Brewday: Munich Pale Ale (and other updates)
October 24, 2011
Since the last post I’ve managed to get two batches bottled, and brewed a new one today. It’s been six days since I bottled the mocha porter, and two days since I bottled the amber ale. I did a carbonation test on the mocha porter earlier tonight and it was really solid (though not fully carbonated yet). It has a nice roasted coffee aroma, a sweet chocolate taste up front, and a lightly bitter coffee flavor at the end. I’m quite pleased, though I’d probably tone the coffee down just slightly next time.
The sample of the amber ale that I tried after bottling it was also quite nice. It came in at 4.2%, which is what I wanted. There’s a nice rich malty character with a balanced bitterness and a solid up front hop American hop character. This will be a full flavored session beer through and through. I like the pine aroma combined with a subdued citrus character.
Today’s brew was kind of an experiment. The only base malt I have at the moment is Munich, which is kilned higher so it’s sweeter and maltier than pale malt. I decided to make a pale ale using mostly Munich malt to see what I could get out of it. A little caramel Munich will give it a bit of body and sweetness. I used a combination of Northern Brewer and Galena hops to give it sort of a noble earthy character to go with the rich malty character from the Munich malt. I guess this could be considered an American ale version of the Munich Dunkel dark lager style from Germany. It should be a decent session beer regardless.
Boil Volume: 8.33 gallons
Batch Volume: 6.50 gallons
Fermenter Volume: 5.00 gallons
Starting Gravity: 1.053
- 11.00 lb Munich
- 0.75 lb CaraMunich
- 0.50 oz Galena (60 minutes, 11% Alpha Acid)
- 0.50 oz N Brewer (60 minutes, 9.8% Alpha Acid)
- 1.00 oz N Brewer (15 minutes)
- 1.00 oz Galena (5 minutes)
- 1.00 oz N Brewer (End of Boil)
- 1.00 oz Galena (End of Boil)
- Strike with 3.25 Gallons at 168F
- Mash at 150F for 60 minutes
- Sparge with 6.75 Gallons at 180F
- 3 gm Calcium Chloride
- 8 gm Calcium Sulfate