Recipe: Covenantal Coffee Ale

Covenantal Coffee Ale

This is the recipe for the beer I’ll be brewing next. This recipe is designed to emulate a fantastic coffee brown I had in Alaska, which they sadly will never bottle. Combined with some changes to my brewing processes, I have high hopes for this beer. I shall let you all know when I am ready to brew it. Without further ado, I present Covenantal Coffee Ale. 

Batch size: 5.5 gal
Boil volume: 7.0 gal
OG: 1.052
FG: 1.013
Bitterness (IBU): 35.5
Color (SRM): 24.8
ABV: 5.2%

Two-row (US) 7.500lb Grain 65.2%
Special Roast 1.000lb Grain 8.7%
Crystal 40L 1.000lb Grain 8.7%
CaraPils 0.750lb Grain 6.5%
Wheat (US) 0.750lb Grain 6.5%
Roasted Barley 0.500lb Grain 4.3%

Galena 0.75oz 11.0% AA Pellet @ 60 min, 28.1 IBU
Willamette 0.50oz 4.5% AA Pellet @ 30 min, 5.9 IBU
Willamette 0.50oz 4.5% AA Pellet @ 5 min, 1.5 IBU

American Ale yeast 1.0 unit(s), Yeast 73-77% attenuation
Coffee 4.0 unit(s), Flavor Add 4 cups of cold-brewed coffee into the fermenter. Instructions for cold-brewing can be found in the recipe notes.

[Recipe Notes]
Cold-brewing coffee:
– Mix 8 oz. coarse-ground coffee and 32 oz. water in airtight pitcher.
– Store in refrigerator 24-48 hours.
– Strain using coffee filter.
– Heat to 160 degrees for 5 minutes (to sanitize).

Mash @ 155° for 60 minutes
Strike w/ approximately 18 quarts (4.5 gallons) @ 168°
Sparge (batch) with 18 quarts (4.5 gallons) @ 167°, but try to collect at LEAST 7G for boil

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