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French Toast – Double Brown Ale with Maple Cinnamon and Vanilla

Wood, Whisky, What is there not to love?  Every brewer loves everything made from malt including Single Malt Whisky of course. So when by luck chance and happenstance we came across the opportunity to join a Bulk Buy! for a couple of 20L Single Malt Whisky casks from a name Craft Whisky Distillery in Tasmania, who shall remain nameless for now…well the offer was simply too good to be true and miss out on an opportunity to get a Whisky Barrel and get our Brewing on!  So we did! cheers #brewhappy #barrelsoffun

French Toast – Double Brown Ale with Maple Cinnamon and Vanilla Beans aged in Wood!

Vital Stats:

  • Type: All Grain  Batch Size: 21.00 l  Boil Size: 23.77 l
  • Boil Time: 60 min
  • Est Original Gravity: 1.081 SG Est Final Gravity: 1.014 SG
  • Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 8.8 %
  • Bitterness: 34.9 IBUs Est Color: 58.1 EBC
  • Mash Name: Single Infusion @67C
  • Date: 14 Feb 2018 Brewer: Dermott Dowling Asst Brewer: Roger Lew
  • Equipment: Robobrew with Pump Efficiency: 72.00 % Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0 %

Ingredients

Amt       Name                                                     Colour          %

5.20 kg Gladfield Ale Malt                                                   (6.0 EBC)            68.4 %
0.60 kg Gladfield Dark Crystal Malt                                 (190.0 EBC)           7.9 %
0.60 kg Gladfield Munich Malt                                          (15.5 EBC)              7.9 %
0.60 kg Harraway’s Rolled Oats                                          (2.8 EBC)              7.9 %
0.20 kg Gladfield Biscuit Malt                                             (60.0 EBC)           2.6 %
0.20 kg Gladfield Brown Malt                                             (178.0 EBC)          2.6 %
0.20 kg Gladfield Light Chocolate Malt                            (900.0 EBC)         2.6 %

Hops

25 gm Perle [8.50 %] – Boil 60.0 min Hop 8 21.4 IBUs
25 gm Willamette [4.70 %] – Boil 30.0 min Hop 9 9.5 IBUs
25 gm Willamette [4.70 %] – Boil 5.0 min Hop 11 4.0 IBUs

Adjuncts:

  • 2 Vanilla Bean (Boil 5.0 mins) Split beans and scrap out contents and all in the boil @5 mins from flameout
  • 0.11 oz Cinnamon Stick 1 Scroll (Boil 5.0 mins) add a scroll @5 mins from flameout
  • 750ml Maple Syrup (Boil 0.0 mins) add at flameout – save another 250mL for addition into secondary fermentation

Yeast:

Method:

  1. Mash In Add 21.82 l of water at 72.3 C 65.6 C 75 min
  2. Sparge: Fly sparge with 10.56 l water at 75.6 C
  3. Ferment at 18-22C letting the beer free rise and ferment out the primary before adding last 250mL of Maple Syrup into secondary Fermentation
  4. Fine, rack into Barrels and let age for 1-3 months tasting using a wine thief nail or other such methods that reduce oxygen entering the beer
  5. Bottle or Keg to your liking using 111 grams of Dextrose (Corn Sugar) to a C02 level of 2.3
  6. Sip, Savour and enjoy! Prost!

Sauces of Brewspiration:

More pics and news coming but you might enjoy this BrewTube with Matt @Boatrocker talking about Wood and Beer and Brewing!

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BeerCo Inner Sydney Brewers Club Talk at Atlassian

BeerCo talk to Inner Sydney Brewers at Atlassian on Quality Craft Malt + Hops + Yeast = Beer.

We cover topics like why Gladfield Malt? How to spot good malt?

Hops and how to spot good hop pellets?

Yeast 101 and GigaYeast.

We dive deep into a new flowable hop extract called FLEX™ from John i Haas and taste 3 different beers all brewed with the same ingredients and bittered to 3 different IBU levels using Flex.

