- Brewed during the long summer days surrounding the Solstice, where we get more than 20 hours of daylight in Fairbanks.
Recipe (for 5 gallons final volume)
|5.75||pounds||(48%)||Crisp Maris Otter Pale Malt|
|4.0||pounds||(33%)||Dingemans Pilsner Malt|
|3.0||ounces||U.S. Goldings whole hops, 4.3% AA (60 minutes)|
|1.0||ounce||U.S. Goldings whole hops, 4.3% AA (5 minutes)|
|0.3||ounces||Coriander seed, ground (5 minutes)|
|0.3||ounces||Grains of Paradise, ground (5 minutes)|
|0.5||ounces||Candied ginger, diced (5 minutes)|
- White Labs WLP022 Essex Ale Yeast, pitched at 76°F
- Starter: 3 quart starter built up from a slant (20 ml -> 300 ml -> 3 quarts), cooled, decanted, warmed
- Aeration: Drill aerator for two minutes after pitching
- (Wort cooled in kegerator down to 70 after four hours)
- Fairbanks city water
- 38.25 quarts water treated with:
- 1 Campden tablet.
- 18 quarts mash water treated with:
- 3.6 ml 88% Lactic Acid.
- 20.5 quarts sparge water treated with:
- 3.3 ml 88% Lactic Acid.
- 18.0 quarts water @ 157°F, grist ratio of 1.5 quarts:pound @ 148°F (Held 90 minutes)
- 9.5 quarts water @ 210°F, drain
- 10.75 quarts water @ 168°F, drain
- Boiled 8.0 gallons for 75 minutes to yield 6.5 gallons wort
- I wound up discarding a fair amount of wort, which explains my low efficiency. The pre-boil gravity was 1.042, which should have yielded an SG of 1.061. Sparge less volume or boil longer.
- Primary: bucket, 7 days, 68°F
- Secondary: glass, 14 days, 62°F
- Kegged with 80 grams dextrose
- Conditioned for 3 weeks
- Ready to drink on 31-Jul-2004
|Starting Gravity: 1.053||Final Gravity: 1.016|
|Original Extract: 13.1°plato||Apparent Extract: 4.08°plato|
|Real Extract: 5.79°plato|
|Alcohol: 4.8% by volume||(3.8% by weight)|
|Apparent Attenuation: 68.9%||Mash Efficiency: 66%|
|Bitterness: 47 IBU||Color: 5 SRM|
|BU:SG: 0.89||BV: 1.67|
- 17-Oct-2004 (17 weeks) -- Excellent light summer ale. It was a little harsh and cidery tasting initially (like for the first three months!), but it has mellowed into a great beer. Refreshing, crystal clear and nicely balanced. Hint of sweetness balances the bitterness without feeling heavy. Spices are muted and only the ginger comes through.
- 28-Nov-2004 (28 weeks, last pint) -- This turned out to be a fantastic beer once it had aged a few months. I didn't detect the coriander or grains of paradise directly, but that may be because I don't really know what they taste like. The ginger was a great complement to the hop and corn flavors that dominated the flavor profile.
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