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Fat and Stoopid Amber Ale

Brewed: 03/26/2011   Bottled: 04/23/2011 fat.jpgWell, one day I started to make my world-famous Phat & Tyred Amber Ale.  Things went horribly wrong.  The mash started out ok.  I hit my strike temperature.  My mash temp was a bit high at the beginning, but not so much that I even had to adjust.  Everything was going great....

Until I started draining the wort from the cooler.  I got (horror of horrors) a stuck sparge.  Gosh darn it, I couldn't even drain all the first-running's.  So, I had to scramble.  I dumped my grains into a grain bag and steeped them in what was supposed to be my sparge water.  But, I guess I had way too much sparge water because I ended up with way too much wort.  Plus, some of my grain ended up in the boil pot because I was trying to dump it in the bag by myself.

At this point, I decided that I was not going to make "Phat & Tyred".  Because of the thin wort, I decided to boil longer.  And, I ended up adding some "left-over" LME to the batch.  I quickly made a new profile in Beer Smith to sort of model my whole brewing experience.  Then, rather than use the hops I had purchased for Phat & Tyred, I went with left-overs.

The recipe below approximates how everything ended up, but if this beer turns out awesome, it is going to be hard to screw up like this again. 

This was the first batch of beer that I kegged.

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Fat & Stoopid Ale (AG) --- cost $27.93

Style
American Amber Ale
Batch Size
5.50 gal
Type
All Grain
Boil Size   7.99 gal
Mash Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   120 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.063 SG
Estimated FG
1.016 SG
Recipe Bitterness
38.9 IBU (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
6.19 %
BU : GU   0.617        
Recipe Color
12.8 SRM
Color
   
Measured OG:    1.060   Measured FG:    1.014
ADF:    77%   Measured ABV:    6%

Ingredients

Amount Item Type % or IBU
1 lbs 8.0 oz Briess Wheat LME (3.0 SRM) Extract 12.17 %
7 lbs 11.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 62.39 %
11.0 oz Biscuit Malt (23.0 SRM) Grain 5.60 %
11.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 5.60 %
11.0 oz Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 5.60 %
11.0 oz Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 5.60 %
4.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 2.03 %
2.0 oz Pale Chocolate Malt (200.0 SRM) Grain 1.01 %
0.50 oz Columbus [14.20 %] (60 min) Hops 28.9 IBU
0.25 oz Pearle [7.50 %] (10 min) Hops 1.5 IBU
0.75 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (10 min) Hops 6.1 IBU
0.50 oz Saaz [5.80 %] (10 min) Hops 2.4 IBU
0.50 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs American Ale II (Harvested) (Wyeast Labs #1272) [Starter 125 ml] [Cultured] Yeast-Ale

Mash Profile

Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch Sparge




TOTALLY Screwed up the Sparge ... so none of the Mash information really means anything.

Recipe Notes
Harvested yeast from Phat & Tyred Ale http://www.wyeastlab.com/hb_yeaststrain_detail.cfm?ID=11
Ferment 1 week ~65F followed by 1 week ~72F
My first corny keg.  Carb with 12 PSI @38F for 5 to 7 days.
 
Brewing Notes:
03/26/2011 Brewing Day esheppy
Meant to make Phat & Tyred but things went badly and I had to improvise. Thank goodness for Beer Smith. I think I ended up making a pretty good beer, but won't know until it is ready to drink.
03/27/2011 esheppy
Big kraussen and air lock is bubbling away today. Temp at 60.
04/04/2011 esheppy
Took a gravity reading and sample taste. 1.012 or so. Nice APA or amber ale flavor. Not much hop aroma.
04/19/2011 esheppy
Purchased a 5 gallon corny keg to "bottle" this batch in. Not sure if I'll sugar-prime or just pressurize to desired carbonation.
04/23/2011 Kegged esheppy
Kegged it up. Soooo much easier than bottles. Although, I'm not sure I saved time today. Sample was wonderful. A bit on the bitter / hoppy side of balanced. Exactly what I was going for. Pressurized the keg to a little under 30. Not absolutely sure when I'll put this in the kegerator.
04/24/2011 esheppy
Tried one just for the fun of running the tap. Tastes good. Still not fully carbed, but not completely flat. So exciting.
04/25/2011
Tried another little sample from the tap. Still not fully carbed, but might be a little less flat. Temp down to 37. I do like the biscuit flavor with the centennial hops. Very good amber ale.
04/29/2011
Still doesn't seem fully carbed to me. I bumped up the pressure a bit. See how it tastes tonight.
05/05/2011 esheppy
Been drinking. Seems carbonated abut right, but I am still getting a bit of foam.
06/02/2011 Gone esheppy
Well, I did not realize we were so close, but the keg ran out tonight. Bummer.
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