We taste Conan’s American Pale Ale – APA then Jay’s IPA India Pale Ale then Barls iIPA imperial India Pale Ale.

The talk was a lot of fun and engaging with a good in depth QandA.

 

 

 

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Two Heads – India Pale Ale – BeerCo Recipe

Two heads are better than one and here we are trying to put our heads together to come up with a cracking recipe for you to clone your own at home for America’s favourite Craft Beer of 2017 as voted by Zymurgy’s 15th Annual Reader Survey – Bell’s Two Hearted Ale 

This beer is so simple in its structure its brilliant and it must be to knock Pliny the Elder off its throne after eight straight years of Russian River Brewing Company’s double IPA Pliny the Elder dominating the top spot!  Enough with the dribble…on with the show….

Two Heads – Pale Ale – BeerCo Recipe

Vital Stats:

  • Batch Size: 19L (5 US Gallon)
  • Efficiency: 70% Bitterness: 62 IBU Colour: 5-10  SRM
  • Original Gravity: 1.062 Final Gravity: 1.015 Alcohol: 6.2% ABV

Malts:

Hops:

Yeast:

Liquid:

Dry:

Brewing Guidance:

  1. Use 17 litres carbon filtered water, adjusted with 4 grams gypsum.
  2. Single Infusion Mash @66°C for 45 minutes until conversion is complete (iodine test) then ramp up to 77°C over 15 minutes, rest 10 minutes at 77°C and Vorlauf until clear.
  3. Collect 25 Litres, sparging with 79°C water.
  4. Boil vigorously for approx. 75 minutes, hopping at indicated times above from end of boil.
  5. Whirlpool and allow to settle for 15 minutes.
  6. Chill wort to 18°C.  Aerate wort and pitch Yeast.
  7. Ferment warm (ale temperature 18-22°C).
  8. Dry hop 1 week into fermentation.
  9. Allow beer to stay warm with hops for a week (3 days if you are in a hurry).
  10. Rack beer, crash cool, and cold age for a week.
  11. Prime with sugar and bottle or keg and carbonate to your preferred volume of C02 for a hoppy Pale Ale!

Prost! Enjoy and raise a glass to simplicity in brewing and the wonder that a few quality ingredients can bring to you beer and brewing expertise. cheers #brewhappy always 🙂

Sources and Inspiration:

 

 

 

 

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Fiery Monkey – American Amber Ale – How to brew – Beer Recipe

Fiery Monkey | Amber Ale

an All Grain American Amber Ale brewed and designed by Roger Lew & Dermott Dowling

The Fiery Monkey Amber Ale was brewed in honor of the impending arrival of Kyle Lew aka “the fiery monkey”. Due into this world just shy of Christmas 2016 it was duely decided the next brew in our “brew for a mate” series might as well be one for the arrival of Rog & Lil’s first born son who has taken to his moniker in no uncertain terms and certainly has a fondness for a loud monkey like scream and a penchant for not sleeping much. Little did we know the beer for his first moon party and head wetting would be an omen of things to come for his Ma and Pa!  Born into the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Monkey and with his father’s fondness for an Amber Ale – in balance we decided to set about brewing this beer in Movembeer in order for Rog & Lil to have plenty of well conditioned stock of “the Fiery Monkey” Amber Ale for his first moon party in early January.  Enough of the back story on with the show and a few pics of brew day with Rog at Rancho Relaxo which finished with a nice bottle of Kriek! – cheers #brewhappy

Vital Stats:

Batch Size          21 Litres (US 5 gallon)
Boil Time           60 min
OG                     1.060
FG                      1.013
IBU                    45
ABV                     6.1%
Color                  11 SRM
Balance               Bitter

Fermentables

Amount             Fermentable                           Use     PPG        Color

