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Muggled Pale Ale

Brewed: 12/03/2017   Bottled: 12/19/2017

In November of 2015, it had been quite awhile since I'd brewed a hoppy beer. I really thought I needed one on tap. 
muggled.jpgI picked up some Chinook hops at one of the tables at the latest GABF that I had to use in something. I thought a nice hoppy APA would be a perfect use for those.

The grain bill is simple. 10 pounds American 2-row and 1 pound dark Munich. 

I mashed it a little higher than my usual for just a touch more body to the beer.

But the beer is more about the hops than anything else. With Chinook and Cascade it is your typical American citrus grapefruit piney hop profile. It isn't overly bitter but had a bunch of hop flavor.

Dry hopping in the keg really helped nail the dry-hop aroma character I was looking for. It was very fruity. Almost had a hop sweetness to it.

Nothing is really overdone in the recipe. It is nicely hopped with enough malt to make it somewhat balanced.

After the first recipe, I thought this simple grain bill would work well to experiment with different hops and hop combinations. For Batch 2, I decided I would use only Mosaic hops to see how that turned out (fantastic).

Batch 3, I decided to experiment with cryo-hops.

The name "Muggled" is a nod to the Harry Potter books and the non-magical folk who live in a magical world without being totally aware. 

It also references another one of my favorite hobbies ... geocaching and the disappearance of a couple of my caches. See Muggled! on the blog.

For more about this beer, check out Sheppy's Blog: Muggled

Muggled Pale Ale --- Batch 3

Style American Pale Ale Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.77 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.054 SG Estimated FG 1.012 SG
Recipe Bitterness 43.4 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.6 %
BU : GU   0.800        
Recipe Color 6.2 SRM
Measured OG:   1.050    Measured FG:   1.013 
ADF:    74   Measured ABV:    4.9


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
12.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
1.00 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 2 -
10 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 90.9 %
1 lbs Munich Malt - 30L (30.0 SRM) Grain 4 9.1 %
0.500 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.20 %] - Boil 55.0 min Hop 5 26.9 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 -
0.500 oz Cascade CryoHops [12.80 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 7 5.0 IBUs
0.500 oz Mosaic CryoHops [24.10 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 8 9.4 IBUs
0.250 oz Cascade CryoHops [12.80 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 2.1 IBUs
1.0 pkg American West Coast Ale (Lallemand/Danstar #BRY-97) Yeast 10 -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Primary 15.0 mins) Other 11 -
0.500 oz Mosaic CryoHops [24.10 %] - Dry Hop 3.0 Days Hop 12 0.0 IBUs
0.250 oz Cascade CryoHops [12.80 %] - Dry Hop 3.0 Days Hop 13 0.0 IBUs

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 13.75 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.77gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Add salts to original strike water. Additions target "Hoppy Bitter" in Beer Smith based on starting with the Denver water profile.
Final: Ca=114,Mg=11,Na=21,SO4=259,Cl=23,HCO3=104
Pitch at about 60F. Ferment with ice blocks to keep below 65 for 1st few days, then remove and let it rise to room temp as long as it is less than 72. After the fermentation activity slows down (4 or 5 days), dry hops get added to the keg and left in to taste.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  150 ... all the way through 1.25 hour mash
Pre-boil OG   1.044 (1.044 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   8 (7.77 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: Had not started in the morning.
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Brewing Notes:
11/30/2017 esheppy
Bought ingredients for batch 3 today. Trying cryo-hops for the first time.
12/03/2017 esheppy
Brewed today. Everything went well and I was done before 10:30am. The gravity was a bit low because I added wort even though pre-boil was perfect. Really like the cryo-hops so far. Much less hop matter.
12/04/2017 esheppy
Well ... it looks like the fermentation is slow-starting. I looked at my notes from last time. Both batches before were also slow-starting. In fact last time, I made the comment "I don't think I'll used this yeast again". So ... hopefully next time I'll remember that I don't like this yeast.
12/05/2017 esheppy
Still waiting for signs of fermentation.
12/06/2017 esheppy
Finally signs of fermentation today. Nice thick kraussen. It would have been awesome to see this two days ago. 68f.
12/06/2017 esheppy
And ... I had to put in a blow-off tube. Extremely vigorous fermentation. Smells awesome.
12/15/2017 esheppy
Last night I put the beer in secondary with dry hops.
12/20/2017 esheppy
Kegged last night. 1.013 FG
12/23/2017 esheppy
Carbonation not where I want it, yet. The beer is also not as good as I was hoping. It might even have an infection. There is a similar flavor as I got on Red Eye Red Ale. Not nearly as bad, though. We'll see if I end up finishing this keg.
01/16/2018 esheppy
Killed the keg last night. Didn't last long at all.
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