Beer Recipe Homebrewing

Shadow Brewer Amber: Take Two

Grant, Being a helper…

Brewing is always better with others, so I invited my brother-in-law, Grant, over to brew a couple batches in June. I asked him – forgetting that the novelty and creativity of homebrewing is basically only intriguing to yours truly – what kind of beer he would like to create, citing limitless possibilities, various malts and umpteen choices for hops. His curt reply brought me back home: “Yeah, I don’t fucking know. Like, an Amber or something.” He then came over, and proceeded to get obliterated in my backyard on Deschutes Chainbreakers as Jared and I brewed and Amber and a Pale.

Our second attempt at an Amber (the first was the Skunk Ape) was a lighter brew with a less-hoppy finish (compared to the Ape). The ingredients and process is faily simple, as I wanted to brew something that wouldn’t confuse Grant, which I should have known wouldn’t be a concern, considering his disproportionate interest in drinking rather than brewing.

Ingredients for SB Amber:

  • 1 lb 2-row
  • 1 lb Crystal 40
  • 3.3 lbs Amber LME
  • 3 lbs Pilsner DME
  • 1 oz cascade @ 60 min (boil)
  • 1 oz Saaz @ 15 min
  • irish moss @ 15 min
  • 1 oz Chinook @ 5 min
  • American Ale Yeast

The result was a less than ipressive, but still “not bad,” Amber. If I redo this one I would consider adding additional hops (or maybe dry-hopping) and going with darker malt. I think that the addition of the Pilsner malt evened it out a little too much.

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