Friday, December 21, 2007

Brewing on the Shortest Day

With all the Christmas shopping done and a nice spell of undisturbed cool weather I put together a fruity, easy-drinking golden ale to nurse the liver back to health throughout January:

Winter Solstice



Original Gravity: 1.042
Terminal Gravity: 1.008
Alcohol: 4.44%
Bitterness: 30.83

Ingredients:
4300 g Maris Otter
250 g Crystal Malt 30°L
250 g Torrified Wheat
20 g Amarillo (8.0%) - added during boil, boiled 90 min
10 g Amarillo (8.0%) - added during boil, boiled 30 min
10 g Amarillo (8.0%) - added during boil, boiled 20 min
1 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) - added during boil, boiled 15 min
10 g Amarillo (8.0%) - added during boil, boiled 10 min
20 g Amarillo (8.0%) - steeped after boil
Nottingham yeast

After maturing for a month this is delicious, with a great balance between sweet malt and fruity Amarillo hop bitterness. The initial grapefruit citrus burst has mellowed into a fantastically-balanced ale, which goes down very very well. Its a good job I didn't make it any stronger. This is definitely one to brew again, and might even knock Styrian Stunner off the 'favourite brews' top spot.