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Mr. Cowboy Gold Ale

Brewed: 08/19/2010   Bottled: 08/29/2010 Needed to use up some Mr. Beer HME / UME, and didn't really feel like getting too creative.  Just a light blondish ale for us to drink as we see fit.  Turned out pretty good.  Personally, I think it could use some more hops, but it is not sickenly malty or sweet.  Pretty decent mouth feel and very easy going down.  Reminds me a lot of a Wetta Blonde.  The beer model really likes it.
Mr. Cowboy Ale --- cost $27.07 Style Blonde Ale Batch Size 2.13 gal Type Extract Boil Size   1.01 gal Recipe Characteristics Recipe Gravity 1.063 SG Estimated FG 1.016 SG Recipe Bitterness 22.3 IBU (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 6.13 % BU : GU   0.352         Recipe Color 5.3 SRM Color     Measured OG:    1.063   Measured FG:  1.014   ADF:    77.8%   Measured ABV:  6.53%   Ingredients Amount Item Type % or IBU 1 lbs 3.4 oz Mr. Beer Cowboy HME (5.0 SRM) Extract 32.44 % 1 lbs 3.4 oz Mr. Beer Pale Export UME (5.0 SRM) Extract 32.44 % 13.0 oz Mr. Beer Booster (0.0 SRM) Extract 21.72 % 8.0 oz Briess Wheat LME (3.0 SRM) Extract 13.40 % 0.25 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.30 %] (20 min) Hops 4.6 IBU 0.22 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min) Misc 0.22 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 min) Misc 1 Pkgs SafAle English Ale (DCL Yeast #S-04) Yeast-Ale Recipe Notes Boil 1 gallon water with LME. Add in hops. HME and UME go in after boil. Cool to as close to 60 as possible. Ferment 60-65 first few days then let it rise as high as it wants. Carb in 1 cup water with 2.25oz sugar.
Brewing Notes:
08/19/2010 Brewing Day esheppy
Brewed it up real quick on a Thursday night. My OG was real high... unless I measured it wrong. Have no idea where my extra gravity points would have come from. Maybe I thought I read 1.064 when I actually read 1.054. Anyway, pitched at 60. Put it in cold cooler, but took out ice bottles. We'll see what happens.
08/19/2010 esheppy
Double checked the OG. I was right. Tried putting the recipe in Q-Brew and got 1.063 as the OG, so I'm thinking I put something in wrong into Beer Smith. Can't quite figure out what it is, though.
08/19/2010 esheppy
Ok... if I put the Booster in as an extract instead of an adjunct, I get the right OG. Wow. It will be interesting to see how this beer turns out. I'll bet the Beer Model will like it.
Krasen looks to be dissipating. Took out of cooler to let the yeasties stay warmish to finish up. Did a pretty good job I think of keeping things cold until things started slowing down.
Took a little sample. Might be detecting a bit of fusel... but just a bit (if it is there at all). Temp up to 72.
08/29/2010 Bottled esheppy
1 cup water 2.25oz sugar. Got 12 12 oz. 2 liter bottles. 1 1/2 gallon growler and a pint bottle. Nice gold color. Sample was good. Could use more hops I think, but we knew that with this recipe.
Put one in the beer fridge and the rest in the conditioning cooler.
Tried one. Got the Mr. Beer taste ... interesting since I did not use the MrB yeast. Probably could use some hops. Good beer. Probably not great. Will let this condition a bit.
09/25/2010 esheppy
Just remembered my comment about the "fusel". That is certainly gone. Nice mouth-feel. Beautiful gold color. The malty sweetness is there. My initial response was that it needed more hops, but this is actually exactly what I think it should be. And the beer model really likes it.
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