Serrated Summer Ale—APA

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Serrated Summer Ale (1)

When I actually document a brew day in the future when I brew a batch, I’m going to try and post pictures of the brew day, talk about how the day went, and I’ll update the post later with a pic of the finished beer.  Basically, these brew logs will be much more detailed with more current brews.  I brewed this batch in may, so I just remember a bit of the session.  It was the last one in my brother Kevin’s house, so it was a bit bittersweet.  It was always a fun day there when we’d drink and brew, but I relocated to a house of my own, so I finally had room to put all my brewing equipment and supplies.

The day went really smooth, but I ended up with a higher OG than anticipated.  I’m still dialing in my system, and with a lighter batch I seem to get near 80% efficiency.  What was supposed to be a 5% abv beer turned into a 5.5%.  Oh well.

Here’s the recipe for Serrated Summer Ale

Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 5.75 gal
Equipment: My Equipment
Efficiency: 80.00 %
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
8 lbs Brewers Malt 2-Row (Briess) (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 84.8 %
12.0 oz Carapils (Briess) (1.5 SRM) Grain 2 7.9 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt – 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 3 5.3 %
3.0 oz Acid Malt (3.0 SRM) Grain 4 2.0 %
0.25 oz Zythos [10.00 %] – Boil 60.0 min Hop 5 9.1 IBUs
1.00 oz Zythos [10.00 %] – Boil 10.0 min Hop 7 13.1 IBUs
0.75 oz Citra [12.00 %] – Boil 10.0 min Hop 8 11.8 IBUs
1.00 oz Citra [12.00 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min Hop 9 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Galaxy [14.00 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min Hop 10 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Nelson Sauvin [12.00 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min Hop 11 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Zythos [10.90 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min Hop 12 0.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Zythos [10.90 %] – Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 14 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Citra [12.00 %] – Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 15 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Galaxy [14.00 %] – Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 16 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Nelson Sauvin [12.00 %] – Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 17 0.0 IBUs

Gravity, Alcohol Content and Color

Est Original Gravity: 1.048 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.009 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.1 %
Bitterness: 34.0 IBUs
Est Color: 3.8 SRM
Measured Original Gravity: 1.050 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.008 SG
Actual Alcohol by Vol: 5.5 %
Calories: 163.7 kcal/12oz
Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 11.79 qt of water at 161.4 F 150.0 F 60 min
Yeast:  Safale S-05
Tasting Notes:
Appearance:  Pours a nice gold color with decent white head.  The beer was decently clear, but had a bit of haze that I’d like to get rid of in future batches, and I’m sure that come from using some white wheat I had on hand in place of carapils.
Aroma:  Tropical fruits from the hop combo.  Smelled like fresh fruits.  No malt aroma.
Taste:  Again, tropical fruit.  There was just a hint of malt sweetness, but this bad boy was almost all hops.  Almost like a session IPA, but not quite that level of bitterness.  Speaking of bitterness, it was pretty smooth since most of the IBUs came from late hop additions.
Mouthfeel:  It was a bit thin and dry, but that was kinda the point.  This is an easy drinking summer beer, and it turned out as such.
Overall:  Really liked this one, and I’ll definitely brew it again.  It says carapils in the recipe, but I used White Wheat because its what I had on hand.  I regret that choice as it probably contributed to the haze.  So really the addition of carapils is the only change I’d make, that and trying to get the OG down a bit.

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