4.8 kg                     Gladfield American Ale Malt          Mash       37            1 °L
0.6 kg                    Gladfield Gladiator Malt                 Mash       33           4 °L
0.6 kg                    Gladfield Dark Crystal Malt            Mash       33          75 °L

Drinkers comments – Rog & Dermott “The use of Dark Crystal Gladfield Malt produced a rather sweet amber ale, our second attempt to refine this recipe we would suggest replacing the Dark Crystal with Supernova Malt for a dry Amber ale”

Hops

Amount                  Hop                                                Time         Use         Form             AA

20 gm                          Crosby Nugget (US)                          60 min         Boil          Pellet               13.9%
40 gm                          Crosby Cascade (US)                          5 min          Boil          Pellet                5.1%
20 gm                          Centennial (US)                                  5 min          Boil          Pellet                9.3%
10 gm                          Crosby Chinook (US)                          5 min          Boil          Pellet              13.4%

Yeasts

Name                          Lab/Product                                Attenuation

Nottingham Ale Yeast     Danstar Lallemand                              77.5%               (Dry)

GY001 Nor Cal Ale #1     GigaYeast                                           76-80%             (Liquid)

Method:

Step by Step
1. Mash grains at 152 °F (67 °C) for 60 minutes.
2. Sparge to collect roughly 6.5 gallons (25 L) of wort.
3. Boil for 60 minutes adding hops at times indicated. Cool wort to pitching temperature as quickly as possible, 65–75 °F (18–24 °C).
4. Yeast & Fermentation – Transfer wort to sanitized fermenter then pitch the yeast. Ferment at 65–68 °F (18–20 °C).
5. Dry hops are added loose to the carboy and soaked for two weeks after primary fermentation is complete. Bottle as usual.  NB: For the Firey Monkey no dry hopping was done.  Carbonate to 2.0 to 2.5 volumes.  NB: for the Fiery Monkey we under carbonated and would recommend you reach for the higher end of the carbonation guidelines.

We hop you love this recipe as much as we did brewing and drinking it with friends and family to celebrate the arrival of young Kyle into this wonderful world of beer and more…the fiery monkey! 🙂

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Chocolate Rye Porter – Robust Porter – How to Brew – Recipe – BeerCo

Hoppy Flyday Brewers, this week we are thrilled to share another ripper recipe from one of our brewers Peter Urbanec from Flat Rock Home Brew Club in Sydney – thanks for sharing this winner recipe with us Peter.  Like us Peter Loves brewing with Gladfield Malt so much so he took the time out to share this great recipe with us for a Robust Porter – Style Guide 12B. Whilst we swelter in the burning February sun and dream of light lagers and hoppy Pilsners it is actually a good time to remind ourselves – hey get your winter autumn brewing on you silly git!  By the time this one ferments, conditions and has time to mellow it will be Robust Porter time – oh yeah! Doh! Well – what are you waiting for dude? Get your brewin’ on…with Peter’s Gladfield Chocolate Rye Porter recipe – cheers Peter and thanks for sharing your recipe with us – time to crack some grains and get brewing 🙂

Gladfield Chocolate Rye Porter – Robust Porter (12B)

  • Batch Size 23 L
  • Boil Size 26 L
  • Boil Time 60 min
  • Efficiency 70%
  • OG 1.056 sg
  • FG 1.014 sg
  • ABV 5.7%
  • Bitterness 37.6 IBU (Tinseth)
  • Color 72.3 ebc (Morey)

Fermentables

Name                                    Amount           Yield      Colour

Hops

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Name                   Alpha      Amount      Use    Time          Form    IBU

  • Centennial            10.5%       20 g         Boil    60 min      Pellet   20.7
  • Kent Goldings      5.5%         30 g          Boil   30 min       Pellet   12.5
  • Kent Goldings      5.5%         40 g          Boil   5 min         Pellet     4.3

Yeasts
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Name Type Form Amount Stage

Mash
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Name                               Type              Amount        Temp         Time

  • Mash In                     Infusion            20.100 L      55 C            10 min
  • Step 1 Temperature —                                            65 C               1 hr
  • Mash Out Temperature —                                       77 C             15 min
  • Sparge Infusion                                    11.800 L       75 C            15 min

In the end, my efficiency was very high and attenuation better than expected. The OG was 1.078 and FG was 1.012, fermented at 18C and comes in at 8.6-9.2%, depending on which formula you use.

