Homebrewing a Summer “Leftover” Ale



As a homebrewer you sometimes need odd sized ingredients to make your brews. For instance if you only need 0.75oz of hops but you needed to buy a 1oz package what do you do with the remaining 0.25oz? Well after building up some “extra” ingredients over the course of a few months I decided to experiment a bit with what I’m calling a summer “leftover” ale.

Everything about this recipe was left over or harvested (in the case of the yeast) with the exception of the grain. For the grain bill I figured I would just keep it super simple and go with only 2 row. Here is the full recipe:

Beer Specifications

Beer Name:Summer “leftover” Ale
Beer Style:Ale
Recipe Type:All Grain
Batch Size:5.5 gallons / 20.8 litres
Estimated SRM:2.1°
Estimated IBU:23.3
Estimated OG:1.044
Estimated FG:1.011
Estimated ABV:4.3%

Grain Bill/Fermentables

LBSFermentables
82 Row

Hops

OzTimeHops
0.7560 minFuggles
0.520 minStyrian Goldings
0.255 minEast Kent Goldings
0.255 minCluster

Yeast

#Yeast
1Danstar Nottingham Ale Yeast

Fermentation Schedule

21 daysPrimary
7-14 daysBottle Conditioning
Optimal Fermentation Temperature: 57-70°F / 13.8-21.1°C
Place fermenter in stable temperature, out of the light.

Directions

Mash Temperature:150°F / 65.6°C
Mash Time:60 min
Strike Water Volume:3.5 gallons / 15.9 litres
Sparge Water Volume:3 gallons / 11.4 litres
Boil Duration:60 min

As you can tell from the recipe this was a pretty straightforward affair. I ended up with a measured original gravity (OG) of 1.042. After letting the beer ferment for about 3 weeks I bottled it at which time I got a final gravity (FG) measurement of 1.006 for an estimated ABV of 4.73%.

A “leftover” homebrew

The final product is actually pretty decent, even more so when considering I made it from mostly left over ingredients. That it is as rounded and well balanced as it is betrays the fact that I kind of just threw everything together to make it. It’s not the best beer by any means but it is certainly a very drinkable “lawnmower” style beer that goes down nice and easy on a hot summer day.



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