Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fat Tire Amber Ale (Clone) - 24 Hours of Fermenting

The sediment has fallen to the bottom of the carboy and the color has become much darker than expected. The airlock is bubbling about 1-2 bubbles every 10 seconds. Also, krausen (foam head) has began to form on top of the beer.

Fat Tire Amber Ale (Clone) - 1 Hour After Boil

Below are some pictures of the wort in the carboy 1 hour after boiling. (Notice the German Weiszbeir in the background! - Pictures to be added later)

Like I previously mentioned, I am a little unsure of the color. Looking at a picture of the Fat Tire Amber Ale, it looked a little more red in color. Ours seems to be somewhat chocolate brown. I will keep posting pictures during the ferment. The temperature of the basement is about 65 degrees which is perfect for primary fermentation.

What the beer color should turn out as... we shall see!

Fat Tire Amber Ale (Clone) - Brewing Day

On Sunday (3/29/09), the team gathered in the backyard to begin brewing the Fat Tire Amber Ale. Below are some pictures from the Brewing Day. We forgot to take the O.G reading! Oops! But as far as I can tell, everything seems to be going as it should. One concern I do have is the color of the wort. It seems a tad dark. This could be good or bad, we shall see. Also not included in the pictures was the terrential downpour & hail that nearly flooded the backyard.

  • 5 lbs. Laaglander plain extra-light DME
  • 0.50 lb. crystal malt (20° Lovibond)
  • 0.50 lb. crystal malt (40° Lovibond)
  • 0.50 lb. carapils malt
  • 0.50 lb. Munich malt
  • 0.50 lb. biscuit malt
  • 0.50 lb. chocolate malt
  • 3 AAUs Willamette pellet hops (0.66 oz. at 4.5% alpha acid)
  • 1.33 AAUs Fuggle pellet hops (0.33 oz. at 4% alpha acid)
  • 2 AAUs Fuggle pellet hops (0.50 oz. at 4% alpha acid)
  • 1 tsp. Irish moss
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup corn sugar to prime
  • California Ale Wyeast 1056

Dr. Robert drinking a brew.

The yeast!
Wort starting to foam up a bit.
Stirring the wort so it doesn't boil over.
Lifting the wort off the flame because it's about to boil over.
Flame got turned off due to almost boiling over.
Wort back on the flame!