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Eric The Awful Red Ale

Brewed: 10/07/2012   Kegged: 10/18/2012
ericawful.JPGWell, I was trying to decide one day in early autumn of 2012 if I would like to brew something like my Quarter Life Crisis Hoppy Red Ale or if I would like to brew my Eric's Irish Red Ale. After some thought, I just decided to split the difference and combine the recipes. It would basically be the Eric's Red malt base boosted a bit to get a little higher ABV, and I would add Cascade and Centennial hops like QLC. Turns out I had some Amarillo hops in the freezer that I decided to just throw in for the fun of it. Of course, I had to dry-hop as well.

Before I knew it, I had a recipe.

The name "Eric the Awful" comes from the Ray Stevens song "Erik the Awful". which my kids think is just hilarious. I must admit that I like it too. My kids even invented a game they call "Eric the Awful". Basically, it is just me on my bike chasing them on their bikes around the neighborhood bike paths behind our house. In case you didn't know, the SheppyBrew BrewMaster's first name is "Eric".

Considering the beer is a combination of Eric's Red and Quarter Life Crisis, "Eric the Awful" seemed like the perfect name for this beer.

The beer has the rich malt base of an Irish Red with the citrusy hoppiness of an IPA. It is not as high in alcohol of my other "West Coast" American Reds, though. I am really looking forward to drinking this beer.

You can read more about this beer on my blog at:


Eric The Awful --- batch 1

American IPA
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size
7.99 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency
Boil Time
90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.061 SG
Estimated FG
1.015 SG
Recipe Bitterness
52.6 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
6.1 %

Recipe Color
12.5 SRM

Measured OG:

Measured FG:

Measured ABV:


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
11 lbs 4.0 oz Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 1 88.2 %
14.0 oz Carared (20.0 SRM) Grain 2 6.9 %
6.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM) Grain 3 2.9 %
4.0 oz Chocolate Rye Malt (250.0 SRM) Grain 4 2.0 %
0.25 oz Magnum [15.20 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 5 14.4 IBUs
0.25 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [17.00 %] - Boil 50.0 min Hop 6 15.1 IBUs
0.50 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 7 -
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [10.90 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 8 8.3 IBUs
1.00 oz Cascade [8.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 9 6.1 IBUs
1.00 oz Centennial [11.60 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 10 8.8 IBUs
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 11 -
1.0 pkg SafeAle American Ale (Fermentis #US-05) [25.00 ml] Yeast 12 -
1.00 oz Cascade [6.90 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 13 0.0 IBUs

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 15.94 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.54gal, 3.99gal) of 168.0 F water
Recipe Notes

Pitch as close to 60 F as possible. Keep temp below 65 for 2 days, then let it warm up to room temp (but lower than 72)
Ferment about 2 weeks.
Batch prime with 4oz table sugar. Carbonate 2 weeks. Condition as long as able (2 months?)

Brewing Record

Brew Date:

Strike Temp:

Mash Temps:

Pre-boil OG
(1.049 SG)
Pre-boil Vol
(7.99 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency

Pitch Temp


Day 1:
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Brewing Notes:
10/07/2012 Brew Day esheppy
Brewed this up. See Eric the Awful on my blog.
10/08/2012 esheppy
Fermenting away. 60 degrees at the end of the day.
10/14/2012 esheppy
Added 1 oz of cascade in two hop sacks.
10/18/2012 esheppy
Kegged it up. 1.014 fg. Perfect. Sample tasted awesome. Really looking forward to drinking this from the keggerator.
11/08/2012 esheppy
Rocktoberfest is done so I have room in the keggerator for ETA. Chilled in the chest freezer for a couple hours before putting in the keggerator.
11/15/2012 esheppy
Tried a sample tonight. Carbonation, head formation, and head retention much better than it was a few days ago. Just a function of carbonation? Not too foamy. Going to leave on pressure for a few more days.
12/14/2012 esheppy
Finished up the keg last night. Bummer.
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