Happy New Year, everyone! I decided to kick the year off with a brew day. Last year, I brewed my first batch of beer on New Year’s Day 2013(a Mr. Beer West Coast Pale Ale). This year, I brewed a recipe of my own design(using Beersmith), a “Leftover” Pale Ale, using grains and hops I had on hand. Here are the ingredients(for a 2.5 gallon batch):
|4.0 oz||Caramel Malt – 80L 6-Row (Briess) (80.0 SRM)||Grain||1||8.3 %|
|4.0 oz||Carapils (Briess) (1.5 SRM)||Grain||2||8.3 %|
|10.0 oz||DME Golden Light (Briess) (4.0 SRM)||Dry Extract||3||20.8 %|
|0.38 oz||Cascade [7.00 %] – Boil 60.0 min||Hop||4||23.3 IBUs|
|1 lbs 14.0 oz||DME Golden Light (Briess) [Boil for 15 min](4.0 SRM)||Dry Extract||5||62.5 %|
|0.20 oz||Willamette [5.00 %] – Boil 15.0 min||Hop||6||4.4 IBUs|
|0.30 oz||Citra [14.00 %] – Boil 10.0 min||Hop||7||13.5 IBUs|
|0.20 oz||Citra [14.00 %] – Boil 2.0 min||Hop||8||2.1 IBUs|
|0.6 pkg||Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml]||Yeast||9||–|
|0.50 oz||Citra [14.00 %] – Dry Hop 14.0 Days||Hop||10||0.0 IBUs|
|0.20 oz||Liberty [4.30 %] – Dry Hop 14.0 Days||Hop||11||0.0 IBUs|
I did have to order the Citra hops, yeast, and a little more DME, but I had everything else on hand. The brew day went very smoothly. I did the late extract addition to keep the beer from getting too dark, and to aid with hop utilization. And It’s so much easier cooling down 2.5 gallons of wort! I think I went from boiling to around 64° in 17 minutes! It’s fermenting at 65° right now, and I’ll add the dry hops once primary fermentation is done(and maybe drop the temp another 2-3 degrees). This should be a tasty beer!
As for running, things are getting better. I ran 3.25 miles this morning, which would have been unthinkable a month ago. If I continue to progress over the next few weeks, I’ll probably target a race next month. I won’t be looking for a PR(or anything close), but I think it could be good to help me reset my training paces post injury. Have a wonderful day, everyone!