Mississippi Bull-APA

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So, here we have an American pale ale that I brewed back in the late winter.   The only thing I remember about this brew day was that it was the first using my new 10 gallon kettle, and only the second done at full volume on my propane burner.  I remember my brother Kevin and I had a hell of a time keeping the propane tanks from freezing up in the Chicago winter.  I remember that I overshot my OG, and the beer came out a bit bigger than expected, but still one of the better beers I’ve brewed.

Here’s the recipe for Mississippi Bull:

Mississippi Bull

Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 5.75 gal
Efficiency: 70.00 %
I used 1 packet of Safale S-05 dry American Ale yeast
Ingredients
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
10 lbs Brewers Malt 2-Row (Briess) (1.8 SRM) Grain 1 69.5 %
2 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 2 13.9 %
1 lbs 8.0 oz Munich 10L (Briess) (10.0 SRM) Grain 3 10.4 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt – 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 4 3.5 %
4.0 oz Acid Malt (3.0 SRM) Grain 5 1.7 %
2.1 oz Melanoiden Malt (20.0 SRM) Grain 6 0.9 %
0.75 oz Zythos [10.00 %] – Boil 60.0 min Hop 7 24.1 IBUs
0.50 oz Zythos [10.90 %] – Boil 18.0 min Hop 8 9.9 IBUs
0.25 oz Cascade [5.50 %] – Boil 18.0 min Hop 9 2.5 IBUs
0.25 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] – Boil 18.0 min Hop 10 5.9 IBUs
0.50 oz Centennial [10.00 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min Hop 12 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ) [15.50 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min Hop 13 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min Hop 14 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Zythos [10.90 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min Hop 15 0.0 IBUs
0.25 oz Cascade [5.50 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min Hop 16 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] – Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 18 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Centennial [10.00 %] – Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 19 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ) [15.50 %] – Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 20 0.0 IBUs
0.25 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] – Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 21 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Zythos [10.90 %] – Dry Hop 0.0 Days Hop 22 0.0 IBUs

Gravity, Alcohol Content and Color

Est Original Gravity: 1.064 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.014 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 6.6 %
Bitterness: 42.3 IBUs
Est Color: 7.7 SRM
Measured Original Gravity: 1.064 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.015 SG
Actual Alcohol by Vol: 6.5 %
Calories: 216.1 kcal/12oz

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 17.98 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min
Taste Notes:

Appearance:  Poured a nice light copper color.  This beer cleared up very well.  It usually poured with a nice thick off-white head, and had good lacing down the glass.  Was just a really pretty beer.

Aroma:  This beer had great hop aroma.  It have hints of grapefruit, a bit of dankness, and a hint of tropical fruit.

Taste:  Followed the aroma.  Citrus was the dominant flavor from the hops.  The malts were enough to balance things with some bready flavors and sweetness.

Mouthfeel:  Medium bodied.  Not too dry, which allowed some malt to come through.  Medium carbonation.

Overall, this was a really good APA.  I plan on keeping this recipe around, maybe just trying to dial the ABV back some.

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