Brewday 27: Irish Red Ale IV

Brewed 15/03/15

Version 4! Surely this time it will be the one that is actually red?? Ultimately the red-ness comes from the amount of Roasted Barley that is used in the recipe and version 2 taught me that 80g is not enough and 3 that Cara malts are not an easy substitute so therefore for this version i’ll go for 110g and cross everything! I also had noticed that the Rauchbier I brewed in AG23 had a distinct reddy hue so into the recipe goes 100g Rauch Malt! This addition should also add a little smoky flavour to the beer which should be a nice touch.

The recipe for the Irish Red Ale today:

  • 4.2kg Maris Otter Malt
  • 200g CaraRed Malt
  • 110g Roasted Barley
  • 100g Dark Crystal Malt
  • 100g Rauch Malt
  • 30g East Kent Goldings hops @ 60 minutes
  • 20g Bramling Cross hops @ 30 minutes
  • 1 tsp Irish Moss
  • 1 packet S04 yeast

As it’s a good few months since this brewday the write up is very brief and there are no pictures!

I’ve chosen to use these workday mashes for all brewdays moving forwards as it works perfectly with fitting brewing into my increasingly busy life!

On this occasion every target point was hit and the finished beer was bang on at 4.7% ABV. Not bad seeing as there has been no brewing for what seems like an age! Most of this batch was kegged straight away (as stocks in the kegerator had run out!) but there are 6 bottles tucked away for the various homebrew clubs to try!


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