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Red Eye Red Ale

Brewed: 06/16/2017   Kegged: 07/23/2017

redeye1.jpgIf you follow me on follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, or read my blog, you know that in June of 2017, I was participating in the Great American Cycle Challenge .

I raised money by telling people I would ride 660 miles during the month of June.

My newest LHBS (Broadway Brew Supply) saw me on the social media sites begging for money and asked if they could get involved.

Ummmm ... sure ... yes ... of course.

I thought they meant they would share my page url on their social media sites. It turns out they had something much more awesome in mind.

Every month, Broadway Brew Supply does a thing that they call "Kits for Change". Basically, they partner with a local brewery and put together a home brew kit to clone one of the brewery's beers. 

The proceeds from the sales of those kits go to charity.

For the Month of June 2017, they were nice enough to use "my" charity as the one the kits would benefit.

Of course I had to get one.

Red Eye Red Ale --- Batch 1

Style American Amber Ale Batch Size 5.00 gal
Type Extract Boil Size   1.70 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   72.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.045 SG Estimated FG 1.015 SG
Recipe Bitterness 21.0 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.0 %
BU : GU   0.468        
Recipe Color 14.5 SRM
Measured OG:   1.046   Measured FG:   1.020 
ADF:   56    Measured ABV:   3.4 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
2 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 1 23.5 %
8.0 oz Aromatic Malt (26.0 SRM) Grain 2 5.9 %
6 lbs Briess Pilsen Light LME (2.0 SRM) Extract 3 70.6 %
0.500 oz Centennial [10.40 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 16.5 IBUs
0.500 oz Centennial [10.40 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 5 4.4 IBUs
1.000 oz Cascade [6.30 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 6 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg Pacific Ale (White Labs #WLP041) [35.49 ml] Yeast 7 -
4.00 oz Whole Bean Coffee (Secondary 0.0 mins) Flavor 8 -

Mash Profile

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Steep grains using strainer bag in 1.5 gallons 154F water for 30 minutes. Rinse grains with .5 gallon water ~165.
Bring wort to boil. Turn off water and stir in half of LME. Boil for total of 60 minutes adding hops as directed.
Chill and aerate. Add to fermentor and top off to 5.5 gallons.
Ferment for 2 weeks.
Rack into secondary with coffee and "dry hop" for 5 days.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.145 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (1.70 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
06/19/2017 esheppy
Brewed on 6/16. Took a few days for the yeast to start up. It is going now, though.
06/23/2017 esheppy
There is something wrong with this beer. Has the same mildew flavor I got when I tried brewing T.Ra.Sh. Light Mexican Lager last June. I'm afraid I'm going to have to dump this. Wish I knew what I did to screw this up. Bummer.
07/11/2017 esheppy
Over the weekend, I racked into secondary with 6oz of coffee and some honey to kick up fermentation again. The mildew flavor was not as bad as I remembered from the initial taste, so maybe this is salvageable.
07/22/2017 esheppy
Still waiting for a keg. I think I'll kill one tonight. The coffee flavor is making this beer more tolerable.
07/23/2017 esheppy
Kegged. This is the best this beer has tasted. Not a great beer, but it is tasting pretty good. ☕
07/29/2017 esheppy
Had a taste. Actually tasting pretty good. Going to have to chill and carb it.
08/06/2017 esheppy
Not my favorite. Might end up dumping after all.
08/12/2017 esheppy
Feeling ok with the flavor at the moment.
08/13/2017 esheppy
Blending this with my saison is the best way to drink this beer. Made delicious bbq sauce with it today.
08/19/2017 esheppy
Yep. I'll be dumping this once the Rocktoberfest is ready to be kegged. In the meantime, I am using for soaking brats or other sauces requiring beer.
08/26/2017 esheppy
Dumped it. The keg was about half empty. Earlier in my brewing "career" I probably would have finished this keg. Rocktoberfest will replace this beer.
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