Brewday 22: Irish Red Ale IV

Brewed 29/08/2014

The search for the perfect ‘Red’ in the Irish Red Ale continues with version 4!

This time I used a totally new grain bill to try and hit that elusive colour however the hop additions would stay very similar to previous versions. The only changes are more Bramling Cross additions in the final 10 minutes of the boil to maximise the Blackberry tones from those hops. As version 3 was a little too dark when I used 113g of Roasted Barley this time I would scale that right back to just 30g and introduce some CaraRed to supply rest of the colour.

The recipe for the Irish Red Ale IV:

  • 3.5kg Maris Otter Malt
  • 0.5kg CaraRed Malt
  • 0.4 kg Vienna Malt
  • 0.35kg CaraAmber
  • 0.03kg Roasted Barley
  • 13g Target hops @ 60 minutes
  • 15g East Kent Goldings @ 15 minutes
  • 20g Bramling Cross Hops @ 10 minutes
  • 1tsb Irish Moss
  • 20g Bramling Cross Hops @ 5 minutes
  • 20g Bramling Cross Hops @ 0 minutes
  • 1 White Labs Irish Ale yeast

No photos again for this brewday I am sorry to say! Targets were mostly met although I finished with one litre more than the expected 23 litres, and as a result the actual ABV of 4.4% was slightly lower that target of 4.6%. Not to worry, it still sits comfortably in the ‘session ale’ range!

Colour-wise… it’s too pale! The CaraRed didn’t impart as much colour as I had hoped and as the Roasted Barley had been reduced by so much the beer came out as a mid-amber colour with a touch of red (depending on the light!). Fortunately though this was a very tasty beer, perhaps a little on the sweet side from the Cara malts but certainly not undrinkable!

For version 5 the Roasted Barley will be increased to 50g however I probably won’t be brewing this again until 2015!

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