Steam Beer - Anchor Steam

Steam Beer - Anchor Steam

Post by Rob Wood » Mon, 28 Dec 1998 04:00:00



I have read with interest many descriptions of Anchor Steam and I wonder if
anybody out there in the U.S of A would care to make my recipe for a steam
beer (formulated after researching the 'net) and compare it to Anchor steam.
Over here in Oz, I'm never going to see this beer and I'm curious as to how
this stands up.

FWIW, here's the recipe:

4 Kg's pale malt
500g Light Munich malt
250g light crystal malt
150g medium Crystal malt
150g dark Crystal Malt

Heat 8 litres of water to 56C and add grains. Stabilise at 50C and hold for
30mins. Add 5.5 litres boiling water, stabilise at 64C. After 30mins, decoct
2.5-3.0 lites of thick mash and slowly bring to boil, stirring vigorously.
Return to mash and monitor with tincture of iodine until starch conversion
complete.

Sparge with 20 litres 76C water - slowly (I take about an hour to sparge).
Collect 25 litres in kettle.

Bring to boil, add 40g Perle (5%AA). After 30 mins add 15g Cascade (6.1%
AA), after a further 15 mins add another 15g Cascade & Irish Moss.  After 15
mins add 15g more cascade and turn of heat. Whirlpool for 15mins and strain
through grain bag or muslin cloth into hop-back. (note: all hops are pellets
and are boiled freely in wort - I don't use hop socks as I find the oils go
into the sock, not the wort.) Total boil time is 60 mins.

Cool and pitch Hi-temp Lager yeast (wyeast make one)

O.G. 1.048 - 1050
F.G. 1.010 -1.012

Ferment to two-thirds original gravity, rack to secondary. When fermentation
is complete, Lager at 4C for 10 days then bottle/keg.

I love this beer. I have made 4 batches in the last 12 months and each has
disappeared swiftly. Come on you guys, give it a go - you won't be sorry.

 
 
 

Steam Beer - Anchor Steam

Post by no.. » Thu, 31 Dec 1998 04:00:00


On Sun, 27 Dec 1998 17:12:51 +1100, "Rob Woods"

Quote:

>I have read with interest many descriptions of Anchor Steam and I wonder if
>anybody out there in the U.S of A would care to make my recipe for a steam
>beer (formulated after researching the 'net) and compare it to Anchor steam.
>Over here in Oz, I'm never going to see this beer and I'm curious as to how
>this stands up.

>FWIW, here's the recipe:

>4 Kg's pale malt
>500g Light Munich malt
>250g light crystal malt
>150g medium Crystal malt
>150g dark Crystal Malt

>Heat 8 litres of water to 56C and add grains. Stabilise at 50C and hold for
>30mins. Add 5.5 litres boiling water, stabilise at 64C. After 30mins, decoct
>2.5-3.0 lites of thick mash and slowly bring to boil, stirring vigorously.
>Return to mash and monitor with tincture of iodine until starch conversion
>complete.

>Sparge with 20 litres 76C water - slowly (I take about an hour to sparge).
>Collect 25 litres in kettle.

>Bring to boil, add 40g Perle (5%AA). After 30 mins add 15g Cascade (6.1%
>AA), after a further 15 mins add another 15g Cascade & Irish Moss.  After 15
>mins add 15g more cascade and turn of heat. Whirlpool for 15mins and strain
>through grain bag or muslin cloth into hop-back. (note: all hops are pellets
>and are boiled freely in wort - I don't use hop socks as I find the oils go
>into the sock, not the wort.) Total boil time is 60 mins.

>Cool and pitch Hi-temp Lager yeast (wyeast make one)

>O.G. 1.048 - 1050
>F.G. 1.010 -1.012

>Ferment to two-thirds original gravity, rack to secondary. When fermentation
>is complete, Lager at 4C for 10 days then bottle/keg.

Hopping is wrong. Anchor Steam uses only Northern Brewer. I have no
doubt that this would be a tasty beer though. Here is my version:
Strange's Superior Steam Beer

   Category         :  California Common Beer  
   Method           :  Full Mash
   Starting Gravity :  1.062
   Ending Gravity   :  1.015
   *** content  :  6.0%
   Recipe Makes     :  5.0 gallons
   Total Grain      : 14.00 lbs.
   Color (srm)      : 21.2
   Efficiency       : 65%
   Hop IBUs         : 45.0

Malts/Sugars:
  1.00  lb.     Cara-Wheat 40L      
  0.50  lb.     Cara-Munich  60L            
  0.50  lb.     Cara-Munich 150L            
 12.00  lb.     Pilsner 2-row            

Hops:
 1.00   oz.     N. Brewer        9.0%   60 min
 1.00   oz.     N. Brewer        9.0%   30 min
 1.00   oz.     N. Brewer        9.0%    5 min

Boil temperature of water: 212F
Grain Starting Temperature: 70F
Desired Grain/Water Ratio: 1 quarts/pound
Strike Water:  3.50 gallons of water at 174F
First Mash Temperature: 154F

Notes:
Wyeast 2112 Cal Common Yeast

It is difficult to truly reproduce Anchor Steam because they use a
unique shallow trough open fermentation. Hoever, My recipie is about
as close as any.

Rick Olivo aka The Strange Brewer
Vitae sine Cervesiae Sugat


 
 
 

Steam Beer - Anchor Steam

Post by John Heube » Thu, 31 Dec 1998 04:00:00




Quote:
> I have read with interest many descriptions of Anchor Steam and I wonder
if
> anybody out there in the U.S of A would care to make my recipe for a
steam
> beer (formulated after researching the 'net) and compare it to Anchor
steam.
> Over here in Oz, I'm never going to see this beer and I'm curious as to
how
> this stands up.

> FWIW, here's the recipe:

> 4 Kg's pale malt
> 500g Light Munich malt
> 250g light crystal malt
> 150g medium Crystal malt
> 150g dark Crystal Malt

<SNIP MASH PROFILE AND SPARGE INFO>

Quote:
> Bring to boil, add 40g Perle (5%AA). After 30 mins add 15g Cascade (6.1%
> AA), after a further 15 mins add another 15g Cascade & Irish Moss.  After
15
> mins add 15g more cascade and turn of heat.

Sounds like a good beer, BUT Anchor Steam uses Northern Brewer
exclusively(?) from what I've read.  The last steam beer I made used the
following recipe:

"Notso Common Beer"

7# 2-Row Pale
1# English Crystal (60L)
4oz Cara Pils
0.5# Corn starch
1.5oz N. Brewer (8.5%AA): 1.25oz for 60 min, 0.25oz for 30 min
0.75oz Cascade (5.5%AA): 0.25oz for 30 min, 0.5oz for 5 min

O.G. 1.048     T.G. 1.010
Mash schedule had rests at 126 (30min), 146 (45min), 156 (45min)
Fermented with Wyeast 2206 Bavarian for 7 days at 58-64 F, then racked and
lowered to 50F for 2 week "lagering"  Beer was force carbed in a keg.

When I did a side-by-side tasting (no triangle test) my comments were as
follows:
Anchor was just a hair darker in color which may have bee due to its
clarity (mine still had a slight chill haze).  Mine was slightly drier in
the finish, Anchor had a little more caramel in both nose and taste.  Mine
was hoppier (possibly perception due to drier finish, less crystal, late
Cascade addition).

If I were to brew it again, I'd:
        Drop out the corn starch and replace it with 1/4# Crystal (80-120L)
        Adjust the amount of 60L crystal to balance the new dark crystal addition.
        Use Northern Brewer  exclusively but use 1oz for 60 min and 0.5 oz for 30
min
--
heubs

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