Better than Anchor Steam
Source: Charles Somerdyk
Recipe added: 02/04/97
This recipe produces a great tasting steam beer that has
beaten Anchor Steam in all the blind tastings that I've
submitted it to. There is a great balance between bitter
and sweet, an excellent nose and an appealing bronze color
to this brew. I believe that the long secondary fermentation
is a major contributor to the flavor. I am also convinced
that the use of Alexander's Pale ME is an important flavor
contributor and that the use of DME produces a nicer
finish than dextrose.
Recipe type: Extract
Batch Size: 5 US gal
Starting Gravity: 1.046
Finishing Gravity: 1.014
Time in Boil: 1 hr
Primary Fermentation: 8 days
Secondary Fermentation: 17 days
- 8.0 lbs Alexander's Pale ME
- 1.0 lbs 40L cracked crystal malt
- 2.0 oz No. Brewer
- 1.5 oz Cascade
- (Note - see hopping schedule)
- Yeast: Wyeast California #2112
- 1 tsp Irish Moss
- 2 cups Laaglander extra pale DME (for conditioning)
Put grains into grain bag in 2.75 gals of cold water.
Remove grains just prior to the boil. Add ME at boil, making
certain to stir to avoid burning. Wait 15 minutes after the
wort returns to boil before adding hops. Add hops per the
1.0 oz No. Brewer (~8.8% AAU)for 45 minutes
.5 oz No. Brewer for 30 minutes
.5 oz No. Brewer for 15 minutes
1.0 oz Cascade (~5.5% AAU)for 15 minutes*
.5 oz Cascade for 5 minutes
This schedule will yield IBU's in the 42 range.
* add Irish Moss at this time
Cool immediately after boiling and rack to sanitized
fermenter filled with approx. 2.5 gals of cold water.
Pitch yeast and ferment at room temperature degrees for
approx. 8 days then rack to secondary fermenter for
approximately 17 days.
Prime with 2 cups extra pale DME (not dextrose) at bottling,
beer will be drinkable after 2 weeks but will continue to
improve in the bottle for several weeks.
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