Recipe derived from Brewing Classic Styles (pg. 143) - American Brown Ale. Adjusted for a 5 gallon batch. Named after Gene Wilder’s character in the 1974 classic Mel Books western parody Blazing Saddles.
Single infusion at 154°. Ferment at 67°. Carbonate from 2 to 2.5 volumes.
Hop prices have gone up nearly 40% in the last two months. Otherwise, this brew would have cost around $25 - still a bit more expensive than my usual $20-23 (without purchasing yeast).
Had a stuck mash when I tried to runoff. Trickled out as much as I could over the course of an hour. Took grain out of tun and wrapped the tubing with a grain bag...cleared things right up. Sparge was a breeze. Added about an hour on to my brew day, though.
Cooled to pitching temp, took gravity reading, and pitched yeast from a slurry. Set in the new "brew closet" to ferment (December 16, 2007). Ambient temperature in the brew closet was a bit too cool - around 61°. Moved the carboy to another location where the temperature will be 65-68° (December 18, 2007).
Based upon judges comments, next time:
|9.25 pounds||American Pale Malt (2-Row)||74%|
|0.75 pounds||American Wheat Malt||6%|
|1.00 pounds||American Dextrin (Cara-Pils) Malt||8%|
|1.00 pounds||Crystal Malt 40L||8%|
|0.50 pounds||American Chocolate Malt||4%|
|12.50 pounds||Total Grain Weight||100%|
|1.60 ounces||Northern Brewer||60 min||7.8%|
|1.00 ounces||Styrian Golding||15 min||4.8%|
|1.00 ounces||Cascade||10 min||6.5%|
|1.00 ounces||Cascade||0 min||6.5%|
|1.00 ounces||Challenger||0 min||7.0%|
|5.60 ounces||Total Hop Weight|
|California Ale (WLP001)||White Labs||Liquid||35 ml.|
|Infusion||Got a stuck runoff. Improvised.||153° F||60 min.|
|2nd Infusion||Lengthened infusion to 90 minutes.||156° F||30 min.|
|Sparge||167° F||20 min.|
|Str Water Amt:||4.2|
|Str Water Temp:|
|Sp Water Amt:||6.2|
|Sp Water Temp:|