AG#56 – Coney Island American Red Ale

I was planning to brew a clone of Brewdog’s 5am Saint before I realised that I was missing certain grains and hops. So I decided to do a different type of hoppy amber beer, using roasted barley and extra dark crystal malt for both colour and flavour. I’m also trying to use up some old hops, so I’ll be combining a fresh bag of Cascade with an older (2014 harvest) bag of Falconer’s Flight. This is a proprietary hop blend of American “C” hops, contributing the tropical, citrus, floral and grapefruit flavours typically found in American pale ales and IPAs.

Recipe Specifications

Boil Size: 26.90 l
Post Boil Volume: 23.40 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 19.00 l
Bottling Volume: 17.00 l
Estimated OG: 1.049 SG
Estimated Color: 32.7 EBC
Estimated IBU: 40.5 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 58.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 68.7 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes


3.800 kg Pale Malt, Maris Otter, Muntons (6.5 EBC) 73.8 %
0.750 kg Munich Malt (17.7 EBC), 14.6 %
0.450 kg Caramel/Crystal Malt – 40L (78.8 EBC), 8.7 %
0.100 kg Caramel/Crystal Malt – 200L (400.0 EBC), 1.9 %
0.050 kg Roasted Barley (1300.0 EBC), 1.0 %
0.50 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10.0 mins)
18 g Cascade [7.80 %] – Boil 10.0 min, 4.1 IBUs
12 g Cascade [9.30 %] – Boil 10.0 min, 3.3 IBUs
100 g Falconers Flight [10.30 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 10 mins, 22.8 IBUs
50 g Cascade [9.30 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 10.0 mins, 10.3 IBUs
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05)
Mash Schedule: Bubbles’ Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 5.150 kg
Mash In Add 14.42 l of water at 74.6 C 68.0 C 60 min

Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun , 18.14l) of 77.0 C water

23/05/2016 – Bottled with 112g corn sugar (17 litres @ 2.5 vol). Got 21 x 750ml and 1 x 1000ml bottles from the batch. Smells raisiny. Nicely hoppy, but I’ll probably regret not dry hopping it, but I just got lazy and I wanted to get a new beer bottled as I’m fast running out of beer to drink.

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