Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Working on a recipe - Harvest Ale

Two years ago about this time I tried my first lager, an Oktoberfest.  Last year, a pumpkin beer.  This year I'm calling it a Harvest Ale.  As the autumn approaches I get the urge to brew a seasonal beer.

This beer will be an American Amber (for those who care about styles).  The objective is to get something smooth and malty, with some caramel notes and a little spice.  Neutral to earthy hop bitterness and flavor.  The color should be on the deep red side (SRM 17 is what the recipe is calling it).

This is for a 4.5 gallon batch, to fit in my 5 gallon carboy...keeping it simple for this one.

8.5 lbs Mild Malt
1.5 lbs Victory Malt
0.5 lbs Crystal 150
0.5 lbs flaked rye
1.5 oz Willamette for 60 min (5.5%)
0.5 oz Willamette for 5 min (5.5%)
American Ale II yeast

Brewing it this weekend.  We'll see how it comes out.

Here is the Brewtoad link also for the recipe.