BEER FRIDAY! Pee Yellow Pale

So beer friday is a bit different this week. While I’ve had a ton of great beers lately, especially last night at the holiday ale fest downtown, going to throw up a quick and easy recipe I brewed lately.

Up til recently I’d really only done partial mash brews, and usually just following other recipes with slight tweaks. This beer is a few firsts: my first all grain, and my first attempt at trying to semi-recreate another beer from scratch. The inspiration for this brew was the Vaporizer by Double Mountain, my post-ride beer of choice when hitting up trails in the Hood River area. To me it’s got the perfect easy drinking mix of crisp and hoppiness that slays on a hot summer day. They describe the Vaporizer as “a golden-hued Pale Ale that features a beautifully hoppy aroma and flavor. The malt is 100% Gambrinus Pilsner, our sweet and supple house malt from Gambrinus Malting in British Columbia. The hops are primarily of the Challenger variety, grown on a single farm in the Yakima Valley. We dry-hop “THE VAPORIZER” to pump up the hoppy goodness. It’s an appetizingly dry, clean and pure-tasting take on a hoppy Pale Ale.” They also tell you that it’s 50 IBUs and 6% ABV.

Using the above I started plugging numbers into Hopville until I came up with something nearing what information they provide and what I remembered Vaporizer tasting like. As my local shop was out of Challenger hops and the usual substitutes I went with ahtanum, which doesn’t seem to get used often. Came up with the below, which is damn simple.

10.5 lbs Gambrinus Pilsner
2 oz. 4% AA Ahtanum – first wort hopped
.5 oz. Ahtanum at 60, 30, 15 and 5 minute intervals in the boil
Wyeast 1272
90 minute boil due to the pilsner grain/DMS

Based on my gravity reading before primary the final stats came out as: 52 IBU and 5.6% ABV (original estimates were 50 and 6). Close enough for now, we’ll see how it tastes once it’s kegged and fresh hopped. Anyways, hope everyone has a chance to get out this weekend!

10 comments to BEER FRIDAY! Pee Yellow Pale

  • a

    U SHOULD MOVE TO PORTLAND

  • Justin

    shit, not a bad idea….only problem is my bike has gears, don’t think i’ll fit in

  • a

    U WANT BORROW MY BEARD?

  • Justin

    if it’s thick, yeah, that’d help me blend in a bit. i shaved mine off last month. you got any tight jeans i can borrow?

  • a

    IT IS THICK
    JEANS ARE ONLY NORMAL SORRY
    MAGNUM CONDOM IS ONLY A THIRD OF AN INCH LONGER AND HAS SAME DIAMETER.

  • Jon

    So how’d this brew turn out?

  • Justin

    I couldn’t give you any tasting notes/can’t remember! I gave away bottles for Christmas two years ago and everyone said they enjoyed it but they could have just been being nice so as to not damage my fragile ego. I >>want<< to say the batch that wasn't dry hopped was good and the dry hopped one was a bit meh (finding more and more I'm not a huge fan of dry hopping anymore), but couldn't give you an honest assessment of the beer as it's faded from memory.

  • Justin

    …and your post reminds me I need to
    1) Start brewing more
    2) Start beer friday posts again

  • Jon

    Start brewing more! :-)

    Thanks for the response. I’m thinking of trying for a Vaporizer clone for one of my next batches and was looking for some insight.

  • Justin

    HA! I know! Problem is having 5 gallons of the same beer at one time. I usually bottle some and throw the rest in a corny, but having that much at once plus all the other bottles, etc. that I usually purchase I start to lose space in the basement! I just need to get my buddies to start splitting brew days with me again, far easier to manage 2.5 gallons at once.

    Good luck with the Vape clone, let me know how it goes.

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