Brown Porter Bottling and APA Brewday

I was going to post this up yesterday after I finished, but I ended up going out with some friends instead. On the plus side, I brought some of my homebrew along with me and got to share it some of my friends siblings and parents.

Anyway, yesterday I got around to bottling a brown porter that I had brewed a while back. I am not a fan of bottling, but I can’t go to kegging since I am still in college without money or space. What I have been doing lately is combining bottling and brewing into one day. My brewday is only marginally longer and it doesn’t feel like I am having to set aside an hour out of my week to bottle. It has definitely made bottling easier to handle.

As for the brewday itself, I brewed an American Pale Ale with Ahtanum and Amarillo hops (recipe after the pics). I have been doing a large amount of English beers lately and wanted to put something different into my pipeline. This was supposed to be an all Cascade hopped APA, but when I went the local homebrew store (LHBS) they were out. I ended up with the Ahtanum hops as they are listed a possible substitute for Cascade and I picked up Amarillo since it seems to be a fairly popular hop for American APAs and IPAs on Homebrew Talk. Overall, the brewday went by almost flawlessly. I was only 1* off my mash temp (149* instead of 148*) and hit my sprage temps perfectly. In general, yesterday was a good day to brew.

The beer for my brewday was Stone Brewing’s Arrogant Bastard. Since turning 21 I have been trying to try as many different beers as possible and somehow I never picked up a bottle of Arrogant Bastard or anything from Stone for that matter. On Friday I rectified that by picked up a bomber of it at Trader Joe’s and cracked it open yesterday while brewing. First impression were great, it poured a beautiful amber color with a light tan head that clung to the glass. The aroma is very flowery with a hint of citrus. Taste was bitter with a definite citrus hop flavor finishing a touch dry. Overall, a fantastic beer that deserves the praise that it gets.

Now time for the pics:

And the recipe:

American Pale Ale
American Pale Ale
Type: All Grain Date: 1/25/2010
Batch Size: 3.00 gal Brewer: Ryan Murphy
Boil Size: 3.75 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Stove Top
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00
Taste Notes:
Ingredients
Amount Item Type % or IBU
4.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 80.00 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt – 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 10.00 %
0.50 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 10.00 %
0.50 oz Ahtanum [5.20 %] (60 min) Hops 16.9 IBU
0.50 oz Amarillo [8.20 %] (20 min) Hops 16.1 IBU
0.50 oz Amarillo [8.20 %] (5 min) Hops 5.3 IBU
0.50 oz Ahtanum [5.20 %] (0 min) Hops
1 Pkgs SafAle American Ale (DCL Yeast #S-05) Yeast-Ale
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.045 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.045 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.011 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.005 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 4.45 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 5.21 %
Bitterness: 38.4 IBU Calories: 194 cal/pint
Est Color: 7.2 SRM Color:

Color
Mash Profile
Mash Name: My Mash Total Grain Weight: 5.00 lb
Sparge Water: 2.85 gal Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F TunTemperature: 72.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment: FALSE Mash PH: 5.4 PH
My Mash
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash In Add 8.00 qt of water at 156.7 F 148.0 F
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