NW Red

Rip City Red

Having a pack of 1272 in the fridge an a new burner that needed to get broken in it seems like the perfect day to brew up a batch just using ingredients I had around the house.  Decided on a NW Red, as I’ve been drinking them a bit as of late (especially HUB’s Rise Up Red).  I decided to hop mostly with some Centennials I had lying around.  Pretty smooth brew day and loved the new burner.  I picked up a Blichmann burner and this thing is a champ.  Really quiet and a ton of heat output and it seemed to use less propane. So far so good! Okay, recipe time.

OG: 1.060
FG: 1.014
ABV: 6.1%
Mash: 152

Added: 3.6g Gypsum, 1.9g CaCl, 0.7g Baking Soda & 1.4g Chalk to Mash and 3.9g Gypsum & 2.2g CaCl to Sparge water

Water Profile:

Ca: 109
Mg: 0.6
Na: 19
So4: 113
Cl: 60
BiCarbonate: 135
Mash PH: 5.4

63.3% NW Pale Malt
13.3% Munich 10l
8.3% Wheat Malt
6.7% Melanoidin Malt
6.7% C60
1.7% Extra Dark Crystal

0.3 oz Galena (10%) 60 min.
2.0 oz Crystal (6%) 15 min.
1.0 oz Centennial (9%) 10 min.
1.5 oz Centennial (9%) 5 min.
1.5 oz Amarillo (8.5%) 0 min.
2.0 oz Centennial (9%) 0 min.
1.0 oz Chinook (10%) 0 min.
3.0 oz Centennial (9%) Dry Hop

Wyeast 1272 – American Ale II

Make a 1.5 liter starter day before. Pitched into 72 deg. wort and fermentation started in about 4 hours. Brought temp down to about 65 and its been fermenting at that (minus the free rise to 70 in day 2) since.

Kegged on 4.24 and finished at 1.014. Gravity sample tasted nice and hoppy w/ a good aroma.

Tasting Notes – 5.25.14

Appearance: Beautiful red color with a foamy white head.  Clarity is great, with just a slight haze due to the hops.  Perfect looking pint.

Aroma: Hops dominate the nose, like opening a bag of fresh hops. Notes of citrus are there with a hint of dankness.

Taste: Citrus notes hit first followed by some caramel malt sweetness that brings balance to the pint. Theres a lingering bitterness that stays on the palate, but at the right level as the pint never seems bitter. Some dankness comes in at the end. Get a real resinous flavor from the hops overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Overall: I’m enjoying this red quite a bit. Theres a strong hop presence but the caramel malts and body make this beer fairly balanced. Theres a little of the classic citrus hop presence but there is a dankness as  well that keep it from being one dimensional. Overall a classic hoppy northwest red.

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