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Brewday: Amber Ale (K01)

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Yesterday was another brewday, and this time we really pushed our brew kettle to the max. We brewed a 40 liter batch of a 1.050-gravity Amber Ale, meaning that not only was our mash tun quite packed during the mash, but the boil kettle was filled to the brim at the start of the boil. The brewday went surprisingly smoothly and we didn’t even have any boil-overs. We just missed the target OG (1.050), as we measured an OG of 1.049, but I think we gained a couple of liters of extra wort to compensate. The malt bill consisted of Maris Otter, Munich, Crystal 60, Amber and Special B malt, which should give the beer a malty finish (and hopefully some body despite the relatively low ABV). The beer is bittered to around 35 IBU, and featured some Styrian Goldings and Cascade late in the boil. We pitched a 2-litre starter of WLP051 California Ale V, which should hopefully leave some residual sweetness and some fruity tones. Can’t wait to try this one out in a couple of weeks!

We have some plans to update our current mashing tun (a converter cooler), to a 50L mashtun with false bottom, to hopefully allow us to make bigger batches of higher strength beer as well. More about the new mash tun in another post!

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
38 L 90 min 34.7 IBUs 27.0 EBC 1.051 1.013 5.0 %
Actuals 1.049 1.01 5.1 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Amber Ale 6 B 1.045 - 1.056 1.01 - 1.015 20 - 40 21.7 - 35.5 2.3 - 2.8 4.5 - 5.7 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pale Malt, Maris Otter (Thomas Fawcett) 7 kg 76.09
Munich 1 kg 10.87
Crystal Malt - 60L (Thomas Fawcett) 600 g 6.52
Amber Malt 300 g 3.26
Special B Malt 300 g 3.26

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Magnum 20 g 60 min Boil Pellet 18
Styrian Goldings 30 g 30 min Boil Pellet 5.4
Cascade 50 g 15 min Aroma Pellet 5.5

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
California Ale V (WLP051) White Labs 73% 18.89°C - 21.11°C

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Saccharification 66.7°C 75 min
Mash Out 75.56°C 10 min

Notes

7 g CaCl2
5 g CaSO4

Add 3 liters of water half-way through boil!

2 Comments

  1. anychance I buy a bottleofthis when ready? I’m out in lohja

  2. Hi,
    Glad you’re interested, but unfortunately it’s illegal to sell homebrewed beer in Finland and I also only have this beer on keg. Feel free to try out brewing the recipe yourself though! If you haven’t tried homebrewing before, I recommend you try it!

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