Saturday, May 7, 2016

Superfidy Blood Orange Pale Ale

per·fi·dy
ˈpərfidē/
noun
literary
  1. duplicity; betrayal.
    synonyms:disloyaltyinfidelity,faithlessness.

Ever since Elysian Brewing decided to join the "big leagues" and sell to InBev, I've been looking to cut ties. You won't hear me praise the brewery I once hailed as the best of Seattle. I gave my Elysian hoodie to the thrift store. I actively avoid Elysian when buying beer. Except -- I can't seem to quit Superfuzz. So, I needed to find a good alternative to Budweiser.

I started with a great clone recipe from 12 Angry Brews. I've got a baby under a year old, so I went to my mom's house and we scaled this one up to 20 gallons - 5 for her, 15 for me. 12 Angry brews asked me to zest blood oranges - I opted to make an oleo saccharum of the peels (a skill I learned from David Wondrich's book, "Punch") to maximize the oil extraction. In an attempt to retain more of the complex aromas of the peels I will add the oleo saccarum to one of the fermenters in the secondary, and see if it does better than that of the one I added along with the yeast in the primary. I did find the blood orange puree at Pike Place as mentioned in the 12 Angry brews article - a $25 concentrate from "The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley".

After the break, you will find the recipe.