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
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!