Monday, May 27, 2013

The Return of the Rhubarb

My Rhubarb is coming in nicely this year. That can mean only one thing:
It's time for Rhubarb Farmhouse Ale.
This beer is the perfect balance of easy drinking and complexity. You get the wonderful mix of a straightforward, light, easy drinking grain bill, but then you add the wonderful yeast blend of WLP670 that lends a subtle funk provided by a dose of Brettanomyces. The funk leans toward the sour spectrum and steers clear of the more leathery aromas, which I love. It gives the beer a clean taste with just a twinge of sour in the aftertaste. But that alone, of course, is not good enough for me. The icing on the cake is 2 pounds of chopped rhubarb added to the secondary. This kicks up the tartness to just the right amount and makes this beer both unique and absolutely wonderful.
BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Rhubarb Farmhouse Ale
Brewer: Alex Shafer
Asst Brewer:
Style: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)
Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 13.84 gal
Post Boil Volume: 11.44 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 10.50 gal
Bottling Volume: 10.53 gal
Estimated OG: 1.051 SG
Estimated Color: 3.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 23.0 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 85.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 89.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
14 lbs 5.2 oz Pilsner (2 row) (Gambrinus) (1.6 SRM) Grain 1 85.0 %
1 lbs 11.0 oz Wheat Malt (Gambrinus) (2.3 SRM) Grain 2 10.0 %
13.5 oz Caravienne Malt (22.0 SRM) Grain 3 5.0 %
1.00 oz Goldings, B.C. [5.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 8.5 IBUs
1.00 oz Willamette [5.50 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 5 9.3 IBUs 1.00 oz Goldings, B.C. [5.00 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 6 5.1 IBUs
1.0 pkg American Farmhouse Blend (White Labs #WL Yeast 7 -
Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 16 lbs 13.6 oz
Name Description Step Temperat Step Time
Mash In Add 21.46 qt of water at 158.9 F 148.0 F 75 min
Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (3.63gal, 6.97gal) of 168.0 F water