Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Emily...




I really couldn't wait to get back to this beer.  Galaxy just does it for me.  Over the last year I've been waiting to get my hands on some but it's just been hard to find.  All the home brew shops around me didn't have it and the online stores only had small bags and limited supplies.  Finally, a couple weeks ago Farmhouse Brewing Supply happened to have some and I was able to get a pound before they sold out again.  Now...a couple weeks later Yakima's got quite few pounds of the 2017 crop.  Need to get me some.

For this version (the other was a double) I went smaller for a 5.5% to 6% beer...so I'm calling it a Pale Ale.  I reduced the hops a bit but still kept the 2:1 ratio of Galaxy to Columbus.  Also, I've begun using my new R.O. filter system for water instead of buying bottled water.  Can't really tell the difference but it is convenient to not have to buy water.

Works great and good service!

Pushed my dry hop schedule up and only did primary for 4 days and then kegged it with more hops and spunded the keg for the remaining 6 days.  Threw it in the fridge on gas before leaving for a 5 day trip to the hills of North Carolina.  That was good for me.  I usually cant help my self from sampling while they carb.  Got home, tucked my kids into bed, and had a nice beer after a long drive...couldn't have been better.
 

EMILY...A PALE ALE

2.5 Gallons
O.G. 1.055
F.G. 1.010

MASH:
80% (5 lbs. 4.2 oz.) 2-Row
15% (1 lb.) White Wheat
5% (5.3 oz.) C20
Mash at 152 F for 60 min

BOIL:
.5 oz Warrior @60 min for 30 IBUs

WHIRLPOOL:
.6 g. Whirlfloc
2 oz. Galaxy for 10 min.
1 oz. Columbus for 10 min.

FERMENTATION:
120 ml. of Wyeast 1318 3rd generation

DRY HOPS:
2 oz. Galaxy in primary on day 2
1 oz. Columbus in primary on day 2

2 oz. Galaxy in serving keg on day 4
1 oz. Columbus in serving keg on day 4



Tasting Notes:

Color: A pale orange color....in the right light...orange juice looking. It has a thick two finger white head.  Hazy.

Aroma: This one gets you from a couple feet away.  Passion fruit...citrus and yet the wheat comes though...a swirl of the glass and that dank hop aroma comes out mixed with the tropical aromas...and the wheat again...I could crawl into the glass

Mouthfeel: This beer is soft but a nice carbonation asserts itself with delicate drying finish.  A pithiness coats the mouth from the huge hop charges.

Flavor: A coating true to hop flavor....the oils make the body...they draw me in to mango like citrus like pithy tasting beer with some bready wheat behind it all.  Such a nice beer.  I wouldn't change a thing with this...the lingering bitterness isn't boil derived but delicate raw hop...assertive and repeat.

Overall: This smaller version came out great.  Galaxy just makes me happy.