Thursday, September 23, 2010

Heirloom Foods: Jared's Home-Brewed Pale Ale GONE!

Blogger tries Jared's home-brew during her original visit to watch the brewing of Jared's Pale Ale.
The Set-Up: Blogger watches neighbor Jared make a batch of Pale Ale for her Heirloom Food Report:  Brewing Beer With Jared.  Jared promises to have blogger over to try the beer when it's ready.

Inciting Incident:  Swamped with family commitments, harried blogger forgets tentative plan and spends the weekend in a whirlwind of laundry and suitcase packing.

Confrontation:  Keg is tapped.  Jared discovers that beer is delicious and decides to submit it to competition.  Result:  Large amount of beer disappears from keg.   Jared and his lovely wife Amy take a growler of beer to a party.  Result:  More beer sucked from keg.  During the following week, Jared and Amy enjoy a glass of beer while watching the sun set over the western sky each night.  Result:  One sad evening the following week, empty keg spits at Jared and Amy.  Darkness falls.

Climax:  Amy informs harried blogger that keg is kicked.  Blogger is devastated.  

Resolution:  Amy promises harried blogger that Jared's Pale Ale is so popular that she's sure Jared will be adding it to his regular brewing rotation.  Harried blogger consoles herself with the fact that the sun will soon shine again.  In the meantime, she comforts herself by reading the recipe for Jared's Pale Ale and longs for a chance to sit on Jared and Amy's porch and drink to long California sunsets. 

Jared's Pale Ale
Batch Size: 5 gallons
O.G.: 1.052
IBU: 55

Grain (mash at 152 degrees for 1 hour):
8.5 lb 2-row pale malt
.75 lb Crystal 40 malt
.25 lb Crystal 60 malt
.5 lb Victory malt

Hops:
1.2 oz Chinook, First Wort Hops
.25 oz Centennial, boil 60 min
.75 oz Centennial, 30 min
.5 oz Cascade, 30 min
1 oz Cascade, 0 min
2 oz Cascade (homegrown), dry hop

Water:
Dechlorinated LA tap water with 7g Calcium Sulfate (food grade gypsum) added

Yeast:
Wyeast 1272 American Ale II