Fingerprint Brew – American Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale ABV: 5.6 SG: 1.044 FG: 1.001
Ok so an update on the Brewers Fingerprint American Pale Ale. I was unfortunately unable to brew the beer in time or even make it to the meeting due to life, however I still did get the brew day done eventually and it was amazing!
During this brew day I was able to use the March Pump and the new SS Brewtech Sparge Arm with the mash tun, and it went quite well. There was a couple times I got some hot wort on my hands doing a hot switch with the cam locks to burp the pump or god knows what, but I’ll tell ya there is no better teacher then hot wort. It’s fast, sticky, and hurts like hell so after you make the first mistake it really lets you know. I really should have run a couple batches of straight water through to trouble shoot all the issues but I was very much a boy with a new brew toy and couldn’t wait to use it.
So for the start of the brew day I heated 8.5 gallons of water in the kettle to 168°f, then transferred 3.9 gallons into the mash tun and let it pre heat for 5 minutes before doughing in. Doughing in was very simple, and the mill seems to be set in a good position and I got a good crush so I fairly quickly got everything stirred in and then I checked the temperature and it was sitting at 154°f right where I wanted it and I let it mash for 90 minutes while I mowed the lawn. When I came back the mash temp had dropped down to 153.8°f and it smelled amazing! Definitely know this is going to be an amazing beer, the breadyness and caramel aromas were just outstanding. I started vourlaufing the wort and did so for about 10 minutes and it was running beautifully clear and steadily so I hooked up the pump to the sparge arm and the kettle and began to fly sparge and drain the wort into a pale and then into the kettle where I did a 60 minute boil.
The boil was nothing crazy but the aroma is amazing 🙂 There was three hop additions for this beer, the first one at 60 min of 15g of Magnum and then at 15 min 28g of Cascade and another 21g of Cascade at flame out. Also at the 15 minute mark I sunk the immersion chiller in to prepare for cooling, and after flame out I whirl pooled the wort for 15 minutes to let the hops work their magic. After the 15 minute timer went off I turned on the water and started cooling the wort down, and it took about 20 minutes to down while whirl pooling to pitching temperature and I racked it into the FastFermenter.
Once in the FastFermenter I took the Specific gravity which was 1.044 and then pitched a pack of Safale – S05 yeast. I simply sprinkled it on top of the foamy top and let it work it’s own way down, and then I moved the fermenter into the ferm chamber and put the lid and air lock onto the fermenter. I removed the thermometer from the FastFermenter and inserted the probe from my InkBird Controller and it’s a perfect fit! I had the fermenter set to run at 17°c with a tolerance of +/- 2°c and let it go. The fermentation was surprisingly active and fast, and it took about 24 hours to kick off so the morning after pitching the yeast I closed the union valve on the bottom of the fermenter and took the collection ball off and emptied out all the hops and hot break and then put it back on and opened it up (with lid loosened so I don’t suck the airlock water in) and the wort dropped in. I let the primary ferment go for a week and then I cleaned the collection ball and opened it for secondary fermentation. I added 21g of Cascade as a dry hop addition and let it go for 4 days and then I closed the union valve and rack the beer into a keg and a sample in the test jar to get the gravity reading.
The gravity came back at 1.001 so it fermented apparently very happily lol. From the start this brew has been a very nice brewing experience, my brew day was well planned out and easy going through the steps and so far I think the results are very good. I’m definitely really proud of this beer and can’t wait to taste it to see how it’s come together so make sure to check back in about a week and I’ll have some tasting notes up.
Unfortunately because I missed the meeting I won’t be able to try others beers, but from what I have heard there was a good range of beers presented and alot was learned by all and that’s what this event was all about.