Anniversary Irish Red

This batch marks my 1-year anniversary of homebrewing. I must say these came out much better than expected. The inital taste is bitter, but it immediately fades to a smooth, slightly sweet, incredibly drinkable flavor. They are nutty with citrus undertones. Although the carbonation is somewhat lacking, it does not detract from the overall effect, providing they are properly chilled.


Initial 1.051
Transfer 1.012
Final 1.010
5.38% ABV How is this calculated?


6 lbs Light (Gold) LME
12 oz Caramel Malt (40 L)
2 oz Special B Malt (150 L)
2 oz Unmalted Roasted Barley
1 tsp Irish Moss
1 oz Cascade Hops (6.3%)
1 oz Fuggles Hops (4.0%)
11.5 gm Safale S-04 Dry Ale Yeast
1 cup table sugar for priming


In 3 gallons water, steep Barley, Caramel and Special malts at 165 for 30 minutes in a grain bag
Remove grain bag, heat to a boil, then remove kettle from heat
Disolve LME and return kettle to a boil
Add Cascase Hops, boil for 45 minutes, then add Irish Moss
Boil for 10 minutes more, then add Fuggles Hops
Boil for 5 minutes more, then remove from heat
Cool wort to about 75, then transfer to primary fermenter
Add yeast, and allow to ferment for 1 week
Transfer to secondary fermenter and let sit 2 weeks
Bottle using priming sugar and store for at least 2 weeks.

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