Barn Dance Pale Ale

>> Sunday, January 05, 2014

Today I'm brewing a recipe I came up with that should result in a nice hop-focused session style pale ale. This recipe includes several of my favorite hop varieties, one of which is probably my absolute favorite, Amarillo. I'm hoping to get lots of hop flavor and aroma out of this beer with the bitterness being towards the lower end for the style.

I don't think I've ever used the San Diego Super Yeast strain before. My understanding is this is the one used by Stone Brewing in most of their beers. It's supposed to be similar to WLP001; basically a fast and clean fermenting yeast.

Here's the recipe as I'm making it for version 1.0:

5.25# Rahr Pale Malt - 68.3 % 
12.0 oz Briess Caramel Malt - 10L - 9.8 % 
12.0 oz Crisp Maris Otter - 9.8 % 
9.0 oz Briess Cara-Pils/Dextrine - 7.3 % 
6.0 oz Simpsons Golden Naked Oats - 4.9 % 
20.0 g Columbus - Boil 20 min
23.0 g Amarillo - Boil 5 min
11.5 g Chinook - Boil 5 min
1/2t Yeast Nutrient - 5 min
1/2 Whirlfloc - 5 min
1.0 pkg White Labs San Diego Super Yeast WLP090 in 1L starter
46.0 g Amarillo - Dry hop 
23.0 g Cascade - Dry hop

Target OG: 1.046
IBU's: 33.8

Mash at 151F for 60 min. 90 min boil. Ferment at 65F.

Brewing Notes
No real issues to speak of. My gravity came in a tad low at 1.045.

Update 1/10/2014
Gravity has dropped to 1.006...this yeast really is fast. Dry hops were added today. I'll probably pull a sample in a few days and see how it's coming along.