Cracking brew!

PS Peter also advised he did a split batch with some Cooper’s Sparkling Ale Yeast harvested and suggests this beer might go brilliantly with a British Ale Yeast like

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Hoppy New Beer – January 2017 – BeerCo Brewing News

Hoppy New Beer ? – January 2017 – Brewing News

Hoppy New Beer Brewers

Trust you enjoyed the festive season with family and friends and your stocks are depleted from gifting and celebration and your time and attention is now turning to what to brew in the Hoppy New Year.

There never seems to be enough good beer to go around and there really is no greater reward as a brewer than sharing one of your own with a friend and seeing the smile on their dial as your tasty drop disappears down their thursty throat.

First brew in January 2017 here at BeerCo HQ was on New Years Day no less and was a Brett IPA brewed with Gladfield American Ale, Wheat, Sour Grapes Acidulated and Toffee Malts, Chinook, Centennial, Citra and Motueka Hops and GB156 Brux Blend GigaYeast.  We will keep you posted on progress on that one and share the recipe as always out on our blog

That’s enough from us.  On with the real brewing news…

Malt of Month – Gladfield American Ale Malt

Author: Dermott Dowling | Beerly Managing Director at BeerCo

Gladfield American Ale Malt as the name suggests was purposefully designed for brewing hop forward American Style beers. Whilst, we all love the malty, toasted flavour of Gladfield Ale Malt some hop forward styles call for a cleaner, less toasted flavour and that is why Gladfield Malt developed their highly popular American Ale Malt.

Gladfield American Ale Malt has been made from plump low protein Autumn 2-row barley varieties and subjected to a traditional long cool germination before kilning with a special recipe that imparts a typical Ale colour whilst leaving the malt with a cleaner, less toasted flavour. This malt is vibrant, clean and perfect for producing hop forward beer styles where you want the hops to take the front seat and the malt to take that back seat.

Typical colour analysis for Gladfield American Ale Malt is 5 EBC and usage rates can be as high as 100% of the grist with complimentary malts being Crystal type malts.

Gladfield American Ale Malt is available in the BeerCo Shop in two pack sizes:

  • 5 Kg Bags at $14.95 Incl. GST
  • 25 Kg Sacks at $59.95 Incl. GST (SAVE 20% ON 5 KG PRICE)

Hop of Month – CASCADE

Author: Dermott Dowling | Beerly Managing Director at BeerCo

Cascade is the most widely grown hop in the world and for good reason.  Developed by the USDA breeding program in Oregon and released as a U.S. aroma variety in 1972 Cascade first shot to prominent notoriety in the craft brewing industry with one of the founding beers and breweries of craft – Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Aroma descriptors are medium intense floral, citrus and grapefruit tones and Cascade is a versatile hop from boil to late and dry hopping.  Features prominently in US, AU and new world craft breweries as a great back-up or character building hop reliable and dependable for the modern brewer.

Cascade  has medium lower alpha and beta acids and oil content making it well balanced and is often found with partners like Centennial, Chinook and Citra or Columbus hops in US style hop forward ales.  Used as a late flavour addition it can pair nicely with other US bittering hops like Nugget and Warrior.

Cascade is a classic hop for good reason and will continue to be grown and used in brewing for many decades to come we hop!

Style Guidance:

  • Pale Ales
  • Amber Ales
  • IPA

Pack Sizes Available:

Cascade Hops are available now to buy in the BeerCo Shop in a variety of sizes for small batches to BIG BREWS!

