1776 Ale

My boys and I mixed together the wort for Mr. Beer's 1776 Ale one Thursday evening (01/22/2009) while Tracy was out at Bally Fitness.  The Mr. Beer kit came with a Cowboy Golden Lager Hopped Malt Extract with Booster.  As I mentioned, on my Classic American Blonde Ale page, I usually prefer Amber beers rather than light golden beers, so I decided to see what Mr. Beer recipes used the Cowboy Golden Lager and were a litter darker.  1776 Ale fit the bill.  It looked to be exactly what I was looking for.

Since I had the Golden Lager and Booster, I only had to order the can of Mellow Amber UME (unmalted extract) ,  the Liberty Hops, and the Hop Sack.  Those came from UPS on that day, so of course I could not waste time brewing the beer.

Since, there are more fermentable sugars in this brew than are in a standard Mr. Beer pack, it needs to ferment for a minimum of 3 weeks.  I will check it on Friday, February 13 to see if it seems ready.  I will most likely bottle it on the 14th.

1776 Ale is a hoppy, amber beer with a modest bitterness (IBU 11) and an alcohol by volume of 6%.



Date Note
01/22/2009 Thurs Mixed the Beer.  Dropped spoon in keg.  Worried that I may have ruined batch getting it out.
02/14/2009 Sat Bottled 7 PET and 3 recycled 12 oz beer bottles.  Beer still seemed a bit cloudy and I may have detected a cidery taste on sample.
02/19/2009 Thurs PET Bottles all rock-hard, so carbonation seems to be going good.  Beer has also cleared up nicely.  Still going to let carbonation continue for another week.
02/27/2009 Fri Placed the batch in my little fridge to begin conditioning. I am going to need more fridge space!
03/10/2009 Tues Despite the fact that it had not been 2 weeks of conditioning, I just had to try one of my 1776 ales.  The beer reminds me a lot of Tommyknocker Ornery Amber with slightly more of a hoppy taste.  I am pleased.  I do believe that this beer needs more aging to smooth out the malts with the hops, but I knew that when I decided to taste it early.  Apparently, the dropping of the spoon in the keg did not ruin the beer.
03/13/2009 Fri Tastes about the same, but I think it is smoothing out a bit.  I let my wife try it and had her compare it to Ornery Amber.  When I asked her which she thought was hoppier, she told me the Tommyknocker beer.  Just goes to show, she has no idea what a hoppy flavor tastes like.  My 1776 has much more of a hoppy taste.  Color is exactly the same between the two beers.
03/17/2009 Tues Had a liter with dinner as my St. Patrick's Day beer.  The beer is considerably better today than it was just a week ago.  The conditioning does seem to be working, making the beer smoother and better blended.  I like this beer.
03/21/2009 Sat Had dinner at Chilis with the family and tried New Belgium's Mighty Arrow.  My 1776 Ale is a little darker, but the taste is very similar.
04/02/2009 Thur Had a little beer tasting party at in-laws.  We tasted CABA, 1776, Eric's Red, and Maple Brown.  The tasters were all either non-beer drinkers or light-beer drinkers (except me).  CABA was the favorite.  This beer was the third favorite, but mostly because the strong hops taste is not what most of this group likes in a beer.
04/12/2009 Sun This beer just keeps getting better and better.
05/24/2009 Sun Had my last liter of this beer with my steak.  Sad that it is gone.  I do not know when I'll have a chance to brew this up again.  This beer definitely improved with age.
06/04/2009 Thur Found another 12 oz bottle in the beer fridge and had it while watching the NBA finals.  Lakers won (that sucked), but the beer was still good.  I do not know if I'll brew this one again.  I think maybe I'll tweak this one a bit in the future, but probably not this exact recipe.

1776 Ale

Recipe 1776 Ale Style American Amber Ale
Brewer Sheppy Brew Batch 2.13 gal

Recipe Characteristics
Recipe Gravity 1.061 OG Estimated FG 1.015 FG
Recipe Bitterness 13 IBU Alcohol by Volume 5.9%
Recipe Color 10 SRM Alcohol by Weight 4.6%

Quantity Grain Type Use
1.21 lb MrB. Cowboy Lager Extract Extract
1.21 lb MrB. Mellow Amber UME Extract Extract
0.81 lb MrB. Booster Sugar Other
Quantity Hop Type Time
0.50 oz Liberty Pellet 5 minutes
1.00 oz MrB. Cowboy Lager Pellet 5 minutes

Recipe Notes

Boiled 1/2 oz liberty hops with Booster for 5 minutes. Other 1/2 oz dry hopped.

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