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
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%.
|Mixed the Beer. Dropped spoon in keg. Worried
that I may have ruined batch getting it out.
|Bottled 7 PET and 3 recycled 12 oz beer bottles. Beer
still seemed a bit cloudy and I may have detected a cidery taste
|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.
|Placed the batch in my little fridge to begin conditioning. I am going to need more fridge space!
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Had a little beer tasting party at in-laws. We tasted
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.
|This beer just keeps getting better and better.
|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.
|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.
|American Amber Ale
|Alcohol by Volume
|Alcohol by Weight
|MrB. Cowboy Lager
|MrB. Mellow Amber UME
|MrB. Cowboy Lager
Boiled 1/2 oz liberty hops with Booster for 5 minutes. Other 1/2 oz dry hopped.