Yeast of the Month – GY001 NOR CAL ALE #1 GIGAYEAST

Author: Amelia McCullough  | Office Manager at GigaYeast
Editor: Dermott Dowling | Beerly Managing Director at BeerCo

GigaYeast NorCal Ale #1 GY001 is a clean fermenting, versatile strain from one of the most famous California pale ales. Excellent for emphasizing hop flavor and aroma. Strong attenuation and good flocculation.

Neutral in flavor profile GigaYeast NorCal Ale #1 GY001 creates a crisp beer and allows hops to shine.

  • Attenuation Medium Gravity* 76% – 80%
  • Attenuation High Gravity* 78% – 80% (10.5% – 11% ABV)
  • Temperature Range†: 18˚C – 25˚C  (64˚F – 77˚F)
  • Flocculation: Medium

Representative Styles:

  • Barley Wine
  • Bitter
  • India Pale Ale
  • Pale Ale
  • Scotch Ale
  • Stout

Medium Gravity is 14˚ – 16˚ Plato.  High Gravity is 23˚- 25˚Plato.

  The working temperature range represents the range at which fermentation for a given strain produces a typical attenuation- not necessarily the ideal temperature for your particular beer style.  As a rule of thumb, start ale yeast fermentation at 68˚ – 72˚F and then lower or raise temp as desired.  Lager Yeast are typically fermented at 45˚ – 58˚F.  If desired, Lager Yeast can be given a “hot start” at 65-68˚F and then lowered to the primary temperature after active fermentation begins (10-20hrs).

Check out the 5* reviews on GigaYeast NorCal Ale #1 GY001

Buy Now $14.95 incl. GST for a Gold Pitch

BeerCo Recipe Kit of the Month – GTP | Pale Ale

GTP | Pale Ale | BeerCo Recipe Kit is a hoppy new world pale ale with a mix of classic old and new world favourites in terms of the Cascade and Galaxy hops and Gladfield American Ale and Wheat malt and Nor Cal Ale #1 GigaYeast or Fermentis Safale US-05 Yeast.  Always a winner with your friends when they drop by at bieroclock – hoppy and in balance it goes down a treat when the sun is setting after another busy day.

Vital Stats:

Batch & Boil

  • Batch Size: 21.0 L US 5 Gallon
  • Boil Time: 90 min

Properties

  • OG 1.051
  • FG 1.007
  • IBU 38
  • ABV 5.8%
  • Colour  2 SRM / 4 EBC
  • Balance – 0.75

Gladfield Malts

Amount

Malt

%

4.50 Kg American Ale 90%
0.50 Kg Wheat 10%
5.00 Kg 100%

Hops

AMOUNT

HOP

TIME

USE

FORM

AA

30 g Galaxy AU 15 min Boil Pellet 14.2%
30 g Cascade 10 min Boil Pellet 7.0%
10 g Galaxy AU 5 min Boil Pellet 15.0%
20 g Cascade 3 days Dry Hop Pellet 7.0%
10 g Galaxy AU 3 days Dry Hop Pellet 14.2%

Yeast

Liquid | GigaYeast

Method:

  1. Mash – the brewer should do normal mash regime, probably mashing at around 67 C for at least 60 mins
  2. Mash off – Infuse mash with near boiling water while stirring or with recirculating mash system raise temp to mash out at 76C
  3. Sparge slowly – once again the brewer should do normal regime at around 77C
  4. Boil – vigorous boil for 75 mins
  5. Yeast & Fermentation – Cool your wort to pitching temp 18-20 C  Oxygenate your wort and pitch your yeast and start your ferment at 18 C letting it rise to 22 C.
  6. Conditioning – Rack the beer off the yeast after primary fermentation and dry hop with remainder of Cascade and Galaxy hops for 3 days at 18 C.
  7. Bottling or Kegging – Carbonate to 2.5 volumes of CO2.
Buy Now $49.50 incl. GST (dry yeast) or $55 incl. GST (GigaYeast)

Equipment of the Month – Mill Master Mini Mill

Author: Dermott Dowling | Beerly Managing Director at BeerCo

Nothing beats brewing on your own time schedule rather than being dictated to by the aging of your pre-cracked grains.  Nothing beats the perfect crush – just right in terms of cracking the grain and not tearing it to pieces.  No more stuck mashes and no more missing your starting gravity when you dial in the mill to the setting that is just right for you and your grain bill.

