Freckled Redhead Amber Ale

Brewed 1/10/10
Described as "Drinking Beers" by Ray (I'm still not entirely sure what he means by that), these were truly designed to be utility beers to share with the poker buddies. Nothing loud, nothing controversial. The malt hits you at first, which quickly gives way to the hops. The finish is a bold citrus, almost grapefruit, but not quite the burnt grapefruit of Dirty Scotsman. I'm sure a few more weeks of aging will mellow them out nicely.

Gravities:

Initial 1.067
Transfer 1.014
Final 1.012
7.22 ABV How is this calculated?

Ingredients:

5.0 lbs light LME
2.5 lbs amber LME
0.5 lb Crystal malt 40
1 oz Black Patent malt
1.5 lbs brown sugar
2 oz Cascade hop pellets (7.9%)
1 oz Saaz hop pellets (6.8%)
1 vial White Labs WLP002 English Ale yeast
1 tsp irish moss
3/4 cup corn sugar (priming)

Directions:

Bring 4 gallons water to 150, then steep grains for 45 minutes between 150 and 175.
Disolve LME and brown sugar, and bring to a boil.
Add 2oz Cascade hops and boil for 45 minutes.
Add 1oz Saaz hops and 1 tsp Irish Moss. Continue boil for 15 additional minutes.
Cool to at least 90, then transfer to primary. Add enough water to make 5 gallons.
Ferment in primary for 4 days, then transfer to secondary for 2 weeks.
Bottle, and store at least 3 weeks before chilling.

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