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Alabama Pelican Brown Porter

Brewed: 08/25/2019   Kegged: 09/10/2019

ALPelican.jpgIn the summer of 2019, we visited Gulf Coast Alabama for a family reunion. 

The Brewmaster spent hours walking up and down the beach. 

As you may know,  The Brewmaster is fascinated with the white Colorado pelicans. And,  found himself watching the Brown Pelicans of the gulf quite a bit. 

As he would watch them soaring in formation or diving into the water,  he found himself thinking about brewing. 

He thought it would be cool to take his Colorado Pelican Australian Sparkling Ale recipe, and darken it up to signify the darker color of the gulf pelicans to the Colorado pelicans. 

This is the recipe he came up with. 

The style isn't quite the same as an English porter,  but close enough for homebrew. 

For more about this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Alabama Pelican

Alabama Pelican --- Batch 1

Style English Porter 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 1.016 SG
Recipe Bitterness 28.4 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.5 %
BU : GU   0.560        
Recipe Color 20.1 SRM
Measured OG:   1.049    Measured FG:    1.016
ADF:    67%   Measured ABV:    4.3


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
10.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
7 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 67.4 %
1 lbs 4.0 oz Crystal, Medium (Simpsons) (55.0 SRM) Grain 3 11.2 %
1 lbs Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 4 9.0 %
12.0 oz Crystal, Dark (Simpsons) (80.0 SRM) Grain 5 6.7 %
6.0 oz Brown Malt (Crisp) (65.0 SRM) Grain 6 3.4 %
4.0 oz Chocolate Malt (Simpsons) (430.0 SRM) Grain 7 2.2 %
0.250 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 8 12.4 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 9 -
2.000 oz Cluster [7.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 10 10.9 IBUs
1.000 oz Cluster [7.80 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 11 5.1 IBUs
1.0 pkg London Ale (White Labs #WLP013) [35.49 ml] Yeast 12 -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Primary 3.0 days) Other 13 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 13.91 qt of water at 168.2 F 156.0 F 45 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun , 5.57gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Make yeast starter a couple of days before brew day.
Water profile assumes BeerSmith Denver profile start
Final: Ca=111; Mg=9; Na=21; SO=51; Cl=165; HCO3=104;
Brew as directed from recipe.
Cool wort to as close to 60 degrees as possible.
Ferment at room temp for 2 weeks.
Keg carbonate.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.042 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.71 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
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Brewing Notes:
08/16/2019 esheppy
Bought ingredients today. Changed yeast to WLP013 London Ale. Also decided to go with another once of Cluster hops.
08/25/2019 esheppy
Plans changed last weekend and I didn't brew. Made a starter last night. Brewing today.
08/25/2019 esheppy
1.043 pre boil gravity. Very close to the 1.042 expected. Right at 8 gallons pre boil.
08/25/2019 esheppy
Brew day done. Tilt says 1.055. Refractometer says 1.049ish. 65 degrees.
08/26/2019 esheppy
Going nicely. Tilt says 1.044. 62 degrees.
08/28/2019 esheppy
1.020 at 69. Fermentation seems to be slowing down.
09/01/2019 esheppy
Tilt is showing 1.017, which is the expected fg. I should be able to keg once an empty becomes available.
09/10/2019 esheppy
Kegged. Calling the fg 1.016. Sample was nice and smooth. Chocolate. Nice touch of chocolate. Really looking forward to having this beer.
09/14/2019 esheppy
Had a couple last night. Really nice beer.
09/19/2019 esheppy
Took a growler to work. People really liked it.
10/11/2019 esheppy
So Guuud.
10/18/2019 esheppy
Blending this with the Will-o-Wisp is actually pretty good. Really makes that pumpkin spice nice and subtle.
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