Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Galactic Centennial Citra Imperial Red Ale

This is a 1 gallon re-brew of the STL Brown the way I intended it to be. I am tweaking the recipe because I have a lot of galaxy hops and am low on Amarillo. In truth I am not a huge fan of Amarillo(spicy/orange/citrus). Some people find it amazing, but for me I'd prefer: citra(citrus/tropical fruit), centennial(citrus/flowers), or simcoe(pine) to dominate. I've never used galaxy before so I am hoping that by using galaxy hops in the brew and then as a huge shot in the dry hops for added aroma that I'll be able to find out more.

Centennial and Galaxy are both hops I hope to profile in the future. The hop flavor I am hoping to get from this is a bold citrus flavor. The Citra hops should impart a strong tropical flavor and aroma, I have found it to be reminiscent of a fresh cut mango, but with that hop quality unique to beer. The Centennial hops are included to add to the depth of hop flavor. I am looking for their characteristic floral/citrus addition, similar to cascade. The Galaxy hops are new to me but I am hoping to have a unique citrus addition; Wikipedia suggests passion fruit.

(read more after the break.)

From the grain bill I am hoping to produce a red ale that would be good aside from the incredible hop schedule. I wanted a good base of American Pale Male 2 Row, with some caramel malts and just a touch of pale chocolate malt to deepen it. My goal is for the color to come in somewhere between copper red and red velvet cake.

1 lbs 13.4 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) 77.7 %
3.5 oz Cara-red (Weyermann) (24.0 SRM) 9.3 %
2.3 oz Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) 6.1 %
1.6 oz Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) 4.3 %
0.5 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) 1.3 %
0.5 oz Pale Chocolate Malt (200.0 SRM) 1.3 %
0.10 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 20.0 min 13.8 IBUs
0.10 oz Citra [10.00 %] - Boil 20.0 min 12.5 IBUs
0.15 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min 12.4 IBUs
0.10 oz Galaxy [14.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min 11.6 IBUs
0.10 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min 0.0 IBUs
0.10 oz Citra [10.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min 0.0 IBUs
0.10 oz Galaxy [14.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min 0.0 IBUs
0.3 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05)

Saccharification Add 4.85 qt of water at 160.1 F 151.0 F 75 min
Mash Out Heat to 168.0 F over 7 min 168.0 F 10 min 

Boil Size: 1.25 gal
Post Boil Volume: 0.85 gal
Estimated OG: 1.095 SG
Estimated FG: 1.018 SG
Estimated Color: 16.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 50.3 IBUs  

This beer has thus far been my nemesis, I didn't have the full 6 qts of water so I ran a little light in water. The result was an imperial red ale, nearly double my original recipe. because of the decrease in volume the hop bitterness also increased although maybe not 1:1 with the gravity increase. I'll have to re-brew it to get what I want. On the plus side it's nearly a barley wine now!

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