Was going to brew a British Strong Ale for this years Crawfish Boil. But after thinking about it, I decided a high ABV beer was a bad choice for that night. I flipped the recipe on its head and luckily had some of the ingredients on hand to brew a British Golden Ale. This would sort of be a cross between Redcoat ESB and Amarillo Wheat. A light, refreshing, a bit hoppy, low ABV easy drinker.
Turned out to be a perfect day. A little cool and sunny. Alan showed up. Was good to see him after his surgery. I think he needed some time with the guys. Rob also came by. Always good to have him at brew day.
And the big news… we christened my new kegerator. Hooked up Redcoat ESB and it was freaking awesome. This is going to be big trouble.
March 17, 2019
Scrummy Golden Ale – 15 gallons — 12A – British Golden Ale
“A hop-forward, average-strength to moderately-strong pale bitter. Drinkability and a refreshing quality are critical components of the style.“
- 17 lbs. Maris Otter
- 7 lbs. Pale Wheat
- 1 oz. Pacific Gem pellet 12% – 60 minutes
- 2.5 oz. East Kent Golding pellet 5.5% – 30 minutes
- 1 oz. Amarillo leaf 8% – 30 minutes
- 2 oz. Amarillo leaf 8% – 0 minutes
Wyeast 1318 London Ale III
Originating from a traditional London brewery, this yeast has a wonderful malt and hop profile. It is a true top cropping strain with a fruity, very light and softly balanced palate. This strain will finish slightly sweet.
Prepped 28 gallons treated with Camden. More than I would need but you never know.
- Strike 7 gallons at 161˚
- Mash in 9:20 – 149˚ (shooting for 152˚)
- Mash too thick. Added 1 gallon.
- 9:50 – 148˚
- 10:30 bump with 2 gallons at 195˚ – holding 152˚
- No mash out
Cleared of big chunks fast but stayed very cloudy. The wheat and barley seemed very “dusty” after milling.
Start at 10:58.
Sparged with 15 gallons.
End at 11:40. Collected 18 gallons.
Pre Boil Gravity 1.044 (calculated 1.041)
12:00 – Boil.
Hops per schedule.
Chilled and transferred to fermenter in kitchen.
Collected 14 + gallons. Yet again, we boiled off a lot of water.
Original Gravity – 1.049 (calculated 1.044)
Oxygenate and pitch yeast.
With starter we should end up with 3 almost full kegs.
OG was a bit high. Should have collected another 2 gallons (there was about 2 gallons left that came out of the mash), but the kettle is only 20 gallons.
Alan and Rob stuck around a little. Did I mention the kegerator possibly being big trouble?
March 30, 2019
Racked to three kegs. About 4.5 gallons per keg. Two kegs are set aside for this years Boil.
FG = 1.010 – ABV = 5.1%
This is on the extreme high end for Golden Ale ABV (just a tad over actually). This was due to the overshoot on OG (1.049 instead of 1.044 calculated).
Very happy with the flavor and color. Might be a bit hoppy but fine for the style. This beer is entered into this years Microfest Homebrew competition along with Redcoat ESB and Gnarly Charley Barrel Aged English Barleywine.
Damn that’s a nice pour!