Lucky Bastard Ale

Name: Lucky Bastard Ale
Style: American India Pale Ale
Source: Clone of Stone Arrogant Bastard, recipe from the Can You Brew It podcast.


Brewed: 10/17/15
Bottled: 10/30/15
Opened: 12/4/15

Original Gravity:        1.064
Final Gravity:             1.015
Hydrometer ABV:     6.5%
Color:                        23 SRM
IBU                            84

Recipe    (2.5 gallons)

6lbs 12oz  Pale 2 Row Malt
12oz         Special B Malt

– (mashed above grains for 60 minutes at 148 degrees)

.42 oz Chinook [13.0%] – 80 minutes
.42 oz Chinook [13.0%] – 40 minutes
.42 oz Chinook [13.0%] – 15 minutes
.42 oz Chinook [13.0%] – 0 minutes

Yeast:  WLP007 Dry English Ale

1 tsp Irish Moss at 10 minutes
Pinch of yeast nutrient at 10 minutes

The rest of the story

Second time on this recipe, second time brewing outdoors at the new place. This is a 2.5 gallon batch/recipe so it can be all-grain in my 5.5 gallon pot. Well, my version of all-grain: brew in the bag. Mashed in 3.75 gallons of water, .5 gallon to rinse the grains after I pulled the bag, and the finish volume was just about perfect at 2.5 gallons after a 60 minute boil.

Good brew day, chilling as always takes too long, even with a half batch. It did however get down to about 65 degrees after ignoring it for a bit. The yeast may take a bit longer to get going this time around.

Original Gravity 1.064, right on target

Decent fermentation temps for the first couple of days, but then the temp jumped to about 76 degrees on day three. I brought it down a bit for the remainder of the week, but then put the aquarium heater in to keep it at  a steady 74 degrees for the second week.

Bottled on 10/30/15. 1.75 oz of priming sugar. 23 bottles.

Final Gravity 1.015
ABV 6.5%

The first time I brewed this recipe, it tasted pretty poor initially. Sweet, homebrewy, blah. I left it alone (rather than pouring it out), and it improved after a few weeks. I am hoping that this round will turn out tasty on a more normal schedule. The final gravity was lower than the first time I brewed this beer (1.015 vs 1.020) so I have no idea if that will help, but let’s say yes for now.

Left it in the bottle for five weeks before tasting. I would not normally wait this long, but since it took a while to mature last time, and I am planning on giving away most of it a bit before Christmas, there was no need to rush things.

And it was worth the wait. Good aroma, nice bitterness and a somewhat spicy taste. Definitely a good alternative IPA, and worth passing around in the Christmas pack. Almost wish I had made a full five gallon batch.

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