Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Give Me Liberty Ale - Independence Day 2013 recipe

It is almost time!  The second annual homebrew for the 4th of July is chilling.  It's been bottle, and been sampled, and now it awaits the big day.

For the second year now, I've brewed a special batch for our annual beach day in New Smyrna Beach.  We hit the sun, the waves, the pool, the blender and bottle.  The evening festivities begin with dinner... an Old Fashion Southern Boil.  Trust me, it is not to be missed.  And you cannot make this dinner without beer as part of the process.  It simply can't be done.  Good friends, good food, good beer, good times.

As the evening progresses we head back to the sand and watch the fireworks, mostly amateur, though some of these people spend serious money and really know what they are doing.

It is a highlight for us each year.

So what about the beer?  This year's recipe again is an American Style Pale Ale.  It is meant to be easy drinking, abound in flavor, and turn the heads of those not yet custom to craft beer or homebrewed beer.  At around 5.3% alcohol by volume, it is a nice "session" ale, which will pair well with the dinner.  

Clean citrus flavor and aroma, with a balanced malt base.  Not overly bitter and not overly dry, but effervescent and full of flavor.  It is the perfect beverage go accompany the freshness of the food, freshly boiled with spiced all in one large stock pot.  Making this dinner isn't too unlike brewing beer after all.

Mosaic hops seem to be all the rage lately, so I figured I give them a shot.  Flavor and aroma in this one comes from the Mosaic, with Centennial for bittering and some flavor.  A fairly straight forward recipe.

Give Me Liberty Ale, American Pale Ale
Final Volume: 3.5 Gallons     OG: 1.050     FG: 1.010     ABV: 5.3%    IBU:41

7 lbs American Two Row
8 oz Crystal Malt (60L)
4 oz Crystal Malt (15L)
.5 oz Centennial, 10.6% (60 minutes)
.25 oz Centennial, 10.6% (30 minutes)
.25 oz Centennial, 10.6% (Flame out)
.5 oz Mosaic, 12.9% (flame out)
.5 oz Mosaic, 12.9% (dry hop)
Wyeast 1272, American Ale II (cultivated)

See also the Recipes Page for this and other of the Dunerbrew and Galileo's Bane recipes.

Note:  Upon conclusion of writing this post I realized I did a similar post a few weeks ago, sharing the recipe and story of this annual brew.  You can check out what I said then here.  Redundancy? Perhaps.  If you don't like it...well, tough.  It's my blog, I can be redundant if I want to.  :-)  Cheers!

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