Friday, February 17, 2006

Poor Richard's Ale

My latest brew was Poor Richard's Ale. Click the link to get detailed info, but basically this is a beer designed by brewer decendants of Ben Franklin in honor of his 300th Birthday. It is an approximation of what might be the beer that Ben Franklin himself may have preferred. Obviously non-comittal, but still quite good.
I sampled this at Iron Hill Brewery in Montgomeryville, PA and thoroughly enjoyed it. It has a hint of molasses, some corn and a nice mix of malts. Really tasty, it takes you back in time so you could raise a glass to someone who quite possibly might have been Ben Franklin! It may even be their Birthday!
I Started with the recipe on the Poor Richard's Ale site and went from there. My 5 gallon recipe is below:

Target OG - 1.055

Grains/Sugars:
7.00 lbs. Marris Otter Pale Malt(2-row)
2.25 lbs. Flaked Corn (Maize)
1.50 lbs. Biscuit Malt
0.85 lbs. Special Roast Malt
0.10 lbs. Black Patent Malt
0.25 lbs. Molasses

Hops:
0.50 oz. Goldings - Yakima 6.4IBU for last 60 min.
0.75 oz. Goldings - Yakima 8.8IBU for last 45 min.
0.50 oz. Goldings - Yakima 4.9IBU for last 30 min.

Yeast - White Labs WLP002 English Ale


Mash the grains for 60 minutes at 154f. Then raise the temp to 165f by adding 3.5qt of 210f water to the mash for 10 minutes. Finally, recirculate the wort until clear and sparge the grains using 175f water for at least 45 minutes.
Boil for 90 minutes. Add the first Hop addition with 60 minutes to go, the second with 45 minutes left and the third at t-minus 30 minutes. Add Irish Moss at 15 minutes to go. After the boil cool to 70f, pitch the yeast and FERMENT!
Racked to secondary when fermentation slows (last night) and will condition for 3 - 4 weeks before bottling/kegging.

Can't wait....

Founded in September 2005, and located in Harleysville, PA, the Schmoopy Brewery is the Home Brewery of Lisa and Rob Schlank.

In the coming weeks I'll be posting some of the projects that have helped make the Schmoopy Brewery what it is today, including my 5 gallon All-Grain setup and 7cuft Chest Freezer Keggerator and Lagering unit. I'll also throw in the few original recipes I've come up with so far and some of my favorites from other sources.

Finally, be sure to checkout my links to other Home Brewers sites and references for those of you interested in pursuing this great tradition.