Friday, June 18, 2010

Recipe of the Week: Mister Squinty Contemporary Summer Ale

This week's recipe comes from Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher. This is just one of the more tamer of the many recipes in the book that you can find for purchase here. This recipe is somewhat a take off a British ordinary bitter. It has a more malty background and has some spiciness from the hop additions. It matures pretty quickly and is perfect for a hot summer day.

 *via AHA

The efficiency from the recipe in the book seems to be a little high for most brewers. I will post the original recipe but you may need to tweak it a little so that you can hit the gravity marked based on your system's efficiency. 


4lbs Maris Otter
2lbs Pilsner Malt
10 oz White Wheat malt

Mash at 147 - 148 for 60 minutes 


Add 8 oz of piloncillo, demerara or similar unrefined sugar to the boil 

1.25 oz Challenger Hops 60 minutes
.5 oz Challenger Hops 30 minutes
.5 oz Challenger Hops 5 minutes
.5 oz Saaz Hops 5 minutes


Use your favorite British ale yeast

OG: 1.048
Alc by Vol: 3.9 - 4.6%
IBU: 43

I have made this recipe or variations of it a good amount of times. It always turns out a stellar beer. One of my favorite variations is subbing Sterling for the Challanger and Liberty for the Saaz. If you are looking for something light, refreshing, drinkable, and moderately hoppy I highly suggest trying this one out.

This recipe fermenting

Finished product (not the best picture) it is much lighter

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