Summer Time Calls for Summer Beer

July 11, 2010 at 6:17 pm Leave a comment

It’s been up in the 90’s in Seattle which means that Summertime has officially hit (although it was terribly late this year…) Therefore, it was time to break ou the old standby: Nightengale’s Honey Ale. This beer is the epitome of lawnmower beers – light and refreshing with a hint of honey o make it special. This isn’t quite a session beer however, it rings in at about 5.5% ABV and can knock you off balance quickly if you’re not careful.

I didn’t modify the recipe too much except that I used Citra hops instead of Cascade. Here’s the recipe:

Nightingale’s Honey Ale
Specialty Beer
Type: All Grain Date: 7/11/2010
Batch Size: 11.00 gal Brewer: Alex Shafer
Boil Size: 13.14 gal
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Alex’s Setup

Brewhouse Efficiency: 81
Amount Item Type % or IBU
10 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 52.63 %
1 lbs 9.6 oz Wheat Malt (1.6 SRM) Grain 8.42 %
1 lbs 6.4 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 7.37 %
1.20 oz Citra [11.70 %] (60 min) Hops 26.2 IBU
6 lbs Honey (1.0 SRM) Sugar 31.58 %
1 Pkgs Kolsch Yeast (Wyeast Labs #2565) [Starter 50 ml] Yeast-Ale
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.054 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.060 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.013 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.010 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.32 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 6.52 %
Bitterness: 26.2 IBU Calories: 266 cal/pint
Est Color: 5.0 SRM Color:

Mash Profile
Mash Name: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge Total Grain Weight: 13.00 lb
Sparge Water: 11.44 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
Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
75 min Mash In Add 16.25 qt of water at 161.4 F 150.0 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: Kegged (Forced CO2) Volumes of CO2: 2.4
Pressure/Weight: 21.6 PSI Carbonation Used:
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 60.0 F
Storage Temperature: 52.0 F

I’m hoping to have this fermented and on tap for Saturday. We’ll see how that goes.


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