American Strong eBIAB 1

2nd beer in a 12 beer run for Skirmish in the Triad and another new beer style for me – American Strong.  It’s new for BJCP2015.  From what I can gather it is basically an Imperial Red Ale so I looked at clone recipes for the Commerical Examples and settled on something along the lines of Nosferatu.  I like Arrogant Bastard but I prefer Nosferatu.  Sorry Stone.  2 row with about 10% crystal malts seemed about right.  I’m a huge fan of Simpsons malts but especially their crystal malts so I decided to blend their Medium and Dark Crystal malts.  I also had a bunch of C-hops laying around so I decided to make it a big C-hop bomb.

Recipe Info

Recipe: American strong ebiab 1
Style: American Strong Ale 22B BJCP 2015
Date: 07-27-2016

Recipe

Guideline Min

Guideline Max

OG

1.080

1.062

1.090

FG

1.016

1.014

1.024

Color

14.0

7.0

19.0

ABV

8.4

6.3

10.0

IBU

92.0

50.0

100.0

Brewery Info

Efficiency: 70 %
Attenuation: 80 %

Mash Info
Weight: 20.0 Lbs
Thickness: 1.5 Qt per Lb
Deadspace: 2.0 G
Strikewater: 9.5 G
Volume: 11.1 G
Temp: 150.0 F

Boil Info
Kettle Gravity: 1.067
Predicted Mash Run-off: 7.7 G
Target Starting Boil Volume: 7.75 G
Boil Duration: 60 min
Evaporation Rate: 1.25 G per Hour
Final Boil Volume: 6.5 G

Fermentables

Weight

% by Weight

Name

Yield

SRM

18.000 Lb

90.0 %

2-row American Malt (Rahr)

81.3

1.8

1.000 Lb

5.0 %

Crystal, Dark (Simpsons)

76.0

80.0

1.000 Lb

5.0 %

Crystal, Medium (Simpsons)

76.0

55.0

Hops

Weight

Name

AAU

Time

Use

IBUs

1.0 Oz

Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ)

15.5

60 mins

Boil

39.0

1.0 Oz

Cascade

6.2

15 mins

Boil

8.0

1.0 Oz

Centennial

10.0

15 mins

Boil

12.0

1.0 Oz

Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ)

15.5

20 mins

Aroma

12.0

1.0 Oz

Centennial

10.0

20 mins

Aroma

8.0

1.0 Oz

Chinook, New Zealand

12.1

20 mins

Aroma

9.0

1.0 Oz

Cascade

6.2

20 mins

Aroma

5.0

1.0 Oz

Chinook, New Zealand

12.1

7.0 days

Dry Hop

0.0

1.0 Oz

Cascade

6.2

7.0 days

Dry Hop

0.0

1.0 Oz

Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ)

15.5

7.0 days

Dry Hop

0.0

1.0 Oz

Centennial

10.0

7.0 days

Dry Hop

0.0

Yeast

Amount

Name

1.000 unit

California Ale White Labs WLP001

Misc

Amount

Name

Time

Use

1.000 tablet

Whirlfloc Tablet

15 mins

Boil

0.500 tsp

Yeast Nutrient (Wyeast)

10 mins

Boil

Water

Predicted Mash Ph: 5.45

Ca

Mg

Na

Cl

So

Bicarbonate

Water

7

3

21

11

24

46

Mash

94

3

21

11

179

46

Sparge

0

0

0

0

0

0

Final

138

4

31

16

262

68

Target

75

0

0

0

0

0

Mash Water
Total Water Treated: 9.500 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 9.500 G

Mash Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 10.0 g
Calcium Chloride: 3.0 g
Lactic Acid: 2.0 ml @ 88.000 %

7/30/16 2L STarter of 001 w/ 200g DME
8/1/16 normal brew day.  @ end noticed a nickel sized scorch on element but not bad and didn’t taste any issues with the wort.  for some reason gravity off by .010.  i think northern brewer stiffed me on the grain.  doesn’t matter for this style.  still within range.

pitched @ noon.  bubbling @ 3pm.  @9pm it was ripping along with 1″ kreusen.

8/7/16 ~8 sec and kreusen dropped
8/10/16 no bubbling
8/12/16 ~ 30 sec
8/13/16 racked to secondary.  put dry hops in fermenter first, purged with co2 and then racked beer over.
FG 1.012
really nice.  clean.  a hair boozy.  big complex caramel malts with toasty edge.  BIG C hop character.
8/18/16 racked to keg to gelatin
FG 1.010 pH 4.54
8/19/16 added gelatin
8/22/16 bottled.  ~2.9 gallons 62g of table sugar to target 2.5Volumes.  was quite clear and tasted good.
9/8/16 carb is now good.  a really nice beer.

9/21/16 side by side with arrogant bastard (it is hard for me to get nosferatu)

aroma: ab: nice malt character -> caramel, bready.  c-hop aroma.  clean
me: similar malt character.  hops pop a bit more but similar in quality.

appearance: very similar.  AB is a tinge darker but very close.  AB has a bigger head.  both have good clarity.

flavor: AB has a bit of a harsh malt character.  caramel.  solid bitterness.  citrus + floral character.
me: solid malt with a similar character but not as harsh.  bitterness and hop flavor is similar.

mouthfeel: very similar.  med body and carb.  dry.  maybe mine is a hair thinner.

OI: AB is a bit harsher both malt and hop bitterness.  better head and a bit fuller.

all in all these two are pretty darn similar but mine is less harsh and i think the malt comes across better.  very happy with this beer.

i entered it in a few competitions.  it did not do great but not terrible.  here are sheets from the skirmish in the triad.

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