Mill like a pro with the Mill Master Grain Mill – the only geared roller mill on the market.  Brew when you want to brew with fresh cracked grains using hardened 420 Stainless Steel Fluted Rollers.  Mill Master Geared 2 Roller Grain Mill feature cutting edge design with good old fashioned reliability so you can mill your heart out and brew like a pro with consistent crush with a fully adjustable precision mill.

Mill Master Specifications

  • 130 mm (5″approx.) precision machined rollers
  • 39 mm (1 1/2″) diameter rollers
  • 26 flutes per roller
  • 420 Hardened Stainless Steel Rollers as Standard high corrosion and wear resistance
  • 12.7 mm (1/2″) drive shaft keyed for easy motorization, drill drive or hand crank
  • additional 3 flat triangular shank drive shaft designed to fit a 3/8 th drill chuck for improved torque and centering.
  • oil-impregnated sintered bronze bushings, carry a higher load, need less maintenance, and dampen vibration better than their rolling-bearing counterparts.
  • Strong aluminum frame
  • Built in gear guard
  • Arrives assembled

Fluted Rollers

  • Asymmetrical saw-tooth fluted rollers provide a cutting on cutting crush as used in high end commercial mill rollers
  • Flutes are angled to provide additional strength, durability and wear resistance
  • Cutting on cutting action reduced excess flour production and reduces husk damage to improving lautering.
  • Made from heat treated 420 Stainless Steel for a long service life

Roller Gap Adjustment

  • Set gap marks for ease of adjustment and repeat-ability
  • 0.0 mm to 1.9 mm infinitely adjustable gap setting for precision control and accuracy
  • 304 stainless steel the eccentric adjuster
  • Quick Adjustment side locking pins

Gear Driven Rollers

  • Gear rollers make it possible to do away with course husk ripping and tearing knurls found on other mills.
  • Only geared roller mill on the market that is fully adjustable at both ends.
  • Synchronized rollers for consistent crush which is sensitive to RPMs and differential roller speeds
  • The geared rollers ensure an easy and smooth feed of malt into the grain mill from start to finish.

Mill Master grain mills reflect 10 years of design evolution, experience and learning.

Buy Now $289.95 Incl. GST and Mill Like a Pro!
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Catch you in the RYE! Gladfield Rye Malt is here! NEW LIMITED RELEASE!!!

BeerCoAu and Gladfield Malt are very pleased to announce the release of the limited release Gladfield RYE malt as Gladfield Malt next development in craft malting. Gladfield Rye Malt is grown on the lush Canterbury plains of New Zealand alongside all other quality Gladfield Craft Malt.

Traditional brewing ingredients such as Rye offer the brewer the ability to add a unique element to a modern beer style such as the ever popular RIPA. or RRIPA – the Rye IPA or Red Rye IPA!

Brewers please note that Rye does not have a husk and is high in beta-glucan, so it can create a stuck mash if added in excessive amounts without adjuncts such as rice hulls to assist the mash conversion.  Used carefully you will find that Gladfield Rye Malt gives you the edge you need to create a memorable beer for friends to enjoy. When you chose Gladfield Rye Malt think ‘balance with complexity.’

Tradition has long fueled innovation in the craft beer community from ancient ales through to modern takes on old styles.  Rye was a traditional ingredient popular in Bavaria before the German Beer Purity Law of 1516, the Reinheitsgebot, that declared only malted barley, hops and water were permissible as brewing ingredients in beer (the significant role of yeast was still unknown).

