Lenny's Special Amber

Source: Len Spencer
Recipe added: 08/29/97
Email: Lenspencer@aol.com
URL: http://members.aol.com/lenspencer/

This recipe was based on "Dana's Smilin' Irish Eyes Red Ale" in the Cats Meow. I had made substitutions based on what was available plus the fact that I'm not a real Cascades fan. This brew got me a silver medal in the American Ale-West Coast Amber category at the 8th annual Sunshine Challenge in Orlando. The judges' only negative comment was that it was a little robust for the style. My friends loved it, and that's good enough for me.


Recipe type: Extract
Batch Size: 5 U.S. gal
Starting Gravity: 1.046
Finishing Gravity: 1.012
Time in Boil: 60 min.
Primary Fermentation: 4-5 days
Secondary Fermentation: 6-8 days



Steep Special B in 3 quarts water 30 minutes at 155F. Sparge with 5 quarts 170 water to brewpot. Bring to boil, then remove from heat and add LME and enough already boiling water to bring to about 3.5 gallons. Return to heat, when boiling add 1 oz. hops and boil for 60 minutes. At 45 minutes add honey, 1 oz. hops and Irish moss. At 60 minutes remove from heat and add last 1 oz. hops. Steep for about 5 minutes, then chill and rack away from hops to primary fermenter. Add water to make 5.5 gallons, aerate and pitch yeast. Rack to secondary after about 4 to 5 days or after krausen falls. When fermentation complete (about another 6-8 days) rack, prime and bottle.
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