Holman House Pale

#7 – Citra

Alright, installment #7 of the Holman House Pale project. For this one I wanted a simple pale ale using mostly Citra, as I had some I wanted to use up. I also switched out my house yeast strain (american II – 1272) for the Scottish Yeast to see how that compares. I may have a hook up to get some free Scottish yeast from a local brewery so I wanted to test it out and see how I like it. Brewday was a prefect 75 degrees and Oliver was out sunbathing while I was brewing.  Ian also stopped by with tacos and tamales, which were delicious!

OG: 1.058
FG: 1.011
ABV: 6.1%
Mash: 152
Boil: 60 min.

Added: 3.2g Gypsum & 1.4g CaCl to Mash and 2.6g Gypsum & 1.1g CaCl to Sparge water

Water Profile:

Ca: 67
Mg: 1
Na: 8
So4: 106
Cl: 47
BiCarbonate: 10
Mash PH: 5.4

85% NW Pale Ale Malt
5% Munich Malt
5% Vienna Malt
5% Pils Malt

0.3 oz Chinook (9%) 60 min.
0.25 oz Citra (12%) 10 min.
0.50 oz Chinook (9%) 10 min.
4.75 oz Citra (12%) 0 min. (10 min. hop stand)
4.75 oz Citra (12%) Dry Hop

Wyeast 1728 – Scottish Ale

Made a 1.75l starter night before. Larger starter was in hopes of reaching a little lower FG as the attenuation of the Scottish yeast is a little bit lower than the American II I usually use.

Yeast must of been working a little slow, as I didn’t get signs of fermentation until 24 hours after pitching, which is really abnormal. I’m guessing the starter needed a little bit more time on the stir plate since there was such a large lag time. Once fermentation started its very active with about 2 liters of blowoff. I’ll have to remember to give the Scottish a little bit more time on the stir plate when I use this strain again in the future (or better yet just use a fresh slurry from Ian).

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Kegged on 5.28.14.  Finished drier than I was expecting (81% attenuation). Sample was bursting with mango and papaya flavors.

Tasting Notes – 7.3.14

Appearance: Deep golden with a white head that fades away after a minute or so.

Aroma: Big passion fruit and papaya aroma. Very fresh and extremely inviting.

Taste: Really hoppy up front with the same passion fruit flavors greet the palate. Little bit of a resinous bitterness follows, but at a very low level. Finishes pretty clean with a noticeable amount of hop sweetness that hangs on the tongue. Tastes a little like carbonated hawaiian fruit punch.

Mouthfeel: Medium with typical APA carbonation.

Overall: Really like how this on turned out. it showcases the citra hops really well without any cattiness or bitterness. it kinda falls somewhere between an IPA and a Pale ale with the bitterness of a Pale but the hoppiness of an IPA. There’s also this hop “sweetness” (for lack of a better term) that i’ve not had in any beers but is really interesting and unique. This beer has been extremely well received.


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