Second brew from the crew of Line Street Brewing. An easy-drinking amber ale for the end of summer and beginning of fall. Named Line Drive because we were watching A League of Their Own while brewing. Brewed 8/25/2012.
1 1/2 oz. Willamette (pellets, 4.7% alpha), boiling
1/2 oz. Willamette (pellets), flavor/aroma
1 Packet Safale US-05 Ale Yeast
5 oz Corn Sugar (for bottle priming)
Add crystal malt in a grain bag to 2.5 gallons cold water in boil pot. Leave in until water begins to boil
Add 2 cans extract syrup when boiling starts
Boil for 60 min
At start, add 1 1/5 oz. Willamette pellets for bittering
At 55 min, add 1/2 oz. Willamette for flavor and aroma
Move brew pot (lidded) to ice bath in sink until cool (shooting for about 80deg)
Activate dry yeast per instructions
Strain wort into cold water in fermenter. Add cold water to reach 5 gal.
Pitch yeast when cool
Cooled with brew pot in sink again. Still went pretty fast, although not as fast as last time. Forgot to buy spring water and a grain bag, had to go to Foodmaster twice to get things. We used cheesecloth to replace the grain bag. OG measured 1.030. Again that seems suspiciously low. Recipe computes 1.046 - 1.050. Maybe its time to get a new hydrometer.
FG should be about 1.010-1.014 (for 4.5-4.9 ABV). And about 26 IBUs.
Pitched at 66deg
4hrs: No visible bubble yet, 68deg
22hrs: Good bubble, 73deg, wrapped a wet towel around to try to cool a little bit
28hrs: Strong bubble, 72deg, towel still wet
48hrs: Still good bubble, 72deg, towel still wet
3 days: Bubbles, 72deg
7 days: Bubbling stopped, 73deg, towel dry, added some water to towel, airlock still good, weather has turned a little cooler
9 days: No bubbles, but pressure on the airlock, 73deg
10 days: No bubbles, pressure on the airlock, 73deg
11 days: 74deg
13 days: 73deg
14 days: 74deg
18 days: 74deg
21 days: 74deg, Bottled! FG was 1.010, right on the mark. Bottling went smooth. Sanitized bottles in the dishwasher again.
Another successful brew. Deep amber color, quite hazy. Tastes like something between an amber and brown. Nutty up front and a little fruity with just a hint of sour. I chalk it up to the yeast strain and the slightly warmer fermentation temperature. Decent head retention, but not great.
Update: As the Line Drive aged if definitely skewed more brown than amber. Michele thoroughly enjoyed seeing the transformation.