Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hinesight Pale Ale

My first brew turned out to be (what I consider) a success.  I took the basic recipe for a pale ale and added some extra flavoring hops to mimic the hoppier body of an IPA.  

The three types of hops I used were Cascade (bittering), Simcoe, and Willamette.  The wort boiled for a full 60 minutes, taking in a lot of the flavor of the hops.  I didn't sparge my hops, which is definitely something I will do next time.  

The room where my fermentation bucket stayed was probably a little too cold for an ale.  The temperature fluctuated in the low 60's.  

After 12 days, I switched my batch into a secondary fermentation bucket, which I will probably do sooner next time. 

After 6 more days, bubbling had completely stopped (finally).  I switched back to the first bucket which had a nozzle for easier bottling.  I added a full 3/4 cup of corn sugar to this bucket.  

After 10 LONG days of waiting, I was finally able to taste my baby.  

The finished product was a very beautiful golden color, actually a little darker than I imagined it would turn out.  It had a very high hop taste, without overpowering the aromas of my steeping grains.  The alcohol content turned out to be about 4.5 percent.  My greatest relief was not having a metallic taste, as my previous brewing experience left me with.  

Hinesight Pale Ale is also not very carbonated.  It's not flat by any means, but I think the carbonation will improve over time.  I am planning on aging half of the batch for another 2-3 weeks and seeing how it turns out.  

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