Sunday, February 17, 2008

Time for a Session Ale

The other night at a company party, I ended up with a Stone Levitation instead of Stone IPA I had aimed for. I'd had Levitation once before and remember thinking it was remarkably tasty for such an easy drinking beer. That impression was redoubled at that party. Considering that almost all my brewing efforts lately have been around big, high gravity ales, I thought I really could do with a session ale as quaffable as Levitation. Since there were no clone recipes to be found, I went off an ingredients list someone posted: 2-row, 75L Crystal, 150L Crystal, Flaked Barley, Magnum, Centennial, Chinook. Since that's all grain and I was planning on using extract, I scaled back the Crystal, to get the right color. For that matter, Home Brew Mart doesn't even stock 150L. I also replaced Centennial with East Kent Goldings in an attempt to go through my hop reserves, in the present hop climate.

This is what I ended up brewing yesterday. Curious what I will get.

Steep (30min @ 160F)

  • 1.0# Flaked Barley
  • 1.0# 20L Crystal
  • 0.5# 120L Crystal

Boil @ 60 minutes

  • 1 oz. Magnum Pellets
  • 1 oz. East Kent Goldings Pellets

Boil @ 15 minutes

  • 6# light malt extract syrup
  • 0.5 oz. East Kent Goldings Pellets
  • 1 tblsp. Irish Moss

Boil @ 0 minutes

  • 2 oz. Chinook Pellets


  • White Labs California Ale Yeast

Initial Gravity

  • 1.056 @ 80F (1.059 adjusted)

Dry Hop

  • 1 oz. Simcoe Plugs

Yeah, I can't not dry hop. I'm just a hop-head, sorry.

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