Brewday 17: Irish Red Ale III

Brewed on 23/02/2014

My personal challenge for this year was to ‘perfect’ my Irish Red Ale recipe. I’m happy with the taste, but the deep scarlet colour I was after has been evading me so far. The first attempt all the way back on Brewday 4 was ok for a first attempt. Brewday 10 was a bit ‘Golden’ for a Red Ale. So was Brewday 17 going to be a case of 3rd time lucky? With the Red colour defined by a matter of just grams of Roasted Barley it’s not an easy thing to predict!

This version of the recipe was:

Irish Red Ale:

  • 3.2kg Maris Otter Malt
  • 1.4kg Munich Malt
  • 227g CaraRed Malt
  • 170g Dark Crystal Malt
  • 113g Roasted Barley
  • 25g Bramling Cross @ 60mins
  • 15g Bramling Cross @ 15mins
  • 15g East Kent Goldings @ 15mins
  • 1 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 minutes
  • 1 White Labs 0004 Irish Ale Yeast

Due to a phone ‘upgrade’ I no longer have the details of brews 17, 18 and 19 so will have to rely on my memory. Brace yourselves, we’re going in!

The presiding memory from this brewday was that I missed the perfect Red colour again! Annoyingly this time it was down to brewers error as I hadn’t adjusted the brewing app (iBrewmaster) to show the correct EBC for the Crystal Malt and as a result the finished beer was darker than intended and a deep brown colour with a red-ish tint when held up to a light. Close, but not quite right! Everything else was on target, and again it is a very tasty recipe! Take four for the colour? We shall have to see!

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