We'll it's been a little while since my last post; sometimes life just gets in the way a little. Nothing serious, but planning a wedding and transitioning between jobs takes it's fair share of time. Anyway, this is the last of the three beers I served at my at my sister's graduation party.
I definitely wanted to brew a nice blonde ale that would have some crowd-appeal. I then realized, with my Micro Pale Ale, and a Blind Pig clone, all three beers would be exactly the same color: Blonde. So I decided to throw 3oz of Carafa III into the grist to dye my Blonde Ale red.
Kristen and I had no idea what to call this redhead that's actually a blonde. We can't call it a 'Ginger' Ale, since that would be misleading. We can't call it a Blonde Ale because it's a rich red. Finally I joked we should call it an Emma Stone Ale; it stuck.
As for the recipe, it's pretty much my standard Blonde Ale. I'm playing around with Mosaic for this beer, as the fruity hop aroma should blend in well in light amounts. There wasn't anything special to note about the brew day, other than I had been brewing like crazy up until this beer. 60min mash, 60min boil, then I immediately chilled the wort to 62F before pitched some WLP090 slurry.
3lbs Marris Otter
10oz CaraStan (35L)
4oz Honey Malt
3oz Carafa III Special
Mash @ 150*
.25oz Apollo @ 60
.25oz Moasic @ 20
.25oz Mosaic @ 0
WLP090 - Super San Diego Yeast
Overall this beer turned out really nice. It's kind of a twist between a Blonde Ale, and an Americanized Irish red. The aroma is mostly clean malt with a pinch of citrus from the hops. There's a hint of roasted malt in the background that's reminiscent of an Irish Red. The flavor is very similar, but the caramel malt character comes through nicely. Mouthfeel is medium, and it finishes fairly crisp. All-in-all this beer was really well received at the party, even though no one believed that it was actually a blonde ale.
Anyway, I took a little brewing hiatus over the past 5 weeks, which has been nice. I had brewed 4 batches to be really in 2 weeks, which left me a little burnt out. Needless to say, I'm ready to fire up the burner again, so you'll see some new batches and articles here shortly. Cheers!