Wheaty Springtime Ale
I just wanted to test out my new grain mill and my 4-gallon bucket as a fermenter, but I also wanted to brew something that might be tasty. Oh, and I wanted it to be fairly low-gravity so I could harvest the yeast from it as part of the beginning of my yeast reusing experiment.
So here it is — a 3-gallon batch of Wheaty Springtime Ale.
Anticipated OG: 1.048 Anticipated SRM: 10.2 ( ) Anticipated IBU: 30.5 Brew date: February 3, 2010 Original gravity: 1.056 Days in primary: 14 days Days in secondary: [none] Target final gravity: 1.013 Actual final gravity: < 1.015 Bottling date: February 17, 2010 Target ABV: 5.7% Actual ABV: > 5.4% Bottle cap used: Lightning bolt cap, no mark Grain/Extract/Sugar % Amount Name Origin Potential SRM 75.6 4.00 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row) America 1.036 2 22.0 1.16 lbs. Wheat Malt Germany 1.038 2 2.4 0.13 lbs. Chocolate Malt Belgium 1.030 325 Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon. Hops Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time 0.50 oz. Cascade Whole 7.00 25.4 60 min 0.50 oz. Cascade Whole 7.00 5.1 10 min Yeast WYeast 1056 American Ale Water Profile Profile: Bethesda, MD (USA) Calcium(Ca): 42.8 ppm Magnesium(Mg): 9.3 ppm Sodium(Na): 19.5 ppm Sulfate(SO4): 44.0 ppm Chloride(Cl): 39.5 ppm biCarbonate(HCO3): 101.0 ppm pH: 7.40 Mash schedule I undershot my original target (155°F) by a good amount (146°F), and heated with direct heat (very low flame) for an hour while occasionally stirring, with a gradual rise to 157°F, at which time flame was killed and mash rested for 15 minutes. Total mash time 75 minutes.