I brewed this one so that it would be finishing up right around the time I graduated from law school (early summer 2009). The goal was to create an apricot rye pale ale. I think it was a great beer, though the alcohol taste was a bit stronger than I had hoped (along with the alcohol content). Next time I try it out I'll probably take out a pound or pound and a half of the 2-row and double the apricots.
.rec file Anticipated OG: 1.057 Actual OG: 1.060 (plus apricot sugars in secondary) Anticipated SRM: 7.4 ( ) Anticipated IBU: 36.4 Grain/Extract/Sugar % Amount Name Origin Potential SRM 80.0 9.00 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row) America 1.036 2 8.9 1.00 lbs. Rye Malt America 1.030 4 6.7 0.75 lbs. Cara-Pils Malt 1.033 2 4.4 0.50 lbs. Crystal 60L America 1.034 60 Hops Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time 0.38 oz. Zeus Whole 16.40 26.6 60 min 0.75 oz. Fuggle Whole 4.75 4.1 15 min 0.38 oz. Fuggle Whole 4.75 1.3 2 min 0.38 oz. Zeus Whole 16.40 4.4 2 min 2.00 oz. Fuggle Whole 4.75 0.0 0 min (dry hop) Extras Amount Name Type Time 11.00 Oz Apricots (Dried) Fruit 15 Days(secondary fermenter) Yeast WYeast 1318 London Ale III Directions I did a two-step mash -- 45 minutes at 142F, then 90 minutes at 153F. The goal of that was to produce a very dry beer, and I think I succeeded. Leave out the first step of the mash if you want it to be more full-bodied. Apricots should be added to the secondary fermenter, along with the two ounces of Fuggles for dry hopping. Even if you usually do not use a secondary, I recommend using one for this recipe. Instructions for apricot/dry hop addition: (1) Puree the apricots in a food processor; (2) Add two cups water; (3) Add dry hops (see main recipe); (4) Simmer at 180 degrees for 15 minutes; (5) Cool at least a little bit (with lid on) before proceeding; (6) Add to the secondary fermenter (in hop socks) before adding the beer. NOTE: Apricots contain a variety of sugars, so there will be some additional fermentation in the secondary, and this will affect the alcohol content. NOTE: Prime with about 4 oz table (cane) sugar, boiled in about two cups of water.