Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The Cascade American Ale
Still, the tasty beer made me want to experiment some more, especially with this single hop approach. I had some locally grown Cascade hops from my Luray neighbor Bill that I wanted to use, so I made a plan to adapt the extract recipe from "Chinook IPA" to "Cascade American Ale." I brewed that on Sunday before the Super Bowl.
After inventorying the leaf Cascade, I found I had 3 ounces of the local ones - when I did the IBU calculation, the result was less than you want for this variety of beer. I found two packs of Hop Union northwestern Cascade pellets, so I added those. I got the IBU up to 55, where the threshold for ale styles is 50.
The expected ABV is around 5.4%, we'll see what we get when I bottle in about three weeks. Meanwhile, the O.G., shown being measured in the second photo, was 1.050 at 74 degrees.