge Water Volume: 2.75 gallons
Sparge Water Temperature: 149 F
Mash Time: 20 minutes

Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.050
Pre-Boil Volume: about 7 gallons
Boil Time: 60 minutes
(an acoustic show)

Hop Additions
  • .1 oz Liberty @ 60 min
  • .5 oz Liberty @ 1 min
Original Gravity: 1.052
Brew Day End Time: 1:34 PM

I ended with 6 gallons of wort in the bucket, which is too much, as I later found out.

Fermentation Temperature: 60 F for 24 hours, 65 F after

The stopper was bubbling within 8 hours. The stopper filled with yeasty krausen during the week and I emptied and cleaned with sanitized water three times.

We saw three deer looking for the mash grain a half hour after it was dumped in the compost pile. This was in the middle of the day!
Hard to see, but there are three deer down there
Grain: $1.79 (minus my base malt purchase)
Hops: $3.78
Yeast: $6.99
Other: $7.99 for shipping
Total: $12.56

I should note that I did stock up on StarSan (8 oz) and bottle caps (144 count) too. Together, they cost $11.74 ($7.99 plus $3.75, respectively).

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