Mistake #7

So, I’m at the LHBS (that would be Local HomeBrew Supply) going down the list of ingredients for my next two batches and messed up (which totally never happens to a guy who drinks his own beer, ever). Instead of grabbing Perle hops for Paige’s Pale Ale, I misread my shopping list and thought I needed more Nugget. They were out of Nugget (because I’d grabbed the last one myself) and so I scanned the hop list on the side of the fridge and grabbed Chinook as a substitution. When brew day came up, I realized my mistake at the last minute and used the hop schedule I’d developed for my IPA since Chinook and Nugget are roughly equivalent in IBU and I didn’t have time to run inside and calculate out the new hop schedule.

Tasting notes: at first it was really “fresh”, which is to be expected.  I found the Chinook hops to be rather hostile on the palate.  Now that it’s mellowed a bit, it’s quite nice with a good hop bite.  The note to self here is to get ahead on my brewing a bit so I can afford to rack the beer to secondary to let it age a little and get the harsh tones to settle in and mellow out.  At first, it had what I swear was a salty taste to it; it’s still there but a lot less unpleasant and is even a plus to the beer now.

Color
Stats
OG 1.052
FG 1.013
IBU 74
ABV 5.0 %
SRM 8
Specifics
Boil Volume 6 gallons
Batch Size 5 gallons
Yeast 75% AA
Style Comparison
Low High
OG 1.035 1.052 1.050
FG 0.098 1.013 1.012
IBU 8 74 22
SRM 2 8 8
ABV 3.5 5.0 5.1
Fermentables
% Weight Weight (lbs) Grain Gravity Points Color
77.8 % 7.00 Light Malt Extract Syrup 47.6 2.8
11.1 % 1.00 CaraPils 2.2 0.4
11.1 % 1.00 Crystal 40L 2.0 8.0
9.00 51.8
Hops
% Wt Weight (oz) Hop Form AA% AAU Boil Time Utilization IBU
20.0 % 1.00 Chinook Whole/Plug 12.0 12.0 60 0.245 44.0
20.0 % 1.00 Cascade Whole/Plug 6.6 6.6 40 0.215 21.2
20.0 % 1.00 Cascade Whole/Plug 6.6 6.6 10 0.089 8.8
20.0 % 1.00 Cascade Whole/Plug 6.6 6.6 0 0.000 0.0
20.0 % 1.00 Chinook Whole/Plug 12.0 12.0 0 0.000 0.0
5.00 74.0

Yeast: Safale US-05

Steep grains for half an hour at 150, sparge with a gallon at 175.
Recipe calculation courtesy of TastyBrew.