The prominent style of rye beer in Bavaria prior to the enforcement of this law was Roggenbier, literally ‘rye beer,’ with its grainy and spicy flavours, and naturally unfiltered, cloudy appearance. Rye was also the key ingredient in the Finnish ‘Sahti’ beer which was flavoured with juniper berries.
Rye malt is a versatile adjunct (addition) that offers brewers scope for developing complex and balanced new beers. Although typically only used as a small percentage of the grain bill, Rye malt is not a shy ingredient and brings its own unique personality to your beer, working in harmony with other malts and hops.

When included in a brew, rye lends many iconic characteristics that can contribute to brewing a memorable beer. Flavours such as grainy, spicy, earthy and dry, are prominent when a rye component is added. Rye also adds colour to the beer ranging from straw, through copper to dark brown. A rye addition also adds body and mouth feel to your beer.

We intend to share some recipes brewed by us and you using Gladfield Rye Malt over time so stay tuned.  In the meantime to get you started if you want to make a RRIPA – Red Rye IPA – here is a grain bill and rough and ready home brewing recipe to get you started …feedback and builds/edits always welcome – brew malty, hoppy, yeasty and happy 🙂

Catcher in the Red Rye IPA – BeerCo Recipe

Gladfield Malt Bill % & Kg

38%  2.25 Gladfield American Ale Malt
33%  2.00 Gladfield Vienna Malt
10%  0.60 Gladfield Rye Malt
10%  0.60 Gladfield Shepherds Delight Malt
4%    0.25 Gladfield Light Crystal Malt
4%    0.25 Gladfield Aurora Malt
1%     0.05 Gladfield Light Chocolate Malt
100% 6.00kg

Hops

Extras

——–
0.75 Whirlfloc @ 10 min.  or Irish Moss 1/2 tab
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 10 min.

Yeast

Liquid

Dry

Fermentis Safale US-05 or Danstar BRY-97 West Coast Ale Yeast

Water Profile

Profile: Adjust your local water profile to reflect WA, USA or Hoppy IPAs

Mash & Fermentation Schedule

1. Mash in at 145 °F (63 °C) then ramp temperature to 152 °F (67 °C) for conversion. Mash out to 170 °F (77 °C).
2. Boil for 90 minutes, adding hops at the times indicated in the ingredient list.
3. Boil wort for 90 minutes, adding hops at times indicated.
4. Whirlpool the wort and let it sit for 15 minutes prior to cooling. Chill wort and transfer to fermenter. Aerate well and pitch sediment from yeast starter.
5. Ferment at 68 °F (20 °C). At end of fermentation, dry hop and hold warm for 3 days, then chill to 34 °F (1.1 °C) and age for a week.

Sources: http://www.themadfermentationist.com/2012/08/india-red-rye-ale-recipe.html and https://byo.com/hops/item/153-attack-of-the-hop-clones

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Cross Country Ale – BeerCo – Recipe – American Pale Ale

 

Everyone has a craft beer Epiphany and in my case it was in 2004 in the Sierra Nevada ranges of the good ole USA!  Cross Country Ale – BeerCo – Recipe – American Pale Ale pays homage to that time spent in the magical Sierra Nevada mountains drinking a lot of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale!  Truth be known it was 9 years since I had put down my first home brew with some school chums ‘back home’ in Aotearoa but don’t tell the authorities about that or our age at the time.  We brewed together as 4 buddies DNSS then just 2 brew buddies DN right through our high school years using good ole’ Muntons English beer kits, Brewtek kits and Cooper’s kits and Malt Extract and whatever we could lay our hands on in small town TimaHawaii in Aotearoa aka NZ.  DN (Dowling & Nicholls) even got so far as experimental home brewing as we knew it back then by throwing some hops in a pot with a kit and dry hopping to get more flavour out of our home brew.   Why the long yarn before I get to the Sierra Nevada ranges and the Cross Country Ale?  Cause it was important back then in the 1990s.  Whenever and wherever we took our home brews and unleashed them on unsuspecting chums or Dads of chums in NZ they turned their noses up at the cloudy colour or the yeast and hop forward flavours.  We got polite ‘that’s great Dermott & Simon’ keep it up.  One day you might brew something that tastes like real beer – DB Draught as the locals drunk back then which was near enough to ‘lolly water’ and that’s a polite expression for it then and now.

