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Muggled Pale Ale

Brewed: 08/11/2019   Kegged: 08/24/2019

In November of 2015, it had been quite awhile since I'd brewed a hoppy beer. I really thought I needed one on tap. 
muggled.jpgI picked up some Chinook hops at one of the tables at the latest GABF that I had to use in something. I thought a nice hoppy APA would be a perfect use for those.

The grain bill is simple. 10 pounds American 2-row and 1 pound dark Munich. 

I mashed it a little higher than my usual for just a touch more body to the beer.

But the beer is more about the hops than anything else. With Chinook and Cascade it is your typical American citrus grapefruit piney hop profile. It isn't overly bitter but had a bunch of hop flavor.

Dry hopping in the keg really helped nail the dry-hop aroma character I was looking for. It was very fruity. Almost had a hop sweetness to it.

Nothing is really overdone in the recipe. It is nicely hopped with enough malt to make it somewhat balanced.

After the first recipe, I thought this simple grain bill would work well to experiment with different hops and hop combinations. For Batch 2, I decided I would use only Mosaic hops to see how that turned out (fantastic).

Batch 3, I decided to experiment with cryo-hops.

The name "Muggled" is a nod to the Harry Potter books and the non-magical folk who live in a magical world without being totally aware. 

It also references another one of my favorite hobbies ... geocaching and the disappearance of a couple of my caches. See Muggled! on the blog.

For more about this beer, check out Sheppy's Blog: Muggled

Muggled Pale Ale --- Batch 4

Style American Pale Ale Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.71 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.051 SG Estimated FG 1.011 SG
Recipe Bitterness 45.2 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.2 %
BU : GU   0.892        
Recipe Color 6.2 SRM
Measured OG:   1.055    Measured FG:    1.008
ADF:   85   Measured ABV:    6.2


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
12.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
1.00 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 2 -
10 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 90.9 %
1 lbs Munich Malt - 30L (30.0 SRM) Grain 4 9.1 %
0.500 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [15.80 %] - Boil 40.0 min Hop 5 23.5 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 -
1.000 oz Amarillo [8.70 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 7 5.7 IBUs
1.000 oz Citra [12.80 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 8 8.3 IBUs
1.000 oz Mosaic (HBC 369) [11.80 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 7.7 IBUs
1.0 pkg American West Coast Ale (Lallemand/Danstar #BRY-97) Yeast 10 -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Primary 15.0 mins) Other 11 -
1.000 oz Citra [12.00 %] - Dry Hop 3.0 Days Hop 12 0.0 IBUs
1.000 oz Mosaic (HBC 369) [12.25 %] - Dry Hop 3.0 Days Hop 13 0.0 IBUs

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 13.75 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.74gal, 3.86gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Add salts to original strike water. Additions target "Hoppy Bitter" in Beer Smith based on starting with the Denver water profile.
Final: Ca=114,Mg=11,Na=21,SO4=259,Cl=23,HCO3=104
Pitch at about 60F. Ferment with ice blocks to keep below 65 for 1st few days, then remove and let it rise to room temp as long as it is less than 72. After the fermentation activity slows down (4 or 5 days), dry hops get added to the keg and left in to taste.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.041 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.71 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
08/11/2019 esheppy
Brew day today at Doc's house. Tilt OG 1.056.
08/12/2019 esheppy
After driving home, I combined two little carboys into my bigger fermentor and put that in a gott cooler with ice water. Took awhile to get wort into 60's. Visual fermentation has not started yet.
08/13/2019 esheppy
Still not real active yet.
08/14/2019 esheppy
Fermentation underway. 1.052. 65F. Nice kraussen.
08/16/2019 esheppy
1.017. 73. Still going.
08/22/2019 esheppy
Tilt says the gravity is 1.006. Pretty sure it isn't that low. Tegardless, need to dry-hop soon.
08/29/2019 esheppy
Kegged on Saturday with dry hops in the keg. Shook in co2 on Tuesday and tried some. Very hazy and carb didn't really take. Letting this settle a bit, hitting it with co2 every couple days.
08/29/2019 esheppy
Super hop "juicy" and delicious. Less hazy, but not clear. Needs more carbonation.
09/19/2019 esheppy
Took a growler to work yesterday. People seemed to like it.
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