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Dearg Irish Red

Brewed: 11/02/2019   Kegged: 11/16/2019
For the 2019 Learn to Homebrew Day, I packed up my equipment and traveled to my friend Du's house.

The last time I brewed at someone else's house, I decided that the next time I would try an extract batch so that I wouldn't have to bring as much. More importantly, I would not have to clean up as much while "on the road".

So, I basically took Jamil's Irish Red recipe from Brewing Classic Styles and changed it into something that made sense to me.

It appears that the 2015 style guidelines for Irish Red are significantly different than the 2008 version that Jamil had designed his beer towards. Plus, I thought I'd go with fuggle hops ... because I wanted to ...

I decided to brew it as a lager just because I could.

It came out a nice sessionable, drinkable beer. Really nice balance of caramel and roast.

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Dearg Irish Red --- Batch 1 (243)

Style Irish Red Ale Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type Extract Boil Size   2.22 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   72.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.044 SG Estimated FG 1.012 SG
Recipe Bitterness 22.5 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.2 %
BU : GU   0.509        
Recipe Color 12.0 SRM
Measured OG:    1.044   Measured FG:    1.012
ADF:    72   Measured ABV:    4.5


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
6.0 oz Crystal, Medium (Simpsons) (55.0 SRM) Grain 1 4.9 %
4.0 oz Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 2 3.3 %
7 lbs Pilsner Liquid Extract (3.5 SRM) Extract 3 91.8 %
1.000 oz Magnum [12.40 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 4 20.1 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 5 -
1.000 oz Fuggles [4.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 6 2.4 IBUs
1.0 pkg SafLager West European Lager (DCL/Fermentis #S-23) [23.66 ml] Yeast 7 -

Mash Profile

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Heat 2 gallons to 160ish. Steep grains for at least half an hour.
Add Extract.
Boil and add hops as recipe calls.
Chill to as close to 50 degrees as possible.
Ferment 1 week in 50's. Let rise to room temp for a week.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.119 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (2.22 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
10/28/2019 esheppy
Entered an online order at the Brew Hut. Will pick up Wednesday.
10/30/2019 esheppy
Picked up my ingredients. The LHBS manager said he was surprised to see me getting ingredients for extract brewing.
11/02/2019 esheppy
Learn to Homebrew Day. Packing up my stuff to bring to "Du's" house.
11/03/2019 esheppy
Brew day went well. Didn't take an og gravity reading. Poured boiling wort on ice to chill.
11/04/2019 esheppy
Been fermenting a bit high. Started at 50ish, let it rise to 55. Now have it set at 57.
11/12/2019 esheppy
Took a sample. Still cloudy. 1.012. Tastes pretty good. Should keg this week.
11/15/2019 esheppy
Another sample. Not as cloudy. Tastes better. Should keg tomorrow.
11/16/2019 esheppy
Kegged. Chilling in the beer fridge now.
11/22/2019 esheppy
The color and clarity are looking fantastic. Great roast flavor. Perhaps a bit sweet, but I'm ok with that. Might need a bit more carbonation, but it is close.
12/01/2019 esheppy
Moved the kegerator. Kicked up some trub.
12/13/2019 esheppy
Really nice color and clarity. Might be a bit darker than I expected, but that's ok. Great flavor.
12/20/2019 esheppy
Love this beer. Nice bit of roast.
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