Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Ringing the Final Bell

Foaming out of the chiller.
My Dad retired about a month ago.  He and I have been working together for a decade, and seeing his face and connecting with him on a daily basis has been a blessing that few children are able to share with their parents.  My Dad's a pretty amazing guy, too.  He has a huge heart.  He's tireless and passionate about his work, almost to a fault.  I'm happy to say that I'm a little bit like him.  Working with him changed the dynamic of our relationship and made us closer, and his absence is something that I feel acutely.  If I really think about it, I realize that we became adult friends at work.  When you're trying to raise your kids you can't be their friend.  You can be friendly, but that authoritative distance has to be maintained if you really want the best for them.  My Dad was never overbearing or domineering, but as I grew up and we worked together, I had the chance to see him in a different light.  We became friends, and his absence makes me realize how special that relationship is.

He asked me to brew a beer for his retirement party this summer.  His request? Amber Ale.  He's a fan of Sierra Nevada, so I decided to make adjustments to a tried and true Pale Ale recipe, adding additional color and hop presence.  The result is Final Bell Amber Ale:

Malts and Grains
11.50 pounds 89.5% of grist
1.25 pounds 9.7% of grist
0.10 pounds 0.8% of grist
12.85 pounds
Total Grain Weight (Water Amounts)
100% of grist
0.33 ounces 13% Pellets @ 60 minutes 
Type: Bittering
Use: Boil
4.3 AAUs
0.50 ounces 8.9% Pellets @ 30 minutes 
Type: Flavor
Use: Boil
4.5 AAUs
1.00 ounces 5.5% Pellets @ 10 minutes 
Type: Aroma
Use: Aroma
5.5 AAUs
1.00 ounces 5.5% Pellets @ 0 minutes 
Type: Aroma
Use: Dry Hop
5.5 AAUs
2.83 ouncesTotal Hop Weight19.7 AAUs
Total Boil Time:60 minutes
Name:California Ale
Manufacturer:White Labs
Product ID:WLP001
Temperature Range:68–73°F
Amount:35 ml

I brewed this beer over the course of an afternoon and it went exactly as planned.  I mashed at 153 degrees F for an hour and gathered 5.5 gallons of wort.  I'm hoping the addition of Amarillo hops will give this beer additional complexity.  I may dry hop it if it seems appropriate after primary fermentation.  Next up?  Cascadian Dark Ale and a rebrew of KTG.

1 comment:

  1. The Final Bell was a big hit at my retirement party. I am a lucky man to have such a wonderful son who is also an accomplished home brewer!!


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