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Brewer/Contributor: Colin M. Brougham

Batch Size: 5.50 gal

Boil Size: 7.00 gal

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Type: All Grain

Date: 10/26/2003

Batch Size: 5.50 gal

Brewer: Colin M. Brougham
Boil Size: 7.00 galAsst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: 48-Quart Cooler Mash Tun
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 60.00
Taste Notes: Sampled one 12oz bottle on 12.04.03 -- extremely surprised. For a batch I thought I botched, it tastes pretty good. The miracle of AG, I suppose. Nice hop bite and flavor, good carbonation. Nice amber color, thin white head, fairly clear even though it's


AmountItemType% or IBU
8.00 lbPale Malt (2 Row) UK (3.0 SRM)Grain76.19 %
1.00 lbVienna Malt (3.2 SRM)Grain9.52 %
0.50 lbAromatic Malt (26.0 SRM)Grain4.76 %
0.50 lbCaramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM)Grain4.76 %
0.25 lbCara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)Grain2.38 %
0.25 lbSpecial Roast (50.0 SRM)Grain2.38 %
1.00 ozNorthern Brewer [7.10 %] (60 min)Hops25.4 IBU
0.50 ozNorthern Brewer [7.10 %] (45 min)Hops11.7 IBU
0.50 ozNorthern Brewer [7.10 %] (15 min)Hops6.3 IBU
1.00 ozCrystal [4.10 %] (10 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep)Hops-
1.00 itemsWhirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min)Misc
1 PkgsSan Francisco Lager (White Labs #WLP810)Yeast-Lager


Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.041 SG

Measured Original Gravity: 1.040 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.013 SGMeasured Final Gravity: 1.013 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 3.63 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 3.51 %
Bitterness: 43.4 IBUCalories: 177 cal/pint
Est Color: 10.4 SRMColor:

Mash Profile

Mash Name: Single Infusion, Light Body, No Mash Out (152 F)Total Grain Weight: 10.50 lb
Sparge Water: 5.48 galGrain Temperature: 60.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 175.0 FTunTemperature: 60.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUEMash PH: 5.4 PH

Single Infusion, Light Body, No Mash Out (152 F)
Step TimeNameDescriptionStep Temp
60 minMash InAdd 13.13 qt of water at 170.6 F152.0 F

Mash Notes: Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).

Carbonation and Storage

Carbonation Type: Corn SugarVolumes of CO2: 2.5
Pressure/Weight: 4.5 ozCarbonation Used: -
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 60.0 FAge for: 28.0 days
Storage Temperature: 52.0 F 


First all-grain batch! Batch sparged. Really low efficiency, apparently. Lots of break in the primary again. Whirlfloc may be the culprit...

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