Sunday, 1 April 2012

Brew #43 Cascading Amarillo V2

A few weeks ago I brewed Cascading Amarillo, an APA with Cascade and Amarillo hops. Last weekend I altered the recipe and brewed a similar beer. While I was going to just brew the same beer and see how my consistency was, I did not have enough Amarillo so I altered the recipe to take that into account. It will be interesting to see how it turns out. I do love Nelson Sauvin, it's one of my favourite hops so it should be interesting to see if it makes a difference.

The one week taste test of Cascading Amarillo (I had two bottles after kegging) is as follows, and bear in mind that I dry hopped the keg so the bottle will be lacking in aroma: The aroma is strong citrus. Grapefruit, lemon and maybe a touch of orange. Plenty of orange in the taste and a fairly impressive bitterness. It's still a little green of course, having only been in the bottle for 7 days so another week or two will see the keg right I reckon. I don't want to age it too long or I will start to lose the hop freshness.

There is one slight difference to V2 compared to any other beer I have ever done. If you notice the yeast has a quantity of 0. That's because I decided that since it's almost the same beer, I would just keg the first batch, pour the top layer of yeast down the drain and then rack the new beer on top. Perhaps not the most scientific way of re-using yeast but within a few hours the blow-off tube was bubbling away so the yeast was alive and well. Perhaps this second generation will bring something from the first brew to the new batch?
I will probably keg V2 next week. Two weeks fermenting is the same amount of time I gave Cascading Amarillo.

Cascading Amarillo V2

14-B American IPA
Author: Reuben Gray
Date: 25/03/2012
BeerTools Pro Color Graphic
Size: 23.04 L
Efficiency: 71.2%
Attenuation: 81.0%
Calories: 131.11 kcal per 12.0 fl oz
Original Gravity: 1.040 (1.056 - 1.075)
Terminal Gravity: 1.008 (1.010 - 1.018)
Color: 8.88 (11.82 - 29.55)
Alcohol: 4.23% (5.5% - 7.5%)
Bitterness: 66.3 (40.0 - 70.0)


3600 g Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt
727 g CaraPils Malt (brupaks)
126.0 g Light Crystal
33 g Amarillo (11.2%) - added during boil, boiled 60 m
19 g Cascade (7.0%) - added during boil, boiled 30 m
33 g Cascade (7.0%) - added during boil, boiled 15 m
14 g Nelson Sauvin (12.6%) - added during boil, boiled 5 m
25 g Cascade (7.0%) Keg
0.0 ea Fermentis US-05 Safale US-05


  1. i'm about to make a pale ale with similar ingredients

    pale ale malt
    medium crystal
    cascade at 60
    amarillo at 15
    cascade at 5
    potentially some dry hop of amarillo if i can spare it

    ever done just those two?

  2. I don't think so but without going through my recipes, I can't be sure.