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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Armadillo Pale Ale Brewday 2/16/11

Today we did our first re-brew; what was the Three-Eyed Cat Pale Ale has become the Armadillo Pale Ale. The recipe is identical, except we changed the Cascade hops to Amarillo hops.

Batch size: 5 gallons
Boil Volume: 3 gallons
Calculated OG: 1.057
Estimated FG: 1.013
Calculated ABV: 5.8%
Calculated IBUs (Tinseth): 36
Yeast: Safale US-05
Measured pitching temp: 64F
Fermentation vessel: Better Bottle
Lag time: 7 hours
Days in primary: 17

6.5 lbs Extra Pale LME
1.5 lbs Munich LME

0.5 oz Amarillo 10.3% AA at 60 minutes
0.5 oz Amarillo 10.3% AA at 30 minutes
0.25 oz Amarillo 10.3% AA at 15 minutes
0.25 oz Amarillo 10.3% AA at 5 minutes
0.5 oz Amarillo 10.3% AA at flameout

After two weeks containing the Belgian Pale, the Better Bottle was heavily hopped and krausened. We soaked it in Oxiclean overnight, but there was still a bit of crap stuck on. Ultimately, swirling a rag with Oxiclean proved to be effective, and all was well.

There weren't any other major problems, except that the funnel we bought has a screen that continuously gets clogged by the hops. I think we're going to cut it out. Also, I'm not confident about our final volume, so the OG may be off. Note to self: mark where 5 gallons is on the Better Bottle with masking tape. Oh yeah, and we meant to add yeast nutrient, but forgot.

Really looking forward to drinking this one. The hops smelled great.

Bottled on 3/5/11. Some DMS detectable, especially in the smell, which we attribute to insufficient boiling of the late extract addition. I'm somewhat disappointed in this one, but I think I am particularly sensitive to DMS, which might be one of the reasons I'm not a big fan of most pale lagers.
We chilled this one down to 42F at one point; it will be interesting to see if either this or the longer period in primary have any impact on the clarity of the beer.

The off flavor that I identified as DMS has weakened considerably after a few weeks in the bottle. The beer is now quite tasty; Nick says it's his favorite of the beers we've brewed.

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