Wednesday, February 26, 2014
3rd Rock Pale Ale and Jamil's BCS Scottish 70/-
I opted the modern version which includes 2-Row, Munich, Honey Malt, both medium and dark Crystal. Finally Pale Chocolate Malt.
I brewed to an OG of 1040 with a single addition of Target @ 60 minutes for 13 IBU. I mashed as prescribed @ 158F, fermentation stopped at an FG of 1.014-1.016. I fermented with 4th gen Pacman yeast harvested from a bottle of Rogue Brutal Bitter.
The beer is excellent! Lots of character for such a small beer. Nice body, head retention, great colour. Could see this becoming a house style. Easy drinking, satisfying and you can drink two or three and feel fine. Great social brew for sure.
Pictured right is a late hopped APA. I call it "3rd Rock". 2-Row, Munich, CaraPils, and a touch of CaraAroma for colour. OG about 1060. I followed this with an insane hopping schedule! Follow me here:
Chinook/Cascade/ Columbus @ 25 min, 15 min, 5 min and 1 min. IBU count of ~ 36. Each addition featured a 2:1:1 ratio. Example 2:1:1 Chinook:Cascade:Columbus followed by 2:1:1 Cascade:Chinook:Columbus followed by 2:1:1 Columbus: Cascade:Chinook. I then did the same for two dry hops, each 4 days long. A total 240g for 20 Litres of beer!
First off, the beer drinks nothing like 36 IBU, more like 50 or 60. It's clear with decent head retention. Love the colour, classic IPA. I am picking up some slight oxidation. I dry hopped this in a secondary which I might not do again. I have had better success hopping in the keg. Intense grapefruit and pine flavours. It's very nice but could do with some more body. I used 8% CaraPils so perhaps a slightly higher mash temp might be in order. Nice aroma but not as pungent as I was expecting. I am getting little from the Columbus. The Cascade and Chinook shine. Fermented with Pacman, finishes quite dry. Drinks like an IPA not the intended APA.