Well in 1994 I was lucky enough to go on S.W.A.P – Student Work Abroad Programme where they let 300 Kiwis loose on the USA with a work permit for 120 days over our summer – the Nth American winter.  Most of us landed up in the California or Colorado mountains and worked as ski bums and drank the first of the craft revolutions beers out of US.  I still recall with super fond memory heading to Safeway in Truckee to stock up on Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Sam Adams and other craft beers emerging at the time.  When we finished a day in the snow we hit the pubs and were lucky enough to find Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in bottles and sometimes on tap “Wow”!  This is what beer should taste like – I like it! And geez our home brew wasn’t that bad Simon, Nick & Shane.  Wish I could text or facebook you but luckily back then that stuff didn’t exist either so I just drank the good stuff, thought about mates back home and how I might send a giant group email on hotmail to brag about working in the snow and drinking the best beer on earth – Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – at least it was back then to me in Dec/Jan 1994!  This one’s to you Ken G and all the good folk at Sierra Nevada for putting smiles on a student ski bum face in some great resort bar somewhere in the Sierras 🙂

PS I was working at Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort where Telemarking was the ‘off days’ sport of choice at neighbouring fields like Sugar Bowl and Boreal.  Had to post this pic as it looks like now they added something else cool to the mix just like Sierra Nevada have added plenty of cool new brews to their mix since 1994.

 Gladfield Malt Bill

Hop Regime

  • ??? AAU Cascade Hops (Mash) (20g of 6.8% alpha acids) – thx Matt @Firestone Walker for the tip on the Brewing Network
  • 27 AAU Magnum hops (60 mins) (18 g of 13.5% alpha acids)
  • 11 AAU Cascade hops (15 mins) (30 g of 6.8% alpha acids)
  • (20 g) Cascade hops (0 mins)
  • (20 g) whole Cascade hops (dry hop) – aiming for 72 hours in the secondary pre bottling – thx Vinnie @Russian River for the tip @ANHC4

Yeast

Wyeast 1272  (American Ale II) 3 Dec 2014 manufacture date – thx Grain & Grape you could use:

Brewing aids/water treatment

  • 1/2 tab Irish moss @5 mins
  • 5g of Calcium Chloride + 5g of Calcium Sulphate

Step by Step

  1. Heat (16 L) of water to (72-5 °C), stir in crushed grains and 20g of Cascade hop pellets and mash at (64 °C) for 60 mins.
  2. Mash for 60 minutes then stir in boiled water to raise grain bed temperature to 168 °F (76 °C). Hold for 5 minutes.
  3. Recirculate until wort is clear (about 20 minutes), then begin running wort off to kettle. Sparge with 170 °F (77 °C) water.
  4. Boil wort for 90 minutes, adding hops at times indicated in recipe. Add Irish moss with 5 minutes left in boil. Cool wort and transfer to fermenter.
  5. Aerate wort and pitch yeast. Ferment at 68 °F (20 °C). Rack to secondary when fermentation is complete and add dry hops. Bottle when beer falls clear.

Thanks go out to the following references and sources: BYO.com for their clone recipe for Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – I’m calling this is Cross Country Ale as its not that pale with Red Back and Biscuit malt and I added another country with Kiwi malt so not a true blue clone brew.  Ken Grossman @Sierra Nevada for starting something great and keeping it in the family so to speak 🙂