Batch 69: Oriander Pale Ale

It took a lot of restraint to not come up with a more salacious name for this beer. EDIT after tasting it (3/23), I’m starting to think of something like “easier than a presidential fitness test” b/c it is Easy Drinking.

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Nottingham (1 packets)
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): intended 6
Original Gravity: 1.051 (1.049 anticipated)
Final Gravity: 1.004 (!?)
IBU: 22 (tastes like less than that)
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 3° L
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 12 days @ ~62-65°
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): n/a

6# 2-row
4# German Wheat

3.5 gal 170° strike water yielded initial 155° mash, and I stirred and left the cap off of the mash tun until it came down to ~152°.

Sparge (infusion) with 5.25 gal 170° water
7 gal recovered into boil kettle
SG: 1.050 (1.030 at 155°)

Technical difficulties were encountered. One of the heat sticks was taking on water and shorting, so while the FWH were simmering away, I went out to secure propane. All in all, the FWH lasted about an hour, which is great b/c we had a boil over once we got to temperature.

1oz Cascade FWH
0.5oz Cascade 15 minutes

1 Whirlfloc @ 10 minutes

0.75oz Bitter Orange Peel @ flameout
0.75oz Crushed Coriander @ flameout

Chilled to ~68°, transferred to the FerMonster (recovered ~6 gallons), and pitched 2 old packets (expired 3/2017 and 10/2017, respectively) of Nottingham 🙂

UPDATE 3/12: nice calm krausen, and the fermenter reads just under 61* 🙂

UPDATE 3/23: clear, LIGHT (straw-colored), and potentially dry as a bone (FG: 1.004??). Rather delicious: crisp, very malty (and a tiny bit bready), and if the orange and coriander are coming through, I’m having a hard time telling. I will need to let the Mrs taste this when it is cool and carbonated, but by many accounts, I think this is shaping up to have the flavor profile of a ?Cream ale? though it’s clocking in at around 6% (I’m wondering if this is b/c I pitched two packets – they were old, but I’m wondering if they were more viable than I had expected). Who cares, it’s TASTY AS HELL. maybe re-make this beer and call it “boat beer”? maybe take the ABV back down a bit in that case?